Reviews of Brooks B17 Standard Honey

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StarStarStarStarStar Brooks - best saddles ever

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Ownership: a few months
Tech Knowledge: somewhat high

Just buy a Brooks saddle. This one was for my wife's touring bike.
Ignore what people say about how they are so uncomfortable until they are broken in. They start off as comfortable as any other saddle and then they just get better.

BTW: I always buy them from ModernBike because their prices are consistently the best and their service is fantastic.

StarStarStarStarStar Brooks saddle B17 love it

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Ownership: a few months
Tech Knowledge: average

Pros

It's dope

Cons

None

StarStarStarStarStar Great saddle overall

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Ownership: a few months
Tech Knowledge: average

Pros

The Brooks saddle turned out for me to be more comfortable than I thought. It is simple yet provides a comfort ride no matter how far you ride your bike. The saddle shapes to your bum as expected. Great saddle overall.

Cons

None

StarStarStarStarStar Brooks saddle

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Ownership: more than a year

Pros

I have owned many brooks saddles over the years and they are exceptional. I find them comfortable from the start yet they only get more comfortable as time goes on, as it forms to your rear.

Cons

The leather saddles might be a little heavy for racing

StarStarStarStarStar Brooks B17 Standard Black

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Ownership: more than a year
Tech Knowledge: somewhat high

Pros

Comfortable, durable, aesthetics

Cons

Somewhat long break in period

Other Thoughts

King of saddles, the Brooks B17. After it's broken in, it is the most comfortable and durable saddle I ever owned. If taken care of well, including using Proofide as suggested by Brooks, it will last a lifetime.

StarStarStarStarStar Five Stars

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Ownership: several months
Tech Knowledge: high

StarStarStarStarStar Brooks B17 Standard Black Saddle

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Ownership: a month
Tech Knowledge: average

Great product. My third. No better fit for comfort and treating your body right. Plus looks fantastic. Modern Bike provided a great price and great service.

StarStarStarStarStar Brooks B17

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Ownership: a month
Tech Knowledge: average

Pros

So far I've only have put 40 miles on it since I bought it a month ago. Great packaging and although it's still in the break in period I have no complaints on comfort.

Cons

None

StarStarStarStarStar I Love this seat!

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Ownership: several months
Tech Knowledge: high

Pros

Comfort, long lasting!

Cons

No cons!

Other Thoughts

This seat is replacing an older B17 that I've been using since 1999 with over 20,000 miles. From 2010 to 2015 I've put in over 16,000 miles on this saddle riding mostly long distances events like, one 1500k, two 1200k, two 1000k and and bunch of SR series and 200k/100k rides. This is the perfect seat!

In regards to breaking in; just stop complaining about how hard it is or how long it takes to break in. If you are having issues your fit on your bike is most likely off. This is not a racing saddle, set up your handlebar height a bit higher, close to your seat height to make your butt sit on the wide part of the seat.

StarStarStarStarStar got my Brooks

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Ownership: a few months

You're not a bike rider if you don't own a Brooks.
No problems with break-in, treat every 200 miles with proofide.
I highly reccomend this saddle.

StarStarStarStarStar Brooks B17 saddle

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Ownership: a month
Tech Knowledge: somewhat low

Pros

It is wider than the Brooks Professional. Better suited for my older age I like that it is available in red

Cons

The rivots are the narrower ones rather than the wider rivets offered on the current Brooks Professional.

StarStarStarStarStar Great Saddle

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Ownership: a month

StarStarStarStarStar Best seat I have ever owned.

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Ownership: a few months
Tech Knowledge: high

Pros

I commute by bike and have had a lot of seats. I had to get used to them. Not this one. It's been great. Comfort. Quality

Cons

None

StarStarStarStarStar Brooks Saddles are the Best!!

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Ownership: more than a year
Tech Knowledge: average

StarStarStarStarStar Great saddle.

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Ownership: a few months
Tech Knowledge: average

Pros

Great saddle.
Is slippery for about the first 100 miles. Prior to breaking in can be a little uncomfortable on 15 plus mile rides. Once fully broken in - which takes around 500 miles - feels great all the time.

Cons

None

StarStarStarStarStar It made the saddle on my other bike useless!

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Ownership: a few months
Tech Knowledge: somewhat high

Pros

Comfortable

Cons

Not good for rain.
I don't have the money to put one on every bike I own.
Now I know what I was missing.

Other Thoughts

I have about 800 miles on my Brooks. It was more comfortable than what I had since day one. I think it has gotten better the more I ride it. I need another.

StarStarStarStarStar Typical Brooks quality

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Ownership: several months
Tech Knowledge: high

Pros

Lightweight leather saddle

Cons

None

Other Thoughts

Color is closer to a granny-smith green apple.
Not at all moss green as seen in online pictures.
Will darken after applying Brooks Proofide
Also darkens as well from exposure to copious amounts of methane gas

StarStarStarStarStar Old technology is sometimes the best

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Ownership: more than a year
Tech Knowledge: average

Pros

I put a lot of miles on my Brooks - at first I was apprehensive because it was so stiff but over time it loosens up and is very comfortable, especially for touring. I recently did a 1200+ mile trip through Europe and I had no saddle sore at all. I did a similar trip years ago with a cheaper gel seat and had a lot of chaffing problems. Brooks are worth the money, will last for years and are a quality product. The worst case scenario is that you don't like it - Brooks hold their value and once broken in, are highly sought after.

Cons

Nothing.

StarStarStarStarStar Brooks B17 Standard Honey saddle

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Ownership: more than a year
Tech Knowledge: average

Pros

Long lasting very tough and great looking saddle,comfortable too.

Cons

None as of yet.

Other Thoughts

What more can I say,great saddle!

StarStarStarStarStar Happy bottom

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Ownership: more than a year
Tech Knowledge: average

Pros

I've always heard about Brooks but never tried one. After treating the saddle as recommended it felt like I was riding a cloud. Well, not really a cloud, cuz that would be awesome, but this was a close second. My lower back really noticed the difference. Looking forward to getting another one for my single speed.

Cons

A little work to get in broken in, but well worth it.

StarStarStarStarStar Great saddle!

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Ownership: several months
Tech Knowledge: somewhat high

Pros

I have logged over 4000 miles on his saddle and I love it. It is used year round in very wet weather and has stood up very well. I do keep it covered when it's raining hard but for a short ride in light rain, it's fine uncovered. Just keep your butt on it...

Cons

Brooks says it will take about 100 miles to break the seat in. That was not my experience. It took me about 1000 miles. Perhaps that's because I'm small and light. However, it's still one of the best bike seats I've ever ridden.

Other Thoughts

Brooks recommends using their Proofide saddle treatment to aid break in and for water protection. I have found good old fashioned SnoSeal works great. Keeps it water proof and won't do too much to soften the leather. Maybe that's why it took so long for me to break it in....

StarStarStarStarStar Too hard

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Ownership: several months

Pros

built very good

Cons

Leather will not break in is still as hard as when I bought it has many riding hours on it. not pleased with this seat.

Other Thoughts

Don't buy it.

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