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    Brooks B-17 width

    I just bought a "new" old bike and then sold some junk that's exactly the price of a green Brooks to match the new bike, and I'm going to take the plunge. I was about to order from my shop when I did a search to find that the B-17 is a full 3cm wider than my current favorite saddle (on all my bikes), the Selle Italia Flite.

    I know a Brooks is going to be different and take some getting used to, but should I really only go for the narrow version, which is still a cm wider?

    It's possible that the Flite isn't really the ideal width, but just that it was my introduction to non-cheapo, non-padded saddles, but it's was enough that I haven't ridden another saddle on any bike for 2 or 3 years now. I also ride in a very forward, stretched out position typically, but this bike has more relaxed geometry, if that makes a big difference.

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    Is this a roadie or MTB? Wide saddles on mtbs are worthless.

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    Road bike.

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    Hows your saddle to bars drop? If there's a really big drop between saddle and bars, I'd say go for the narrow. I had a regular old B17 with a lot of saddle to bar drop and ditched it... but it'd probably be a decent saddle now that I have risers.

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    it's bigger than the average rider around here it seems, but I'm both very tall, very flexible, and have a very long torso. Maybe 3-4 inches drop from nose to the tops on this bike.

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    One thing I like about the width of the standard B17 specfic for FG/SS is that when seated cranking up a hill, the width gives some resistance to push the back of ones very upper legs/lower butt into. When I've swapped to narrower saddles I've felt like I could push myself over the back of the saddle.

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    the 3 cms will make it your NEW favorite saddle.

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    There's also a green Brooks Team Pro available. I really like mine.

    Get it from wallbike.com and you have up to 6 months to return it if you don't like it. Mine is one of the returns.

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    Give it a try, I'd say. FWIW I have a Pro and a B17 and like the B17 the best over long distances. It may be the brooks that's most deserving of its cultish admiration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirtdrop
    There's also a green Brooks Team Pro available. I really like mine.

    Get it from wallbike.com and you have up to 6 months to return it if you don't like it. Mine is one of the returns.
    Ha, 90 bucks is about as high as I'd go for any part that's not a frame or a pair of wheels, so no team pro for me. I'll check those returns though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ieatrats
    Ha, 90 bucks is about as high as I'd go for any part that's not a frame or a pair of wheels, so no team pro for me. I'll check those returns though.

    ouch to all professional owners *embarrassed*

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