Brooks B17 Champion Special Black Leather Bicycle Saddle
The Special features large, hand-hammered copper rivets and a skived (beveled) skirt.
The B17 series is the most popular of Brooks's sporty models. They are 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.
I have a forty year old Dynamax Tour de France, French made touring bicycle that I last used in earnest (anger?), while touring Europe in the summer of 1972. After 1300 miles that summer, the original OEM Export brand leather seat with a total of 2200 miles was still in good shape but nothing lasts forever. Fast forward to 2012. I had my trusty old Dynamax completely serviced and set about getting myself back into shape. Forty years is a long time and while my newly resurrected cycle career is on the road, after about three hundred miles, I realized that the old Export saddle would eventually have to be replaced.This is not something to do lightly as the saddle, like the bike, was an old friend. What to get?. I liked the leather saddle. Did they still make them? Enter Brooks. Specifically, the Brooks B17 Champion Special. The pictures of their saddles were nice enough but nothing prepared me for the actual item when it arrived. Upon opening the box, I was struck by the fact that real artisans still exist in the world and you don't have to settle for mass produced Chinese stuff. It was a beautiful work of art that was well worth the price of admission. Although I only have about thirty miles on the new saddle, it is already comfortable. Installing a saddle such as this on your bike will give you that smug feeling of superiority but best of all, a very comfortable ride. I use my bicycle for exercise but can see that this saddle would easily allow me to tour long distance. In fact, once I get back into shape, I can see myself putting in fifty to sixty mike days without the thought of rear end pain.The entire experience was made all the better by the nice people at [...]. They were knowledgeable and helpful to a fault. I will be doing more business with them in future.
Bottom LineYes, I would recommend this to a friend