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Brooks B17 Imperial Saddle
Brooks B17 Imperial Saddle
Brooks B17 Imperial Saddle

Brooks
B17 Imperial Saddle

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The Brooks B17 imperial offers all the great features and superior comfort of the standard B17 with a cutaway center that looks great and shaves grams. Choose Black, Tan, Red or light Blue laces to perfectly compliment your color scheme.

  • Chromed steel rails
  • Brackets for traditional British style touring packs
  • Includes tension adjustment wrench
  • 280mm x 170mm
  • Black
  • 515g (weight may vary slightly due to leather thickness)
  • Handemade in England

Note: These saddles have an extending break-in period during which they will conform specifically to a rider's body shape.

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No break in needed
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by Sam D
savannah, Ga

No wonder Brooks is the best. Great saddle from day one. Minimal break in. Looks great and is very comfortable. Dont know what took me so long. May get on for Bike 2

Reviewed 4/20/2018
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Comfy saddle
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by Anonymous

My first leather saddle and glad i made the switch. Fast shipping, no issues

Reviewed 3/16/2018
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Think it is going to be a good purchase, still breaking in.
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by JTYounger
Cycling Enthusiast
Northern New York

It's a great looking saddle. It is very slippery. I think it may be broken in. Rode 54 miles on it the other day with out any soreness. According to the instructions there is maintenance required. Brooks special oil needs to be rubbed on the under side. It is also not suppose to get wet so i bought the saddle cover. I used it and the saddle is less slippery. I think it is going to work out very well. It was a good price through Western Bikeworks.

Reviewed 10/9/2017
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Best of the Brooks!
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by Maury
New York
2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

This is the fourth Brooks saddle I've owned and by far my favorite. The best part is you don't even notice it while riding, it's just there as a natural extension of the bike. Shock absorbing in the city and a source of ease and comfort for miles, this is the one for me from now on.

Reviewed 9/29/2017
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Wish I'd bought a Brooks saddle 20 years ago.
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by Rekrespite
Cycling Enthusiast
Indianapolis, IN

I am very satisfied with this saddle. There was virtually no break-in period. Great price.

Reviewed 9/25/2017
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Monkey see monkey do...
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by Dax
Seattle
8 of 8 customers found this review helpful.

Monkey see monkey do... Go show up to a rando ride and count the number of Brooks chosen by cyclist who regularly ride 200K to 1200K events. The first time you sit on your Brooks Saddle you will think eh... its pretty good (I road mine fresh out of the box on a 300K event with no problems)

The first time you ride your bike after your saddle is broken in (For me this was at mile 819) you will think Holy smokes! This is wonderful... now I understand why all those old dudes use these saddles!

The bottom line is that once your saddle becomes shaped to YOUR BUTT you will never have a saddle problem again. Just like breaking in a good pair of boots....

Reviewed 5/7/2015
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Can't wait till it's broken in
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by Anonymous
Casual Cyclist
Pennsburg, PA
0 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

So far it is not broken in, so it is hard to tell. But since it is supposed to be a very comfortable saddle, I am looking forward to the time it is done breaking in.

Reviewed 11/21/2013
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Great saddle for long distances, no painful break-in period
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by ChicagoCommuter
Cycling Enthusiast
Chicago, IL
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

I have some experience with leather cut-out saddles, as I've owned three Selle An-Atomica versions. The Selle is very comfortable and compliant, but the Brooks Imperial is less expensive, and provides a firmer feel while still providing the benefits of the cutout. This was my first Brooks saddle purchase. The perineal cutout seemed perfectly sized and positioned for me, but the saddle feels fairly wide for my sit bones, I think I might try a B17 Narrow Imperil, if I have occasion to purchase another Brooks saddle in the future. The best part of the B17 Imperial was the absolute lack of any painful/uncomfortable break-in period so often associated with Brooks saddles.

Reviewed 8/12/2013
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B17 is the Bomb!
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by J Heath
Cycling Enthusiast
Los Angeles

What is there to say about this saddle that hasn't been said before? It's the standard for bicycle enthusiasts, and those who want a classic handsome saddle for their vintage beasts. Many people worry about the break in period, I havent found it to be too bad of an issue (that said I havent taken a brand new saddle out on a big tour)

People also go back and forth about the difference the cut out makes on the imperial makes. I own two B17 standards and two B17 Imperials. The difference is indistinguishable. If you wanna save a few bucks, get the standard. If you must have chrome rails, or like the look of the cut out, get the imperial.

Reviewed 4/8/2013
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Ah Mazing...Great ride out of the box, never looking back at any other saddle.
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by Odelots Ride
Cycling Enthusiast
Chicago

Have known about Brooks Saddles since I was 15, finally bought one at 36. Had to try the modern styles out only to realize that there was a reason seasoned touring riders swear by them. I do wish they sold a Cutout saddles w Springs on the frame. I'm stoked to another 1000 mile jaunt!

Reviewed 7/20/2012
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Great product,high quilaty
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by Anonymous
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

great seat for those who ride long distances.break in was fast .most comfortable saddel i've ever owned

Reviewed 4/5/2012
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Great classic saddle
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by Anonymous
Casual Cyclist

This a great comfy saddle. I will say the first few rides were a little ruff, but after about 80 miles it now feels great!!

Reviewed 2/27/2012
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Great saddle for a touring bike.
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by colorado biker
Cycling Enthusiast
Montrose , CO
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

I will use this saddle on my touring bike ,like all Brooks saddles it does need breaking in. After about 200mi it will conform to my shape. I find it best to take 20mi daily rides until it is my shape, then longer rides will be fine. This saddle came with a wrench and a sample of leather dressing. If you take the time to break it in it will comfortable for several years.

Reviewed 9/14/2018
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I have been riding for over 30 years and wish I would have believed the hype I have been hearing about Brooks Saddles years ago.
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by Marshall
Daily Commuter
Vancouver, WAPortland, OR

Daily commuter (29 miles round trip for more than 20 years), very pleased at how this saddle is not only very comfortable once broken in, but, how it was never uncomfortable like I always thought they would be. Again I wish I would have believed all the hype years ago as it would have saved me a lot of time and money. In the Pacific Northwest the rain cover comes in very handy and is a great fit as well.

Reviewed 10/29/2018
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Great saddle, I have 5 of them now.
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by Distance Biker
Cycling Enthusiast
Cape Cod, MA.

These saddles are very comfortable and a lot less expensive than Gilles Berethoud saddles.

Reviewed 8/27/2018
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An immediate improvement
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by Ron
Cincinnati Ohio
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

I was a little apprehensive when I learned it may take 500 miles to break this saddle in. Some years I may not ride 500 miles all year. Anyway it was an immediate improvement and allowed me to increase the frequency and length of my rides.

Also, I had experienced prostate pain with blood in my urine (Gross, I know) with another saddle. This is why I choose the saddle with the interior cutout. I have not had any prostate problems with this saddle. I am very happy with this saddle.

Reviewed 8/9/2018
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I love this saddle!
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by Brad
Oviedo, Florida

Not even finished breaking it in and haven't had a sore day yet. I have used a B17 on my commuter road bike for years, andI just bought a nice new carbon fiber Cannondale but couldn't enjoy it properly without a B17.

Reviewed 7/2/2018
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I love this saddle!
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by Brad
Oviedo, Florida

Not even finished breaking it in and haven't had a sore day yet. I have used a B17 on my commuter road bike for years, andI just bought a nice new carbon fiber Cannondale but couldn't enjoy it properly without a B17.

Reviewed 7/2/2018
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Extraordinary saddle comfort from the very first ride.
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by DSMo
Cycling Enthusiast
NE Massachusetts
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

I'm getting older and it's become harder for me to get and stay comfortable on longer rides. This past winter I've tried a half dozen different brands and styles of saddle. Some were better than others and brought improvements which typically turned out to be relatively short-lived. And then I bought a Brooks B17 for my touring bike. Instantly, I felt more comfortable in the saddle than I have in years. An immediate settled-ness and fit. It's terrific and well worth the extra 100 grams. I'm considering getting Brooks saddles for all my other bikes.

Reviewed 4/30/2018
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Fantastic saddle that will last a lifetime
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by Safe in the Saddle
Los Angeles
3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.

I have put off purchasing a Brooks saddle since I was 20 years old - 40 years ago. During these years of separation, I have ridden every make and model of saddle on the market that now pile high in a cardboard box in my closet. Piled just as high are the butt calluses I accumulated riding over 8,000 every year commuting to work, racing, and bike touring across the United States. It has taken a long time to return to my roots in the 70's when I rode Masi, Ital Vega, Raleigh, and other great Brooks holders of the era. But I'm back, here to stay, like finding a high school sweetheart at your 40-year reunion.

Reviewed 5/12/2017
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