Brooks England Cambium C17 Carved Brooks England Cambium C17 Carved
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I must admit I was extremely excited to try this saddle. It was advertised to have all of the advantages (super comfy ride) of the original leather one without the break-in and without the care/waterproofing requirements.

The saddle is very well built. It feels absolutely solid and it has held up very well to our travels. It also looks great! I much prefer the look to traditional saddles and even to the leather Brooks. The carved center is a huge positive for me. Everyone’s body is different but this feature significantly reduced the pressures I was experiencing. These are certainly strong points for this seat.

The break-in: After 2000 miles on this saddle it is still not broken in. In the first few days of riding I figured some adjustment soreness is normal but the promise of an ultra comfy touring seat never became a reality. I still am very disappointed. The seat is still as stiff as when it was new and does not provide any cushion against rough roads. I’ve talked with many people that own the original leather Brooks that absolutely love it and I have not tried that saddle but the Cambium I think was a miss for Brooks. Even after a couple thousand miles, a long day of riding will still take its toll on me and leave me with soreness and chafe, significantly worse than my stock WTB.

On another point, I emailed Brooks customer service to see if they had any suggestions or could help us out. I’ve received no response to date and have sent a few follow up emails.

Overall this saddle is extremely well built and I love the way it looks on my Long Haul Trucker. Unfortunately it just doesn't live up to the hype. This saddle needs a long break in just like any of the leather saddles out there. It may even need more time! Also I was hoping Brooks would stand behind their products more firmly.
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