Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 29

Thread: Brooks saddle

  1. #1
    stringbreaker stringbreaker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    wa. State
    My Bikes
    specialized crossroads hybrid 2006 Raleigh Cadent 2 1971 Schwinn Varsity, 1972 Schwinn Continental, 1977 Schwinn Volare (frame)
    Posts
    4,443
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Brooks saddle

    I saw a guy with one of the old Brooks saddles and he swears its the most comfortable saddle he has ever ridden, now I don't know but it looks like it might not be comfortable to me, I could be wrong what would be new there anyway any of you guys have one out there and how do you like it?

  2. #2
    Occasional poster countrydirt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Pueblo, CO
    My Bikes
    Miyata Trail, Giant Kronos
    Posts
    287
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have ridden a brooks B17 for about 3 weeks. It gets more comfortable every ride. It is hard, but my butt bones seem to be settling in on it and I have absolutely NO numbness or discomfort around the soft tissue.

  3. #3
    Banned.
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Home alone
    My Bikes
    Trek 4300 X 2. Trek 1000, Trek 6000
    Posts
    6,021
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

  4. #4
    59'er Mariner Fan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Alexandria, IN
    My Bikes
    LeMond Maillot Jaune, Vintage Trek 520 (1985), 1976 Schwinn Voyageur 2, Miyata 1000 (1985)
    Posts
    3,301
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'm not sure what your question is. I have Brooks saddles on all my bikes and love them. That said; everyone is different and you need to figure out what will work for you.

  5. #5
    Senior Member kerk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    My Bikes
    2011 Raleigh International, 3 - '73 World Voyageurs, Trek 700
    Posts
    888
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I bought my first Brooks after 30 years of riding. Now I have both old and brand new Brooks saddles and I'll probably never buy another brand of saddle. They are the best.
    2011 Raleigh International
    '73 World Voyageurs -
    Proud owner of all three colors made! Orange, Blue , Yellow .

  6. #6
    "Purgatory Central" Wino Ryder's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    beautiful "Cypress Gardens" florida
    Posts
    1,757
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    A lot of folks are intimidated or swayed because of Brooks hard leather. Apparently you are too, but dont let that influence any decision you make. Brooks has a cult following for good reason. I've had my Brooks 'Pro' on my Tommasini for over a year, and is clearly the most comfortable saddle I've ever used. It effectively ended my saddle sore problems on long rides, and thats coming from the Selle Italia 'Turbomatic 3' I had.

  7. #7
    Senior Member here and there's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    San Diego, CA
    Posts
    833
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have a B-17 and I love it. It's comfortable enough where I can ride with no padded shorts. The only problem I encountered was this week when I fiddled with the adjustment and ended up sitting on one of the rivets (on the right side closest to the narrow part of the saddle). I tilted the nose up a notch and voila, no more sitting on the rivet. Ended up getting a small saddle sore because of it though. Eh.

    If you do want to try out a Brooks I would suggest ordering from wallbike.com. They have a 6 month return policy so if you don't like it or want to try a different saddle you can get a refund/exchange.

  8. #8
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Sacramento
    Posts
    10
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'm going to order a b17 for my new cross check -- when I rode horses my English saddle was nothing more than thick leather stretched over a frame so no worries about comfort there. The main question I have is whether I should get the b17 or the b17 narrow. How did current Brooks owners choose?

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Posts
    353
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Im having some trouble with my current seat. Ill have to look into a brooks as well. I keep hearing all this good press. Now, to figure out which one to get.

  10. #10
    Senior Member here and there's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    San Diego, CA
    Posts
    833
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by carno
    I'm going to order a b17 for my new cross check -- when I rode horses my English saddle was nothing more than thick leather stretched over a frame so no worries about comfort there. The main question I have is whether I should get the b17 or the b17 narrow. How did current Brooks owners choose?
    The B-17 is usually more comfortable for those of us who ride in a more upright position and for larger riders. I'm 5'11" and 182-190 lbs so the wide B-17 was the best choice for me. For more aggressive riding or skinnier riders or those with narrow sit bones, the B-17 narrow might be a better choice.

  11. #11
    Senior Member wahoonc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    On the road-USA
    My Bikes
    Giant Excursion, Raleigh Sports, Raleigh R.S.W. Compact, Motobecane? and about 20 more! OMG
    Posts
    16,208
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I love the leather saddles. I have both Brooks and Wrights. My all around preference on the Brooks is the Champion Flyer. It is the B17 with springs I am 6'-2" and weigh around 190# to me it has been the perfect saddle. I use in on my MTB, touring bike and folder. I also have one on order for my Redline 9.2.5, It provides some extra cushioning on rough roads, but doesn't absorb pedalling motion like some of the softer suspension saddles do. The Wright is currently on hold for my soon to be built up club racer. It has been on a coast to coast tour, my old road bike, and my MTB. I sold the bikes but kept the saddle

    Aaron
    Webshots is bailing out, if you find any of my posts with corrupt picture files and want to see them corrected please let me know. :(

    ISO: A late 1980's Giant Iguana MTB frameset (or complete bike) 23" Red with yellow graphics.

    "Cycling should be a way of life, not a hobby.
    RIDE, YOU FOOL, RIDE!"
    _Nicodemus

    "Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
    Aluminum: barely a hundred
    Which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?"
    _krazygluon

  12. #12
    Senior Member -VELOCITY-'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Miami, Florida
    My Bikes
    Giant Revel 2 & Loco Fixie "The Marley"
    Posts
    1,914
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I've had my B-17 for a few months and I wouldn't think of ever using anything else ever again.

  13. #13
    stringbreaker stringbreaker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    wa. State
    My Bikes
    specialized crossroads hybrid 2006 Raleigh Cadent 2 1971 Schwinn Varsity, 1972 Schwinn Continental, 1977 Schwinn Volare (frame)
    Posts
    4,443
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Very cool thanks for the info. I love the look of leather when its broken in so I might just order one and try it for a while. Whats the general consensus on break in time if ridden say 14 miles per day? Thats my commute

  14. #14
    Senior Member Nermal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Farmington, NM
    My Bikes
    Giant Cypress SX
    Posts
    1,861
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I've got a new Champion Flyer, which is pretty much a B-17 with springs. It's breaking in pretty well after about 150 miles. My first ride went pretty well, by the way. The stock was getting uncomfortable; the Brooks was also uncomfortable, but in a different way. In any case, I prefered the Brooks, right out of the box.

    Can't tell you how to get the right fit, but wallbike.com says they have fewer returns on the B-17 than any other saddle. Also, Sheldon Brown says that if you ride more upright than otherwise, a model with springs may be the better choice.
    Some people are like a Slinky ... not really good for anything, but you still can't help but smile when you shove them down the stairs.

  15. #15
    Senior Member ollo_ollo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    Stayton, OR
    My Bikes
    Torelli, Bianchi Trofeo, De Rosa, Specialized Expedition Touring, Colnago Cross, Motobecane Grand Jubile & Grand Record, Miyata 710, 2 Titans, Raleigh Super Course, 3Rensho
    Posts
    3,476
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have B17s & a Team Pro, nothing better for long rides & just put an old B72 on my touring bike. The B72 is a 4 rail saddle & I thought I would need a straight seatpost but my LBS sold me a "Saddle Sandwich" adapter (made by Breezer) that let me use the stock SR LaPrade seat post.
    visit my homebuilding blog: www.monoplanar.blogspot.com

  16. #16
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Posts
    353
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    so a b-17 would be better on a mtn bike that isnt used for a ton of hard trails, but more distance riding? I did 70 on my mtb and my butt was not happy. sorry for jacking anyones thread, but no point in making two threads with the same title. also, what is the difference with all the different spring models? I am 5'10" 198 lbs, but in decent shape as a lot of my weight is from lifting.

  17. #17
    Senior Member ollo_ollo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    Stayton, OR
    My Bikes
    Torelli, Bianchi Trofeo, De Rosa, Specialized Expedition Touring, Colnago Cross, Motobecane Grand Jubile & Grand Record, Miyata 710, 2 Titans, Raleigh Super Course, 3Rensho
    Posts
    3,476
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    If you research early Mt Bikes you will see a lot of them with Brooks Flyer, B66 or B72 saddles. Flyer is a B17 with springs, B66 & B72 have a wider seat area than B17, B66 has coil springs, B72 has 4 rails with just a single coil on each rail. The B66/B72 wider saddles work better with a more upright riding posture: wallbikes has lots of good info on Brooks saddles on their web site. Don
    visit my homebuilding blog: www.monoplanar.blogspot.com

  18. #18
    Faster but still slow slowandsteady's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Jersey
    My Bikes
    Trek 830 circa 1993 and a Fuji WSD Finest 1.0 2006
    Posts
    5,979
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    200 miles is generally given as the break in period, but don't even worry about it. They are perfectly comfortable from the start, they just improve with time.

    I have a B17 and a B72. And yes, get it at wallbike. With 6 months to try it out, you can't lose.
    "Ride lots." -- Eddy Merckx

  19. #19
    GATC
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    south Puget Sound
    Posts
    6,607
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    How springy are the sprung brooks saddles? Like, do you bounce? Or are they very rigid and you only bounce once when you hit something hard?

  20. #20
    Administrator Allen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Atomic batteries to power; turbines to speed
    My Bikes
    Salsa La Raza, Panasonic Electric, Bria, Bamboo touring, Bamboo cargo
    Posts
    4,701
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by HardyWeinberg
    How springy are the sprung brooks saddles? Like, do you bounce? Or are they very rigid and you only bounce once when you hit something hard?
    Depends on the saddle model. My B66 Champion is sprung and very stiff, my B33 is bouncy. The town bike saddles tend to be soft, the touring saddles tend to be stiff.

    --A

  21. #21
    Senior Member Nermal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Farmington, NM
    My Bikes
    Giant Cypress SX
    Posts
    1,861
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Agree with AllenG. I haven't noticed any bouncing with the Champion Flyer. If I get another bike, I'll get another Champion Flyer - unless it's a straight road bike, in which case I might go with the B-17.
    Some people are like a Slinky ... not really good for anything, but you still can't help but smile when you shove them down the stairs.

  22. #22
    Long Distance Cyclist Machka's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    I ride where the thylacine roamed!
    My Bikes
    Lots
    Posts
    38,518
    Mentioned
    31 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I've had a B-17 for 2 years now and have logged about 25,000 kms on it.

    I've tried a lot of different saddles, but that B-17 is the most comfortable saddle I've ever owned!! And it seems to keep on getting more comfortable the more I ride it.


    BTW - it took me about 3 weeks (800 kms) to break it in ... and it broke in rather suddenly in the middle of a 1000K brevet.

  23. #23
    Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Posts
    29
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Brook saddle-mixed review

    I had mixed results with Brooks saddles. The first B17, on my Lemond Zurich, was great. It was broken in comfortably and I wouldn't trade it for another saddle. I had the saddle for 12,000 miles and loved it. The second Brooks B17 saddle on my next bike was awful. It was hardly broken in after 4,000 and I could sell it for almost new. I treated the second one just like the first one and was surprised when it hardly broke in. Also, it never had the same comfort level as the first one, yet other riders of my bike model swear by it.

    Go ahead and try the Brooks B17 and see what happens. I hope it works for you better than my second one worked for me.

    Good luck

  24. #24
    jcm
    jcm is offline
    Gemutlichkeit
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    2,424
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by HardyWeinberg
    How springy are the sprung brooks saddles? Like, do you bounce? Or are they very rigid and you only bounce once when you hit something hard?
    The belief that you waste energy bouncing around on a sprung Brooks is a myth. Well, except for maybe the very largest models. The springs on a B66/67 measure .092" and are quite stiff. There is no noticeable rocking. You have it right - they only really react when needed.

    The Champin Flyer (a sprung B17) springs are also .092" and will be firm. I don't know what the thickness is on the B72. I have never been able to figure out what that spring design does. It appears to be a type of torsion bar setup.

    The rear two springs on the B73 measure .084 and are alot more supple. I have switched out the springs on my two B67's for the lighter one off B73's. Much nicer ride, and still no bounce or rocking.

    B17's are not sprung. They have alot of adherents. My first B17 was not working for me, but I persevered and got another one for my new bike and it has been great.

    Breaking them in is an over-rated experience for me. The B67's were perfect the first day and only get better. The B17 is still, after 850, not giving in. One tough mold. I have to deduce that it's the road bike position that keeps my weight off it. Comfortable, though.

    My next Brooks will be a Champion Flyer for my tour bike.

  25. #25
    GATC
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    south Puget Sound
    Posts
    6,607
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'm thinking about the 'conquest' for a mtn/commuter bike.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •