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Old 12-22-17, 01:34 PM
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Anybody using a Brooks saddle?

Is anyone using a Brooks saddle on their fatbike? If so, how are you finding it and does riding in inclement weather conditions cause the saddle any issues?

I'm looking at a Brooks Flyer saddle as a potential Brooks saddle for my fatbike but have some reservations as it is likely to get wet and may become unusable quickly.

I cannot get comfortable with the stock WTB Silverado or a Specialized Phenom Expert on my fattie so have broadened my search to much wider saddles designed for a more upright cycling position.
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I have a Brooks England B17 on my Salsa Mukluk. I have been riding Brooks saddles for ever or it seems that way. In terms of them getting wet wet they don't like it. Despite the "your backside is on the saddle" so you don't need to worry about suggestions I have managed to ruin one after riding about eight hours in solid rain. So something to be aware of at least. They do have a rain cover but reports suggest it is nothing fantastic.

On my new roadie I have gone with a Selle Anatomica X2 saddle. Really impressed with it so far and their follow up customer service [email after three weeks with guidance on tensioning, treating the saddle etc]. Assuming my experience continues to be positive I doubt I would go back to a Brooks and may well change my existing saddles over. If you decided to try a Selle Anatomica saddle there is a discount code in play at the moment I think, WINTER10 offering you 10% off.
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Another Brooks thread?

keep a plastic bag on it. I did a saturation application of molten Proofide , (Saddle at 100F. upside down ) on my Brooks team pro in 1975..

Fat bikes were not around back then

Consider the All weather Cambium , a C17 or a C19? no care issues then..





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Iíve used a Brooks Cambium. I like it though I currently using a Specialized Toupe.
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I don't have a fat bike but I had a Brooks B17 on my last touring bike, I encountered a TON of rain in about 10'000kms of cycling mostly on one long tour. I actually agree with Fietsbob on this, put a plastic bag over the saddle, a good quality one or maybe even two or three. Also do a good job of Proofide applications and for extra safety you can double an elastic band over the ends of the bags and the seat tube: beauty in ugliness!

I urge you to try and borrow a sprung saddle before buying one, I am riding on one now cause it's the only leather saddle I could find in Latin America and it's fun for a day or two but then you realise you're torquing your knees a lot more to make up for the effective seat height change every half second. Not the kind of thing you want to experiment with on a 200 buck saddle.
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Originally Posted by taz777
Is anyone using a Brooks saddle on their fatbike? If so, how are you finding it and does riding in inclement weather conditions cause the saddle any issues?

I'm looking at a Brooks Flyer saddle as a potential Brooks saddle for my fatbike but have some reservations as it is likely to get wet and may become unusable quickly.

I cannot get comfortable with the stock WTB Silverado or a Specialized Phenom Expert on my fattie so have broadened my search to much wider saddles designed for a more upright cycling position.
I've used a B-17 with rear fender and large saddle bag on my Pugsley, never had any issues. Recently, I ended up with a C-17 and opted to use that on my Pug... but I'd have no issues going back to leather (with fender and saddle bag to protect the saddle from spray).

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Old 01-08-18, 07:25 AM
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I got the Brooks Flyer in the end and have had a few rides with it on my fat bike. It's not exactly a looker and doesn't look great on the bike. It does feel comfortable to sit on. I sense the extra strain on my knees but I think that's more to do with the seat being too low at the moment. I'm adjusting the seat height by tiny amounts after each ride to find the ideal height.

I have a B67 on my cruiser and that is very springy but ideal for the cruiser. The Flyer has almost no give in the springs that I can feel.

I'll see how it goes with the Flyer. The springs reduce the seatpost that visible so make mounting a rear light somewhat tricky. I've had to be a little creative to get my light mounted. It's at the very top of the seapost, literally shining through the springs of the Flyer.

There's no shop nearby that would loan a saddle. I'm basically buying new ones and then selling them at a slight loss as nearly new after trying them out for a handful of rides.
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I have a Cambium and it handles weather just fine. Though, for some reason I get the feeling you're looking for help with leather.
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Hey Taz,

I have been using a b67 on my ICT, and I love it. A friend borrowed it for a while, along with my Flyer, and ended up going with a B67 for himself as well. I found the springing wasn't bad at all, and that the shorter nose (in comparison to the Flyer) was even more comfortable riding the fat bike in both snow and on trail.

Good luck with your saddle!
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