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The Brooks B17 Imperial saddle features the central cut-out, first designed by BROOKS over 100 years ago. The “registered cutting”, as can be read in the 1890 catalogue, is “a sure preventive to all perineal. This saddle is identical to the popular B17, perfect for long distance sports routes, but with the ribbed cut ideal for many hours sitting on the bike.
Along with the saddle come colored straps to customize its flaps and a key to tensioning the frame when the leather gives up. The B17 Imperial finish is spectacular, the materials are top quality and all this evidence why his legend. Leather, chrome, rivets, everything conveys quality and taste for well done. Made in England.
Serie Imperial. Lifetime Comfort thanks to cut-outs that relieve the pressure on the perineum:
J.B. Brooks & Co. first presented saddles featuring "registered cutting, a sure preventive to all perenial pressure" in the 1890s. This ingenious solution to a problem still familiar to today's cyclist went out of production in the 1950s. We have however recently resurrected this design feature, reintroducing refined versions of the 'registered cutting' on some models. Imperial saddles once again offer this improved solution to perenial numbness, with dedicated solutions for men and women.
The Brooks bike saddle story started way back in 1865, a young man of just 19 years of age was said to have bought 'one of those new-fangled velocipedes' which was fitted with a wooden saddle, this proved excruciating. As luck would have it his father made leather saddles for horses, so the young man known as John Boultbee Brooks set to work in his fathers workshop designing and developing a comfortable saddle from leather. The rest they say is history....
Brooks experience in saddle making goes right back to the beginning - back to the period of solid tyres - and is unequalled by any other house in the world.
That said, they recognise the fact that they cannot rely on their past history alone, so they still build saddles with the same attitude as when they started, 'quality first', both in materials and manufacture. The testament to this is that there are still saddles in active use today, made many many years ago.