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Old 06-06-11, 11:15 PM   #1
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Which Brooks Saddle for My Kona Dew?

Hi All. I am busy accessorizing my new Kona Dew. After much perusing on these forums, I think a Brooks saddle is probably getting upgrarded. The standard kona seat is pretty unbearable. I have read that some of the sprung saddles like the B67 is better for more upright bikes, and that the B17 is more for the "saddle in line with handlebars" type rides. Even though the Dew is categorized as a Hybrid, it doesn't feel all that upright to me. Any recommendations or thoughts?

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Old 06-07-11, 02:29 AM   #2
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A B17 is a good choice for that sort of bike. I have a similar hybrid with a B17 on it and it's good.

My wife has a B67 on her bike which she likes very much.
This is what I would consider an upright bike:
http://www.falconcycles.co.uk/Corpor...nsington.shtml
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I don't think B67 suit to your bike because the riding position of Kona dew wasn't upright(And position like this you weight will shift to your hands more, so you won't get full effective from B67 springs.), B17 should be a better choice.
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How wide is your ass?

Wide ass: B17, or if you want a sprung saddle Flyer
Regular ass: Team Pro
Narrow ass/slave to fashion: B17 Narrow, Swift, Swallow

^^^As above if you're keeping the bars level with the saddle. If you're thinking of raising the bars significantly, consider the B67, but you'd still probably be good with the B17 or Flyer.
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Wide ass: B17, or if you want a sprung saddle Flyer
Regular ass: Team Pro
Narrow ass/slave to fashion: B17 Narrow, Swift, Swallow
That's about the most succinct Brooks description I've seen. They should use it on their website. :-)

Next question. How would you answer your wife's "Honey, does this saddle make my ass look fat?"
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Thanks for all the responses. I think I am definitely leaning toward the B17, or possibly the Flyer if I decide to go with the springs. Thanks for the knowledge, gang.
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I think the B17 would work out best if your handlebars and slightly below your saddle
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I just got my B17 and really don't think I'd ever need the springs...

also every time I scroll onto this page, I read Mt. Kona Dew.......maybe i'm thirsty
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B17 should be fine for that bike.
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My saddle is slightly higher than my handlebars, and I ride a B67. I'm 5'10" and 145lbs (infer what you will about my haunches).

I'm not much for rules about what is most suitable. Pick what makes sense to you.

Edit: I was confused. Like the poster below, I also ride a Flyer, which is a B17 with springs.

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At first I tried the B67 but my thighs would contact the saddle on the down stroke, so I moved to a Flyer which works better for me.
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Wide ass: B17, or if you want a sprung saddle Flyer
Regular ass: Team Pro
Narrow ass/slave to fashion: B17 Narrow, Swift, Swallow
That's about the most succinct Brooks description I've seen. They should use it on their website. :-)
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Excellent summary!
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It's your ass that goes on it, not ours.. try several at shops with stock.
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I would go for the B17. On top of being the least expensive, it looks good, is proven to last with proper care, and is comfy. The flyer(which I think has the same profile as the B17?) has rather useless springs in my experience riding the one on my dad's wheels. With the dew you can put reasonably sized(32mm+) tires on and get more than enough cush out of them rather than the saddle. Also, if you ever plan on putting a classically styled saddle bag on there like a carradice or similar, the springs could rub the bag and eventually wear it down(or so I've read, thus spouting unproven information and becoming the internet forum doosh who claims to know all)

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an old post, but thought I'd chip in for the future

I have just bought a Kona Dew (collect it next week). I was considering a Brooks B17, but thge bike will be used in all weather (lots of wet here where I live)

so I have decided to buy a Charge Spoon saddle .... from what I have read, these are more comfy than saddles that cost 5 times more (these cost less than 20):

Wiggle | Charge Spoon Saddle with Cromo Rails | Performance Saddles

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My saddle is slightly higher than my handlebars, and I ride a B67. I'm 5'10" and 145lbs (infer what you will about my haunches).

I'm not much for rules about what is most suitable. Pick what makes sense to you.

Edit: I was confused. Like the poster below, I also ride a Flyer, which is a B17 with springs.
Lol...a B67 is huge and just a modernized B66. (I get those two confused all the time). I would go with a B17 or a flyer. I have a B17 Narrow on my carbon road bike. The only thing the OP should be aware of is that the rails do not have as much adjustment as other saddles do
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Now there is a narrow C15 medium C 17 and a bit wider C19. BROOKS ENGLAND LTD. | CITY+&+HEAVY+DUTY | CAMBIUM+C19

In Leather Going back to original desire there is the Flyer a Spring B17 BROOKS ENGLAND LTD. | TOURING+&+TREKKING | FLYER
You have to take care of not getting your leather saddle wet and then sitting on it and having it stretch out.

But NB: Because of their cost and popularity, there is a market in stolen Brooks saddles using the anonymity of the internet ..
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same as brooks for half the price and handles the wet weather better:
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