The Brooks C17 is aesthetically pleasing on the Brompton giving a very classic english look, but really not the right saddles for me. I really like the Boira Duopower, the no-nose design reducing pressure in the groin area giving a more comfortable long ride, But it’s sold out everywhere.
I ended up going back to Selle Italia, an Italian brand and they make very good saddles primary very popular for road bikers. Wiggle carry a good range of Selle Italia saddles and I found the Novus Boost Superflow at a super good price.
The quality of the saddle is really astonishing, weight at 182g comparing to Brooks c17 at 464g still give a very sturdy feel. I like the short nose not putting too much pressure on the groin making long ride comfortable and enjoyable.
The white color looks good on water blue as well, personally I preferred it over the c17.
Another upgrade for a more comfortable and longer ride, I decided to try out the popular Brooks cambium c17 saddle. After some comparison, Wiggle offer the best deal at est $120 SGD with free shipping. Shipping take about 7-10 days, If you do not want to wait it’s available at Outdoorlife at $50 dollar more.
Arrived in very nice packaging, the c17 are made of a natural rubber. Supposedly to be flexible, once season allow the rider to enjoy long ride without butt sore.
The saddle looks perfect on the bike, the Brooks logo on the back plate just make the Brompton look more classic. Take note, the saddle come in different width size make sure you measure your sit bone width to get the right size. I follow this video to measure my sit bone width.
*Update, after 3 x > 80km ride I still cannot get use to the c17 saddle. It’s hard with minimum flexibility, I just cannot seem to get the right position on it. Perhaps it needs more time to “breaking in” but in terms of aesthetic, definitely a saddle to go with the Brompton.