Flyer Special

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Flyer Special

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The Flyer and its ladies model Flyer S are classically sprung saddles for long distance trekking and touring. It is directly descending from the B66 Champion, first featured in the 1927 catalogue. Sharing the same leather tops of the B17 models, they combine the comfort of these popular models with the extra suspension granted by two rear springs. Both are available with tubular steel rivets or with hand hammered copper rivets under the names of Flyer Special and Flyer S Special.

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The Flyer and its ladies model Flyer S are classically sprung saddles for long distance trekking and touring. It is directly descending from the B66 Champion, first featured in the 1927 catalogue. Sharing the same leather tops of the B17 models, they combine the comfort of these popular models with the extra suspension granted by two rear springs. Both are available with tubular steel rivets or with hand hammered copper rivets under the names of Flyer Special and Flyer S Special.

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  • Length : 275mm
  • Width : 175mm
  • Height : 87mm
  • Weight : 890g
  • Frame : Steel
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31/10/2010
Written by Peter Pesek
Flyer Special
Flyer Special - Honey: Used for commuting in Los Angeles. Specialized Globe CIty bike (2008).

I frequently get compliments on this saddle. The black springs match my bike frame and the Honey coloured leather has aged beautifully as it takes on uneven shades of darker brown. Purchased from Topanga Creek Bicycles in California (Supreme Brooks Dealer). This was not the model I was originally interested in, but they helped me compare and test ride several saddles to make the right choice. The Flyer is very comfortable and well worth the money.
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27/08/2009
Written by Peter Lenz
Flyer Special
HERE IS YOUR NEXT AND LAST SADDLE!  My B-17 Flyers (Standard Honey and Standard Black) have revolutionized my riding. I have these saddles on my titanium framed road bike (this one gets some comments!) and my steel touring rig. There is NO buttock pain, back pain or neck pain even after a century ride. They totally outclass every saddle I have tried before, including the B-17 titanium without springs.

Seriously folks, try this saddle. My only beef with it is the weight. But it's definitely worth it.
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18/05/2010
Written by Greg Collins
Flyer Special
I found myself getting a little fatigued, not sore exactly, but kind of 'tired of sitting' on my B17 after about 150 - 200km on a ride. An acquaintance suggested trying a Flyer Special before attempting longer distances.



What a revelation! I thought the B17 Standard was a very comfortable saddle but the Flyer Special raises the bar for really long days. On an Aluminium framed touring bike - No! the purists cry - it takes away the zing/buzz transmitted from the frame via the seat post and the springs introduce just enough 'give' to make one forget the dreadful condition of so many of our country lanes these days. You notice the springs for the first 5 minutes or so of a ride and then you simply forget they are there and enjoy your day's cycling.
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21/03/2015
Written by John Armstead
Flyer Special
I admit that I bought my Flyer Special based upon its vintage look. That said, after about 200 miles and 3 applications of Proofide to the underside of the saddle it is supremely comfortable. It did make a noticeable squeak when it was brand new, but the local bike shop remedied that during a check up and I've ridden in ghostly silence since. It looks better and better as it gets older and evermore broken in. There is no thigh chafing as some, "too wide at the nose" saddles cause. It has enough spring to absorb all but the cruelest of bumps. I can envisage owning many bikes, but just the one saddle.
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31/07/2012
Written by V Stéphane
Flyer Special
On ne la sent tout simplement pas....un vrai fauteuil pour randos de longues distances!
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31/10/2010
Written by Peter Pesek
Flyer Special
Flyer Special - Honey: Used for commuting in Los Angeles. Specialized Globe CIty bike (2008).

I frequently get compliments on this saddle. The black springs match my bike frame and the Honey coloured leather has aged beautifully as it takes on uneven shades of darker brown. Purchased from Topanga Creek Bicycles in California (Supreme Brooks Dealer). This was not the model I was originally interested in, but they helped me compare and test ride several saddles to make the right choice. The Flyer is very comfortable and well worth the money.
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19/02/2015
Written by Milan Durovic
Flyer Special
I've been using Brooks saddles for a number of years. First B17 Special, and in the last 1.5 years Flyer. After a few days of feeling discomfort in the groin area (pressure) I decided to check saddle tension only to discover that the tension bolt has nothing to push against. Obviously something was missing (fell off). So, I came to this web site to check how it's done, just in case, only to find out that there were others experiencing the same problem. Obviously either a manufacturing fault, or maybe even design fault : too much strain on that pin.



I'm 90kg weight, using bicycle just for a normal city commute, no racing and I have a suspension post. I never tensioned the saddle, so I can't really see any other reason for the failure other than manufacturing fault.
A> we recommend checking the tension at least every 6 months.  The loosening of the leather may have caused the problems.  
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26/11/2014
Written by Philippe LeMay-Boucher
Flyer Special
Proud owner of a brooks B17 standard since 2008. Recently bought a Flyer special but the nose tension pin broke after a few months. (I only weight 75kg... I am sure brooks saddle have suffered heavier canadian bovines...) The costs of replacement for that simple 'tension pin' on your website is a staggering 12 euros. A substantial fraction of the cost of the saddly itself. At that price, Madame/Monsieur, I am wondering if it comes with an 'eau de panache' fragrance or if it is signed Louis Vuitton... My humble advise to anybody wishing to buy a brooks saddle: go for the 'special' ones: the copper rivets are more comfortable.
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19/02/2015
Written by Milan Durovic
Flyer Special
I've been using Brooks saddles for a number of years. First B17 Special, and in the last 1.5 years Flyer. After a few days of feeling discomfort in the groin area (pressure) I decided to check saddle tension only to discover that the tension bolt has nothing to push against. Obviously something was missing (fell off). So, I came to this web site to check how it's done, just in case, only to find out that there were others experiencing the same problem. Obviously either a manufacturing fault, or maybe even design fault : too much strain on that pin.



I'm 90kg weight, using bicycle just for a normal city commute, no racing and I have a suspension post. I never tensioned the saddle, so I can't really see any other reason for the failure other than manufacturing fault.
A> we recommend checking the tension at least every 6 months.  The loosening of the leather may have caused the problems.  
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26/11/2014
Written by Philippe LeMay-Boucher
Flyer Special
Proud owner of a brooks B17 standard since 2008. Recently bought a Flyer special but the nose tension pin broke after a few months. (I only weight 75kg... I am sure brooks saddle have suffered heavier canadian bovines...) The costs of replacement for that simple 'tension pin' on your website is a staggering 12 euros. A substantial fraction of the cost of the saddly itself. At that price, Madame/Monsieur, I am wondering if it comes with an 'eau de panache' fragrance or if it is signed Louis Vuitton... My humble advise to anybody wishing to buy a brooks saddle: go for the 'special' ones: the copper rivets are more comfortable.
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