B17 Narrow

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B17 Narrow

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This is a sportier version of our globally renowned and truly timeless B17, a design so good that it has been in constant production since having featured in our 1910 catalogue. The B17 Narrow is perfectly suited to both thoroughbred racing bicycles or sports touring bikes, and has long been the first choice of sporting cyclists who prefer the freedom of thigh movement that its narrow profile provides without any compromise in the comfort every Brooks Saddle provides.

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This is a sportier version of our globally renowned and truly timeless B17, a design so good that it has been in constant production since having featured in our 1910 catalogue. The B17 Narrow is perfectly suited to both thoroughbred racing bicycles or sports touring bikes, and has long been the first choice of sporting cyclists who prefer the freedom of thigh movement that its narrow profile provides without any compromise in the comfort every Brooks Saddle provides.

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  • Length : 279mm
  • Width : 151mm
  • Height : 70mm
  • Weight : 530g
  • Frame : Steel
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Part of an old Brooks Tradition
04/10/2012
Written by Russell Collins
B17 Narrow
I bought my B17 Narrow for my full suspension Giant Trance XO mountain bike in anticipation of a 100 mile off-road endurance race. I'd had numerous saddles before then, all comfortable enough for a few hours - but not 100 miles non-stop. So the saddle came, beautifully packaged & on the bike it went. First ride out ~20 miles - I thought it was possibly the most uncomfortable thing I'd ever sat on and wasn't hopeful of the promised comfort. On advice of my wife (a keen Brooks rider), I titled the saddle down slightly, next ride - felt ok. Over the next few rides it got more & more comfortable and I could see where my sit bones were moulding the saddle. My 100 mile off-road endurance race came after about 1/2 dozen rides on the new B17 and after 12 hours on the saddle, well, I have to say I'm now a convert as my backside was less painful that just about every other part of me when I finished. I'll be interested to see how the saddle holds up on the mountain bike, with all the mud, but I'm hoping the small saddle bag will pick up most of the crud and protect the saddle. A very satisfied customer.
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23/07/2010
Written by Rob MacDonald
B17 Narrow
When the leather cracked on the Brooks B17 seat on my 1943 BSA Airborne Folding Bicycle I was prepared to carve a wooden mould from the original leather and use that to shape a new piece of Oak sole leather for it.



To my surprise and considerable satisfaction I found that a) you're still in business, and b) you still have the model I needed in production.



My replacement B17 recieves the proper attention that the original should have had - an occasional wipe with saddle soap and a bi-annual brush with neat's-foot oil, which should massively prolong its' working life, even under the heavy use I put to it - over 50 miles/week on the road.
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02/08/2010
Written by jeff mr
B17 Narrow
I can't praise brooks enough. Some people talk about the break in period, some talk about the saddle making them want to ride more. I'm both of those people. The first time I used my b17, I was amazed, and wanting to break it in more gets me to ride more. I love this saddle. Thank you brooks.
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02/07/2014
Written by Denis K
B17 Narrow
I have never experienced such a fast delivery. I placed an order Tuesday morning and got my saddle Wednesday morning. Bravo!
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11/09/2013
Written by John Eburne
B17 Narrow
A bit dissapointed really. Rode one in my youth and wanted another as it has some side profile which a lot of modern deck saddles dont have. Unfortunately the saddle doesnt fit a Trek Madone seat mast very well. The exact place i want to clamp the rails is where the rail narrows in to the nose of the saddle.Result I was too far forwards and ended up sat on top of the seat band which was very uncomfortable. Resigned to put it on my training bike instead. Any plans to make a more modern chassis rail?
A> This is a problem typical to some modern frame geometries.  While a redesigned chassis is not possible, we recommend in these instances a laid back-style seat post. 
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04/10/2012
Written by Russell Collins
B17 Narrow
I bought my B17 Narrow for my full suspension Giant Trance XO mountain bike in anticipation of a 100 mile off-road endurance race. I'd had numerous saddles before then, all comfortable enough for a few hours - but not 100 miles non-stop. So the saddle came, beautifully packaged & on the bike it went. First ride out ~20 miles - I thought it was possibly the most uncomfortable thing I'd ever sat on and wasn't hopeful of the promised comfort. On advice of my wife (a keen Brooks rider), I titled the saddle down slightly, next ride - felt ok. Over the next few rides it got more & more comfortable and I could see where my sit bones were moulding the saddle. My 100 mile off-road endurance race came after about 1/2 dozen rides on the new B17 and after 12 hours on the saddle, well, I have to say I'm now a convert as my backside was less painful that just about every other part of me when I finished. I'll be interested to see how the saddle holds up on the mountain bike, with all the mud, but I'm hoping the small saddle bag will pick up most of the crud and protect the saddle. A very satisfied customer.
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12/08/2014
Written by colin mann
B17 Narrow
I love the B17N but what is severely lacking is the option of a hammered copper rivets version. Any possibility in the future?
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06/06/2009
Written by V Kelley
B17 Narrow
I had this saddle for a year and put about 3,500 miles on it. My sit bones 'sat' between two of the back rivets and occassionally did the bump'n grind into the rivets. Uncomfortable as all heck. If I moved the saddle back, I didn't have good coverage over the pedals.

Sold the Brooks and put on the Terry Liberator X. It's 100 grams lighter (still too heavy) and my butt thanks me every day. Sorry Brooks, your saddle is for heavy 200lb manly men.

-V

Biker Chick
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05/10/2012
Written by Laurent Chauchat
B17 Narrow
I own this saddle for 2 years now (17 000km) and I like both its look and comfort. However, I have a problem with the saddle : one rivet at the back of the saddle is hurting all my trousers. I think about changing the rivet with a medium head. Am I alone with this problem?



Laurent
A> You may replace the offending rivet with a larger head copper rivet. This is in fact the reason we use such rivets on other models.
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12/08/2014
Written by colin mann
B17 Narrow
I love the B17N but what is severely lacking is the option of a hammered copper rivets version. Any possibility in the future?
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04/06/2013
Written by Lucas Silveira
B17 Narrow
I really wanted to love this saddle, but I don't.

The leather is great, but after 1.500km ridden on it, I can't get used with the position of the rivets (on the top of the saddle!)

So, even though the total width is 151mm, the usable width is only 130mm, because that is the distance between the rivets. And this makes it impossible not to feel the rivets against your skin, which is very uncomfortable.

I might give a try to another Brooks model, but now I'm not sure anymore if it will be worth the money and time (to break-in) invested...
A> Hi Lucas, we are sorry you did  not like the B17 Narrow.  We can only say that this is by far our most narrow model and because of this, it is not really everyopne's taste.  For something similar, but wider, try the Team Professional.
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05/10/2012
Written by Laurent Chauchat
B17 Narrow
I own this saddle for 2 years now (17 000km) and I like both its look and comfort. However, I have a problem with the saddle : one rivet at the back of the saddle is hurting all my trousers. I think about changing the rivet with a medium head. Am I alone with this problem?



Laurent
A> You may replace the offending rivet with a larger head copper rivet. This is in fact the reason we use such rivets on other models.
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