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 50 reviews)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (30)
  • Comfortable (10)
  • Dries quickly (6)
  • Comfort (4)
  • Good padding (4)

Cons

  • Heavy (16)

Best Uses

  • All around (32)
  • Long rides (32)
  • Commuting (29)
  • Mountain biking (6)
  • Road racing (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (36), Casual/ recreational (7), Commuter (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (31)

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5.0

Great Saddle

By Big D

from Rapid City, SD

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Pros

  • Durable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • All Around
    • Long Rides

    Comments about Brooks B17 Saddle:

    Love these saddles. Comfortable. Have on four of my bikes--May have on the fifth soon.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great Service

    By Doug

    from New york

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Mountain Biking

        Comments about Brooks B17 Saddle:

        The stock seat on my bike was horrible the B17 is like sitting on my couch

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        • No

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        5.0

        brooks saddle

        By Uncle Mikey

        from Santa Barbara, CA

        About Me Commuter

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        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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        • No

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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

                  Verified Buyer

                  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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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Better From The First Ride

                    By Richie Rich

                    from Duluth, MN

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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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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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

                    Verified Buyer

                    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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