If you got your hands on some Chris King Splash or Chris King Turquoise anodized parts, the brand just released a collaboration with Brooks England and has carved C15 and carved C17 in Splash ano for sale. Check out the full scoop at Chris King.
The Cabrillo, the latest saddle from Ritchey, takes a new look at ergonomics for drop bar pursuits. It combines a shorter nose with a wider body and a flatter shape to allow riders to move around on the saddle’s surface, reducing hot spots and is available at the WCS and Comp levels…
“I think if nobody cared about being a cool cat racer-type, or everybody rode five to 25 miles a day to town and around ponds on rolling roads while pedaling in fairly natural and upright positions, taking care of business, shopping, or getting out there for extremely tolerable and maybe even thrilling exercise; and if money were no object, and nobody was vegan, and if Brooks could make enough of them, then the Brooks B68 would be the most popular bicycle saddle on spaceship earth.”
– Grant Petersen, Rivendell Bicycle Works Founder
Take a look inside and out of the Rivendell shop in Walnut Creek.
Although I’ve struggled with a lifelong tendency to overcommit, I’m not a total megalomaniac. A few months ahead of this year’s Bespoked, I asked Josh to make the trip over from Arizona to London to cover the event while I (along with my business partner, another Josh, and an amazing team of volunteers) administered it. Running the show was already a massive feat, and I’d have done a disservice to both the show and the builders by trying to document it at the same time. Josh flew over and covered a huge number of bikes and builders with the diligence and dedication that they deserve (for a refresher, you can view those pieces here and here). It was cool to finally meet the guy on the other side of the emails, as we’d been working together for the better part of a year. During the show we were both focused on very separate tasks, but we made some time for a little road trip to visit the factory where Brooks England manufactures leather saddles, which is just outside of Birmingham in the little industrial town of Smethwick.
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With today’s coverage from the 2021 Chris King Open House comes a few limited products. The first is this Brooks Cambium, built with anodized turquoise rivets. These saddles come in the C17 and C15 widths on BrooksEngland.com.
Over the past few years, Brooks has used the Cambium C17 model to release limited edition colors. The latest refresh includes four new colors including Navy Blue, Silver, Brown, and Yellow. These all-weather saddles offer up a bit of color for your special build. Head to Brooks to see more and your local dealer for ordering.
To commemorate the new limited-edition Chris King colors – matte black with gold lettering and gold anodizing – for 2021, Brooks England created these special edition Carved Cambium saddles with matching gold anodizing hardware. These limited saddles come in a C15 and C17 carved design, so head to Brooks England ASAP to procure one as they tend to sell out quickly!
While Brooks has marketed the C67 saddle for e-bike users and commuters, there are plenty more individuals who would benefit from its unique ergonomic shape. There has been a push for wider and thinner saddles like this over the years. If you’re a rider who has found saddles shaped like the new C67 more comfortable, don’t overlook this option. Like all Cambium saddles, the C67 is weather-resistant, perfect for fall and winter riding.
-Vulcanised Natural Rubber Saddle Top
-Flexible and Robust Touring Surface
-UV + Abrasion-Resistant Waterproof Nylon Top
-Innovative Fan structure in Fibreglass-Reinforced Nylon
-Nose-piece and Saddle Plate in Fibreglass-Reinforced Nylon
-Rubber grip on the saddle plate
-Metal Back Plate branding detail
-Durable, Anodised Aluminium Rivets
-Tubular Steel Rails
Retail $130. See more at Brooks.
Throwing back to their heritage of hand-hammered copper rivets and jet black leather, Brooks has just stocked a unique C17 Cambium saddle with copper hardware, which looks great contrasted against the black C17 fabric. Unleash your inner steampunk, or match those sweet i9 wheels you snagged last year. See these in person at your local dealer and check out more at Brooks.
Hold onto yer butts!
Fizik utilizes new 3-d printing technologies on their new Antares Versus EVO 00 Adaptive and the result is the most unique saddle I’ve seen, yet it’ll cost you! The Adaptive saddle padding is crafted by Carbon 3D using its revolutionary Digital Light Synthesis technology.
“DLS is an additive manufacturing process that uses digital ultraviolet light projection, oxygen-permeable optics, and programmable liquid resins to produce parts with excellent mechanical properties, resolution and surface finish.”
Sounds high tech right? Well, it comes at a cost. 390.00€. See more at Fizik.
If you’re hoping to get your hands on a headset, hubs, or bottom bracket in the new Chris King Colors, then check out these limited edition Brooks Cambium saddles that were anodized by Chris King to be a perfect match. In stock now at Chris King for $130.
For 2019-2020, Brooks England has two new colors for the Cambium All Weather line, Octane blue and Bronze Orange. Matching bar tape and bags are also available now. These two colors are in stock at all Brooks accounts.
I’ve got a mole over at Brooks in the EU and they just sent me teaser images of their new all-weather carbon Cambium saddles. These new saddles address the glaring issue with the standard all-weather Cambiums, the weight! With the all-weather design and the carbon body, the saddles will be substantially lighter. Available in white or black with more information to follow…
If you’ve ever been to Downieville, you know what a magical place it is. So magical that WTB teamed up with the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship to make a run of these commemorative Volt Pro saddles with a special Downieville graphic. On sale now for the holidays and a perfect fit for your trail bike! Head to SBTS’ webshop to scoop one up.
Toss that racing saddle and embrace the shorter wider designs of modern ergonomic saddles. Scicon Bags enters the saddle market with the Elan Saddle, designed with power and ergonomics in mind, these saddles are built on lightweight, durable braided carbon fiber rails, and designed to give you better circulation while not limiting hip flexing. See more information at Scicon.
A carbon and leather saddle, made in Canada, with revolutionary construction techniques, available in various widths and comes in both brown or black? Sign me up! See more information on the new Reform Saddle at their website.
Made by Selle Italia in Italy and designed from scratch by Rapha over the past two years, these new saddles offer the stylings of classic and pro team Rapha apparel, on one of the most essential parts of your bicycle. These saddles are vailable in various widths, with or without cut-outs, are easy to fit your tush with their saddle width calculator, and are in stock now at Rapha.