Brooks saddles – now with carbon rails!

Performance Cambium line focused on performance, comfort, durability

Saddle Sea Otter Classic

2016 Sea Otter Classic

The C13 (left) is the first carbon rail offering from Brooks. In addition to saddles, Brooks makes a variety of high quality bags (right).

The C13 is the first carbon rail saddle offering from Brooks. They also make a variety of high quality cycling bags. (click to enlarge)

Celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, Brooks was in business before the modern bicycle was invented. Many cyclists are familiar with the classic Brooks riveted saddle designs, which gave birth to the term “on the rivet.” The Cambium line blends that classic Brooks aesthetic with a high-performance saddle, perfect for those in search of a classy, stylish perch for their modern high-end road or cyclocross bike.

The C15 features an attractive die-cast aluminum frame structure with tubular steel rails.

The C15 features an attractive die-cast aluminum frame with tubular steel rails (click to enlarge).

The C13 ($229) is a 259-gram carbon rail wonder that has been extensively tested by former pro racer David Millar. It features a vulcanized and waterproof natural rubber top for all day comfort, suspended over a one-piece braided carbon frame and aluminum rivets, staying true to the Brooks tradition. The C15 ($175) is a more affordable option, trading carbon for die-cast aluminum frame structure and tubular steel rails for long-term durability. For a wider saddle profile, the C17 is also available. Both C15 and C17 are available in a carved option, which cuts out the center of the saddle for slightly more give and support. The C15 weighs in at 405 grams.

The C15 Carved provides more give and comfort with a cut-out center.

The C15 Carved provides more give and comfort with a cut-out center (click to enlarge).

We took a C15 Carved saddle for a spin around Fort Ord on mixed terrain and found the saddle to be immediately comfortable, and unlike some other high end saddles, took no time to acclimate to the saddle’s ergonomic design. The Cambium line is an ideal saddle for those avid cyclists who want high performance, comfort, and classic good looks from an iconic brand.

More info at brooksengland.com.

This article is part of RoadBikeReview’s coverage of the 2016 Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California. For more from Sea Otter CLICK HERE.

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About the author: Kurt Gensheimer

Kurt Gensheimer thinks the bicycle is man’s most perfect invention. He firmly believes ‘singlespeed’ is a compound word. He sometimes wears a disco ball helmet. He is also known as Genshammer. He is a Gemini and sleeps outside in a hammock.


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