B17 Standard

$ 145
B17 Standard

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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 : 520g
  • Frame : Steel
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10/20/2013
Written by Neil Cave
B17 Standard
I fitted a B17 to my hybrid bike after suffering a painful posterior on the second day of a 100-mile ride mostly along the Kennet & Avon Canal towpath (on the standard Specialized saddle). Revelation! From the moment I sat on the B17 to set the height, it has been supremely comfortable. On the bumpy canal tow path it is comfortable for 60-mile days. Three previous attempts to find a comfortable saddle now lie discarded in the back of my garage; must try eBay to get rid of them! Now for another Brooks saddle for my mountain bike....
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6/14/2012
Written by Mike Mullins
B17 Standard
Having started to cycle longer distances a couple of years ago, I was having real trouble finding a saddle that was comfortable beyond 3 or 4 hours. I tried all kinds of expensive, modern, gell filled, anatomically designed saddles but without any real success. The best I could find was a Selle Italia that would be comfortable for 4 hours and bearable for 6, but after a 4 day coast to coast ride of 300 miles last year, I was in real pain and couldn't have got back on for a fifth day. I had read all the "hype" about Brookes, but found it hard to imagine that such an old design could really offer anything that modern technology couldn't better, but in desperation I took the plunge and bought a B17 for an End to End tour last month. From the first days riding it was more comfortable by far than anything else I'd ever ridden on and, once broken in, I just forgot it was there. 1017 miles in 15 days and I never had any kind of discomfort from the saddle at all, even after 8 hours toiling up the hills in Devon one day. When I got back, I bought another one for my Audax bike and did 80 miles last week on it from new and 100 miles yesterday, with absolutely no pain at all (apart from the legs!) An amazingly comfortable saddle, I just wish they a) made them in white and b) altered the rail shape so you could move the saddle back further.
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11/21/2012
Written by Steve Welsh
B17 Standard
I am not a young man but I ordered one of your B17 standard saddles via the Internet. I am a British ex-pat living in Hungary. It had been many, many years since I was a teenager that I had not sat a Brooks saddle. My dear old dad used to moan like hell about it. Well, he would since it was broken in to me.



I was not disappointed when UPS delivered the box early on the day that their web site indicated that it would be delivered. Neither was I disappointed when I unpacked it. It was of the quality and finish that I remembered from my teenage years.



Priority job was to get it on the bike. By the way, transport of choice here in he village is bicycle - young and old, male or female.



I have not yet had chance to put many kilometres on the saddle but it shows the signs of great comfort aleady
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7/23/2015
Written by Siva Balakrishnan
B17 Standard
I bought B17 standard recently. I have been cycling for last 2 years. Every time i go over 50Kms my butt was sore and it took few days to recover. I wasn't sure about B17 because it looked hard compared to my Cannondale soft saddle. Finally I decided to try it...and the experience was unbelievable. Even after 70-80kms ride I felt nothing on my butt. It is extremely comfortable worth every penny of it. Go for it and your butt will thank you.
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6/23/2015
Written by Dave Schaeffer
B17 Standard
I have the B-17 standard. No break in needed. I butchered it for looks. Best saddle ever. Comfort and cool looks. Very stoked.
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6/21/2015
Written by john ziske
B17 Standard
amazing after looking at the b-17 for a couple of months finally pulled the trigger and purchased the b-17 got my first 100 miles on it and am amazed at how comfy a hard leather saddle can be sure make getting off the bike hard I,m back in love with riding again thanks brooks money well spent
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5/6/2011
Written by Krista Visser
B17 Standard
I would love a saddle without 'Brooks' everywhere on it, and no visible rivets, or at least in the same colour as the leather. Just the quality without letting everybody in on what you have. I know, it's like asking for Chanel No. 5 in a PET bottle...
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1/16/2013
Written by Daniel Curme
B17 Standard
Can you please provide more in-depth instructions on protecting the saddle from rain? I live in Seattle, USA where it rains almost everyday. I don't own a car and ride my bike to work. Sometimes I can lock my bike indoors or under an awning, however, not everyday. How can I best protect my saddle in these conditions, knowing that it's going to get wet a lot. Thanks!
A> You must use of a waterproof cover.  A soaked leather saddle will stretch and age prematurely when ridden.  
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12/2/2010
Written by Charles Spragg
B17 Standard
Upon recently visiting an online bike part retailer, I noticed that they once sold the B17 Standard (NOT NARROW) in Antique Brown. I was wondering what the likelihood would be of ever seeing one of these being produced and sold to the consumer in the near future along with the Honey and Black models that are already out. I've also noticed on eBay that there were a couple listings for this saddle claiming that they get custom orders in Antique Brown for their bikes.
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10/5/2016
Written by Elizabeth from United States
colors
So, over 100 years of excellence and still women don't get color options? Lame.
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7/10/2015
Written by Ralphe Neill
B17 Standard
John B. Brooks said, "Our aim has been the best everything."



Regrettably, it seems Brooks is missing the mark set by its founder.



I would suggest that saddle-tension bolts break on the B17 far too

easily. The first one failed about two years ago after little more than

two years use. I thought it was just bad luck and ordered a new saddle

on-line. Now the bolt in that one has broken. A pocket flap caught the

saddle horn while I was dismounting. The riding jacket's fabric was not

torn and the stitching was not damaged. But the METAL bolt just snapped.

That bicycle cannot be used until replacements arrive.



Reading various blogs suggests that breakage after only two years or so

is not uncommon. Brooks must know of this so why are such obviously-weak

ones still supplied?



It's also worth pointing out that the saddle from two years ago was not

formed or fitted to the frame symmetrically - only a few millimetres out

but ...



J. B. Brooks is probably turning in his grave!



Regards,



Ralphe Neill



Melbourne, Australia
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2/9/2015
Written by Charlie Brown
B17 Standard
I just got the green B17 and on the first ride got it wet and muddy. Saddle is fine but color changed. Anyone have any experience with this same situation and solutions to keep color from continuing to fade? Cheers.
 
A> There is a chance that the saddle colour will change if the leather top is allowed to get wet.  We recommend proofide to help maintain the colour.
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