Brooks B.66 Universal Saddle

4.8/5 (5 Reviews)
MSRP : $68.00

Product Description

Brooks B66 Saddle Universal Black: Available since 1927, this classically sprung, double railed saddle provides supreme comfort for those who prefer an upright riding position. Ideal for riders whose handlebars are higher than their saddle.

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Daniel Haden a Weekend Warrior from Sedan, KS

Date Reviewed: May 18, 2006

Strengths:    It is so cool--like air-conditioning.
It does not put pressure on soft tissues.
It is very nice looking--with such a wonderful quality appearance and feel.
Crotch pain? Gone!
Chafing? Gone!
Road bumps? Gone!
You can even ride wearing boxers. ;)

Weaknesses:    The break-in is quite a trial for the first few rides.
It requires proofide every six months.
If you have a modern seatpost, you'll have a devil of a time mounting this--but you can just get a 67 instead.

Bottom Line:   
The weight is lighter than most other comfy saddles because it does not use heavy gel. Leather does not squish up into your soft tissues like gel.

The springs are nice and tight, so there's no extra bounce.

It is like air-conditioning.

There's no crotch pain.

It makes road bumps come up missing.

There's a "Seat Sandwich" to mount this double rail model onto a modern seatpost. That, or you'll need a rather plain "pipe" seatpost (available in alloy or steel).
Of course, you could just choose a B67 that is the same thing with lighter weight single rails and direct mounting to a modern seatpost.

You don't need, and probably shouldn't use, a suspension seat post with this.

After the first few stiff rides, it will loosen up to fit you, and then you'll be SO surprised how comfortable and cool you are.

It can work just fine with a variety of handlebar heights.
Other comfort saddles require high handlebars in order to avoid the horn. There is no such problem with the Brooks.
The B66/67 even works just fine with drop bars.

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Favorite Trail:   Highway 166

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $65.00

Purchased At:

Similar Products Used:   Velo, Schwinn, Sefaris, Avenir

Bike Setup:   Several hardtails

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Stewart a Weekend Warrior from Sydney, Australia

Date Reviewed: May 5, 2006

Strengths:    Comfortable, supportive. Has some old-world appeal

Weaknesses:    Needs some maintenance through applying leather dressing. Needs to be kept dry when not in use. Tends to bob if in too low a gear.Racers should use non-sprung Brooks.

Bottom Line:   
Much more comfortable than plastic and foam/gel saddles, at the cost of some inconvenience.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $70.00

Similar Products Used:   Velo, Avenir, Serfas. Not nearly as comfortable as the Brooks

Bike Setup:   Giant XTC3 set up for comfort commuting mainly, but some off-road

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Lenny Taylor a Weekend Warrior from Sacramento, California

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2003

Strengths:    Comfort, Design, Panache (with a capital P!)

Weaknesses:    I worry about it being stolen.

Bottom Line:   
Those of us who are fans of Brooks saddles wouldn't consider riding on anything else. When I acquired this little Raleigh, it had the original Brooks saddle still on it (and still in pretty good shape after 30-plus years) It didn't have a leather cover though, so off it came and on with the B66! What a great ride. It was comfortable from day one. Once you get the saddle adjusted correctly, sore bottoms are a thing of the past. BUY ONE, you won't be sorry.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   Harris Cyclery - Sheldon Brown

Similar Products Used:   I own three Brooks saddles

Bike Setup:   This one's on an older Raleigh Twenty folding bicycle.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Paul Rintoule a Weekend Warrior from Fairlight, NSW, Australia

Date Reviewed: April 28, 2003

Strengths:    Increasingly comfortable as it continues to break in. Already the most comfortable we have used.

Weaknesses:    None, once you understand that the extra comfort provides you with additional endurance to easily overcome any apparent weight penalty.

Bottom Line:   
Bought the B66 for the captain and a B73 for the stoker. As the bike is a rigid, the idea of fitting sprung seats was attractive. Have used the Sheldon Brown break in procedure. Even so they are still taking some time to fully break in.

We went to the Clare Valley in South Australia to ride the Riesling Trail, a fine gravel topped rail trail through the valley's vineyards and wineries plus a diversion by gravel road to Mintaro. Hard to describe how beatiful it was during the Australian autumn (fall) month of April. We then went to stay in the coastal area of Norlunga (which is south of Adelaide) and used the bike trail that leads from there to the McLaren Vale including the lovely old town of Wilunga. The trail has a mixture of sealed and fine gravel surfaces. We rode about 30 miles a day.

Saddle comfort has steadily increased and now easily exceeds any previous saddles. Yes Brooks sadddles require breaking in, are heavy and must have a plastic bag tied over them to keep them dry in the rain. However they offer relief from bumps in the trail, particularly the ones you don't see coming. Of equal importance, these saddles absorb sweat and breath leaving you with a dry, rashless bottom. We are very pleased with their performance.

If you have a rigid or hardtail and /or will be spending long hours in the saddle, you should consider these saddles.

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Favorite Trail:   Reisling Trail

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $65.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Oasis, Sefas

Bike Setup:   Apollo (KHS Alite) mountain tandem.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jack Kessler from California

Date Reviewed: April 6, 2002

Strengths:    Comfortable, springs absorb shock, handsome, durable, adjustable tension on leather top. Large top area reduces the weight per square inch borne by the rider's butt.

Weaknesses:    Heavier than plastic seats

Bottom Line:   
On my first tour after a day on a rigid seat, the seat felt like a two-by-four stuck up my butt. Riding through some of the most beautiful country in California, all I could think about was how much my butt hurt.

On the Brooks B66 with its fittable leather, width, and springs, I have been able to enjoy tens of thousands of miles on many long tours.

This seat is the only seat to consider for upright posture bicycle riding, particulary touring, commuting, or recreational riding. It is not what you want for racing or riding down in the drops.

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Favorite Trail:   North Slope Haul Road

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $48.00

Purchased At:   Velosport, Berkeley

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   1980's Trek touring frame with upright handlebars,ultra-low gears (Avid 20T chainwheel, Sun Tour 38T cog), spd pedals, tandem 48 spoke rear wheel, all sealed bearings

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