I grabbed a new Brooks on sale some weeks ago. It’s an All Weather B15, carved. So far so good though I’ll admit to not enough saddle time to truly assess. No break in required like the traditional, leather saddles. Weather proof is nice. It flex’s rather than pads. I’d have preferred a B17 and if I ever spring for a fattie, that’s what I’ll put on it. Fit and finish on anything Brooks is always Grade A.
ETA that I’ve got it on a Stump Jumper. And....I can’t hit the trails like I usta could so my riding is relatively mild.
Which Brooks? I wanted to like the Cambium saddles based on how well they’re made but they just never fit right; C15 and C17. For that kind of cost I couldn’t justify not loving the fit. The other consideration is some people complain getting off the back is difficult. I personally didn’t find that true with the Cambium, but it’s shaped differently than B15 or 17. No experience with those. That said, you and your wife are best served with saddles that fit well and which allow you to move around, no matter the company. If that’s Brooks, go for it.
Have used a leather B17 for about 9 years. First on my Stumpjumper and now on my Norco Torrent. Once broken in, it is my most comfortable saddle. Just be sure to use some mink oil or similar leather conditioner to keep it water resistant.
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