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 4.5

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Brooks B17 Saddle
 
4.7

(based on 40 reviews)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (27)
  • Comfortable (9)
  • Dries quickly (6)
  • Comfort (3)
  • Good padding (3)

Cons

  • Heavy (15)

Best Uses

  • Commuting (27)
  • All around (26)
  • Long rides (26)
  • Road racing (5)
  • Mountain biking (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (31), Casual/ recreational (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
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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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5.0

Comfortable, great looking saddle

By Rick

from La Porte Texas

About Me Casual/ Recreational

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Pros

  • Good looking
  • Highly Recommended
  • Proven Style
  • Time Tested

Cons

  • A little heavy
  • Not The Latest Thing
  • Pricey

Best Uses

  • All Around
  • Commuting
  • Long Rides

Comments about Brooks B17 Saddle:

Replaced the smallish Bontrager saddle that came stock on my Trek Domane.
very comfortable right out of the box.
look forward to it breaking in and fitting me even better.
I bought the Proofide, and have been applying it esp to the underside, to condition and weather proofing.
The Royal Blue color is starting to show (it came very dark, almost black)
I am VERY happy with this saddle.
a perfect match for me and the bike.

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5.0

Wy did I wait so long

By tuf luk

from Ocilla,GA

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Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Durable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • All Around
    • Commuting
    • Long Rides

    Comments about Brooks B17 Saddle:

    Simply the best saddle I've ever ridden. My only problem is that I waited so long to get one. Although the first ride on it is a bit hard, the dreaded break in period that everyone talks about seems nonexistent. I would recommend this saddle over and over again. You should definitely order some of the Brooks saddle cream with it to help break it in. I have a friend with a Brooks and borrow his. Now I need to order some for both of us.

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    5.0

    Gotta love the Brooks!

    By Martywoodman

    from Nashville, Tn.

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    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • All Around
        • Commuting
        • Long Rides

        Comments about Brooks B17 Saddle:

        I got this for my touring bike. I have 4 bikes and all of them have a Brooks saddle on them! Stylish and comfortable.

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        5.0

        excellent saddle,

        By Noah the Biker

        from Brooklyn, NY

        About Me Avid Cyclist

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        Pros

        • Dries Quickly
        • Durable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Bike Touring
          • Commuting
          • Long Rides

          Comments about Brooks B17 Saddle:

          My son uses two bikes, and was moving his one Brooks saddle from bike to bike because he loved the Brooks so much. This new Brooks eliminates the need to keep changing the seat. Brroks will last a llifetime (or until somone steals it, is classy, not uncomfortable even though there is no padding.

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          5.0

          Fantastic saddle

          By Banger

          from South Jersey

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Pros

          • Comfort

          Cons

          • Gets Wet In Rain

          Best Uses

          • All Around
          • Commuting
          • Long Rides

          Comments about Brooks B17 Saddle:

          Still the most comfortable saddle I've ridden. Ride it on everything from century rides to club racing events. Even fellow riders on narrow modern seats will ask to try it and love it. Unless you ride on the tour I think you won't find a more comfortable seat. I got mine when Nashbar was having the yearly big sale and got a great price.

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          4.0

          Reluctant Believer

          By LikesToBike

          from Earth

          About Me Avid Cyclist

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          Pros

          • Comfortable

          Cons

          • Heavy
          • Heavy Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Commuting
          • Long Rides
          • Touring

          Comments about Brooks B17 Saddle:

          I'm now ruined for any other saddle. I thought my WTB saddle was all I'd ever own but decided to try this since it was on sale with a 20% site discount.

          I treated with Proofide as directed straight out of the box. At first, I was sliding off of this thing like crazy and thought I had made a mistake. This forced me to angle it up which was painful on the family jewels, especially when in the drops.

          After it broke in, I was able to point the nose back down again and the saddle lost its slipperiness. It took me only about 100 miles to get it broken in and then I went on a 250 mile trek. During that trek, I never once had saddle discomfort despite riding up to 80 miles/day. I can also now ride in the drops without any discomfort.

          This thing is a full 250g heavier than my WTB, but I'm considering getting a Brooks for each bike I own. My go to WTB saddle now seems painful after only a short ten mile ride.

          My next one will probably be the Swallow as I think that model will be better for road riding than the B17 and is quite a bit lighter.

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          4.0

          Great Saddle

          By Ol' BikerHiker

          from socal

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

          • Durable

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • All Around
          • Commuting
          • Long Rides

          Comments about Brooks B17 Saddle:

          I'd read a lot of recomendations about this saddle and now that I've been riding on it for a while, I'm buying one for my other bike.

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          1.0

          Delusional Retro Nonsense

          By Glute-man

          from Sequim, Washington

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Pros

            Cons

            • Heavy
            • Not Enough Padding

            Best Uses

              Comments about Brooks B17 Saddle:

              I got my first Brooks on my first road bike which was made for me in Italy in 1964. Untreated, they actually take several thousand miles to "break in", at which time they take on the appearance of an old, dirty diaper hanging across the rails like a nasty hammock. Until they are "broken in" they pound your prostate (and the other bits)like sitting on a jackhammer. Today, the retro crowd considers this to be some sort of "badge"of cycling purity or something. In the 60's there were no other options to speak of so we had to accept the suffering and destruction of our prostates. The anatomical cut-outs in modern saddles are actually there for a reason. When your prostate goes you'll get it.
              If you like the Brooks then you probably also lust after a fixed gear track bike without brakes to complete your look and proclaim your preliteracy to the world (who doesn't care). Lame.
              Rather than bash this rediculously hyped anachchronism with my own criticisms I would just suggest that you ask yourself when was the last time you saw a professional road-racing cyclist riding a Brooks? Tweet Bob Roll and ask him why everyone isn't riding a Brooks during this year's Tour de France. Give me a break.

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