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    Rolling the new Brooks Cambium c17 tester saddle

    Just got a short first ride in today. New saddle is feeling pretty nice. Not too far from the traditional Leather Brooks feel. The material is very forgiving and moves with the body. Overall very impresed with the first impression.

    More to come.
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    Sweet! How did you get a hold of that? Is it in production?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpencerM3 View Post
    Sweet! How did you get a hold of that? Is it in production?
    I'm under the assumption that he's one of the lucky riders who applied to the tester program and got "drafted," if you will.

    Very interested to hear about the durability of this under nasty conditions; I'm less concerned with how vegan it is.

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    I am one of the lucky few. And I think this is going to be a winner for Brooks. Long term durability should be outstanding.
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    First I've heard about it. What material is it made from? Also will it stretch and form like leather?
    The trouble with having an open mind is that people will insist on trying to put things in it.

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    Subscribed. Please keep us posted.

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    Ronni. The saddle is made out of a vulcanized rubber with a organic cotton top that is bonded to the rubber. I think I can safely say it will not stretch and there is no break in period, but it moves under the riders pedaling circle like the leather saddle does.
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    Interested in this saddle too. Any chance you could measure its width? Not seen any dimensions for it as yet.

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    Hoping this thing works out. Would like to have a Brooks that I wouldn't feel guilty about getting wet and muddy, not that it stops me. Hoping for it to feel similar to a b17 or team pro.

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    Does it also weigh extra like a typical Brooks? Interested (since I have a saddle buying habit)...

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    Need more updates on this

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    Mine has been dispatched today in Italy.

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    Neat!

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    Saw it at NAHBS. I'll stick to leather.
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    Spicy. What is your sit bone width? I need something on the wider side.

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    If it is as comfy and weighs 100g less, I'm interested.

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    That was fast. Dispatched at 5.30pm in Italy yesterday, delivered 12.30pm Stuttgart today.
    Mounted up and ready to ride.






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    How do the rails compare to the the B17 or Pro? I use Brooks on all my rides, but sometimes I have a problem with the rails being too short and can't get to my ideal position in relation to the BB. Ideally, I would like something in between the B17 and pro; rails of the b17 and the fit of the pro. I love the idea of wet weather resistant Brooks.
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    I love the idea of having something vulcanized right under my butt.

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    I can't compare it to a leather saddle as I have never ridden nor owned one, sorry. There're for sure people out there who can comment on just that and specifically on the B vs. the C.

    As for me I have almost always had a Selle Italia SLR Trans Am (narrow but still soft). That is for I never really put any attention in comfort and second once the rails broke on my first Selle Italia (which was my fault) they replaced it with a brand new one, which I think was great.

    Building up my new Fat Bike I new I had to get something wider and more comfortable. At first I had ordered a Gilles Berthoud but had been shipped the wrong, mislabeled model, which I send back. Couple days later I received the mailer from Brooks advertising the Cambium which I ordered instantly.

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    To get to the point, I just came back from an 2 hours ride and wow, this saddle is awesome!
    Yes, you get the described hammock feel mentioned and why I like it especially is that it's really suspending very well. I rode some rocky and root trails which usually forced me to get off the saddle but the Cambium doesn't really. For the hardtail I ride now this is very nice.

    Might be that a leather saddle fits better over time as it breaks in just where the sit bones are but that I cannot tell.

    I'll put some more miles on the saddle over the weekend and report back.

    My sit bones are spaced 14cm apart, the rail has an usable 75mm space of clamping.

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    Now that you have had it a while can you give any further updates please as I am very interested in this saddle.
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    Has anyone else heard that Brooks will be offering this saddle with the imperial cutout as well? I think it is tentatively named the Cambium Climax. The news came out with the Oct Brooks Despatch. Anyone seen it yet?
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    Ok Mas. Sorry it's been awhile...(been skiing. Anyway this bike season for the CO Rockies consisted of a lot of rain and mud. For that one good reason it was a great year to straddle this saddle. First off it was very nice to treat this Brooks like all other non leather saddles not rubbing lotion on washin and drying every ride. As far as style points go. It still retains the Brooks look of tradition but in a new style of itself. The rubber has not lost any of its suppleness. I will try to ride the bike this winter to see if the cold temps affect it at all. One crevat that bothered me was when riding with spandex the cotton on top of the saddle grabbed the shorts. There was no sliding on the seat to fine tune riding position. When in street shorts or pants this was not a problem. Also the seat absorbed the chamois cream from my ass and stained the cotton also giving it a lubed feel.
    Overall it is a very nice seat

    Now the $150 question would I buy one or recommend one to buy. For me I probably would not being I don't think my bike riding fits it general purpose. I feel this seat is perfect for commuters, long distance riders bike tourers, mountain bikes and CX bikes. It is a fabulous seat and deserves to be recognized.

    And yes the cut out version of this seat is coming. Which I'd like to feel the difference between the two.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 29or6to4 View Post
    One crevat that bothered me was when riding with spandex the cotton on top of the saddle grabbed the shorts. There was no sliding on the seat to fine tune riding position. When in street shorts or pants this was not a problem. Also the seat absorbed the chamois cream from my ass and stained the cotton also giving it a lubed feel.
    I gotta say those would be deal breakers for me...

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    I think this saddle looks superb. So much so that I reckon once on the bike it will probably won't look AS nice as it does in the photos. If that makes any sense ?

    What I would personally like to see though is a copper rivet option, I think the copper rivets combined with the Slate colour would look superb. A little like the black leather versions with copper rivets.

    I was a little disappointed to hear Brooks most likely won't make a titanium rail version. I think it may help bring the weight down, as 420g isn't light, and it heavier than their titanium railed leather versions. However putting aside the weight issue, I'm led to believe that the rails are actually stainless rather than chrome rails. Is anyone able to confirm this ? As that would make my purchase of one a lot easier as rust won't be an issue down the track.

    Just to go a little off topic... I already own 3 Brooks saddles. I have a B17 narrow, chrome rails in Black. A Swift titanium rail in Brown, and a Swallow titanium rail in Honey Brown. My research tells me most people favour the B17. Perhaps it's the normal version rather than the narrow version ? But personally, I have found it the least comfortable of my 3 Brooks. It took me ages to break that sucker in. And seeing as mine has the cut out, I found it a little annoying whilst it was breaking in. Worked fine with padded shorts underneath though. The Swallow I found very comfortable out of the box and was initially my favourite saddle. But the Swift wins me over every time now. It took a little while to break in, but now that's it's starting to 'mould' it is my favourite saddle. It's now comfortable feel with it's drop dead looks from any angle put's it on top of my list of saddles ( I have 8 bikes, and around 11 saddles). And to add further, and I hope Brooks is listening. I really like the Colt, except for it's rails ! I really dislike black rails. Sorry to offend any others who have black rail Brooks, just my personal opinion. I just think the black looks cheap. So i'm hoping Brooks can come out with a titanium rail version of the Colt. I reckon it would look awesome.

    And finally getting back to the Cambium. It often reminds me of the Sella San Marco Regale in it's looks. The Regale's positives are being that it is lighter by around 100g. It also comes with a titanium rail option. The deal breaker for me though is I often use saddle bags, and the Regale doesn't have the hangers on the rear. The Cambium has them, and to top it off I think Brooks has styled the hangers in a very elegant and beautiful way, modern but classy. The saddle looks superb from the rear. Looks superb from any angle actually.

    I'm on the verge of buying one. I have sourced a couple of places on line, but haven't committed as yet. And now that I read of a cut out version coming out doesn't make me so anxious to buy. Is there any other news of what Brooks may be doing with the saddle ? Any other tweaks that may be worth waiting for ?

    And lastly. Can anyone recommend a website that has a good deal on these please ?

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    Don't see much on the use of this saddle on mtb's so I'll resurrect this old thread with some observations.

    I'm running a C-17 on my rigid ss 29er and it has its benefits and limitations.

    1. Just to sit on it, it's no big whoop, just feels like a hard saddle. If it's set up correctly, you notice the difference several hours later, and after the ride, in terms of less booty soreness over time.
    2. But, you have to be set up right. When I first put it on it was great. Later, I changed bars, raising my hand position about 10mm. Then my butt started hurting. Crouch down into an aerodynamic position, no pain. Guess this thing is optimized for a road racing position. I think this requires a certain amount of hip flexion and a straight back to get your sit bones in the right position. If you think about MTB geometry compared to a road bike, this probably isn't difficult to achieve for most people. Seat set back and bars set low and you'll love this thing. Slam the seat forward and jack up your bars -- sit up and beg -- and you'll hate it.
    3. The saddle definitely has some give to it, kind of like riding a suspension saddle without all the springs hanging off the back of it. Kinda nice when you're riding a rigid, just don't tell anybody lest they think you less of a manly-man.

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