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Another Brooks saddle question...(6 posts)

Another Brooks saddle question...Lone Gunman
Aug 17, 2001 9:36 AM
Did any of you recent Brooks B-17 buyers do a measurement of your current saddle before buying the Brooks? I got some size specs from wallbike and then measured my fly. Terry Fly that is. :-(). The 280mm length seems to be consistent with the rest of the saddles sitting around here collecting dust, but the width is varying. Fly width is 140mm, vs. 155mm,B-17N, vs. 170mm, B-17, vs. my MTB which is 130mm, and my oldest fattest suede Selle SanMarco is 160mm! Maybe I do need the narrow? Hey, does this make my ass look big?
Does Brooks have a web site? ( nm )Andy
Aug 17, 2001 10:53 AM
No, they're British. ;-) (nm)grzy mnky
Aug 17, 2001 10:57 AM (nm)UncleMoe
Aug 17, 2001 11:03 AM
yesalex the engineer
Aug 17, 2001 11:47 AM or maybe it's still on the sturmey-archer website?? check for details.
Don't be too concerned with the wider model...UncleMoe
Aug 17, 2001 11:02 AM
I had the same concern and almost got the B17n. After measuring my current saddle, I figured the 170mm of the B17 was going to bee to wide. But I'm glad I didn't get the narrow.

Here is the difference. Because you are actually suspended on the brooks, you want the saddle to be somewhat wider so that your sit bones have an area to actually be suspended on. If they made them as narrow as regular saddles, you would actually end up sitting on the Brooks Saddle frame, just convered by leather. But, becuase they are wider, you suspend on leather between the wider frame.

Does that make sense? Below is a link to the underside of the Brooks, which might help you see how you are suspended and why you want a wider saddle. ONce you get yours it'll be very obvious. Unless you race and will be out of the saddle more often, go with the regular B17.

The reson I didn't buy from Rivendell is because they make a statement that the leather they use on their B17 is a higher grade than places that sell the B17 cheaper. However, I couldn't find any evidence of that. What I think I discovered (because I don't want anyone to assume that Rivendell's statement is incorrect) is that Rivendell only sells the B17 Champion model at ($90 and not the base model with the smaller rivets.) I heard from several sources that Brooks uses the same leather on all the B17 models.