B17 Special

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B17 Special

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Made in England

The B17 is our flagship model, ideal for long distance sports touring, trekking and mtb use. It has been on the market for over 100 years, being featured in as early as the 1898 catalogue . The model is available for gents and ladies: the B17 (gents) and B17 S (ladies). The Standard models feature black steel rails, the B17 Special features copper plated steel metalwork, and the B17 Titanium/ Both the B17 Special and the Titanium also feature hand hammered copper rivets.

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The B17 is our flagship model, ideal for long distance sports touring, trekking and mtb use. It has been on the market for over 100 years, being featured in as early as the 1898 catalogue . The model is available for gents and ladies: the B17 (gents) and B17 S (ladies). The Standard models feature black steel rails, the B17 Special features copper plated steel metalwork, and the B17 Titanium/ Both the B17 Special and the Titanium also feature hand hammered copper rivets.

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  • Length : 275mm
  • Width : 175mm
  • Height : 65mm
  • Weight : 540g
  • Frame : Copper
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Part of an old Brooks Tradition
15/05/2011
Written by Craig ANDREWS
B17 Special
I found my new bike saddle quite uncomfortabel and was told about Brooks so I went online and after reading enough, took the pliunge and ordered a B17 Special (Black). The saddle arrived with the Brooks care creme(?) all very well executed and arrived to me in China.



Instead of writing after my first ride like Wallace to Grommit " Cracking saddle Grommit" !, I decided to give it a good run Bruce. I ride a MTB mainly on roads and trails with some offroad. We do 30 to 50 km per ride in a couple of hours 2-3 times a week.



Well Grommit, I just clocked up 1350kms on the B17 Special over a period of several months and I have to admit, I almost forgot I had a saddle.



Now let me put this in perspective. Bike saddles are not exactly Jason Recliners, where one slides on and goes "Ooooh Aahhh, what a loovely saddle Grommit", and drifts off for a pleasant snooze. No, they are like airline seats, bloody awful with some not as bad as others and something you really don't have a great deal of choice about. Now, if you get off a long haul flight and can't remember much about the seat, then that is a 'good' thing Grommit, a good thing. I mean the seat was not 'uncomfortable' Grommit and you were probably more concerned about whether you had turned of your second mobile mobile in.the overhead luggage compartment. Wouldn't want to bring the plane down Grommit.



And so, that is my experince of the B17 Special. It is not an uncomfortable seat and I get off after my rides and don't even remember to check if my ass is OK Grommit. Not even a moments thought. My mind is completely away on other things, like: whose paying for Lattes ? Can I pee behind that shed ? Is my odometer calibrated correctly because you went 2km more than me again, Will that guy in the new Beemer I clipped remember me and turn up tonite to try and kill me (Note to self, change outfit for next weeks ride) , how fast were we going down that hill Grommit ? and ...well ...you get the picture Grommit. Never a though for the ass.



So, Grommit, these should be powerful words to say, 'the seat does exactly what they say it will do', and that is, it allows you to ride long distances over various terrains, and not get a sore ass.



So, now I feel I am qualified to say it ..."Cracking Saddle Grommit". And thanks to all those Elves at Brooks with their little hammer hamming away at those copper studs. Bloody great job.



10/10 Brooks.
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26/11/2012
Written by menashe kampler
B17 Special
Bought my first brooks in the 80's

Swithced back to a Brooks about 3 years ago.

Breaking in didn't hurt at all.

The b-17 is great. Never have any pain. I ride about 11,000 KM a year

Many short rides and also longer rides 100, 150 or even 200 KM and never any discomfort

Definitley the best
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07/04/2010
Written by Michael Acuna
B17 Special
I've been riding for a couple decades now, some of it competitively: road and off road, recreational and had a summer stint as a bike courier in my younger years. And I have to say that the Brooks saddle is without a doubt the best saddle I've ever used. Forget the fancy, ultralight, super cutting edge, carbon fibre offerings. Nothing beats natural materials, master craftsmanship, and a little breaking in pain. With regards to the latter, I really can't say that breaking in my saddle was either painful or lengthy. Quite frankly, it only took me 2 weeks to feel completely comfortable in my first ever Brooks saddle. I commute pretty much every day to work, even in the winter months (except on -10 Celsius and below). I know the weight of a Brooks saddle seems like a drawback, but the positives totally outweigh the negatives: 1) the fit is like a custom made cabretta glove; 2) the breathe-ability factor alone was the real bonus! don't know about you, but I sweat when I work out; 3) the aesthetics are a bit of a double edge sword, the saddle looks so damn good, that you should have a quick release for your seat post to prevent it from being stolen.
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10/09/2015
Written by Fauzan Ardhi
B17 Special
This is the best saddle I ever had, riding my steel bike hundred kilometres whitout pain is a thing that I wanted many years, and dont worry, you will get a high profile visualization when you ride with B17
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12/08/2015
Written by peter na
B17 Special
Love my B-17. It's true, they get better with age. I have had mine for 3 years. 30 miles in the saddle and everything but my rear end is getting tired. Worth every penny!
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21/04/2015
Written by Stephen Cumberworth
B17 Special
I purchased a B-17 Special in green for my Trek 520 touring bike a couple of years ago. It was very comfortable the first time I sat on it, and it's still going strong! This was my first of two (so far) Brooks saddles, and it helped me to see what all the fuss was about. It's nicely broken in after two years of steady riding, and serves me well on both daily commutes and longer tours. If I were to have any complaints about it, they would be that the nose of the saddle looked slightly crooked from the time that it was brand new (it doesn't really affect anything, though), and that the green color has faded to near-black with use. Those two points are really quite minor, however, so I'm still a Brooks fan for sure!
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30/06/2008
Written by David Benoy
B17 Special
Q > Your saddles (B-17 Ti, standard and Special) are on each of my three road bikes and are exceptionally comfortable. The Special is around seven years old and has about 7000 miles. I use Brooks Proofide three or four times a year, and seldom is the saddles wet, however the leather is cracking a good bit around the back upper most four rivets. Is this detrimental to the life/quality of the saddle? Is it repairable?
A > Leather is subject to detriment, as any other material. This depends on the climate and use. Unfortunately we can only repair the metal parts...
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13/11/2011
Written by Melanie Yolles
B17 Special
I'd love to see a B17 Special S (women's). My Flyer S Special is fabulous, but I'd like to be able to have the same without springs.
A> Thank you for your feedback!
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22/09/2010
Written by Mark Reeves
B17 Special
I bought the Green B-17 Copper Special to match a green Pugsley. Out of the box,it was a very dark color, almost black. After a couple months of use, it is black; you really have to use your imagination to see the Green. I have a 2 year old Honey/ Copper that has aged well & still is brown.Don't buy this saddle if you want a green saddle.
A>> Are you sure you werent sent a black saddle by mistake? Our Racing Green is absolutely racing green!
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15/09/2016
Written by JPF
Disappointing quality
I specified a Brooks B17 special as an upgrade option on a Brompton about 2 years ago. On delivery I was disappointed with the standard of workmanship and time has not altered that. I can be fussy but Brooks claim they are the finest. Not in my experience.

1
The metal Brooks label at the back of the saddle way mounted at an slight angle (not parallel with the saddle edge) and was buckled so didn't lie flat to the leather. I have since removed it

2
Some of the copper rivets were not hammered properly and left proud of the leather surface.

Overall a very disappointing experience for what is claimed (and priced) to be a premium product.
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12/10/2014
Written by J Melton
B17 Special
I very much liked this saddle but a couple years in and the bolt in the nose has loosened - so I can no longer tension the saddle. When you can't tension the saddle, it doesn't take too long to become uncomfortable as you now longer sit comfortably suspended, but rest more on the metal arch in the back of the saddle. I contacted Brooks, but was out of the warranty period (the 10 year thing wasn't around when I bought the saddle, or at least I didn't know of it). They told me to contact the North American distributor, but the distributor ignored my emails so I am stuck with a saddle I can't use. It has sat on my shelf for a couple years now as I can't get it fixed. :(

On the bright side, I also have the Flyer special that is working great 8 yrs in.
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02/10/2014
Written by ian hicks
B17 Special
I have had two B17 saddles for a few years now and I am super impressed by the comfort levels. However, my tan brown B17 Special has developed a small cluster of black, inky marks which I am unable to polish out. Any suggestions on how I can remove them please. They are in the sitting bone area so maybe sweat related ?

Thanks.
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