Brooks Cambium C17 Carved
A few months ago, Brooks gave me the opportunity to test the newest model of the Cambium range. It’s been quite a while, so I figured it’s been ridden enough in all kind of conditions to make a write-up about it. The current Cambium range includes three models, the C17, the C15 which is a narrower version of the C17, and the C17 carved. Those also exsit in a S version for female riders and come in 2 different colors, natural or slate. You can even get fancy and have one in Levi’s Jeans covering.
This is unquestionably one of the most comfortable out-of-the-box saddle. The fabric is soft, the rubber is just flexy enough for it’s purpose. Both the carved and normal saddles share this quality. However, I believe the carved one is actually a bit flexier, it makes for a very nice saddle that doesn’t apply much pressure on touchy areas. That being said, I think I’d prefer a slightly narrower version that would best fit my body.
I rode this saddle for a couple of months now, as a daily, in some friendly races, alleycats, in the rain, etc. I’ve rode it in lycra and in jeans and it shows. The fabric is worn, it’s much more beige than it originally was (you can see it by looking at the other C17 in the pictures). However, it’s still as soft to the touch, I’d even say I prefer it this way honestly. Very nice for long distance rides.
This range of saddles has created quite the hype recently, maybe because it’s vegan and in rubber which is very unorthodox, but also because it is very good looking and a great product. I’d really like an all-black one with titanium rails and everything (c’mon Brooks, please).
In short, I find the saddle very good looking and comfy out of the box, but the carved section might be a little too flexy. A more rigid one might be better for me as would a slightly narrower one (I’ll get a C15 for these reasons). However, for a bike that’s not going to be ridden fast and hard it’s perfect, and even then it should be fine for every one. I did some 100+ miles ride with it on a very stiff Cannondale Track frame and didn’t have problems or soreness down there, but with bibs obviously. The greatest thing going for it is that it’s still very comfortable in jeans in the city, even in the rain, and you don’t need to worry about it, it will last and perform.
I can’t wait to try it this winter. The weather here in Montreal is quite humid and very, very cold. Meanwhile, if you want to try it out check with your local bike shop or at the brooks online store.