Brooks saddles compared - My Brooks B17 was very comfortable on flat bars, but was not great when in the drops on a drop bar, even though I have the bars only about 2” below the saddle and set it flat (as opposed to ‘nose up’). I was also looking for something more comfortable on my Brompton to replace the standard saddle. I moved the B17 to my Brompton and looked at the alternatives.
Brooks road saddles are actually fairly similar in specification. The B17 was a bit wide, so obvious choices were the Team Pro, Swift, Swallow or B17 Narrow. The length of both the B17 Narrow and Swallow were greater than the B17 and I had no need for a longer saddle. The Team Pro seemed the most subtle difference and this is what I chose. I do think the thicker leather may make it a bit more weather resistant, but I wouldn’t want to leave any leather saddle wet for a prolonged period. Having used it for a few months now, I’m pleased with the choice, there’s no doubt it is significantly firmer than the B17 which lengthens the breaking in period and makes it less shock absorbing, but despite being only 10mm narrower on paper, the shape is far more appropriate for drops making it noticeably more comfortable for longer rides. And the B17 is just perfect on the Brompton.