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Brooks on Mountain Bike?(9 posts)

Brooks on Mountain Bike?UncleMoe
Aug 22, 2001 3:45 PM
First, sorry for posting this on the Roadbike message board. I ride both road and mtn bikes and am looking for some advice. I recently got a Brooks B17 saddle and love it. I was wondering if any of you Brooks Fans out there have a Brooks saddle on your Mtn Bike too.

I was looking at the Brooks Conquest (160 mm wide)and/or the Brooks Champion Flyer (170mm). Both are "Sprung" saddles to absorb some of the impact. I do not have rear suspension on my Mtn bike. I like the ride of my bike and I wonder if the sprung saddle will add to the comfort and lessen some of the impact.
Why not, if you like it?cory
Aug 22, 2001 3:51 PM
You can put anything on anything...if it works, who cares if it's been done before? But this has--I had a Brooks Pro on my cannondale for a year or so, and it was fine. I only took it off because I rode a lot last winter and didn't want to get the leather wet. When it looked like Brooks was going out of business I bought a "spare" B17 just in case, and one of these days I'll get around to putting that on the MB. It's just sitting in the box now.
re: Brooks on Mountain Bike?Lone Gunman
Aug 22, 2001 4:34 PM
Uncle Moe,
My Brooks Pro came in the mail today, and I took it out for a 23 mile break in ride. Well I don't know quite what to think yet. It is pretty, fill in the blank, (hard, heavy, stylish in a retro kinda way, needs a longer break in period). I got a different kind of sore spot than I had before. It is definitely a solid platform to pedal from. Anyway, if you have read Brook's website about the '56 Ford pickup truck leaf spring model saddle that you are considering, it is designed for use in the third world where roads and goat paths are one in the same. And you thought the B-17 was heavy? You could be a trend setter for all the hard tail riders!
Ideagrzy mnky
Aug 22, 2001 5:43 PM
Combine said Brooks sprung seat with a suspension seat post for the ultra plush hardtail..... Just remember to throw away your scale first. ;-)
Hang in there...UncleMoe
Aug 22, 2001 8:24 PM
Make sure you treat it with the Proofide and let it sit overnight with a decent layer on it. Polish it up in after 24 hours. It'll loosen up and soften well. I had the same first impression and after about 250 miles it is so comfortable.

I was looking at the Brooks website and couldn't find the story about the pickup. Maybe you are joking :-). I know when I first looked at the Brooks website 3-4 weeks ago I thought, who the heck is going to put a saddle on the bike with springs on it?

However, after riding with the B17 for 2 weeks now, I'm wondering if the sprung saddle will make MTB more fun too vs. going to a full suspension bike? Honestly, I can't believe I am considering it, but it is only about 150 grams heavier than the B17.
Check this out...UncleMoe
Aug 22, 2001 8:42 PM
I posted on the mtbr site too regarding this topic. A guy from Russia responded. Here si what he wrote.

"I know from experience that a sprung saddle will kick ass comparing to closed cell foam saddle when ridden on dirt. I am from Russia, and there's an abundance of unpaved roads, all of the bikes have sprung saddles (untill recently anyway, now these cheap foamy saddles flod the stores). I have to say that if you ride in the US, you will be a trend setter. There seems to be a lot of stigma on what the bike should and shouldn't look like. Good luck!"

I think that is really cool and I'm going to order the Brooks Conquest tomorrow. It is a little more narrow than the Champion Flyer (170 vs. 160). For steep downhills where you have to drop behind the saddle that may help.

Thanks for no one laughing at this idea. I guess I look at it this way, I bike for entertainment, excercise, stress relieve, and fun. If it was solely for speed or racing, I'd have to go full suspension. But since I'm just looking to add a little more comfort and smoothness to my ride, a sprung saddle could be a low cost alternative.
...consider suspension seatpost also.Pogliaghi
Aug 22, 2001 11:03 PM
I'm a big time Brooks fan, but for off road, I'd consider a suspension seatpost first. I've used a Rockshox for the past couple years and it's worked OK for me. Tried a friends Cane Creek w/ a Thudbuster and that was a lot more active.

Mind you, with any of these options, the suspension action only works when your on the saddle.
Conquest and B-17club
Aug 23, 2001 5:03 AM
I have a Conquest on my townie fixer, a chrome '83 Raleigh "ATB", and I love it love it love it. Tried it on an MTB, it worked great, but I found it too wide for getting off the back easily for descents. And the nose was kinda hard for seated climbing. Tried a B-17 Narrow, it was fine for getting off the back, but it wasn't as comfy as the Bontragers I prefer for singletracking, so I took it off and put it on my fixed gear "scorcher" where it is absolutely perfect. Hey, the earliest MTBs all used Brooks springers, and not the narrow ones like the Conquest, the big honking B-66s.
A Brooks tip: Unlike most saddles, which feel best level, or for me, even slightly nose-down for seated offroad climbing, I find all Brooks work best slightly nose up, so the rear part is flat.
Second that setup tip: Nose a little upRetro
Aug 23, 2001 7:29 AM
FWIW, I've found the same thing. I set up most saddles with the nose a little low, but both the Brooks Pro and B17 feel best to me with it level or VERY SLIGHTLY (1-2mm) higher.