I’ve just fitted a B17 to my roadbike* – I was expecting the 1st 750 miles as pure torture until it was broken in – but it feels perfect from the off.
I’m not sure about fitting a brooks to my MTB as I don’t think they hold up well when very wet.
* my roadbike has mudguards fitted, hence little/no spray from the rear wheel.Posted 5 years agoPeterStarkissMember
Bought a Brooks Professional a few years ago after seeing them being made as part of a documentary by a guy building his ideal bike.
Beautifully made, real quality leather.
I knew the first month or so would be breaking it in, so persevered.
After a couple of months I accepted it just needed breaking in a bit more so stuck with it.
After 12 months I was questioning my tactics but it looks so good and I really wanted it to be comfortable so I persevered.
After 24 months it I was still rather firm after a few miles and I had to admit to peddling out of the saddle, something I have never done before.
Last year I had to face reality training for the London to Brighton off-road and the Brooks came off temporarily for a less aesthetic dual density saddle.
I haven’t put it back on….
It seems some people get on great with them, some don’t, and unfortunately you have to spend some money to find out.Posted 5 years agoRaouliganMember
I’ve got a Swift on my Genesis just a steel railed one, it’s mega comfy, don’t but it squeaks like a very annoying thing which is pretty dull.
Oh if you run with the saddle along way back on the rails you’ll find that the metal clip that holds a swift together fouls a Thomson seatpost which is again a source of noise.
If you ran the saddle mid rail I’m pretty sure this would all stop?
It is super comfortable though and despite the weight I’d consider whacking one on the Sprout.Posted 5 years agocharlie the bikemongerSubscriber
Got a ti b17, hurt like hell for ten miles, and loved it ever since.
Use mine on my to Fargo, be perfect on your vaya.
Get the five quid saddle cover to look after it on wet days… http://www.charliethebikemonger.com/brooks-saddle-cover-457-p.asp
A tub of proofide will also be needed.Posted 5 years agomark a.Member
I get on with my B17, and pretty much always have done from the beginning, luckily. The saddle angle is critical, though: nose a mm too high and it’s painful, but a mm too low and you’re sliding off the front.
With the recent price rises now, though, I’d also be having a look at the Spa Cycles ones.Posted 5 years agosaleemMember
I’ve a carbon flite I’d swap you for your swift ? Like this but in black.Posted 5 years ago
My dad spent 20+ years banging on about his Brooks saddle and how amazingly comfy it was. Then he tried my Charge Spoon and ordered one himself 15 mins later. He has finally admitted that he never really found the Brooks comfy.
On the plus side it will sell well on eBay!Posted 5 years agodoom_mountainSubscriber
Have a Team Pro on my tourer/commuter/road bike, after years of getting to know one another, it’s really comfy.Posted 5 years ago
Hopefully if I keep taking care of it, we’ll have a long happy life together.
Already outlasted several plastic-y saddles on other bikes.
It matches my brown bar tape as well 😀
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