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Brooks B17 Standard Saddle

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Review by Steve

Great seat
by Steve

I wish I would have bought this seat years ago. Very comfortable and no pain so far.

Reviewed 8/29/2023
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Review by Anonymous

Amazingly comfortable!
by Anonymous
3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.

Super comfortable. why did I wait so long?!

Reviewed 11/23/2018
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Review by Capt.Whitebean

Support beats all
by Capt.Whitebean
Cycling Enthusiast
4 of 5 customers found this review helpful.

Great price for a great saddle.

Brooks has been around and is preferred by many who know the secret to comfortable riding. Gel and other materials that make your saddle softer or more comfortable are ultimately making you more uncomfortable in the end. It's a great big lie that many people fall into. I have seen many people buy a new bike with a decent saddle and then they buy a gel saddle cover before riding the bike for the first time. Bollocks!

Sit on a sound piece of supple leather that supports you where you need support without cushion and you couldn't be happier after a long day of touring with another long day to follow that one.

Day after day.

It does take a few miles (100 or so?) to break in any good saddle so expect it, fight through it, and stay the course.

Reviewed 9/6/2018
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Review by moses

The perfect touring saddle.
by moses
Cycling Enthusiast
Vernon, CT
2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

I purchased this saddle for my touring bike and it is by far the most comfortable saddle, even partially broken in, although I think it felt great right out of the box. It just fit my anatomy perfectly and I can't wait to start touring full time on this saddle. You can't beat the comfort or the quality of this saddle and I am very happy with my purchase, there is a reason this is such a popular saddle for touring.

Reviewed 8/10/2018
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Review by lebvendors

XLNT touring saddle at an agreeable price
by lebvendors
Cycling Enthusiast
0 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

I ride a hybrid bicycle 400 miles per month on city streets and bicycle trails. The Brooks B17 provides an excellent balance of comfort, weight and rigidity for my style of riding, and requires - in my case - no break-in period. I enthusiastically recommend the Brooks B17 saddle to other riders.

Reviewed 6/29/2018
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Review by agshane

I was Wrong! Low Tech is Better
by agshane
Cycling Enthusiast
Sherwood Arkansas
2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

I have literally have spent hundreds of dollars on bike saddles over the past several years! I have put off buying a saddle that was born over 100 years ago, because I thought high tech must be better. Wrong! From day 1 the Brooks B-17 was comfortable, even though there is no padding. Currently, I'm averaging 180 to 200 miles per week, on an indoor trainer or roads and the Brooks continues to feel better every time I ride.

I have tried the other well known leather saddle, it was OK, however, the cutout was causing major wear on my bibs. A big plus for the Brooks they are guaranteed for 2 years and ten if you register the saddle.

But it's not all Roses: The saddle requires a 20 deg setback seat post for most riders. (Short rails). Leather Brooks Saddles should not get soaked with water and needs a cover. And lastly, you should purchase from Proofide (conditioner) to use to break-in and semi-annual treatments when you purchase the saddle.

Reviewed 7/12/2021
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Review by Sisyphus

Classic defined
by Sisyphus
Cycling Enthusiast
Amherst. MA

This saddle has been in existence for how many years? It will extend your endurance to sit and pedal all day. It can only be improved if Brooks increased the leather thickness and quality like they once had prior to the 80's.

Reviewed 7/25/2022
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Review by Martin

Saddle up with this one
by Martin
Inlet beach, Florida
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

My first B17 Brooks saddle was purchased over 20 years ago and used on my road bikes and touring bike for at least 90,000 miles so when it finally broke I really missed it. I ordered another one and after a brief break-in I am happy to say that it is just like the first one. Not only does it look classy on my mountain bike but it is a very comfortable saddle of all the ones that I own. Try one, you will love it.

Reviewed 3/14/2022
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Review by Gary

Nothing beats a classic
by Gary
Cycling Enthusiast
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

Broke in easily after a few rides. Note that the saddle comes with a small packet of Proofide , even to get you through the break in period. But you will probably want more for long term maintenance.

Reviewed 12/3/2021
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Review by Anonymous

Beautiful and Well Made
by Anonymous
Casual Cyclist
0 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

I ordered the honey color, which in the photograph looks a little orange, so I'm happy to announce that it is a beautiful medium brown that matches the Brooks handle bar tape very well. It's winter so I can't speak to it's much comfort because its been to cold to get out too often. But I'm confident that it will be perfect come biking season!

Reviewed 11/16/2018
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Review by Texas Redfish

Great Saddle! Unbelievable Quality
by Texas Redfish
Cycling Enthusiast
Sugar Land Texas
2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

I have several on all of my road bikes. Never had a more comfortable saddle.

Reviewed 11/1/2018
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Review by Bill

This is the best bicycle saddle I've ever used.
by Bill
Daily Commuter
Seattle, WA
5 of 5 customers found this review helpful.

Currently I'm using my B17 Books saddle on my REI CO-OP Adv 2.1 bike. The leather surface makes it easy to shift your weight while riding allowing for more comfort. The only challenge I've had is positioning the seat a bit further back on the seat post. The rails under the seat could be a bit longer to allow for a greater distance from the handlebars since I have a long torso. I plan to correct this by buying a new seat post that sits back bit further.

At this time I've put about 200 miles on this new saddle, every ride now is becoming more comfortable as it is molding to my pelvis.

The only other concern I have about this saddle is keeping the leather dry since I live on the coast of the Pacific Northwest. This Winter I'll have to take extra care to keep it dry from the rain.

Reviewed 9/17/2018
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Review by Anonymous

Good looking saddle. More comfortable than it looks.
by Anonymous
0 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

Haven't had a long break in period yet. Looking forward to many years of riding.

Reviewed 9/11/2018
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Review by TidewaterBob

I wish I could say something good about it.
by TidewaterBob
Cycling Enthusiast
Williamsburg, VA
4 of 14 customers found this review helpful.

I bought this saddle partly on the basis of the glowing reviews I read here. My own experience has been (sadly) much different. I eagerly swapped out my old, much used and nearly worn out saddle and replaced it with this one. As soon as I sat on it for the first time I suspected that this might not work out. I set my reservations aside and took it for a 20 mile test ride. Those had to be the most painful 20 miles of my life. This leather saddle is slick, rock hard, inflexible and unyielding. I had sore spots that I never had before. I ride a Trek Domane SL6, well known to be a smooth and very comfortable endurance road bike. It can go over very rough surfaces without transmitting the shocks up to the rider. But with this saddle I felt every bump and jar. (And yes, I was wearing padded cycling shorts.) At the 10 mile mark I was desperate to get home. I was moaning in agony the whole way back. The trouble as I see it is that the leather is so hard that it could be used to make a hardhat or even a helmet. I really can't see it ever getting softer or more forgiving. This was an experiment that failed.

Reviewed 9/6/2018
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Review by The Rev

A bit of a throwback, but a Brooks still works
by The Rev
Cycling Enthusiast
Northern Kentucky
4 of 4 customers found this review helpful.

If you have never ridden on a Brooks saddle, I'll warn you in advance that it takes a few miles (400-500) to get it broken in. Follow the instructions about waxing it and making sure you tighten the tension screw. (Instructions are provided.) Other than that, It's a great, comfortable ride. I'm glad I decided to purchase my B17.

Reviewed 8/31/2018
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Review by Ted

Brooks B17 best for touring &� road
by Ted
Pacific Northwest
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

OK, disclaimer: I'm 70. I've used the B17 on my touring bikes for years. Now I have one for my carbon fiber road bike, too. Smooth

Reviewed 8/10/2021
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Review by WWFeltrider

Brooks B17 Saddle is the best I've ever put my butt on!!
by WWFeltrider
Casual Cyclist
Long Beach, Ca.

I ride a Felt 2sp Burner bike 40+ miles a week. I finally replaced my original saddle with this Brooks 17. Only thing I regret is not replacing it long ago! Must comfortable saddle one can ride with!

Reviewed 6/28/2021
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Review by dogbreath

The B17 is hard to beat
by dogbreath
Cycling Enthusiast
Tucson, AZ

I've tried a lot of saddles, but I always come back to Brooks, and the B17 is tops - sturdy, comfortable, and durable. I've put 1000s of miles on Brooks saddles, and this most recent purchase was for a new bike in the quiver. It's every bit the quality I expect.

Reviewed 6/21/2021
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Review by Scott

Usually a great deal, but....
by Scott
Daily Commuter
San Francisco

I found what I thought was a great deal - a replacement for my worn out and retired Brooks saddle at a lower price point than my first Brooks bike seat. The lower cost was a result of the pandemic, so I had to wait months for the new saddle, but it arrived and was great...except one rivet was out of alignment and gave me a saddle sore. I guess the factory was still getting back into order when they made and shipped this Brooks saddle.

Reviewed 6/1/2021
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Review by Stuart

Just as Good as Ever!
by Stuart
Casual Cyclist
Western Virginia

In an era when so many consumer goods are plagued with diminished quality, it is most refreshing to review the B17 saddle. I first rode on Brooks in 1971 and have had Brooks saddles on various bikes over the years. This 2021 version is every bit the great quality of craftsmanship and material that has been the norm over the last 50 years even with the several different owners of the Brooks brand.

Reviewed 5/28/2021
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