What is it with Brooks saddles? Why do bikers want this saddle? Is it because it’s hand made in England? Is it because of the legacy of the saddle company, which is very particular with its premium quality?
Let us discuss the pros and cons of investing on a Brooks B17 carved saddle.
Made of real leather.
The company has been making saddles since 1866, they definitely know what’s up.
Once the leather forms into your buttocks, the shape of the saddle fits like a glove and it is super comfortable.
The carved hole in the middle of the saddle decreases the pressure on your tailbone.
This saddle is made of steel (there is another model made of titanium), so this version is quite heavy!
More expensive than the average saddle.
You have to take care of the leather. Wipe it dry so that the leather does NOT get soggy and break.
Maintenance of the saddle requires for an occasional proofide application (to make it supple) and wrench tightening.
Break in period required. It is kinda hard to sit on at first.
Check out the unboxing of the Brooks B17 carved saddle here:
We really like the details and presentation of the Brooks saddle when bought new. From the box, to the copy of the literature, to the process of applying the Proofide before using the actual seat… Brooks really put in time and effort in their products to justify the cost. Each leather saddle even comes with a small wrench to adjust the tension of the tip of the underside of the seat.
So, what’s going on with the Brooks saddle? This saddle is not for everyone. First of all, you have to choose the width of the saddle that is perfect for you. Whether you have a wide hip/butt, you have to choose which one is perfect for you.
Choose The Right One For You
You also have to choose what kind of saddle is best for your riding style. Do you ride upright? Angled? Or do you ride your bike in the aero position? Brooks have different kinds of saddles for different kinds of riding position.
It took me a while before ordering this B17 from the internet. The price tag still bothers because it is 1000% more expensive than the average saddle locally. Yet, if you have the cash to burn, you better choose well… what is the most appropriate saddle for YOU.
Mine is carved, with a long hole in the middle, and lace at the bottom (to hold the shape of the leather). My butt is a big WTB fan and it is very comfortable with the WTBs (Volt or Rocket V) so when it initially felt the Carved B17, it is as if they have been old friends who hanged out a lot. They were immediately comfortable friends, easy to snuggle with each other. I didn’t feel the break in time as warned. I rode and rode a lot on the same bike and the saddle felt great. I love how the vintage leather gives attitude to the bike. It’s like donning a vintage shaped Ray-ban. It looks classic; definitely timeless.
At the end of the day, weigh the odds. I did. If this saddle would make you very happy and put a smile on your face, your butt resting on its own shaped saddle, then go buy it. If not, do not.