Brooks – the company most famous for their handcrafted leather saddles – caused a stir in cycling circles last year with the launch of a new range of saddles that retained Brooks’ trademark elegance but dispensed with the cow hide.
Instead, a Brooks Cambium’s saddle top is moulded from three materials – organic cotton canvas, natural rubber and a structural textile fabric. The result is a handsome seat that delivers long-day comfort, while doing away with the care issues associated with leather saddles.
Every Cambium saddle has the following advantages over a Brooks leather saddle.
- No breaking-in period, so comfort from the off.
- No proofing / tension bolt maintenance required.
- No anxiety if the saddle is left out in the rain.
To further guarantee longevity, the Cambium saddles’ rails are hollow stainless steel.
Crucially, every Cambium retains a couple of Brooks’ key comfort features.
- The saddle top is riveted to the extra-long rails to create a subtle light-sprung element of suspension. Brooks call this, ‘the hammock effect’. This feature is as intrinsic to Brooks saddles’ legendary comfort as the fine materials used to produce them.
- The saddle is higher at the back where it supports your sit bones. Then it slopes down to minimise contact with the perineum.
You have to admire Brooks for having the chutzpah to create a range that rivals their best leather saddles.