CAMBIUM C17

£ 110
CAMBIUM C17

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Made in Italy

The uniquely flexible, maintenance-free, waterproof top is designed to follow the rider's movements for immediate comfort and ease of use. To the eye, the C17 may appear quite racy in its shape and lines, which indeed it is. A saddle you can really settle into, the geometry and dimensions are based closely on that of our most recognizable model, the B17, ensuring the same timeless comfort mile after mile. The C17s is slightly shorter than the C17 and more suited to the female anatomy.

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The uniquely flexible, maintenance-free, waterproof top is designed to follow the rider's movements for immediate comfort and ease of use. To the eye, the C17 may appear quite racy in its shape and lines, which indeed it is. A saddle you can really settle into, the geometry and dimensions are based closely on that of our most recognizable model, the B17, ensuring the same timeless comfort mile after mile. The C17s is slightly shorter than the C17 and more suited to the female anatomy.

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  • Length : 283mm
  • Width : 162mm
  • Height : 52mm
  • Weight : 415g
  • Frame : Steel
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26/02/2014
Written by Gilbert Oddstream
Cambium C17
Having hideously deformed a newish Brooks Team Pro by using it in the rain we’ve been having in England this year, I looked around for something more weatherproof that would have a similar shape. So, I bolted on a Cambium, and went for a quick 45 mile spin.



What does it feel like? When set exactly flat (according to a spirit level across the top), it felt like a cross between a San Marco Rolls at the back, in the way that the cantle feels slightly convex, and a Brooks Team Pro in the middle, in that the longitudinal ridge is straight and raised. I later set it with about one degree nose-up tilt, which made the cantle feel flatter and reduced perineum pressure. Set like this, it felt spookily similar to a Team Pro or B17, i.e. it had a distinctly Brooksian feel.



In other words, the saddle was comfortable. It never completely ‘disappears’ in the way that a Brooks B17 can do – you always remember that it’s there, but it doesn’t ever get annoying.



Does it cause numbness? The Cambium doesn’t offer the explicit relief from numbness that one of the saddles from Selle SMP, Rido or one of Specialized’s body geometry series gives. It offers the same level of protection that, say, a Brooks Team Pro gives you. So, in other words, you feel some of your body weight on your perineum, but not enough to case numbness.



I’ve not had a problem with chafing inner thighs, which some riders have reported.



The cloth like textured material on the top is just right. You can move around when you need to, and you stick in place when you need to.



Where the saddle wins is in the rubbery flex. I ride my stiff-framed bike on a lot of poorly maintained tarmac, and with most saddles the jarring and vibration is very unpleasant, especially at the end of a long ride when I’m tired. The Cambium goes further than any other saddle I’ve tried in absorbing both the vibration and the jarring, without ever being “bouncy”.



The bottom line is – could I do 100 miles on it without discomfort? Yes. It's a keeper.



For reference, I’m a 6’2”/1.88m male weighing 190lbs/86kg. I tested it on a steel-framed bike with bullhorns, with enough handlebar drop to keep my back at 45 degrees.
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14/08/2014
Written by John Holloway
Cambium C17
I did not think it was possible to improve upon my beloved Brooks B17 saddle, but the Cambium C17 does it. The saddle is billed as a touring and trekking model, but I have it fitted on my road bike. It is both sporty and comfortable from the first ride. I am sure that in time it will become an iconic product. Like all such products it serves a practical purpose, looks good and starts conversations. As we Yanks like to say, Brooks has hit a home run with the Cambium C17.
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11/09/2014
Written by John Moore
Cambium C17
Just about to buy another C17, got 3 already and it's by far the best saddle/s I've ever ridden, I've had a leather B17 and never really got on with it but the C17 fits my bum perfectly.

Ridden over 1000 miles on my C17's on my CX, MTB tourer and tandem, they are great both on and off the road.
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19/03/2015
Written by Jason Snyder
Cambium C17
I'm gonna pile on to rave about the Cambium. I loved my B17 and when I bought a second bike I was ready to outfit it with another, but my bike shop had just received a few C17s so I thought I'd give one a try. Can't believe I'm saying this, but I've now come to prefer the Cambium, to the point where I switch the seat back and forth between bikes and the B17 is now in my closet. Perhaps the best thing about it is that it's already "broken in." I didn't think the process with the B17 was that terrible, but there was none of that with the C17. As a daily bike commuter who beats the cr@p out of his bikes, I can barely be bothered to keep air in the tires, so I also love the fact that I don't have to watch out for it the way I did with the leather, keeping it out of the rain and proofriding it to keep it moist in the winter. I've ridden a couple thousand miles on the C17 and it barely shows any wear. The only evidence of how much I've been on it is that the cream-colored linen is now stained blue from my jeans! So now I'm waiting til I get some extra cash so I can go back and grab a C17 for my original bike, and hoping the B17 is enjoying its retirement and not taking things personally.
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04/03/2015
Written by Dave Byers
Cambium C17
I purchased a C17 after reading the reviews. Yes I took a chance, but wow it was worth it! I have been road cycling for over 25 years & after most longer rides I would have chaffing & saddle sores mostly on one side. The closest I got to comfort was a Fizik Pave, still not quite perfect though. I had reached a point where I decided my anatomy just had to endure these things.

First ride on the C17 I couldn't believe how it dulled the road vibration and the instant comfort was a surprise. Ok you can't judge it on one ride so here I am several months and many 100k rides later and I can honestly say I haven't had ANY backside issues. I wish Brooks had made this saddle 25 years ago! I now have a C15 on order.

Thank you Brooks.
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22/02/2015
Written by Martha Aragon
Cambium C17
I needed to find somewhere to leave a review of this saddle because I just wanted to say, "Wow."



This saddle is super comfortable. I may not have any experience with other broken-in Brooks Leather saddles but it literally was a saddle I could ride immediately and not feel any discomfort.



Will need to see how it performs on a 50km day, but so far so good! Its vintage appearance also makes it one of the most stylish saddles I've ever come across. Hello function AND form :D
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12/02/2015
Written by Leonard Delaney
Cambium C17
My Cambium C17 in black has performed flawlessly as my primary commuting/recreational saddle for many months now. Alas the head portion of the nose 'rivet' has recently gone missing. Close examination revealed a lack of thread-locking material on any of the 'rivets' used in the C17 saddle. After the many reports of poor response time in warranty service regarding the Cambium line, I have purchased replacement rivets which will keep me in the saddle while awaiting warranty response. I have already treated the threads of all remaining fasteners on my C17 with Loctite, Perhaps Brooks (and/or Selle) should consider doing the same.
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14/05/2014
Written by Robert Mayers
Cambium C17
I have ridden with this saddle for three months now and I am having such a bad time that I will be going back a mediocre seat from an old bike.



I am 85kg and would consider myself to be relatively fit, however, it is unclear as to whether I am either too light, too heavy, too soft or too hard for it. Suffice to say, I am not fit for it. So much so that I even developed a particularly worrying swollen lump on my inside leg that persisted for 2 weeks and made riding a nightmare.



Sure, the rubber can be flexed while in your hands but it (rather unimpressively) feels like wood while riding.



This seat replaced the second Team Pro Classic that I bought and consequentially had stolen.



Incredibly disappointed to spend YET ANOTHER £100 on a saddle with such lacking comfort.
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16/06/2014
Written by jan stojkovic
Cambium C17
Purchased C17, done 50 miles so far, but this "rubber" is thick and hard almost as plastic.. Flexing is minimal and there's no that hammock-like effect for my ass.. The rubber is really hard to bent.. I really expected more comfort from saddle like this..
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26/07/2016
Written by Michael from United States
Not great for heavier riders
I've got about one year's use out of my C17 and the cotton has split just aft of the nose of the saddle; I suspect the rubber won't be far behind, so I'm going to have to swap it out since I'm worried about catastrophic failure. I weigh about 230 lbs (weighed about 245 when I purchased the saddle). Not light, I know, but not extraordinarily heavy for an American rider. They don't list a rider weight limit that I was able to find, but it seems like maybe >200 lbs is a no-go. Disappointing, since it is a comfortable saddle and I appreciate the waterproof-ness. Also disappointing given the expense.
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01/08/2015
Written by Simon McKenzie
Cambium C17
This is my favourite saddle yet. Keeps my derriere happy all day every day. Sad to say I just snapped my second set of rails. My bike shop gave me a set out of a test saddle the first time but weren't prepared to again. Nonetheless I'll buy more rails and go again (after changing my seat post) because this saddle is just too comfy.
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28/07/2015
Written by Stevie Wonder
Cambium C17
I recently purchased a B17, and put 300 miles on it over the course of a couple 60 mile days. I'm 210, and 6'2, and I could occasionally feel my perineum tubes "popping" over the top of the saddle if I wasn't careful. Needless to say, I didn't want to be that careful! This was all on a bicycle where the handlbars are slightly lower than my seat.



Upon talking to my local Brooks rep in Washington DC, he mentioned that there was a loaner C17 at my local BicycleSPACE. I went there and picked up that saddle, putting it on my racy road bike, which has lower bars than the saddle. The C17 is more comfortable right from the beginning than the B17, and it doesn't cause my perineal tubes to pop over the top.



However! I rode it 80 miles this weekend and the Cambium cause numbness by about mile 30. This is substantially sooner than the C17. Reaching down to touch my penis and feeling it be completely numb was a disturbing experience to say the least. I put more care into my riding position, riding more on the flats and less on the hoods than usual, and it got better.



Looks like I need the cutout version. I actually think the leather was better too. The Cambium when I got off it was noticeably damp - it is 90F and humid in VA these days - unlike the leather which breathed away more of my sweat. Both were pretty good though. The leather feels smoother, with exactly the right amount of grip to keep you from sliding around on it whereas the canvas like textured upper on the Cambium was a touch more textured. I think that the leather swells a touch and gets a bit more grippy with moisture, which is great because it counteracts the tendency for the leather to get slick with moisture, since it starts off slicker than the rubber. Both the Cambium and the B17 had good suspension through their materials choice and spreaded rivets. I do think that the break-in process contributes to the quality of the saddle, and the Cambium's ability to skip the break-in process isn't helpful over the long run.



I'll be trying the Imperial C17 soon. Let's hope that one relieves perineal pressure better.
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