Join Date: Sep 2005
Bikes: Surly Big Dummy, Fuji World, 80ish Bianchi
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There are only two major differences between the B17 and the Team Pro:
1. The Team Pro is about 10mm narrower.
2. The Team Pro does not have the ventilation holes.
Both are pretty darn close in weight, and some allege the Team Pro has thicker leather. Both are also available with Ti rails, if weight is your concern, but between the dropping value of the dollar and the increased cost of titanium, the cost of the ti-railed versions have gotten downright ridiculous.
I have B17s, Champion Specials and Team Pros. Personally, I like the B17 Champion Special the best...it looks nicer and fits me better than the Team Pro - even on my road bike, and to me, it ventilates and provides a little more 'give' on the taint due to the holes.
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