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Test Riding the Brooks Cambium

Brooks Cambium

-Naturally Flexible

-Immediately Comfortable

-Waterproofed with Numac

-Maintenance Free

-Built for Life

-Ready to Ride


Several of our staffers took the Cambium out for a weekend test-ride when the saddles first arrived at the shop last fall. Here are our first impressions:

Kat, test riding with a Surly Long Haul Trucker:

The Cambium was comfortable right out of the box. The women’s model has a longer nose than [Brooks's] traditional leather B17S, and I personally prefer the shape of the Cambium to my leather saddle. It has a bit of natural flex, but is stiff enough for long rides. While it is touted as waterproof, the cotton tends to absorb water, rather than shed it, so I still opt to cover the saddle in wet conditions. In the long run I may switch over to [the Cambium] and give my leather B17S to a good home."

Luke, test riding with a Rawland Dakkar:

The slight suspension of the slung rubber saddle is a huge benefit when doing a hard gravel grind. The saddle I rode in the past was a typical slightly padded road saddle and I found that I didn't miss the padding at all."

Martha, test riding with a Brompton M6L:

Kat mentioned her preference for the C17S' longer nose, but I found myself missing my B17S Special's shape and length. While I found the C17S rideable, I will continue to ride the B17S and Flyer S, despite the break-in time required to reach these saddles' optimum comfort levels. If you love your leather Brooks saddle, stick with it!"

Test Riding the Brooks Cambium

For local customers, we allow free 24-hour test rides of the Cambium C17 and Cambium C17S. Stop in to our location at Hennepin and 34th in Uptown Minneapolis for a chance to try the Cambium risk-free on your own bike.

The complete Brooks Cambium line is available in-store and at, including the C17, the C17 S, and the C15 in a full range of colors. Look for the C17 Cambium Carved — with cut-out — later this fall(/winter?) and early next spring.