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Brooks: B17 vs Imperial Narrow

Old 04-07-16, 04:20 AM
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Brooks: B17 vs Imperial Narrow


I've tried many different saddles (for a full-suspension MTB). Some were wide, some were extremely narrow. All were just a big fat NOPE compared to my Brooks B17. Which puzzled me, because brooks is rock hard, and it still gave me much more comfort than those very soft saddles filled with lots of gel. My usual trip distance is 30-80km, 2-5 hours.

But hey, if it works, it works!

Thing is, I am kinda scared of prostate issues. B17 doesn't have a "hole" in the middle, so it just might apply unnecessary pressure there.

I have a rather wide sitbones for a male (iirc somewhere between 120 and 130 mm) and very "protruding", thus it is difficult to find a proper saddle for me. B17 seems best so far, but there's still one that interests me, and it's the Imperial Narrow variant.

Thing is:

- is the "hole" really important? I do not feel any pain or numbness around the "fragile area",TBH. It's more about me being paranoid.
- is the imperial variant more comfortable?
- what about the "narrow" variant? like I said, I do have wide bones, but perhaps it's still more suitable for a MTB?

I of course use the bike pants.

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.......But hey, if it works, it works!
Can't help you with the Imperial, but B17's work for me. If you're worried about prostate relief, cut them out, as I did thusly:

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Originally Posted by Kaiketsu View Post
...I am kinda scared of prostate issues. B17 doesn't have a "hole" in the middle, so it just might apply unnecessary pressure...
Two issues:

-First, pressure will do nothing to your prostate, but a severely enlarged prostate may create pressure. See your urologist with questions...
-Second, B17 is too wide for MTB riding, unless you're very bow legged. How will you slide behind the saddle on steep technical descents or bump-overs?
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Gee I keep reading that "proper fit" is the answer to all saddle problems. With thousands of threads like this, apparently there really is a problem with DF saddles the riders wont publicly admit.
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