The world’s most famous saddle brand goes sustainable

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Few cycling components are more recognisable, than a Brooks saddle. (Photo: Brooks)
Few cycling components are more recognisable, than a Brooks saddle. (Photo: Brooks)

Cycling and saddle comfort. It is a very personal thing, where fashion should always follow form.

In business since 1866, Brooks has a nearly unrivalled heritage in the cycling saddle market. The British saddle brand is renowned for its classically styled products, which last a lifetime, once worn-in.

As more cycling brands are confronted by uncomfortable questions regarding product sourcing and sustainability, innovation is blossoming. And in the case of Brooks, that means finding a way to use better materials.

The company has added a new derivative to its Cambium series, called the C17 Special Recycled Nylon. Brooks wanted to retain all the aesthetic appeal and vaunted comfort of its Cambium saddles, but using futureproof materials.

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It might look like a natural fibre, but if you look closely, it’s not. (Photo: Brooks)

'Waste' material used to create something new

Creating the comfortable and weatherproof seating surface for this saddle is recycled nylon, weaved into fabric. The saddle’s nose and backplate are made from biopolymer, retrieved from industrial paper production waste.

As with all things cycling, weight is an essential product parameter. Using lightweight metal rails and fasteners, Brooks has managed to create the C17 Special Recycled Nylon at only 392g.

With these new sustainable saddles, Brooks remains true to its business principles - built over 156 years. The company’s purpose has always been to make handmade saddles that are durable, with materials that show consideration for nature in their selection and handling.

The Brooks C17 Special Recycled Nylon saddle is available in cream or black, to match your bicycle’s colourway. Or your riding attire.

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