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    Brooks Cambium C17 saddle

    Are any of you using a Brooks Cambium C17 saddle for touring? I'm thinking about getting one, but I'd like to hear a few opinions first. Thanks.
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    I can't be particularly helpful, but a friend who rides regular Brooks seats recently picked up a Cambium. He said his ass was a little sore after the first couple rides, but he got used to it rather quickly. I'll ask if he's put in any longer mileage days since getting it. If so, I'll let you know what he says.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 3speed View Post
    I can't be particularly helpful, but a friend who rides regular Brooks seats recently picked up a Cambium. He said his ass was a little sore after the first couple rides, but he got used to it rather quickly. I'll ask if he's put in any longer mileage days since getting it. If so, I'll let you know what he says.
    Thanks. The reason I ask is that someone in another forum told me that they were fine for short rides but that chafing occurred after longer rides because of the seat texture. He admitted that he tended to move around quite a bit in the saddle, which might be part of the problem.
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    I boxed up the bike of at least one fellow, ridden across the country , with a C17 on it. for UPS shipping east again.. last summer..


    saddle texture caused chafing? was he riding on naked bike day? the "shammy" in bike shorts should have been sufficient to take care of the skin 'down there'.
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    Not everyone likes to wear the silly shorts. Some like a bike that they can just ride normally without the need for special clothing.
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    I have a C17 and due to weather only have a few short rides and I had a sore ass after my rides. I'm hoping it gets better. I'm coming from a Flyer that I love. FWIW, I typically ride in gym shorts or running pants in colder weather neither of which have the diaper.

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    I don't have one, and the reason is that it is quite a bit narrower than the B17. The B17 suits my sitbone width, and I don't see the Cambium doing the same.
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    I bought one last summer, but didn't care for it. I wound up going back to my Brooks B17.

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    The recurring complaint I have read about the Cambium saddle has to do with the canvas cover - it has a tendency to fade and abrade near the edges of the saddle and at rivets. This apparently occurs not so long after you start using it.

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    one of the things I wondered about them is the textured surface, one of the things I really like about a leather Brooks is that slippery aspect of them, I feel it helps with my comfort, so I wonder about how they are in that regard.

    Up here they are pretty much $200, add in tax and its $230, a lot to find out you might not like it.

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    One of my customers has one and he highly recommends it. I have also talked with a few other folks who love theirs as well. I am probably going to give one a try myself. It is a saddle meaning some will like it and others might not like it. I haven't yet seen a universal saddle that everyone likes. However this looks like a promising offer.

    I think people say the Cambium is narrower because the animal's skin used on their other saddles is stretched differently with a different chassis giving the appearance of being wider. From what I have read they are right about the same when getting down to brass rivets.

    For chafing you can put DZ Nuts on your nuts or use Body Glide (which is my favorite as it like a deodorant stick but with chamois creme) You can wear other shorts and not chafe. If you wear cotton you are more likely to chafe and have problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by edthesped View Post
    I have a C17 and due to weather only have a few short rides and I had a sore ass after my rides. I'm hoping it gets better. I'm coming from a Flyer that I love. FWIW, I typically ride in gym shorts or running pants in colder weather neither of which have the diaper.
    I just went from a Terry Fly to a Flyer and cannot imagine ever getting rid of it...
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    I am now in possession of a C17 Carved and while I haven't done a whole lot of riding due to me being worn out from work and the weather being way less than optimal, I like it. It is not heavily padded but not stiff and uncomfortable. It has enough give for comfort but enough stiffness for support. Plus it is a nice looking saddle that could fit on almost any bike (assuming you choose the right color).
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    One of the local shops had a demo/loaner model that I tried for an hour.
    I liked it so I bought the seat. I like that it's waterproof and I don't have
    to massage any lotion/cream and no break-in period. I've used it on some
    rides going over 100 miles.

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    My brother received one of the Brooks Cambium saddles for free when they were testing them. He rides with a B17 on his other bikes but found the Cambium to fit him just fine.

    I have considered buying one but reluctant to spend that much money. Saw one for sale for $65 on the local Craiglist that I would have bought but somebody beat me to it. I didn't like the original off-white color but the brown and black versions look fine.

    I am not concerned about the width because I previously rode with B17s but have replaced them all with Fizik Vitesse saddles, which are about the same shape and dimensions as the Cambium.

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    my buddies at the LBS have a C17 on their mudguard-less 29er bike and fat-tire bikes, waterproof from the bottom up (muddy wheel-spew)

    I'm with tarwheel, though the Pleather on Fizik is not so crashworthy, few coverings are.

    [I used Gaffers tape, some preemptively on the sides, where it may touch walls ]
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    Perhaps the limited edition Denim C17 is more comfortable as the material/grip is different.

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