This saddle is an excellent choice for touring, century rides, ultra-marathon rides and other demanding types of cycling. The B17 is most appropriate for cyclists who set their handlebars about the same height as their saddles, or a bit lower. All of the B17 models feature bag loops to permit the use of a traditional English-style touring bag. Brooks saddles, being real leather, require some maintenance. First, you must apply Proofide or some other saddle lubrication every couple of months. Second, like any good saddle, you need to protect it from rain and moisture. Third, you must maintain/adjust the saddle tension. This saddle has a smooth leather top, with 3 small holes for ventilation, smooth (non chamfered) skirts, small hollow steel rivets, with quality saddle bag loops on the frame. (Brooks Saddle Tensioning Spanner included)
Rail: Steel Clamp
Style: Std Rails
Weight: 1lb 1oz
Color: Black or Honey
Reviewed by: Bryan Signorelli 10/5/10
I bought a Brooks B17 (the Champion version with the copper rivets) and after 500 miles of riding I can say it's the best single piece of equipment I've ever purchased. My drop bars are slightly higher than the seat on my LHT and I had zero issues with break in, the saddle was comfortable straight out of the box.
Reviewed by: A customer from Glen Mills, PA 11/13/09
I bought a Brooks B17 about 4 years ago. Best single piece of equipment I've ever purchased. I ride about 3K miles/year and never, ever had any saddle issues. If my bike was ever stolen, a B17 would be my first purchase after getting a new bike.