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Brooks B17 versus B17 Imperial and a question for Imperial owners

Old 09-21-11, 12:11 AM
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Brooks B17 versus B17 Imperial and a question for Imperial owners

I am weighing up getting a B17 or a B17 Imperial. My current saddle is a stock general purpose anatomic job with a cut-out. The current saddle is okay in that I don't really think about it too much. However, I'd like to not think about my saddle at all, hence interest in a Brooks. I've never experience perineal pressure, if anything I have experienced more in the way of sit bone pressure in the past. Currently my fit is such that I seldom experience any saddle related discomfort. I'm just wondering if I should shell out the extra and just get the Imperial so I don't have to worry about maybe needing to send back a regular B17. The question I have for B17 owners is whether you feel the laces on the underside cause any friction against your bike shorts. I'd be most concerned that those laces might cause undue wear on the inside edges of the bike shorts where the inner thigh rubs against the saddle while pedaling. Advice or opinions from any of you Brooks owners would be greatly appreciated. Also, I'll be purchasing from Wallingford so that I can take advantage of their superior return policy in case I need it.
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The whole point of the laces is so that you can draw the side flaps together and get them OUT of the way. So no, the laces aren't a problem for me.

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Zero interference from laces on my B17s. Of course, that could be because they only have 15,000 and 12,000 miles (+/-) on them, so I haven't actually had to lace them.
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I've got the B-17 and haven't had any issues that would suggest an upgrade. What you say sounds like you won't have any problems either, after allowing for a few hundred miles to break it into your own shape. I am inclined to say that the B-17 is all you will ever want, though I admit I have never sat upon an Imperial.
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I have both B17 and Imperial - the laces don't bother me. The choice of saddle depends upon your handle bar seat height and riding position. While the seats are similar in size and shape, Imperial cut aside - I think the optimal position for the imperial is a slightly more aggressive riding position than the b-17.
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