Brooks B33 Saddle review

This leviathan has created much mirth in the Cycling Plus office but is notably the only saddle produced by Brooks with spiral-wound rear springs. Suitably partnered to a pre-war rod-braked Raleigh ladies' bike.

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £59.99 RRP
Brooks B33

Our review

A commodious sprung leather saddle redolent of Imperial British craftsmanship. All you need is the right bike.
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This leviathan has created much mirth in the BikeRadar office but is notably the only saddle produced by Brooks with spiral-wound rear springs. Suitably partnered to a pre-war rod-braked Raleigh ladies bike, the B33 looks the part and the broad embossed leather top provides acres of room for the bum cheeks to rest.

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The ‘springlike’ B33 gives a floating sensation that is quite apart from the supportive yet soft feeling of a gel-filled saddle, and the front spring provides some welcome comfort to the nether regions over rutted roads.

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Due to its taller than average overall height, this saddle will not be suitable for people who already have less than an inch of exposed seatpost showing on their roadster. As with all leather saddles, it is well worth treating the leather parts with a charge of Profide (priced around £4.45) to ward off the effects of moisture.

Product Specifications

Product

Name B33
Brand Brooks

Aeration System No
Simple Drawstring Saddle Fitting No
Saddle Country of Origin US
Saddle Cover Material Leather
Ergonomic Saddle Features Extended Saddle Length Ladies specific
Saddle Padding Foam Soft
Shock Absorption Web Spring Base Rear Suspension
Colour Black
Weight (g) 1540
Saddle Zero Friction Sphere System No
Aerodynamic Yes
Saddle Scuff Guards No
Saddle Moves With Pedalling Motion Yes
Rubberised Interface With Saddle No
Revised Decals No
Requires I-Beam Seatpost No
MPN B33
Cast Magnesium Rear Mounts No
Anti Compression Channel No
Saddle Width Availability 3 widths