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  • Leather provides natural "give" by stretching and flexing, and because it doesn't need padding, it's a cool option in warm weather
  • The saddle will age and break in over time
  • Bag loops permit the use of a traditional English-style touring bag on the rear of the seat

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Specs

Best Use Recreational Cycling
Saddle Type Performance
Saddle Cover Material Leather
Cushioning Material None
Rail Material Steel
Dimensions 10.7 x 6.5 inches
Weight 865 grams
Gender Men's
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfort right out of the box! I purchased the aged Flyer from a LBS to add to my Novara Express. I am 6' 240# and the Brooks Flyer was pure comfort on mile 1. This is an investment and I read every review I could find prior to spending this kind of money on a saddle but I am very happy and glad I have it. The aged version is breaking in fast but it does need some adjusting to get the perfect fit. Take your tools with you on your ride because just a slight adjustment can make a world of difference. After a few height and pitch adjustments I am thrilled with this saddle. I will never ride anything else. I bought this for RAGBRAI and I am looking forward to 471.1 miles on this saddle!
Date published: 2012-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent, comfortable saddle I have this saddle on a Cannondale T800. It is the fourth Brooks saddle I have owned in the last 38 years (Brooks Pro, another B17, and B67). They have all been excellent. This particular saddle took a little longer to break in, even with regular applications of Proofide as directed. After about 450 miles it has been great. I have tried other saddles such as Specialized BG and they just don't measure up, although initially they might be slightly more comfortable. Once the break in stage is over, the Brooks cannot be surpassed. For me, the advantages far outweigh the slight weight penalty.
Date published: 2009-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No break-in needed. Mileage may vary I am restoring an old Raleigh road bike, and clearly a classic Brooks leather saddle was what was needed. This is the same saddle as the B-17 commonly used on road bikes, but with added springs. The springs are heavy, but they do add some comfort over bumps. They are not appropriate for competitive cycling because they tend to start bouncing when you are pedaling fast. The usual knock on Brooks saddles is that they take hundreds of miles to break in, during which they mold to your bone structure and are the most comfortable saddle out there, even though they have no padding. In my case, it was comfortable from the start, and is getting better. The leather is nice, the frame seems to be built like a tank. Follow the instructions for caring for it and breaking it in, and it should work well for anyone.
Date published: 2012-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable Out of the Box Okay... It is expensive. I was a bit worried about the 'break in' period and my sit bones. The flyer was comfortable right out of the box and suits my more upright riding style. The springs take the sharpness out of road bumps and a little lubrication took the squeaks out of the springs. The saddle looks like it will be hot but it has been very comfortable at 80+ degrees. Bottom line... it is worth every penny.
Date published: 2013-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Old design but still good & comfortable Around 25 years ago, the saddle manufacturers started making padded and lightweight saddles that were designed for somebody's else's sitting anatomy-not mine. This Brooks saddle was very heavy when compared to the new one's. The bike shops got rid of the Brooks saddles. I saw three in the bike shop and bought the cheapest for [$]. I broke it in and it was so comfortable and went back to the shop and bought the other 2 Brooks at bargain prices. Now it is coming back. The Brooks saddles conformed to my anatomy. I also bought the Proofhide that the bike shop was glad to get rid of.I have tried other modern lightweight saddles - gel and whatever but none fit my anatomy. I always wondered whose butt was used in the modern designs. My cycling friends wondered the same.
Date published: 2010-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent for long rides I ride a Specialized Sirrus Comp hybrid bike. I'm 5'10" and 160lbs, but replaced the good but uncomfortable factory seat a couple of times trying to find something that wouldn't leave me standing on my pedals after twenty miles or so. Finally, after much research, I discovered Brooks England. I took a chance with this considering the price, but took the plunge via REI because of the return policy (just in case). Not to worry, though; I love this seat! The springs are really stiff so you're not bouncing around; what they do is smooth out all the small vibrations from gravel, ruts and other minor imperfections on the rail trail. Went 77 miles in a combination of the Maryland/Pennsylvania trails and could have kept on going. Before this seat I would have been in agony. People complaining about the weight: lose a pound or two and you're right back in the game! If you're already fit, then it's just that much better of a work out. Can't beat a comfortable saddle to revolutionize your ride! One word of warning: since it's leather, they include a seat cover to use in the event of rain. It doesn't wrap completely underneath the seat, so if you actually get caught in water the wheels will spin it up underneath the seat. Hasn't happened to me yet because I'm a fair weather rider, but it's a real issue to address if it matters to you. Also, find their name brand Proofide conditioner online somewhere to treat the seat; it helps it to wear in and also protects the leather.
Date published: 2013-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect saddle for general riding I never really enjoyed long distance cycling until I got my Brooks Champion Flyer. Very short break-in period, around 100 miles. I ended up putting about 1500 miles on it last summer, including a couple of centuries and a 4 day, 325 mile tour (DALMAC). I took most of the winter off, but just hopped on the bike again in mid March. This seat is just as comfortable as ever. Bottom line: you won't find a more comfortable saddle for commuting, road riding/touring, or mountain biking.
Date published: 2009-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best saddle for me I use my mountain bike as a long distance touring bike along the C & O Canal. I`ve tried a few saddles before I found the Brooks. After break in it fits me fine,,now my son wants to try one. This is the last saddle I am going to buy.
Date published: 2010-06-20
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I have a Body Float suspension seat post and looking to now upgrade my saddle. I plan some touring on my Pedego Ridge Rider ebike but mostly 40 mile recreational rides. Is the springed Flyer saddle redundant with a Body Float? Double suspension?

Asked by: ROCebike
The springs on this saddle provide subtle suspension, but not too much. This would be a good choice when paired with a suspension seat post.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-11

I ride a Trek 520 and will be logging about 90+ miles per day this summer but I don't want the stock seat. I've looked at this seat, The Brooks B-17, Terry Fly Ti, WTB Pure V Race, and WTB Speed V ProGel. Which is the best? I have a bony butt.

Asked by: Cross Country Biker
Thank you for your question about this list of saddles, including the Brooks England Flyer Saddle. The main advantage of Brooks saddles is their potential longevity. They also break in and mold to your anatomy. The Flyer model has springs for comfort and the B-17 does not. The Terry Fly Ti will be more comfortable initially compared to the Brooks models. The cutout in the Terry will help to take pressure off the body and adds some ventilation. The WTB is an all-around saddle that is for mountain biking and the Speed V has gel for comfort. Considering how many hours you ride, a Brooks saddle would be a good choice if you don't mind the time it takes to break in. Once broken in and with proper maintenance, the Brooks will be likely to last the longest amount time.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20

SAY-Y-Y-Y. I've got an idea. Do you recommend one of these for a hardtail mountain bike?

Asked by: knowWhentoFold
​The men's Flyer Saddle is a fine choice for a hardtail mountain bike.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-26
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfort right out of the box! I purchased the aged Flyer from a LBS to add to my Novara Express. I am 6' 240# and the Brooks Flyer was pure comfort on mile 1. This is an investment and I read every review I could find prior to spending this kind of money on a saddle but I am very happy and glad I have it. The aged version is breaking in fast but it does need some adjusting to get the perfect fit. Take your tools with you on your ride because just a slight adjustment can make a world of difference. After a few height and pitch adjustments I am thrilled with this saddle. I will never ride anything else. I bought this for RAGBRAI and I am looking forward to 471.1 miles on this saddle!
Date published: 2012-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent, comfortable saddle I have this saddle on a Cannondale T800. It is the fourth Brooks saddle I have owned in the last 38 years (Brooks Pro, another B17, and B67). They have all been excellent. This particular saddle took a little longer to break in, even with regular applications of Proofide as directed. After about 450 miles it has been great. I have tried other saddles such as Specialized BG and they just don't measure up, although initially they might be slightly more comfortable. Once the break in stage is over, the Brooks cannot be surpassed. For me, the advantages far outweigh the slight weight penalty.
Date published: 2009-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No break-in needed. Mileage may vary I am restoring an old Raleigh road bike, and clearly a classic Brooks leather saddle was what was needed. This is the same saddle as the B-17 commonly used on road bikes, but with added springs. The springs are heavy, but they do add some comfort over bumps. They are not appropriate for competitive cycling because they tend to start bouncing when you are pedaling fast. The usual knock on Brooks saddles is that they take hundreds of miles to break in, during which they mold to your bone structure and are the most comfortable saddle out there, even though they have no padding. In my case, it was comfortable from the start, and is getting better. The leather is nice, the frame seems to be built like a tank. Follow the instructions for caring for it and breaking it in, and it should work well for anyone.
Date published: 2012-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable Out of the Box Okay... It is expensive. I was a bit worried about the 'break in' period and my sit bones. The flyer was comfortable right out of the box and suits my more upright riding style. The springs take the sharpness out of road bumps and a little lubrication took the squeaks out of the springs. The saddle looks like it will be hot but it has been very comfortable at 80+ degrees. Bottom line... it is worth every penny.
Date published: 2013-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Old design but still good & comfortable Around 25 years ago, the saddle manufacturers started making padded and lightweight saddles that were designed for somebody's else's sitting anatomy-not mine. This Brooks saddle was very heavy when compared to the new one's. The bike shops got rid of the Brooks saddles. I saw three in the bike shop and bought the cheapest for [$]. I broke it in and it was so comfortable and went back to the shop and bought the other 2 Brooks at bargain prices. Now it is coming back. The Brooks saddles conformed to my anatomy. I also bought the Proofhide that the bike shop was glad to get rid of.I have tried other modern lightweight saddles - gel and whatever but none fit my anatomy. I always wondered whose butt was used in the modern designs. My cycling friends wondered the same.
Date published: 2010-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent for long rides I ride a Specialized Sirrus Comp hybrid bike. I'm 5'10" and 160lbs, but replaced the good but uncomfortable factory seat a couple of times trying to find something that wouldn't leave me standing on my pedals after twenty miles or so. Finally, after much research, I discovered Brooks England. I took a chance with this considering the price, but took the plunge via REI because of the return policy (just in case). Not to worry, though; I love this seat! The springs are really stiff so you're not bouncing around; what they do is smooth out all the small vibrations from gravel, ruts and other minor imperfections on the rail trail. Went 77 miles in a combination of the Maryland/Pennsylvania trails and could have kept on going. Before this seat I would have been in agony. People complaining about the weight: lose a pound or two and you're right back in the game! If you're already fit, then it's just that much better of a work out. Can't beat a comfortable saddle to revolutionize your ride! One word of warning: since it's leather, they include a seat cover to use in the event of rain. It doesn't wrap completely underneath the seat, so if you actually get caught in water the wheels will spin it up underneath the seat. Hasn't happened to me yet because I'm a fair weather rider, but it's a real issue to address if it matters to you. Also, find their name brand Proofide conditioner online somewhere to treat the seat; it helps it to wear in and also protects the leather.
Date published: 2013-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect saddle for general riding I never really enjoyed long distance cycling until I got my Brooks Champion Flyer. Very short break-in period, around 100 miles. I ended up putting about 1500 miles on it last summer, including a couple of centuries and a 4 day, 325 mile tour (DALMAC). I took most of the winter off, but just hopped on the bike again in mid March. This seat is just as comfortable as ever. Bottom line: you won't find a more comfortable saddle for commuting, road riding/touring, or mountain biking.
Date published: 2009-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best saddle for me I use my mountain bike as a long distance touring bike along the C & O Canal. I`ve tried a few saddles before I found the Brooks. After break in it fits me fine,,now my son wants to try one. This is the last saddle I am going to buy.
Date published: 2010-06-20
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Questions & Answers

I have a Body Float suspension seat post and looking to now upgrade my saddle. I plan some touring on my Pedego Ridge Rider ebike but mostly 40 mile recreational rides. Is the springed Flyer saddle redundant with a Body Float? Double suspension?

Asked by: ROCebike
The springs on this saddle provide subtle suspension, but not too much. This would be a good choice when paired with a suspension seat post.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-11

I ride a Trek 520 and will be logging about 90+ miles per day this summer but I don't want the stock seat. I've looked at this seat, The Brooks B-17, Terry Fly Ti, WTB Pure V Race, and WTB Speed V ProGel. Which is the best? I have a bony butt.

Asked by: Cross Country Biker
Thank you for your question about this list of saddles, including the Brooks England Flyer Saddle. The main advantage of Brooks saddles is their potential longevity. They also break in and mold to your anatomy. The Flyer model has springs for comfort and the B-17 does not. The Terry Fly Ti will be more comfortable initially compared to the Brooks models. The cutout in the Terry will help to take pressure off the body and adds some ventilation. The WTB is an all-around saddle that is for mountain biking and the Speed V has gel for comfort. Considering how many hours you ride, a Brooks saddle would be a good choice if you don't mind the time it takes to break in. Once broken in and with proper maintenance, the Brooks will be likely to last the longest amount time.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20

SAY-Y-Y-Y. I've got an idea. Do you recommend one of these for a hardtail mountain bike?

Asked by: knowWhentoFold
​The men's Flyer Saddle is a fine choice for a hardtail mountain bike.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-26
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