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Brooks B17 Standard Black Steel Saddle

by Brooks

Price: $90.00 - $315.61
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Product Description

Treat your badonkadonk to the posterior-pleasing handcrafted Brooks B17 Special Saddle. With more history than the Smithsonian has packed into every hand-hammered copper rivet, the B17 Special Saddle's not only easy on the eyes, it quickly molds itself into the ultimate bum-supporting saddle for touring, racing, and getting around town.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 9 x 4 inches ; 2.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00BCU5PJI
  • Item model number: B2000932-P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,801 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Great saddle very impressive about the comfort.
Lukas
Excellent workmanship with a comfortable ride right out of the box that only gets better with each ride.
RockinRod
Brooks bike saddles are the best and the most comfortable on the market.
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75 of 83 people found the following review helpful By BrooklynRider on March 24, 2008
Color Name: Black-Black RailsSize Name: Ladies S
The Classic Brooks B17 has a lot going for it. Mine is a Honey colored classic. It took me about 500 miles to break it in. I sped the process up with inundating in a substance I will not describe. I risked ruining the saddle, but the treatment seemed to set it in nicely. Be careful with advice to speed the break-in. You can ruin it. I'm a 165# male, FWIW.

The saddle for me, is very comfortable on the sit bones once it settles in. However, I recently changed my riding position, lowering my handlebar to a more aggressive stance, and I can no longer use it. I was recently 'fitted' by a professional to address other issues I was having on my bike.

Especially on the drops the Brooks caused problems. One one-hour ride and my 'taint, as they say, was screaming. It's a day after my ride and I still feel something a urologist could explain better than I. I've also had urological issues towards the ends of very long rides (60 miles and up) when your form and technique start to degrade.

I gave the saddle 4 stars since it is a classic and is still the last word for long distance riders whose handlebars are pretty much level with the top of the saddle, and who rarely need to use the drop position on their bike.

That said, using heavily padded shorts and bibs may exacerbate the soft tissue problems while improving sit-bone comfort.

Where is my saddle now? It's on my hybrid commuter where I "SIT" on the Brooks in a more upright position. If I had a Trek 520 or LHT, it would still be on my road bike.

It's not for everyone, but if it is for you, you will be one of the many many true believers. Just watch out for the 'taint!

Saddle selection is famously anecdotal. But the Brooks B-17 is certainly worth your time if you're a serious tourer. The saddle holds it's value very well, and even if you don't like it after-all, I doubt you'd sell it. I'm not selling it!

Happy trails.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By R. F. Harrison on November 20, 2009
Color Name: Black-Black RailsSize Name: Ladies S Verified Purchase
I simply love my Brooks B-17s. Currently I have two and a third is on the way. I use them on my daily commuter bike, an old mountain bike converted a single speed town bike and my Bike Friday New World Tourist which has been to Mexico, the Bay Area, and most recently, Las Vegas. The one I've on order will grace the Rivendell Quickbeam being built even as I write.

Why the B-17?

Unfortunately the saddles supplied with most bikes are uncomfortable plastic shells with some padding thrown on them. The plastic shell has no give and the padding eventually bunches up and creases giving the saddle some very uncomfortable spots.

A leather saddle, the Brooks B-17, on the other hand will conform to the shape of the rider over time. And, because the leather is support in back and front, the saddle itself acts somewhat like a hammock to support the rider comfortably.

I've never needed to use specialized riding shorts on my Brooks, even for long 50+ mile rides. I routinely do a 60 mile ride from Honolulu to Kailua and back and never experience problems. In addition, my daily commuting, 10-15 miles a day depending on errands, is done in work clothes for the most part and again, I've never experienced problems.

Some folks have say that during the break-in period these saddles can be uncomfortable. Personally I've never found that to be true. Yes, they are more comfortable when they are broken-in, but I think they are better to beging with than most of the stock saddles that have come with my various bikes of the years.

That break-in period will vary of course, depending on the rider. I've found that my Brooks become quite comfortable after just a couple of weeks which would be somewhere between 200-350 miles depending on my enthusiasm.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By D. Atherton on February 6, 2009
Color Name: Black Copper-Copper RailsSize Name: One Size
I'm currently training for a brevet series and am starting to rack up the miles. I find that my B17 Special growning more comfortable with each passing day. It's narrow enough for fast spinning and supporative enough for long hauls. While the sweet spot in its tail section is wide and accomodating during tempos riding and climbs, you won't be able to shift your weight to its nose when the pace picks up, if that's your habbit. It just isn't designed for crit-style riding and its nose is just too narrow and unforgiving. For long-distance training, Century rides, trecking and touring, this saddle is wonderful!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Marc I. Berrenson on February 28, 2008
Color Name: Black-Black RailsSize Name: Ladies S Verified Purchase
I have a variation on the classic B-17. Mine has springs, since I'm over-the-hill and need the extra cushioning for my tushe. Brooks, hands down, makes the best saddles, and always has. This sort of quality is very had to find these days. Not as "svelte" as the racing saddles that are out there, but very comfortable.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Lyman on April 16, 2010
I have been a serious cyclist for the past 14 years. I have tried a number of saddles and all have left me with a desire for more. I have been on a B-17 for the past three years and have been pleased with the fit and comfortable ride. Once you find the sweet spot for your sit bones, your butt becomes the least of your problems (as opposed to lungs and legs). My bike shop also provided me with Brooks bar ends which really helps make my bike look terrific. Long milage riders will appreciate Brooks. The only complaint I have is the rails are flared out which means my Topeak saddle bag doesn't attach easily. Small problem for so much comfort.
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