Brooks B17 Imperial Saddle Black

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Brooks B17 Imperial Saddle Black
The B17 Imperial features the central cut-out, first designed by BROOKS over 100 years ago. The "registered cutting", as can be read in the 1890 catalogue, is "a sure preventive to all perineal pressure".

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Brooks B17 Imperial Saddle Black
Brooks B17 Imperial Saddle Black

$35 offretail $150.00 Sale Price $114.95 + ships free

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Customer reviews of this product:

StarStarStarStarStar After only a few miles I am sold on the excellence of this product.

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Ownership: several months
Believe the hype. Drink the kool-aid. Buy a Brooks. After only a few miles I am sold on the excellence of this product. While my rides are long and slow, I would still want this saddle for neighborhood riding. The hard leather just works: less friction and I don't get the break-in thing. Mine is already comfortable. To think that it will be even better after a few thousand miles makes me want to, well, go ride.

StarStarStarStarStar Brooks Saddle

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Ownership: more than a year
Tech Knowledge: somewhat high

Pros

Very comfortable once I got it broken in.

Cons

Fairly uncomfortable breaking in period.

Other Thoughts

I have had the saddle for 3 year's now and it's been a great friend to sit on, I wish I had more saddle time, that being said I've rode approximately 2500 miles on it and it's just now fitting my posterior :-), granted when I was younger I'd have put that amount on in a couple of months.
Overall I love this saddle no problem in the nerve area, I do use the brooks leather conditioner about once a year to keep the leather supple, and a rain cover for the saddle when needed.
The saddle came exceedingly fast when I ordered it.

StarStarStarStarStar My Brooks Experience

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Ownership: more than a year
Tech Knowledge: average

Pros

I have two of these Brooks Imperial saddles. The first one was comfort at first ride. I was expecting to have to "break-it-in" on my road bike, but it felt good right out of the box - cradled me like a hammock. The saddle has gotten better with age and I now have over 15,000 miles on it. It still looks good and feels better than the Brooks Cambium I purchased to replace the other one that I put on my tandem.

Cons

There are times riding that I wish the Imperial saddle was narrower in the front area. It is not a huge issue, but I feel it over the course of a 3 to 7 hr ride. Having to carry and put on a cover for the saddle on wet days sometimes is a hassle. Can't forget to make sure you protect it with proofide, which comes in small containers. My bike developed a creaking noise that I couldn't figure out -took it to the shop and they couldn't figure it out either. Greased the seat tube, rails - still there. After a month of noise torture I figured it out - it was the Imperial saddle's frame rubbing against the u-shaped holder at the nose of the saddle by the adjustment nut. I put in a little chain lube (too small of an area to get grease into) and no more creaking.

Other Thoughts

I liked the first one so much I bought a second one for my tandem. I was replacing a Specialized saddle with the Imperial because I could not get comfortable. This Imperial saddle was not the answer to my problem. It never really broke in (not real sure of the miles ridden on it, but it had to be over ,1500 mi) and it was not love at first ride. I have since replaced it with the Cambium saddle. The Cambium has not really answered my prayers for comfort, but it is better in the long run. I have now put the second Imperial on my touring bike and will work more on breaking it in.

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