Brooks’ Cambium C13 features carbon rails and some almost Fizik-like aesthetic touches Brooks saddles are still handmade in Smethwick, Birmingham after more than a century – and some of the designs being used are almost as old.
So what would be the one thing you wouldn’t expect from this purveyor of all things classic and traditional? How about a new model that’s slimmer (130mm wide) and doesn’t feature handcrafted leather.
This one’s got Brooks’ cotton-infused vulcanised rubber top: flexibility is built in and it’s hardwearing and waterproof. The biggest surprise though is in the new one-piece carbon rail, riveted at the nose and around the back edge. The shape, with a oversized mid-section protected by a grippy tape wrap, and the braided carbon used within is all very Fizik – in fact the rail design is very similar to the innovative Kurve, which has also debuted a carbon rail for 2016.
When Brooks let slip to us that this was on the horizon, we wanted to get our hands on one as soon as possible. I’ve had this saddle running on my long-term Decade Tripster ATR Ti all-road machine – in fact, it replaced a standard metal-railed Cambium. It’s narrower as well […]