The B17 is our flagship model, ideal for long distance sportive touring, trekking and atb use. It has been on the market for over 100 years, being featured in as early as the 1898 catalogue. The model is available for gents and ladies (B17 S) in different versions: the B17 and B17 S Standard feature black steel rails, the B17 Special features chrome plated steel metalwork, and the B17 Titanium … Both the B17 Special and the Titanium also feature hand hammered copper rivets.
Brooks England B17 Imperial Saddle Features:
Size - 170x280mm
Weight - 525g
Colour - Black
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Rated 3 out of 5 by pboulianne09 First road ride=numbness
First of all I've never experienced numbness with any other saddles I've had until now. Strange and scary feeling. I started using this saddle on an indoor exercise bike for short workouts with no issues other than you can sometimes feel the cut out. Yesterday I put it on my road bike to go for a short distance ride (about 27 kms) after which I was numb for a few hours. The saddle did need to be tilted up a bit more as I was sliding off but the numbing has me a little worried. I will adjust and ride more with it but I can't recommend this at the moment for people who want to purchase it to avoid the numbness issue it's supposed to help with. As I mentioned I've never experienced this problem before.
06 April 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous Ortlieb saddle bag issue
I said earlier that my Ortlieb large saddle bag fitted the Brooks no problem. Just a heads up. I went to my LBS, and had a bike fitting done yesterday. The Brooks saddle needed to move 1-2cm further forward to get my leg bend on pedal down-stroke good. I had inadvertently pushed the saddle aft to fit the Ortlieb saddle bag. Now with correct ride geometry, the saddle bag's mount on the 2 saddle rails is not possible. A potential fix is to remove my rear-offset-head seat post, and fit a straight head post to gain 2-3cm of rail. Early days, and I haven't got a work around yet. A Topeak saddle bag was suggested, but I've not seen one yet. The Ortlieb bag was good for taking multitool, tyre levers, tube, lunch and a raincoat. Saddle's and getting better.
19 July 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous B17 works well
I've done (8) 30 min spins on the trainer and (3) 50km rides, and this B17 Imperial saddle has been comfortable from the get go. At 525gm, it's about 40gm heavier than the Selle Italia Gelflo Sport Tourer I'd used for 2 years. I did a 120km ride on my road bike 4/'12 (Autumn in Australia), and copped a sore bum which persisted on the next 2 rides of about 80km. Assos chamois creme helped, but alleviating the source appealed.
My B17 Imperial feels like a quality saddle, and is meant to ride cooler than the gel saddles. The perineal slot would help circulate air. Gel/foam apparently compresses with use to let the sit bones get sore, can push up where pressure isn't needed, and probably retained heat in warm conditions. The Brooks approach is to let your bum mould the saddle's shape, so it improves with time. The first Imperial was so surprisingly decent to ride, I've just received another two for other touring bikes I've got.
The perineal slot apparently allows the leather to flex easier, enhancing its cushioning. My last 2 are honey coloured (darkens to brown with Proofide), which wasn't available in Melbourne. My first black one looks the business, and selecting honey took a leap of faith. If you ride more than 10km, this is a very worthwhile improvement. Many touring bikes in 2 clubs I'm in (MBTC and Audax) have Brooks saddles, and B17 is specifically a touring saddle. No copper rivets with Imperials, and B17S is the female version. My Ortlieb large saddle bag adapted to the B17's rails OK (clamps underneath saddle), no big deal. A quality product made in England.
05 July 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous Great saddle
I bought this Brooks saddle for a coast to coast ride. It was very comfortable from the off, better than any previous saddle I've owned and has just got better and better as it bedded in. I have now covered over 1000 miles on it and it had visably moulded to my shape and is fantastically comfy.
There are negatives however.
1. Its heavy, twice as heavy as the Titanium railed Selle Italia saddle it replaced.
2. You need to cover it up in rain as the leather will be damaged by the damp, although mine has withstood a little rain with no obvious ill effects. You should buy the Brooks cover for another fiver just incase you get caught out.
3. It requires a little maintenance every now and again i.e. reproofing and re tensioning, both easy to do. A spanner was supplied with mine for tensioning which needed doing after the bedding in period.
In summary buy if you want a saddle for life, the extra 200 grams is well worth the reward.
20 November 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous Excellent Saddle
This was my first brooks saddle and I am impressed. I'm a big guy and this saddle has eliminated any of the numbness I had with other saddles. Firm but also has some give. I won't hesitate to recommend this to anyone.
06 August 2009