Those who cycle a lot know how important a good saddle is, as almost every cyclist experiences some degree of saddle discomfort. The search for a perfect saddle can be tough and it is a long process of trying different saddles before you finally find the one that fits you. After over 7000 kilometers in 125 days without a single sore, blister or any other issues. The search for our perfect saddle has finished, this saddle is the Brooks Cambium C13.
About the Cambium C13
Brooks describes the Cambium C13 as a vulcanized rubber and organic cotton saddle with carbon frame and (for the carved-version, a saddle hole to reduce pressure experienced by some cyclists). Most suitable for long distance racing or endurance cycling. Weight reduction is accomplished through a continuous carbon saddle rail that eliminates performance-resistant contact points. Finished with aluminum rivets in all black, this saddle offers flexible performance for immediate comfort and all-day weather protection.
- LENGTH : 275mm
- WIDTH : 145mm
- HEIGHT : 55mm
- WEIGHT : 250gg
- FRAME : 7x9mm Oval Carbon Rail (may require seat post adapter)
- RIDE STYLE : Road&MTB
Just before we started our bike expedition, we received the latest version of the Cambium C13 saddles. Now after 4 months and over 7000 kilometers of cycling throughout every corner in Europe, we are happy to write our findings about this magnificent saddle.
During our trip, we both use a different Cambium saddle. Gijs is using the Cambium C13 and Annebeth uses the Cambium C13 Carved. The well-designed carbon rails and a combination of vulcanized rubber and organic cotton mix making up the saddle upper section, Brooks made a saddle that makes a statement.
But besides having a fancy-looking saddle during our tour, we also needed a durable one. So we have been putting them to the test pretty extreme. They survived every weather condition with ease, from -15 Celsius with 3 meters of snow in Austria up to 48 Celsius in the grain fields of Romania. None it was a problem and even after all of this, they still look brand new.
Besides the great durability of the saddle, the best feature is the comfort it is providing while riding. Before starting our trip, especially Annebeth was really fed up with finding the perfect saddle. As she finds a real discomfort in almost any saddle she used during long-distance trips. Finally, after a few long-distance test rides, it was clear for her, the Cambium C13 is the saddle we're using during our trip around Europe. And still now after all the time riding, there are no pains or other issues, which normally occurs already fairly quickly for her during a ride.
The Cambium C13 is designed to be comfortable out of the box, unlike the traditional Brooks design there is no breaking period. The traditional leather saddle needs usage to mold into your shape, but with the C13 this belongs to the past. Another big advantage is that the rubber outer is inherently waterproof so it doesn't absorb moisture when left out in the rain, unlike most conventional saddles or leather Brooks saddles it can be wiped off and then dried. A useful feature when leaving your bike out all night when camping as much as we do.
The only part which made us a little bit nervous about the saddle were the carbon rails. Since our bikes are heavily packed, we were in somewhat discomfort if we lifted the bike grabbing the saddle. On the other hand, the carbon frame is completely integrated and molded out of one part, instead of the metal designs which are assembled together. Until now it holds and will probably so for a longer time.
Quality of Production
The production of the saddle is top-notch. The rubber top part has been designed very well, giving it a very smooth look. The carbon lowers are very nicely finished. The seatpost clamps are held together by black aluminum "rivets" with Torx screws.
It is mainly used a race or mountain bike saddle, so feels quite different to most Brooks saddles. It is stiff and cut slim with a long nose.
The saddle is still used and has been through snow, rain, mud and extreme heats. It still looks brand new and has proven to be durable and weatherproof.
It is very light for a Brooks and considering in the material and its design for comfort. With ‘’only’’ 250 gram, it can be well used for both road & tour bikes.
We use the saddle mainly with padding which giving us much more comfortable. It is a very stiff saddle, made for longer rides. Using it for shorter daily commute rides could be somewhat uncomfortable without paddings.
Product for Value
Good design, high-end materials, and craftsmanship don’t come cheap. It’s an expensive option no doubt about it! However, with a price of around 200 euros, it isn’t by far the most expensive option available.vThe Cambium C13 is a saddle in the higher price segment. But, if you are looking for a durable and low-weight saddle for longer trips, this saddle might be the perfect fit.
A classic piece of innovative design that is well worth a compliment. After already 7000 kilometers and 4 months of solid use we think it’s fair to say it will just keep on going for a while. If you want the best, there are only a few competitors that come as close for touring and bikepacking as the Brooks Cambium C13!
Help Save Bella
Since Bella is a puppy and still need proper medical treatment. We decided to start a small crowdfunding with which we hope to cover some of the expenses we will make for Bella.
Our plan is to first let her heal, get medicines, vaccination, passport, microchip and proper food to get some weight again. And when she is a little older get her sterilized at a proper veterinarian.
We hope some of you can support her and us, while we're on the road.
You can donate at IBAN: NL36 RABO 0309 6721 98
or at Gofundme:
Thank you very much!
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