The Brooks C15 Cambium saddle has a lot in common with the other members of the Cambium family. Its construction is the same timeless design of natural rubber and woven material, and its aesthetics are the classic, neutral tones that sets Brooks' kit apart in an industry awash with jet black and ostentatious branding. The C15's difference lies in its shape: it's 10 grams lighter and 22 millimeters narrower than the original C17, which means it's more amenable to the fast, tight pedaling styles of cyclists who skew toward the competitive side of the spectrum.
Every member of the Cambium family shares the same, three-layer construction. Cambiums begin life as a flap of natural rubber. This is vulcanized, and then the upper face is covered with organic cotton and a firm textile layer to give it a durable and comfortable face. It makes for a saddle body that flexes at the wings and between the rails' contact points, so it supports at the sit bones and gives cushion for the perineum.
- Three-layer construction
- Upper face covered in organic cotton and firm textile face
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7,000 miles and counting
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've put this thing to serious use and I bet it's not halfway used-up.
Literally no complaints. I'm a cycling cheapskate except in two arenas: tires and saddles. Those contact points are important.
Now, perhaps someone whose sitbones aren't adjusted to riding on a road bike might find reason to complain. This is not a magic seat and riding is still something to get used to. But for anyone who wants an upgrade, or the best possible touring/commuting home for their ass, this is a top-notch choice.
Had High Hopes
Going to be honest here… this saddle is not an instant comfort as many people claim. Granted it may be because of my boney body, but I bought this saddle with high hopes for my commuter bike because I appreciated the water resistance qualities and the flexibility with the saddle material.
It’s taken me about two to three weeks to adjust, but still feel its a little too firm on my pelvis because I often find myself adjusting. So far the only way to avoid this discomfort is if I wear cycling shorts, but that is not practical when I’m commuting around town everyday for meetings or to meet up with people.
Right now the best thing going for it is style points.
Great for my Boyfriend, not great for me
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I got this saddle as a gift, the nose was far too firm for my bits to handle. I gave it to my boyfriend and he loves it on his adventure mountain bike. I picked up the carved version and am in heaven.
Great for a my slender man friend, too narrow and stiff for my womanly anatomy.
Perfect for Cyclocross
Will not hit the road/trails on anything else. LOVE IT.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
C15 for cyclocross.
The C15 looks pretty cool for cross.