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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
  • Saddle material is enhanced by a thin layer of structural textile for added resilience
  • Geometry and dimensions of the Cambium C17 are based closely on those of the classic Brooks B17, ensuring the same timeless comfort mile after mile


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Best Use Bike Commuting, Road Cycling
Saddle Type Performance
Saddle Cover Material Cotton
Cushioning Material None
Rail Material Steel
Dimensions 11.1 x 6.4 inches
Weight 415 grams
Gender Men's
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply Awesome As a long time cyclist I have had numerous new saddles over the years. This is by far the most comfortable saddle straight out of the box that I have ever ridden. I have been looking for a new saddle for over a year to replace my old and well worn French Ideal saddle. I tried several new "high tech" saddles with no success before finding this Brooks. The combination of classic shape and new materials offered the alternative that I was looking for. I would highly recommend this product to anyone who does not want the hassles of breaking in a traditional leather saddle but enjoys the ride that they offer.
Date published: 2015-02-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not durable Had the saddle for six weeks - it was definitely comfortable - however it flexes so much that the seat touched against the mount which caused little chips in the seat which turned into a crack that went a quarter of the way across the seat
Date published: 2016-05-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Tandem Riders beware My spouse and I have ridden brooks saddles for over 40 years on our tandems and and singles and absolutely love them. Because of all the positive comments about this saddle we decided to give it a try with our annual refund. We planned to ride them and see if they were comfortable to ride on a month long tour of Burgundy France in April. My spouse did a ride and said, No Way. and went back to her B-17. The saddle felt pretty good to me so I rode it in France. Big Mistake. It ate my butt up! This is not a saddle to ride on a tandem for 6-8 hours a day. Plus, it makes an extremely annoying rubbing sound against my cycling shorts that drove my spouse nuts. It is a nice saddle, perhaps for a single. But, I have learned my lesson. Only Leather!
Date published: 2016-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Looks great, comfy ride This saddle rocks. Took a few rides to get used to it, and a few angle adjustments before it felt right. Does really well to absorb vibrations and bumps. Rode a bunch of miles and the saddle feels great on the sit bones. Looks great too.
Date published: 2014-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Off the Chain I purchased this saddle several months ago and it is hands down the best saddle I've ever had. There is absolutely no break in time required and the constant riding wears the cotton fabric giving your saddle a unique look. Definitely intend on purchasing it again if I ever have the need.
Date published: 2015-07-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Neither feast nor fowl Thank heavens for REI's return policy . . . which tells you where this review is going. The C17 is hard on my sit bones, and unlike a B17, it's not going to get any better. If this saddle doesn't fit you, adjust the height, level (nose UP is better -- trust me and the instructions), and fore/aft position. But if it still doesn't work for you, it's not going to improve. That's important. It seems to me the C17 is neither fish nor fowl. It's modeled after the B17, which is designed for upright riding, and for wide sit bones. The problem with basing a saddle primarily on sit bone width (e.g., Specialized) is that as soon as you lean forward to ride on the hoods, you transfer weight from the sit bones to the rami. As you tuck more -- from bending your arms or getting into the drops -- you transfer more weight. Elite riders, sprinting in the drops, have little or no weight on the sit bones. The B17 and its rubber twin, the C17, work fine on a hybrid bike with the bars above the saddle. That's why it works best with the nose up a few degrees, so you settle into the "hammock." But the C17 is supposedly designed for a drop bar road bike. And as soon as you rotate your body forward to get on the hoods, you (or, at least, "I") feel discomfort in the perineum. If you drop the nose enough to release the pressure, it actually gets worst, and you slide forward to put too much weight on your hands. From the reviews, many people love the saddle. I think it has its place -- on a bike with handlebars higher than the saddle. I returned mine, but I have to thank it for an important lesson (other than that there's no Holy Grail): when I put my old saddle back on the Giant, I tilted the nose up a little. Wow. That not only took the weight off my hands and eliminated numbness, it made me sit back in the hammock (like the C17) and get more comfort. But the other saddle is padded under my sit bones and has a channel for my perineum. And that has made all the difference.
Date published: 2016-08-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So far, so good I use a leather Brooks saddle on my touring bike. Wanted a low maintenance/all weather option for my daily commuter. Comfortable right out of the box. Completely different than the "hammock" of a leather saddle, but comfortable nonetheless.
Date published: 2016-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from like buttahhh You may say, man, that's a lot of cash for a saddle. Factor in that your butt will pay you at least $10 per ride, for all the missing soreness, and then you start to see why this is worth it.
Date published: 2016-01-11
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The manual that came with the saddle says to start with a "level" saddle. What is level? Do you lay a level across the entire saddle (highest point to lowest point), or do you just look at the nose section where the saddle is flatter?

Asked by: Portland Mack
You should be able to initially set the level of the saddle is by eye, but it's ultimately the trial and error riding that tells you how level your saddle is. Gravity shouldn't be moving you around on a saddle that is properly adjusted. A saddle with a raised nose will feel uncomfortable up front and you may feel yourself sliding back. A saddle with a raised cantle (rear portion) will put too much weight on your wrists and you might feel yourself sliding forward. Everyone's anatomy and riding style is little bit different, though. A road bike and a mountain bike, for example, might have slightly different saddle angles when set up for maximized comfort.
Answered by: Steve97415
Date published: 2017-02-20

What is the difference between this and  Brooks only shows one C-17 on their website

Asked by: GregF
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