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B17 Special Saddle

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The B17 Special offers a little extra flair over Brook's classic B17 model. Unique mid-sized hammer copper rivets, copper plated steel rails and chamfered sides are sure to add a touch of class to any bike, new or old. Like all Brooks saddles the leather will eventually conform to the riders body for an unmatched level of comfort. Includes loops for traditional English touring bags. 280mm x 170mm. 540g (weight may vary due to differing leather thicknesses). Black, Honey, or Brown cover. Made in England.

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Great look with copper
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by Bruce
niagara canada
0 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

Beautiful looking saddle. Caused very sore butt first couple rides then better. If comfort is your cause, this wouldn't be my pick. For me it was a look to go with my vintage bike. After 10 rides it is comfortable enough and fine for 40-50 k for me.

Reviewed 7/18/2017
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Best Saddle for Endurance Riders
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by Anonymous
Illinois

Brooks makes the best saddles for long rides. Break in is not bad. Over time their saddles just get more comfortable.

Reviewed 11/5/2018
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The leather material gives it a different feeling while riding your bike. In addition the leather is awesome.
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Daily Commuter
Texas

The only thing negetative about this saddle, you have to ride the saddle to break it in and make it comfortable to ride

Reviewed 1/8/2017
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Classic, classy and comfortable
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by JMossfeld
Daily Commuter
Germantown, MD

This is my first unsprung leather saddle. I'm using it on a Rivendell Hillborne build, which seats me pretty upright with albatross bars. I appreciate that the leather is smooth, so it won't erode my pants like saddles with stitching or perforated surfaces have done in the past. I got the Special for the look of the copper rivets and the tapered edge, figuring that I'll have the saddle for at least 10 years, so cost is not an issue over time. The saddle does look great, and very appropriate for a bike with classic lines.

Reviewed 4/15/2018
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Lovely saddle.
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by Goodtimes
Daily Commuter
Portland, or

Looks great, very sturdy

Reviewed 2/24/2018
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Lovely saddle.
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by Goodtimes
Daily Commuter
Portland, or

Looks great, very sturdy

Reviewed 2/24/2018
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Most comfortable hi miles saddle.
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by DK
Cycling Enthusiast
Portland, OR

I rode this saddle on Pac Tour Transcontinental 126mi per day for 25 straight days. You will see LOTS of ultra-distance cyclists on Brooks. And I never had a comfort issue from day one, no break-in needed. (But I know some people do.) Downside it's heavy. Small price to pay for most riders.

Reviewed 11/6/2017
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The Most Comfortable and Stylish Saddle You Will Own
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by Anonymous
Daily Commuter
Provo, UT

I've owned five other Brooks saddles (B17 standard, Team Pro, Team Pro Special, Cambium C17) and have not found one better than this for my commutertouring bike.

Pros

- Comfortable from day one and gets better with time

- Absolutely gorgeous. The copper rivets set it apart from others and get better with age with a beautiful patina.

- Durable. I've had one B17 for 3 years and only got rid of it because I sold it with the bike. They last a LONG time.

Cons

- Price. Upgrading to the special is expensive. Honestly, the B17 standard is as comfortable and durable, just less beautiful.

- Susceptible to weather. Don't let this get wet! Leather deteriorates if it gets soaked. Buy a cover or use a plastic bag if you have to. If you don't want the hassle of covering it when parked in the rain, buy a cambium, but you will sacrifice on comfort.

This saddle is great for commuting and touring. For sports cycling like road biking and mountain biking, I would prefer the narrower Team Pro, Swift, or Cambium C17C15.

Reviewed 11/9/2017
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Classic appearance, quality saddle, but hard on your butt for first couple of hundred miles.
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by Jimmy
Cycling Enthusiast
Arizona
0 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

Put it on my Lynskey tour bike. Wish I had harder gluteus Maximus or a softer saddle.

Reviewed 10/30/2017
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Fabulous Saddle!
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by Anonymous

Not only is this saddle beautiful, but it is also quite comfortable right out of the box. I know it will be even better as I ride it more, but I can tell you that I am delighted with this purchase! So much better than gel or plastic saddles.

Buy one! You won't regret it. Modern Bike is also a very reliable company! And the brown color is a gorgeous chestnut.

Thanks!!

Reviewed 8/13/2017
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My go to saddle
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by Anonymous
michigan

I have three bike and three B17 seats.

If it works it works

Reviewed 3/2/2017
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Classy seat
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by Anonymous
Cycling Enthusiast
Maryland
2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

You can not beat the comfort and great looks of this seat. It changes the look of your bike instantly to a classic style. The black leather saddle with matching leather bar tape looks and feels great.

Reviewed 8/17/2012
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Beginning to break in!
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by trawlerdaisy
Cycling Enthusiast
Tucson, AZ
3 of 4 customers found this review helpful.

This saddle is fine in quality, however takes some breaking in. It has been a month of rideing 100 miles a week and it is just beginning to feel tolerable. Several club members have the same saddle and love them. One needs a good pair of bike shorts with good padding to reduce the hard surface until the saddle conforms to you.

Reviewed 1/12/2012
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Classic Brooks comfort.
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by Anonymous
Cycling Enthusiast
Denver, CO

After putting 6000 miles on a B17 on my graveltouring bike, I broke down and purchased one for my road bike, a Cervelo RS. It replaced a Sella Italia Flight Ti, which is a pretty comfortable light weight saddle. The Brooks beats the Flight hands down on comfort, and the added weight doesnt bother me as I dont race. The copper rivets look great on the black saddle too.

Reviewed 12/22/2018
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Classic Comfort
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by Anonymous
Cycling Enthusiast
Colorado
7 of 7 customers found this review helpful.

There are cheaper seats out there, but none more comfortable. Takes some time to get it broken in, but once you get 1000 miles on it, you won't go back. Have 4 bikes, have 3 Brooks. Need to upgrade the 4th because I always dread riding it.

There's a reason there are so many other saddles out there They're all uncomfortable and keep trying to get the right geometry for each rider, and mostly fail.

There's a reason there are so few Brooks models Get the right width, and the saddle will conform to your backside. Don't need to get the perfect fit because the saddle will bend to fit you, not the other way around. And once it fits your particular anatomy - Bliss

Break-In - When you get the saddle, turn your oven on the lowest setting (no more than 150F) and liberally coat the underside of the saddle with Proofide. Put it in the oven upside down and let the Proofide soak in. Repeat. Repeat until it stops soaking it up (you'll be surprised how much it will take). Then saddle up and go riding. Will definitely darken the lighter colors, but your backside will never regret spending the extra few bucks.

Reviewed 3/6/2014
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Beautiful, Comfortable, Classic
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by CafeRacer63
Cycling Enthusiast
West Saint Paul, MN

The Brooks B17 is already the standard to which all other leather bike saddle makers aspire. Add these large copper rivets and you have something truly special. I like this saddle even better than my Brooks Professional because it's a bit wider and it has saddle-bag loops, which the Professional lacks. I look forward to many years of comfortable riding on this beauty.

Reviewed 1/25/2019
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Great Saddle
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by Dustan
Cycling Enthusiast
Madison, North Carolina
0 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

So far I have three rides on the Brooks Saddle. So far it has been better than my previous saddle ever was. My first ride was 45 minutes long and it felt great the ride. The second ride was almost two hours, after about an hour I started feeling my backside, after standing for a bit when I sat back down the saddle was comfortable again, worked every time. I rode for about 90 minutes this morning and still good. I used the Proofide on it as directed. One of the reviews recommended putting the saddle in the oven, I didn't do that but I did put it in my car with the windows closed while I mowed the grass, don't know if it helped or not.

The saddle is a little shorter than my prior saddle and sits up higher. I may need a setback seat post to get in the same position as I used to, I can't sit as far back as I would like.

Reviewed 8/30/2016
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The saddle is defective,
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by ALCrider
Daily Commuter
Dublin, CA
3 of 5 customers found this review helpful.

I bought this as a birthday gift to myself. The nose of the saddle is twisted. I know that the saddles are hand made, but the the quality control is not there. I'm so disappointed.

Reviewed 2/26/2018
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Great saddle
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by Charlie
Cycling Enthusiast
S.F. Bay Area
4 of 4 customers found this review helpful.

I have a B17 Special and a Standard B17 the leather is the same on both models . The difference from Special and the Standard is just the copper rivets and on the Special they are hand hammered and the leather is chamfered on the skirt on the saddle. The B17 Select has different leather than the other 2. I have been to the factory in the U.K. Both saddles were comfortable from day one for me. Great all day comfort at least for me. I'm a big guy 6ft2in 195lbs. The Brooks are on my road bikes and I've done double century's with the B17's. Next saddle will be a B17 Select just because I like the looks of it, if the price ever comes down.

Reviewed 11/21/2014
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Comfort is spelled Brooks
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by C2C
Cycling Enthusiast
Calgary
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

Just finished sitting on a B17 Special, 8 hrs a day for three months. Not a sore or uncomfortable moment. Hated to get off the bike.

Reviewed 8/29/2014
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