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Old 05-18-09, 07:59 PM   #1
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Non-Brooks saddle with same width?

Hi guys,

I have always ridden a Brooks saddle (b17). I have tried other saddles that seem as wide, but ultimately I have found nothing as wide as the brooks to saddle my wide butt.

I just bought a more modern style bike, and would like a different look for the saddle, but need it feel right!

Any suggestions?
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Old 05-18-09, 10:35 PM   #2
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why would you even want to move away from a Brooks?
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Old 05-19-09, 08:49 AM   #3
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why would you even want to move away from a Brooks?
Honestly? aesthetics. Just wanted a different look.

Dont get me wrong, if it needs to be a Brooks, a Brooks it will be.

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Old 05-19-09, 10:34 AM   #4
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How about this. http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...=42055&eid=348

I have this on my touring bike; the 155mm model.
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Terry Liberator "Y" saddles are almost as wide as a B-17.

But don't limit yourself, either. I though that I had really wide "sits bones" until I tried several different saddles. The wider saddles were moderately comfortable, but the most comfortable saddle that I tried was a 134mm wide Selle Italia SLC
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Old 05-19-09, 10:43 AM   #6
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Terry Liberator "Y" saddles are almost as wide as a B-17.

But don't limit yourself, either. I though that I had really wide "sits bones" until I tried several different saddles. The wider saddles were moderately comfortable, but the most comfortable saddle that I tried was a 134mm wide Selle Italia SLC

I tried the Liberator Y, and it wasnt wide enough for me. To this day, the brooks is the only one I am comfortable on.

(that I have tried)

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That's odd...the Liberator is 6.6", or 167.64 mm wide; the B-17 is 170 mm wide. The difference is less than the width of a pencil lead.
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That's odd...the Liberator is 6.6", or 167.64 mm wide; the B-17 is 170 mm wide. The difference is less than the width of a pencil lead.
I know! That is what is so frustrating!!! I bought it becuase it was so similar, and was very excited when i tried it on, and with in 15 minutes I had turned back to swap back to the brooks....

I dont know why, but I did not find it at all comfortable.
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I know! That is what is so frustrating!!! I bought it becuase it was so similar, and was very excited when i tried it on, and with in 15 minutes I had turned back to swap back to the brooks....

I dont know why, but I did not find it at all comfortable.
I guess that's why the selection of a comfortable saddle is such a personal decision. I couldn't get comfortable on a B-17 even after trying to break it in. The Selle Italia is not terrible for me, but not perfect either. On a whim I sent the almost new B-17 to Selle AnAtomica to have their style of slot cut into it.

I think that if I ever find a saddle that allows me to ride all day comfortably, I'll buy a lifetime supply.

Good luck in your quest!
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Old 05-20-09, 10:20 PM   #10
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It's not that different visually, but the VO Model 7 is wide enough and comfortable for me:

http://www.velo-orange.com/brookssaddles.html

The model 8 is brown, the model 6 is unsprung.

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Old 05-21-09, 01:42 AM   #11
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Brooks has wider models. Look at the B67 and B68.

http://www.wallbike.com/B67.html

http://www.wallbike.com/b68.html

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