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    Brooks Cambium

    Anyone have the opportunity to really try one out yet ?? The natural rubber and cotton impregnated cover seem ideal for inclement terrain and weather. Makes me think this saddle has some potential as an off road touring saddle ?

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    Right here. I haven't tried it yet personally, but I want to real bad. Now that they are in production for less than the limited edition numbered series it's in my price range.
    Rolling the new Brooks Cambium c17 tester saddle
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    ive got about 30 miles on one and i'm pretty impressed its a loaner though so i have to send it back in a few days
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    I was one of the original 100 users who reviewed them. Still have mine and seriously considering doing what has been suggested ... putting it on my off-road tourer, my Giant XTC 2 as I do a lot of my touring in our winter (too hot in summer(.

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    I have about 200 miles on mine--including some commuting, single track, and a 43 mile race. I am very happy with it.

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    I was one of the original 100 testers also, I have well over 1000 miles on my test saddle. What I've found is that for me anything under about 40 - 50 mile rides and I really enjoy the saddle. But on longer rides the saddle starts to make itself known. My sit bones begin to fatigue and become uncomfortable.
    As far as durability it has shown very little wear and I've had it in snow, rain, mud and the hot sun.
    Brooks is in the process of building the saddle with a cut-out and I asked to try that version out to see if it helps for my longer endurance rides.
    The new saddles are shipping soon so maybe I will have one on my doorstep to try.

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    I just got the new slate cambium, and it is the replacement for another Brooks, the Flyer. I had the Flyer mounted on my Pugsley for over a year and when I got it I thought that it was a good ride. The Flyer had its shortcomings though, the biggest was the smooth leather. I slid around so much that I could not keep a good position. That problem was solved because of another problem, which was that I could not get it to seal up nicely. I used Brooks and other products, but even with that a little rain would cause the leather to swell up. I then had some seat covers made that made it waterproof, and stopped my butt from sliding around. I liked the seat, but it made my Pugsley look like an old police Harley.

    When the Cambium came out I immediately wanted one, but did not like the color that they had at the time. It took almost six months for them to come out with the slate color so I ordered it and then eagerly awaited its arrival. It came right from Italy where they are made, and actually designed there for Brooks.

    The seat is, in my opinion, more comfortable than the flyer. I love the fabric feel and I can hold a position easily, and that is in part due to the shape. The grey look of the slate looks great too, worth the wait. I have only had it for a few weeks but have already ridden it in the rain, and even wet my butt stays put. It is really comfortable...best seat I have ever had. It has this cast frame and the Brooks logo looks super classy. I got a pattern bolt for the seat to keep it from being ripped off, as this baby is not cheap. Of course nothing Brooks makes is cheap.
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    Any more longer term impressions? Looking for a wide-ish comfortable saddle for trail/singletrack use on a steel hardtail. Love the looks but wondering without any padding if it's maybe too hard for offroad/bumpy trails. Would appreciate any comparisons to a "normal" padded saddle like a WTB....

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    How does the size compare to a standard B17? I have a B17 narrow that I really like, but a waterproof version would be a big upgrade here in Seattle.

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    I've only had mine for a month, but I'm really getting attached.

    The max width is 10mm less than the B17 and the length is longer at 283? I think. Those dimensions on on the Brooks website. Holding the cambium over the B17 and vice versa, you can see that the C17 is modeled very closely on the curvature/shape of the B17. I have a Pro as well as a B17, but I've been riding the cambium pretty exclusively for the past month and been very happy. The C15 comes out in less than a month, the C15 is supposed to be racier and perhaps a little stiffer. It may be worthwhile to wait for the C15 if you like the narrow version of B17. I do not know the dimensions for the C15, but I heard a rumor it is based on the swift. If you have the opportunity to test either the C17 or C15 I would highly recommend trying it out. It is a very nice saddle. I look forward to other versions, possibly with copper/colored screw caps. They are not rivets, but rather screw caps that are seen on the top of the saddle with torx bolts on the underside. Anyway, go try it if possible. Cheers!
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    Thanks! The C15 sounds like a better fit for me, and I'll wait until I can see one in a shop.

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    Brooks currently is running an offer, they are giving away 100 C15s. You can register here:

    BROOKS ENGLAND LTD. | CAMBIUM

    I just mounted a C17 on my Ogre, eager to see (feel) how it does this summer.

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    I'm loving mine, had it on the trainer all winter and I've done a dozen or so 40-50+ mile rides now, it rocks!
    Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can do what others can't

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    Quote Originally Posted by brknspk View Post
    Well, I just got the saddle yesterday and haven't put it on the bike yet, so I have no feedback. I think it should work for my touring bike: wide and water proof. But only time will tell. How long have you had yours?
    I've have about 175 miles on my Cambium C15 and must say, it's not as comfortable as I had hoped. Doesn't seem to "mimic the comfort of a broken in leather saddle". Perhaps the black rubber (it's a black saddle) is a different composition than the vulcanised natural rubber? Maybe it will be better when temperatures rise, it's been in the 50's (f).
    It's a cool looking saddle.

    BTW.. Feels fine if I ride with a padded liner.

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    I like mine - disappears under me like a saddle should. Only issue is that the "rivets" (actually bolts) have a tendency to loosen & fall off. Had one loosen on a 5-day trip (fortunately noticed & was able to tighten it up), and lost one recently. Got a replacement from LBS/Brooks under warranty. I've since hit them all with a dab of loctite; should solve that problem, but seriously - Brooks oughta do that at the factory.

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    6000 miles on my Cambium. It is the best piece of gear that I own
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lars_D View Post
    6000 miles on my Cambium. It is the best piece of gear that I own
    Not bad for just over year, good on ya'
    No fuss with my MUSS,... or my Rockies
    Yes, I've fffound it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lars_D View Post
    6000 miles on my Cambium. It is the best piece of gear that I own
    You Alaskans are a tuff breed.
    You'd probably think this is a comfortable saddle:
    Saddles for REAL MEN!
    ..and only 1643.893 grams!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco83333 View Post
    You Alaskans are a tuff breed.
    You'd probably think this is a comfortable saddle:
    Saddles for REAL MEN!
    ..and only 1643.893 grams!
    You have to be a real hard ass....lol

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    Rode all winter on mine. Love it, by far the best saddle I've used. Going to buy another for the summer bike. May get the C17 cutout version although the one I have is fine I'm just a taint sensitive.

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    I won't have anything else. Mine has sat in snow, been rained on, and it does not affect it at all. Also very comfortable.

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    Brooks Cambium

    I've put a few thousand miles on my C15 since my post further up this thread. I like it so much I may not put the B17 Narrow back on for the dry season. I was thinking this morning that the fabric is smoother than when it was new. Not really wear, just smoother. Time will tell how the cotton layer holds up, but so far I'm impressed.

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    I just put a C15 on my road bike. My first reaction when I got it was: not as soft or flexible as I thought it would be. Then my first ride: geez, this saddle seems pretty stiff, not sure this is going to work for me. But then the strange thing is, after a while the saddle does seem to disappear under you a fair bit. And I do sometimes get a numb crotch when riding, but not so far with the c15. Will need more miles to make a final decision - but I think it will be a keeper. It's a very nice looking, very well made saddle (that weighs a ton...).

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    They do break in contrary to what people may think. I got mine used and I have a bunch of miles on it. Went to buy another for my summer bike and was surprised how stiff it was compared to the one I have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alaskamatt View Post
    They do break in contrary to what people may think.
    They definitely do, I have two C17's and just got a new gravel grinding bike for which I am considering the C15.... but then again, why mess with perfection.

    Love the new Rust colour!

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