Brooks B17 Saddle

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Brooks B17 Saddle
Quite simply, the Brooks B17 saddle is a living legend. The venerable English saddle company's flagship model, the B17 has been on the market for over 100 years. The classic B17 Brooks saddle features an all-leather cover with steel rivets and a tension adjuster. When broken-in, Brooks saddles are considered by many to be the most comfortable on the market. The B17 is ideal for commuting, long distance trekking, and general purpose riding. And to keep a Brooks saddle in tip-top condition, utilize Brooks Proofide (BK-PF40) to condition, preserve and shower-proof your saddle.
  • Add some classic style to any bike with Brooks leather
  • Considered to be among the most comfortable bike saddles on the market
  • Leather cover
  • Steel rails
  • Available in multiple color options
Brooks B17 Saddle
  • WEIGHT 520g
  • COVER Leather
  • RAILS Steel
  • DIMENSIONS 175mm x 275mm
  • Rating 5

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Brooks B17 Saddle
 
4.8

(based on 48 reviews)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (29)
  • Comfortable (10)
  • Dries quickly (6)
  • Comfort (4)
  • Good padding (4)

Cons

  • Heavy (16)

Best Uses

  • All around (31)
  • Long rides (31)
  • Commuting (29)
  • Mountain biking (5)
  • Road racing (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (35), Casual/ recreational (6), Commuter (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (29)

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5.0

brooks saddle

By Uncle Mikey

from Santa Barbara, CA

About Me Commuter

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable

Cons

  • Needs to be broken in

Best Uses

  • Long Rides
  • Touring

Comments about Brooks B17 Saddle:

These saddle are amazing, I have three. After the break in period of 300-500 miles they conform to your anatomy and are so comfortable that I don't use chamois lined lycra shorts when I tour.

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5.0

Brooks B17 saddle

By Dave

from Dallas Ga.

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Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • All Around

      Comments about Brooks B17 Saddle:

      Have sit on this saddle for about 20 miles, I hurt no where. I took off the original seat from my Trek and replaced it with the B17. I Am not sorry I bought it.

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      5.0

      Excellent after break-in, but adjuster is the weak link

      By Bob

      from Grass Valley, CA

      About Me Commuter

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • All Around
          • Commuting
          • Long Rides

          Comments about Brooks B17 Saddle:

          I've done mostly commute-style rides of 20-40 miles on mixed asphalt and gravel roads, 3-5 times a week, for the past 30 years. At 6'6" and 210 lbs my bike saddle (and butt) take a pounding. I've tried a lot of saddles, but when I found the Brooks B17 8 years ago it was a revelation. I bought a black one, put Proofide on it, and rode it for two months, and it was stiff as a brick. I thought I had made a mistake, but did notice my butt wasn't as sore after a ride as before. Then on month 3, poof, it broke in, and the long commutes were now as pain-free as the short ones. Awesome.

          Sadly, after 8 years, the head on the adjuster bolt on the seat (which I rarely had to adjust) snapped off. The rest of the seat is still fine, but finding a new adjuster bolt is a pain. Nashbar should sell them. However, there are instructions online for using a lathe to turn an 8MM cap screw into an adjuster, and that's what I'm doing, because I simply don't want to abandon this wonderfully broken-in seat. Google around, and you'll see that adjuster failures on this seat are fairly common. I now own a new honey-colored B17 which my butt is breaking in, so I'll have a spare once my black B17 is fixed. I didn't take off a star for the adjuster, because 8 years is about 7 years longer than I've ever owned any other seat, so I guess I can't complain.

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          5.0

          very comfortable

          By New biker

          from Illinois

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

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          Pros

          • Good Padding
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • All Around

            Comments about Brooks B17 Saddle:

            I have an old road bike from the 1970's. It came with a leather seat. It was always very comfortable and my rear end never was uncomfortable. This new leather saddle is similar. It took no breaking in for me and I can ride and ride without pain.

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            5.0

            As advertised

            By Mark

            from Iowa

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

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            Pros

            • Comfort
            • Simple

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • All Around
              • Long Rides

              Comments about Brooks B17 Saddle:

              Bought the seat a few weeks ago for my road bike, used conditioner and installed for a handful of rides. Went for 3 days on RAGBRAI over 60 miles each day worked out great did not have any issues with saddle. I am over 280 lbs have not seen any durability issues

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              5.0

              Better From The First Ride

              By Richie Rich

              from Duluth, MN

              About Me Avid Cyclist

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              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Good looking
              • No Chaffing

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Long Rides
              • Mountain Biking

              Comments about Brooks B17 Saddle:

              This saddle immediately felt more comfortable than my old Specialized saddle. Each ride seems to get better and better. I did use the special conditioner on it and let it soak in for almost a week before using it. My backside wishes I had bought this saddle before I rode the CTR last summer.

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              5.0

              Brooks is the best!

              By Alinazma

              from Massachusetts

              About Me Avid Cyclist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable After Breakin
              • Durable

              Cons

              • Long Break In Period

              Best Uses

              • All Around
              • Commuting
              • Long Rides

              Comments about Brooks B17 Saddle:

              I have found that Brooks is always the best seat! It is durable, comfortable, and just an overall quality product.

              The only caveat is that the break in period is about 200 miles and can be painful. I think it is worth it to get a seat that will last many years!

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              5.0

              What break-in period

              By never over the hill

              from Little Rock, AR

              About Me Avid Cyclist

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              Pros

              • Instant Comfort

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Brooks B17 Saddle:

                  My original Brooks saddle was on my first road bike I purchased in 1971. It served me well for many years. But along the way it went away. Finally, I was looking for a change and purchased my new B-17. Within 10 miles on my first ride with the saddle the comfort of old was back! It was like nothing had changed from the old days. I'll never be without a Brooks again. Never mind that it may be slightly heavier, I weigh 5 pounds more than I did in '71 too.

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                  5.0

                  Awesome saddle right out of the box

                  By Wyvern

                  from Orange, Texas

                  About Me Avid Cyclist

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable
                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • None Really

                  Best Uses

                  • All Around
                  • Commuting
                  • Long Rides

                  Comments about Brooks B17 Saddle:

                  Pretty comfortable right out of the box, however it took 3 longer rides to get it just perfect. I don't know how I did not know about this saddle sooner. The more I ride the better it feels. Bought the ointment and applied as directed. Planning on ordering another one for a new bike that is on order.

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                  5.0

                  Pleasant surprise.

                  By Happy Retired Guy

                  from Gardnerville, Nevada

                  About Me Avid Cyclist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable 1st Ride

                  Cons

                  • A Bit Heavier Than Most
                  • Initial Prepmaintenance
                  • Some Prep Maintenance

                  Best Uses

                  • All Around
                  • Long Rides

                  Comments about Brooks B17 Saddle:

                  This is my 1st Brooks saddle (Brooks B17). It was reasonably comfortable on 1st 3 rides of 62 miles. I am 4 months away from 70 and heavy at 5'8" and 186 lbs. with a lot of that weight in upper body muscle so was pleasantly surprised not to feel the discomfort experienced on several previous "padded" saddles. After reading various forum reviews, etc., I believe this saddle will conform to my posterior and I will be able to go longer distances with less discomfort. I did soak it in neatsfoot oil for 20 mins. and then use proofhide as recommended before the first ride because it was quite hard just out of the box. My bike is a Specialized 2015 Roubaix SL4 Expert and is ridden in a dry climate and hilly areas with some uncomfortable road surfaces (broken pavement and deep splits across the road). This saddle seems to work well for the area. I will probably buy another Brooks for my 2011 Giant Defy Advanced II.

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