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Brooks B17 Special Saddle

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Review by Manoucher

A Great Choice with Caveat!
by Manoucher
San Jose CA

A high quality saddle. Had the same model for over 17 years putting in 5000 miles each year. Still looking good. Each person�s sitbone is different but this one works well for me. Hard to break in! I apply olive oil 3-4 times the the first 3 months to soften the leather then only once a year.

I also love its classic look.

Reviewed 4/8/2024
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Review by JohnK

The only saddle you will ever need and use, no joke
by JohnK
Cycling Enthusiast
Chandler AZ
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

I have been biking for over 40 years. Of course, during that time, I've had countless number of saddles, tried pretty much all of them. One of the best one I remember is the O2 Gel Saddle, it was very comfortable for those long rides. But it did not last. Either the top give ways or the rail and underneath.

Then here came the Brooks. I have several. B17, Special, Imperial, and Swift. Each one has its unique personality. But they all share one thing. Comfort and durability. But be warned, it takes relentless break in first couple of months. And you need to train the saddle. Yep, you need to train it to make it your own. Like training a horse and bonding with him/her. Once the bonding forms, get ready for shear bliss.

Reviewed 1/28/2024
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Review by Dansloan

Great service
by Dansloan

Great saddle, fast service

Reviewed 11/16/2023
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Review by Bing Bruce

It Changes With You
by Bing Bruce
Cycling Enthusiast
2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

A B17 truism is that it takes 500 miles to break it in, and there will be discomfort if not outright pain until you do.

Maybe because I was expecting a bit of agony, I was surprised when it felt so good right out of the box. Stiff, sure, but the venerable shape of it really works. And here's the thing--after 150 miles on it I can already feel this little miracle happening: it's changing to me, it's becoming almost part of me in a way that man-made-materials saddles cannot.

Reviewed 11/16/2021
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Review by Anonymous

Classic Comfort
by Anonymous
Cycling Enthusiast
15 of 15 customers found this review helpful.

There are cheaper seats out there, but none more comfortable. Takes some time to get it broken in, but once you get 1000 miles on it, you won't go back. Have 4 bikes, have 3 Brooks. Need to upgrade the 4th because I always dread riding it.

There's a reason there are so many other saddles out there They're all uncomfortable and keep trying to get the right geometry for each rider, and mostly fail.

There's a reason there are so few Brooks models Get the right width, and the saddle will conform to your backside. Don't need to get the perfect fit because the saddle will bend to fit you, not the other way around. And once it fits your particular anatomy - Bliss

Break-In - When you get the saddle, turn your oven on the lowest setting (no more than 150F) and liberally coat the underside of the saddle with Proofide. Put it in the oven upside down and let the Proofide soak in. Repeat. Repeat until it stops soaking it up (you'll be surprised how much it will take). Then saddle up and go riding. Will definitely darken the lighter colors, but your backside will never regret spending the extra few bucks.

Reviewed 3/6/2014
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Review by chiefkayakalot

Great Bicycle Seat!
by chiefkayakalot
Cycling Enthusiast
2 of 3 customers found this review helpful.

This a great seat that molds to a perfect fit over time. Break in takes a while so be patient. Love the look of this leather seat with rivets. Weight is a bit higher than I was expecting however but over comfort makes up for this extra weight. Probably not a good option for the weight conscious.

Reviewed 4/10/2023
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Review by Mike M

Awesome classic saddle.
by Mike M
Cycling Enthusiast
Fort Myers, FL
3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.

I am a frequent rider of 40 years duration. I ride road, hybrid and beach cruiser bikes. I bought the Brooks B17 Special to replace my retired (couldn't tighten the tension screw any more), 25 year old Brooks B17 Standard. I had a Special on my bike many years ago, which I loved but was stolen, and a Standard was available so I bought it. As many riders have noted, saddles are very individual to the rider as far as what works and is comfortable. They generally have to be purchased and ridden to see if they are right for that rider. I have a bag of a dozen saddles in my garage that didn't make the cut. The Brooks B17s, either Special or Standard, are not cheap but worth every penny. Though many riders report they have to break theirs in, both were comfortable for me right out of the box. They are beautifully constructed. If you have not found a comfortable saddle in the usual vinyl/ padded variety, try the Brooks B17 Special. My old one was rained on and sloshed through puddles repeatedly- no adverse effect as long as you apply saddle conditioner (Proofide recommended) as needed.

Reviewed 6/3/2021
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Review by Sunburst

Superb construction, great price (daily special) and fast shipping.
by Sunburst
Cycling Enthusiast
Pittsburgh, PA
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

I have about 2 months of use on the Brooks B17. I use it on an All City Space Horse for my daily commuter and weekend distance rides. The saddle is very comfortable and keeps getting better. I like how the saddle flexes slightly when I hit bumps then returns to its shape. It's a very subtle hammock feeling. I should have switched to a Brooks leather saddle sooner, using it I have not experienced hot spots from sitting or saddle sores, and with foam to hold in the heat I feel cooler.

Reviewed 7/26/2019
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Review by Anonymous

Classic Brooks comfort.
by Anonymous
Cycling Enthusiast
Denver, CO
4 of 4 customers found this review helpful.

After putting 6000 miles on a B17 on my graveltouring bike, I broke down and purchased one for my road bike, a Cervelo RS. It replaced a Sella Italia Flight Ti, which is a pretty comfortable light weight saddle. The Brooks beats the Flight hands down on comfort, and the added weight doesnt bother me as I dont race. The copper rivets look great on the black saddle too.

Reviewed 12/22/2018
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Review by Bruce

Great look with copper
by Bruce
niagara canada
1 of 3 customers found this review helpful.

Beautiful looking saddle. Caused very sore butt first couple rides then better. If comfort is your cause, this wouldn't be my pick. For me it was a look to go with my vintage bike. After 10 rides it is comfortable enough and fine for 40-50 k for me.

Reviewed 7/18/2017
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Review by [email protected]

The leather material gives it a different feeling while riding your bike. In addition the leather is awesome.
Daily Commuter
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

The only thing negetative about this saddle, you have to ride the saddle to break it in and make it comfortable to ride

Reviewed 1/8/2017
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Review by Dustan

Great Saddle
by Dustan
Cycling Enthusiast
Madison, North Carolina
1 of 3 customers found this review helpful.

So far I have three rides on the Brooks Saddle. So far it has been better than my previous saddle ever was. My first ride was 45 minutes long and it felt great the ride. The second ride was almost two hours, after about an hour I started feeling my backside, after standing for a bit when I sat back down the saddle was comfortable again, worked every time. I rode for about 90 minutes this morning and still good. I used the Proofide on it as directed. One of the reviews recommended putting the saddle in the oven, I didn't do that but I did put it in my car with the windows closed while I mowed the grass, don't know if it helped or not.

The saddle is a little shorter than my prior saddle and sits up higher. I may need a setback seat post to get in the same position as I used to, I can't sit as far back as I would like.

Reviewed 8/30/2016
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Review by Richard

This is far and away the best saddle in all of creation. Worth every penny and then some.
by Richard
Cycling Enthusiast
Ontario, Canada
3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.

I have B17s on 4 of my bicycles. I road on a Brooks Professional for many years but the B17 is that much better.

It only requires protection from the rain. Don't leave it outside in wet weather and never ride it in the rain.

These seats will last indefinitely and if anything, become even more comfortable over time.

But good right out of the box.

I will never ride on anything else.

Reviewed 8/31/2020
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Review by Charlie

Great saddle
by Charlie
Cycling Enthusiast
S.F. Bay Area
8 of 8 customers found this review helpful.

I have a B17 Special and a Standard B17 the leather is the same on both models . The difference from Special and the Standard is just the copper rivets and on the Special they are hand hammered and the leather is chamfered on the skirt on the saddle. The B17 Select has different leather than the other 2. I have been to the factory in the U.K. Both saddles were comfortable from day one for me. Great all day comfort at least for me. I'm a big guy 6ft2in 195lbs. The Brooks are on my road bikes and I've done double century's with the B17's. Next saddle will be a B17 Select just because I like the looks of it, if the price ever comes down.

Reviewed 11/21/2014
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Review by C2C

Comfort is spelled Brooks
by C2C
Cycling Enthusiast
5 of 5 customers found this review helpful.

Just finished sitting on a B17 Special, 8 hrs a day for three months. Not a sore or uncomfortable moment. Hated to get off the bike.

Reviewed 8/29/2014
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Review by CafeRacer63

Beautiful, Comfortable, Classic
by CafeRacer63
Cycling Enthusiast
West Saint Paul, MN
3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.

The Brooks B17 is already the standard to which all other leather bike saddle makers aspire. Add these large copper rivets and you have something truly special. I like this saddle even better than my Brooks Professional because it's a bit wider and it has saddle-bag loops, which the Professional lacks. I look forward to many years of comfortable riding on this beauty.

Reviewed 1/25/2019
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Review by Anonymous

Best Saddle for Endurance Riders
by Anonymous
2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

Brooks makes the best saddles for long rides. Break in is not bad. Over time their saddles just get more comfortable.

Reviewed 11/5/2018
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Review by JMossfeld

Classic, classy and comfortable
by JMossfeld
Daily Commuter
Germantown, MD
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

This is my first unsprung leather saddle. I'm using it on a Rivendell Hillborne build, which seats me pretty upright with albatross bars. I appreciate that the leather is smooth, so it won't erode my pants like saddles with stitching or perforated surfaces have done in the past. I got the Special for the look of the copper rivets and the tapered edge, figuring that I'll have the saddle for at least 10 years, so cost is not an issue over time. The saddle does look great, and very appropriate for a bike with classic lines.

Reviewed 4/15/2018
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Review by ALCrider

The saddle is defective,
by ALCrider
Daily Commuter
Dublin, CA
4 of 7 customers found this review helpful.

I bought this as a birthday gift to myself. The nose of the saddle is twisted. I know that the saddles are hand made, but the the quality control is not there. I'm so disappointed.

Reviewed 2/26/2018
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Review by Goodtimes

Lovely saddle.
by Goodtimes
Daily Commuter
Portland, or

Looks great, very sturdy

Reviewed 2/24/2018
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