Brooks B17 Imperial Saddle

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Brooks B17 Imperial Saddle
The Brooks B17 Imperial Saddle is the flagship Brooks leather saddle. Ideal for long distance sports touring, trekking and atb use. This saddle has been on the market for over 100 years. Loops for traditional English-style touring bag Chrome steel rails. 280mm Long x 170mm Wide. Black. 515 g. Handmade in England.
  • Add some classic style to any bike with a little Brooks leather
  • Considered to be among the most comfortable bike saddles on the market
Brooks B17 Imperial Saddle
  • WEIGHT 525g
  • COVER Leather(black)
  • RAILS Chrome plated steel
  • DIMENSIONS Width-170mm, Length-280mm
  • Rating 4.5

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Brooks B17 Imperial Saddle
 
4.7

(based on 11 reviews)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (4)
  • Comfortable (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Long rides (5)
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4.0

Nice Seat, Great price

By Craig

from Modesto, CA

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        Comments about Brooks B17 Imperial Saddle:

        When the weather is nice where I live I try to ride 75-90 miles/week. I have yet to find a totally comfortable seat (I do not think they exist) but Brooks comes very close. No padding but the seat cradles your butt like a hammock. No more saddle sores. I have a bad back and ride in a semi upright position and the seat works well. I had a B67 prior to the B17 and it was a bit more comfortable since it is wider and has springs. Very well crafted, looks great, rides great and should last for years with proper care.

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        5.0

        Fantastic Saddle!

        By Jon in Ohio

        from Huron, Ohio

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

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        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Durable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • All Around
          • Long Rides

          Comments about Brooks B17 Imperial Saddle:

          This is my third saddle for my Specialized Allez, and the only one that hasn't given me incredible pain/numbness. I have around 200 miles on it so far, and it just keeps getting better. No numbness or pain anymore, which is such a welcome change!

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          5.0

          A good deal at twice the price

          By Kevin

          from Fort Worth Texas

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                Comments about Brooks B17 Imperial Saddle:

                First, let me say, I'm completely and totally enamored with this saddle. It took away every bit of discomfort I have been fighting with. If you're an internet junkie I'm sure you've read all kinds of stuff about the B17. Well, for me, it made long distance rides possible. I can now ride 50 miles and never even think about the saddle or discomfort. I may gets aches and soreness, but not sbutt related.

                Also, common internet lore is that this saddle isn't good for applications where the bars are below your seat. In my case (Specialized Allez) the bars are equal or slightly below the seat and I have no problems.

                I will always use Brooks saddles on my future bikes after this.

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                5.0

                the most comfortable

                By bike all the time

                from seattle wa

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                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Long Rides

                    Comments about Brooks B17 Imperial Saddle:

                    I always use Brooks, the B17 is great and breaks in pretty quickly, the brass riveted saddles take a long long time to break in , the Imperial is comfy from the get go

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                    • Yes

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                    5.0

                    25 years later

                    By Andy Indurain

                    from Seattle,WA

                    About Me Commuter

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable
                    • Durable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Commuting
                      • Long Rides

                      Comments about Brooks B17 Imperial Saddle:

                      I bought a new bike, but the stock saddle sucks so replacing it with another Brooks.

                      I bought my first Brooks B17 in 1988, finally the leather is cracking and the grommets are pulling through, I'll probably get no more than another couple years out it. I've ridden it in all weathers and it's the best saddle I've had. Yes, it takes about 400-500 miles to break in, but after that you're good to go.

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                      5.0

                      Worth every penny

                      By Kenny

                      from Idaho

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                      Pros

                      • Comfort
                      • Durable
                      • Looks Cool

                      Cons

                      • Tension System side

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Brooks B17 Imperial Saddle:

                        I ride 100+ miles a week, road, and wanted a better saddle. Brooks came very highly recommended so I pulled the trigger. Worth every penny. More comfortable than anything else I've tried and it hasn't even broken in yet. And the design is simple and elegant. My only (minor) beef is with the side tensioning system- lacing string trough the holes on the side. Kind of a pita to adjust and tighten when the saddle is mounted. Then again, once it is broken in, no more adjusting.

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                        5.0

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                        By RAGBRAI Enthusiast

                        from West Des Moines, IA

                        Comments about Brooks B17 Imperial Saddle:

                        great saddle

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                        3.0

                        Comfortable saddle

                        By Razorback

                        from Ohio

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                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Good Padding

                        Cons

                        • Slick surface

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Brooks B17 Imperial Saddle:

                          Comfortable ride. the surface is very slick and I felt as if I was sliding around during the entire ride. Ended up returning it after a week of trying it out.

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                          5.0

                          Imperial Saddle tester

                          By lubers

                          from Plymouth, WI

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                          Pros

                          • Ride all day on it

                          Cons

                          • None

                          Best Uses

                          • Touring

                          Comments about Brooks B17 Imperial Saddle:

                          I was one of the lucky ones who got to test this saddle when Brooks decided to bring it back on the market. Used it for one year and put on about 2500 miles on it. One of the best saddles I had, after one year of use I decided to let someone use it and went back to my Brooks Flyer. You simply can't go wrong with a Brooks.

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                          5.0

                          Best ever

                          By StevieB

                          from Clovis, Ca

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                          Pros

                          • Comfort

                          Cons

                          • Heavy

                          Best Uses

                          • Long Rides

                          Comments about Brooks B17 Imperial Saddle:

                          Sometimes you have to stop being a "weight weenie" and just buy what works.
                          There is a good reason that Brooks saddles are still around and unchanged for so many years. THEY WORK!!!
                          I went through 7 "light weight saddles before I sucked it up and bought a Brooks.
                          You won't regret it!

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