Brooks’ legendary traditional leather saddles, like the B17, are still potentially the most comfortable around. We say potentially because the rock hard 5mm thick hide takes a year of regular riding and oiling before it moulds to a truly custom fit that’s not matched by any ‘modern’ saddle.
The downsides, besides a masochistic first few months, are high weight (the lighter Ti version costs £99.99) and the potential to inflict eye-watering injuries if you catch yourself. Considering our Tech Director Steve Worland’s last Brooks finally died aged 33, you can’t fault long-term value though. Narrow and women’s versions of the B17 plus partially broken-in ‘aged’ specials are also available.
|Name||Name, 0, 10, Name, B17 Standard|
|Brand||Brand, 0, 20, Brand, Brooks|
|Weight (g)||Weight (g), 2, 0, Weight (g), 548|
|Colour||Colour, 2, 0, Colour, Black|
|Road/Performance Compatibility||Road/Performance Compatibility, 2, 0, Road/Performance Compatibility, Marathon|
|Saddle Padding||Saddle Padding, 2, 0, Saddle Padding, Hard|
|Saddle Decoration||Saddle Decoration, 2, 0, Saddle Decoration, Logo|
|Saddle Cover Material||Saddle Cover Material, 2, 0, Saddle Cover Material, Leather|
|Saddle Shaping||Saddle Shaping, 2, 0, Saddle Shaping, Built-in Flex|