Author Topic: Brooks Cambium C15/C17  (Read 25249 times)

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Re: Brooks Cambium C15/C17
« Reply #25 on: May 22, 2015, 09:12:12 am »
The C15/17 don't mould like leather, so unlike your standard Brooks if it's not OK straight away it's probably never going to be good, unless you're a relatively new cyclist and are still upping your miles considerably.

This is good to know

So I guess if I just accost people with C15/C17 saddles and ask to sit on their bike I'll get a good idea if they are going to be comfy for me, at least shape wise  :thumbsup:
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Re: Brooks Cambium C15/C17
« Reply #26 on: May 22, 2015, 10:32:19 am »
Does the canvas on top need to be kept out of the rain, for instance if left outside overnight in a downpour, like a leather saddle?
I do not ride a great big Mercian, gangster tanwalls, fixed cog in the back.

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Re: Brooks Cambium C15/C17
« Reply #27 on: May 22, 2015, 10:39:50 am »
Nix, it's well and truly stuck on good and proper.

I just wiped mine off with a paper towel when I left it out in the rain.

Re: Brooks Cambium C15/C17
« Reply #28 on: May 22, 2015, 02:11:24 pm »
I've just ordered another c17 from wiggle, they're on offer this weekend with an extra platinum discount. All bikes are now adorned with c17s :thumbsup:
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Re: Brooks Cambium C15/C17
« Reply #29 on: May 24, 2015, 11:12:13 am »
the new black c17 arrived yesterday.

The rivets now look like they've been threadlocked.
The black is the same colour as my dyed slate saddles.
The rubber base is now black and is much softer (much more flex) than the natural rubber verions. I hope this doesn't cause any stretch issues around the rivets.
The c17 rivet was in the correct position, my others weren't. Just my ocd.

the actual Brooks box ( not the packaging box) arrived from Wiggle as though it had been under a truck, Thankfully the saddle was okay.
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Re: Brooks Cambium C15/C17
« Reply #30 on: June 06, 2015, 08:37:18 am »
So I took the plunge and finally ordered the Cambium C15 Carved direct from Brooks, which arrived yesterday. Ill give it a week of riding and report back with my thoughts.

Thanks again all for your thoughts/advice.  :thumbsup:

Re: Brooks Cambium C15/C17
« Reply #31 on: June 07, 2015, 05:46:53 pm »
As I've never owned a Brooks before or a saddle of this shape I was wondering how you went about levelling it? I gather a spirit level across the top should do it?

Thanks

Aunt Maud

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Re: Brooks Cambium C15/C17
« Reply #32 on: June 07, 2015, 05:50:00 pm »
Do it by eye. I found that slightly nose up worked best on the C17.

Re: Brooks Cambium C15/C17
« Reply #33 on: June 16, 2015, 07:38:26 pm »
Can you fit a clip on type saddle bag on these new brooks saddles
 Thanks

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Re: Brooks Cambium C15/C17
« Reply #34 on: June 17, 2015, 10:09:51 am »
Reminds me: the other day I saw an old "grocer's bike" in a shop window display. I'd say it was 1930s and the saddle, which looked original, was a Dunlop Drylastic; canvas 'shell' with rubber on top. Like a Cambium in reverse! Apart from that it had springs front and rear.
I do not ride a great big Mercian, gangster tanwalls, fixed cog in the back.

Re: Brooks Cambium C15/C17
« Reply #35 on: June 17, 2015, 10:18:24 am »
So I've finally put a few hundred miles on the C15 carved (black) and its extremely comfortable and really flexible however for me its just the wrong shape. As a result I'm looking to sell the saddle as returning it to Brooks in Italy will be a pain.

If any of you are interested or know anyone who is then please let me know. I paid about £105 for the saddle so i'm looking to sell for £80 posted. Ive only used the saddle for a week so its virtually brand new.

Cheers

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Re: Brooks Cambium C15/C17
« Reply #36 on: July 24, 2015, 01:05:50 am »
I have bunged a C15 on my Mezzo and its absolutely brilliant. It just works for me.

Re: Brooks Cambium C15/C17
« Reply #37 on: August 09, 2015, 08:47:18 am »
Bought a C17 a couple months back and have been riding it since, probably used 1500km so far. So impressions;
1 it`s really important get angle spot on for yourself, I`m riding with 2mm higher nose tilt
2. rails are slightly longer than B17 so that helps get saddle position back if on a 73 deg frame
3. it`s rubber !!! so it will as AM says too never ever change shape, even padded saddles will probably develop some `shaping`

It is a surprisingly comfortable although quite firm ride; up to 100km rides I don`t even notice it`s there (so to speak) which is a good thing. Used saddle for 200km recently including riding on some of Hereford`s best cart tracks ---sorry country lanes  ;D which have surfaces `in need of rejuvenation` After 150km saddle began to  make itself known to me, not a lot of discomfort but not as comfy as a good leather saddle either. But was also riding on quite stiff wheels too....

Overall I`m happy with it, plusses are that it doesn`t matter if it gets wet, it looks good too (as if you can see what you`re sitting on, but there you go ::-) ) on the bike; slightly lighter, more adjustability it seems, and comfortable for all day riding. I would though hesitate to use it for a 400 definitely and might find a 300km becoming uncomfortable. Downside is of course it will never become more comfy as say my B17 has evolved to be ;D ---and you can`t spend happy hours rubbing proofide in to it !!!!
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Re: Brooks Cambium C15/C17
« Reply #38 on: August 25, 2015, 08:44:12 pm »
Finally changed my worn down saddle hammock (B17) with a brand new C17.
What a pleasure to sit on, I can't wait to test it on long rides....

Being an fat git I didn't go for the carved version, I hope the standard version will be just as good.

Aunt Maud

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Re: Brooks Cambium C15/C17
« Reply #39 on: August 25, 2015, 09:36:39 pm »
Used the carved version on PBP, 'twas just fine.

Re: Brooks Cambium C15/C17
« Reply #40 on: August 25, 2015, 09:43:38 pm »
I too used a carved (C17) for PBP. Was fine. I do find it a little hard, but I like its shape.
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Re: Brooks Cambium C15/C17
« Reply #41 on: August 29, 2015, 08:54:26 pm »
+1 to above. Bruising, but no numbness.

Re: Brooks Cambium C15/C17
« Reply #42 on: September 17, 2015, 07:34:19 am »
Get impression  ;) that my C17 is slightly softening off, certainly feels less hard than when new; possibly some stretch in rubber / canvas topping? Edges certainly feel slightly more flexy

Still good and comfortable though  :thumbsup:
....after the `tarte de pommes`, and  fortified by a couple of shots of limoncellos,  I flew up the Col de Bavella whilst thunderstorms rolled around the peaks above

Re: Brooks Cambium C15/C17
« Reply #43 on: February 16, 2016, 09:48:33 pm »
Straight off....on a black C17, did a 100+k, next weekend 100+k, then a 205k. Audax.
Love it.

Re: Brooks Cambium C15/C17
« Reply #44 on: March 01, 2016, 08:28:06 am »
I'm pondering C17, C15 or indeed C13...

By saddle of choice over the years has been B17, so I tend towards the 17, not sure how to decide. Thinking of a bike fit anyhow, so may go somewhere they have all 3

Re: Brooks Cambium C15/C17
« Reply #45 on: March 01, 2016, 09:17:30 am »

Re: Brooks Cambium C15/C17
« Reply #46 on: March 01, 2016, 09:27:26 am »
Yeah I saw that - not sure about the "s" though coz I isn't a wimmin.

Plus, slate appears the way to go (cf Tarts R Us thread ;) )

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Re: Brooks Cambium C15/C17
« Reply #47 on: March 01, 2016, 04:58:24 pm »
I'm pondering C17, C15 or indeed C13...

By saddle of choice over the years has been B17, so I tend towards the 17, not sure how to decide. Thinking of a bike fit anyhow, so may go somewhere they have all 3

Oh really? You do know there is a bike fit place a nice bike ride from us, don't you?
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Re: Brooks Cambium C15/C17
« Reply #48 on: February 04, 2017, 10:22:19 pm »
http://www.charliethebikemonger.com/brooks-cambium-saddle-c17-4273-p.asp

no connection, but Charlie the bike monger is doing them for £80 and chucking in a pot of his bum butter, which is "tested on arseholes"

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Re: Brooks Cambium C15/C17
« Reply #49 on: February 05, 2017, 06:55:07 am »
I have the C17 Carved and am well pleased ...

is it more comfortable than the saddles on my other bikes for long rides?  (Gilles Berthoud Aravis, Fizik Airone Wingflex, Selle San Marco Rolls)

not really, as I find them all equally comfortable

what is nice though, is that the Brooks C17 Carved is 100% waterproof, looks good, and if you register the saddle with Brooks on their website, you get a 10 year guarantee:

http://www.brooksengland.com/en_uk/brooks-forever/

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