Old 12-03-17, 10:35 AM
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Originally Posted by WNCGoater View Post
Nashbar has a B-17 for $129.99
Performance about the same, $130.00
Amazon has a B-17 for $93.49
Biketiresdirect has them on "closeout" for $86.99
REI at $119.00

So these aren't the same Brooks B-17? Brooks website has the "Standard" B-17 at $145 and it looks the same as each photo of the above listed saddles.
Go on the Brooks site and see if you can identify the specs of the base model. Then go the those suppliers and see if they match.

I don't think anyone here can definitively tell you the base model has less-good leather than the Team models - when I studied them I could not conclude one was better. The base model was the standard for Brooks many years ago. Some people here were into measuring the leather, but I tried this and did not find any variation I thought was significant.

The only thing I've seen which looks significantly better is the "Select" series, but I think those were discontinued a few years ago.
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