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Brooks Saddle?

Okay I posted something in the "Oh Little Leeeeeeeeeeeeeeoooooooooo" thread to the effect of:

Brooks are ugly, heavy, and look uncomfortable.

I did some research (tiny bit) and they look pretty kewl. The leather is not really wrapped around a shell. More like it's riveted to the nose and tail & there is no shell underneath. You sit on a "banana hammock" type thingy.



Who's got one that can tell me about it?
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Old 12-14-06, 07:58 PM
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go ask the single speed/fixed gear forum, i know a lot of riders over there have them. I've never seen one on an mtb though.
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Old 12-14-06, 08:09 PM
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I use B17's on my MTB and the Professional on my road bikes.. Once you get used to the feel the extra weight is not an issue.. I would rather be comfortable than worry about an extra 6 ounces..
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Old 12-14-06, 08:31 PM
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I have a B-17 and I ordered a Champion flyer this week for my Giant Rincon. I found the B-17 comfortable right out of the box and it gets even more comfortable as I put more miles on it.
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I have a Brooks Conquest ATB sprung saddle. It's basically a Pro with springs. Very comfortable...
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I have a swift (ti rails) and a b17. If you lace up the swift it could take the offroad, it would deffinatly provide suspension (a small few mm where it counts). B17 are much wider, available with ti rails and will last you the rest of your life. It is not a cult thing, they are just wicked comfortable.
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I have a B-17 that is breaking in nicely (approx. 700 miles on it). It is currently on my Surly Cross Check, but for the first 200 miles or so it was on my Kona Caldera. Very comfortable from the start. However, I ride mostly diffcult trails the average Joe would probably struggle a bit with. The B-17 was too wide for me to be confident about getting behind it on the steeps. If you ride technical trails I would not get the normal B-17, but opt for one of Brooks' narrower offerings. Hope this helps!
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Brooks are too wide for my tastes.
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Yeah, Im just gonna go across -the- grain and put a roadie seat on my MTB! Hell, it's light, comfy, and ITALIAN! OOOHHHH!

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BMX saddle on my trailbike, couch on the DH bike.
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I wreck a lot, so the saddle sees a lot of abuse. My mtb saddles are all sale bin specials.
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Originally Posted by Quick_Torch C5
Yeah, Im just gonna go across -the- grain and put a roadie seat on my MTB! Hell, it's light, comfy, and ITALIAN! OOOHHHH!
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Originally Posted by chelboed
Okay I posted something in the "Oh Little Leeeeeeeeeeeeeeoooooooooo" thread to the effect of:

Brooks are ugly, heavy, and look uncomfortable.

I did some research (tiny bit) and they look pretty kewl. The leather is not really wrapped around a shell. More like it's riveted to the nose and tail & there is no shell underneath. You sit on a "banana hammock" type thingy.



Who's got one that can tell me about it?
Brooks are everything you've listed. Ugly, heavy and look uncomfortable. But once you're on one, they are plain heaven. Hey! I think there's a dirty joke in there somewhere
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Brooks B17 on my touring/city bike. I love it, but am hapy with my WTB seat on my Mountain Bike.
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Originally Posted by cyccommute


Ugly, heavy and look uncomfortable. But once you're on one, they are plain heaven.
Who me, willfully misquote you? Nah!

Edit: The original pic above no longer worked so another was found.
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Well, I've got a SanMarco Arami and Bontrager Race Lux right now. I put a WTB Rocket V Team on my Christmas list. I think they're all similar in width.

I think though in the future, when I replace what I've got...I'll either go with a Brooks Swift or a B17N (narrow).
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Brooks are good. They can take a lot of abuse and emerge with nothing more than a scuffed surface.
The extra weight is countered by the ability to fit substantial luggage without any additional racks.
The Conquest sprung MTB model is probably lighter than a typicla sprung seatpost/plastic saddle combo and a lot more durable.
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"The Conquest sprung MTB model is probably lighter than a typicla sprung seatpost/plastic saddle combo and a lot more durable."


I would never use a typical sprung saddle on anything but maybe my wife's bike. I'm used to a 250g narrow crotch-chopper with a love channel. I had always thought the wide springy stuff was best left for the commuters.


Maybe I'm wrong. I think a B-17 could possibly be too wide...may need to check the B17n, swift, or team.
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The limited edition Swallow looks closer to what I'm used to. It was limited to under 1000 units and they've been going on ebay for $400+.

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Yeah, but you don't need to get the Ltd Ed. swallow. You can just get the regular one.

The $135 "Team" is only 8mm wider than the Swallow.
The $250 "Swift" is the same width as the swallow, but 8mm shorter.
The $94 B17n is the same size as the Swift, just flatter.
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Originally Posted by chelboed
Yeah, but you don't need to get the Ltd Ed. swallow. You can just get the regular one.

The $135 "Team" is only 8mm wider than the Swallow.
The $250 "Swift" is the same width as the swallow, but 8mm shorter.
The $94 B17n is the same size as the Swift, just flatter.

Sounds like someone is this close ---> <---
to getting a Brooks saddle.
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Originally Posted by santiago
Sounds like someone is this close ---> <---
to getting a Brooks saddle.
Well...probably the next saddle I get will be a Brooks b/c I'm getting to the point these days where I'm tired of replacing my components.

It really got me thinking the other day:
My next drivetrain will most likely be a Rohloff...should last avg. 15yrs.
My next saddle, a Brooks...some have lasted 30yrs.
I'm still wearing my Dr. Martens and they're 8yrs old.
My next ink Pen will be a Fisher Mellinium...they're guarentee'd to write forever.
My next furnace filter will be an electrostatic lifetime filter.
My next seatpost will be a Thomson...as well as stem.
My King headset has a 10yr warranty.

I just have to try to remember to keep my reciepts and warranty papers all together, hehe.
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OP: You're asking a question about Brooks- this has only got to be the most discussed saddle on these bikeforums

FWIW, Brooks suck for MTB usage (I've used one)- they weigh half a kilo and the leather is slippery, which gives very poor traction for controlling the bike through the seatpost.
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Originally Posted by womble
OP: You're asking a question about Brooks- this has only got to be the most discussed saddle on these bikeforums

FWIW, Brooks suck for MTB usage (I've used one)- they weigh half a kilo and the leather is slippery, which gives very poor traction for controlling the bike through the seatpost.
(take the tone of Mum and Dad) Don't roll your eyes at me young man!!!

Actually, the Brooks saddle hasn't been discussed in the MTB forum since I have been around here. I don't spend any time in other forums. I don't want a Commuter's opinion on a saddle that will be on my MTB. I want a MTB'ers opinion. Thank you for yours though. I don't control my bike very much via the saddle. When I'm on the trail, I don't spend much time in the saddle...too much climbing around here. Occasionally, I spend a little "saddle time" on some smoother trails around, but not generally.

I have a sticky butt anyway.

Seriously...I appreciate your opinion on how slick it is. Makes me wonder how well it would work out b/c sometimes I wear lycra, sometimes I wear baggy's.
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