How do I buy a Brooks Saddle?Brooks is one of the top names in bicycle saddles. They are known for making high quality leather and now their new Cambium saddles. They have a saddle to accomodate just about every riding style and this guide will help you choose which of their models would best accomodate you.
Choose a Brooks Saddle that Fits your Riding StyleBrooks categorizes their saddles in three different segments.
Road / MTB
If you're usually positioned over your bars, these are for you.
Road and mountain bike saddles are narrower and sometimes longer than other models. Their most popular saddle in this style is their iconic B17 saddle. These saddles are best for riders who ride at about a 45 degree angle.
Touring / Trekking
If you're usually positioned angled forward, but not all the way over the bars, these are for you.
Touring saddles are usually a little wider than road and mountain bike saddles. Some models, like the B67 or Flyer models, may include springs for additional comfort. Because you might ride in multiple positions, you might see some overlap between the city style and the road / mountain bike style.
If you're upright for easy riding, these are for you.
City saddles are all about comfort. They are wider and almost always include springs. The B33 is one example of this.
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Understanding Brooks Model Differences
What's the difference between the B66 and the B67?
|The Brooks B66 is a double rail saddle for use with straight post seat posts.|
|The Brooks B67 is a single rail saddle for use with modern micro-adjust seat posts.|
Can you explain the Cambium line?
The Cambium line has a special rubber frame to help dampen some of the roads vibrations. They use a cotton / canvas top on these saddles rather than leather.
|The Brooks C13 Cambium comes in multiple widths. Unlike other Cambium saddles, it has carbon rails to save weight.|
|The Brooks C17 modeled it's shape off of the flagship B17 saddle.|
|The Brooks C15 is narrower than the C17.|
|The Brooks C19 is wider than the C17. It is better suited for more upright riding.|
Understanding Brooks Model Names and Terminology
This is the Brooks designation for women's. "S" models are usually shorter and wider than men's models.
Cambium models have a special rubber frame and a durable cotton top. They are more popular with touring and commuter riders than performance driven road riders.
Imperial models have a cut-out. These can be more comfortable if you are sensitive in the nether-regions or if you'd like a little more ventilation. They are usually the same shape and size as another model, so you'll see model names like B17 Imperial, which is the same as a B17 - just with the cutout.
It has the same meaning as imperial, but applies to Cambium saddles - it's a Cambium saddle with a cut-out.
Special usually means the saddle will have hand-hammered rivets and copper rails for a classic look.
This indicates the saddle has titanium rails which are lighter than steel rails. They should also absorb more shock than steel rails
Brooks Models Cheat Sheet
Here is a chart with the Brooks models listed from narrowest to widest and with their key features listed. It's a quick and easy way to identify the differences.
|C13||No||7x9 Carbon Rails||132||275||Road / MTB|
|C15||No||Standard||140||283||Road / MTB|
|C13 Medium||No||7x9 Carbon Rails||145||275||Road / MTB|
|Swift||No||Standard||150||272||Road / MTB|
|B17 Narrow||No||Standard||151||279||Road / MTB|
|B15 Swallow||No||Standard||153||285||Road / MTB|
|Colt||No||Standard||156||273||Road / MTB|
|C13 Large||No||7x9 Carbon Rails||158||275||Road / MTB|
|Team Pro||No||Standard||160||273||Road / MTB|
|C17||No||Standard||162||283||Road / MTB / Touring / Trekking|
|B17||No||Standard||175||275||Road / MTB / Touring / Trekking|
|B17 S||No||Standard||176||242||Road / MTB / Touring / Trekking|
|Flyer||Yes||Standard||175||275||Touring / Trekking|
|Flyer S||Yes||Standard||176||242||Touring / Trekking|
|Conquest||Yes||Standard||176||280||Touring / Trekking|
|C19||No||Standard||185||274||Touring / Trekking / City|
|B67||Yes||Standard||205||260||Touring / Trekking / City|
|B67 S||Yes||Standard||205||240||Touring / Trekking / City|
|B66||Yes||Straight Post Clamp||205||260||Touring / Trekking / City|
|B66 S||Yes||Straight Post Clamp||205||240||Touring / Trekking / City|
|B135||Yes||Straight Post Clamp||205||289||City|
|B72||Yes||Straight Post Clamp||209||252||City|
|B33||Yes||Straight Post Clamp||235||318||City|
|B190||Yes||Straight Post Clamp||249||324||City|