I’ve previously shared my affinity for the Brooks Cambium, after spending a few months on it. Now, with a year under my belt, I have some further thoughts.
I’ve put a few thousand miles on the Cambium on my Moots. I’ve also been rocking a Cambium (well, two cambiums) on the Mandem. This is what the Cambium on the Moots looks like after a year and a few thousand miles:
None the worse for wear.
The good news: It’s amazingly comfortable. It’s heavier than the Ergon I used to run, but I leave it on because it is SO comfortable that the tradeoff is worth it. It’s good in all weather and all conditions. It’s got a great texture that is not too slippery, and no to grippy. It’s reliable and durable. It looks great. Did I mention that it’s comfortable, even for 150+ mile days in the saddle?
The bad news: When it gets cold out, it creaks. The cure to this is to loosen up the bolts and put a tiny amount of lube (I use a grease) on the contact points. And it’s heavier than a top of the line race saddle. That’s it.
My conclusion after a lot of time on this saddle is that it’s fantastic, and for a gravel/allroad bike, there is no better saddle out there. I’m not changing any time soon.
I see that Brooks introduced the C13 Carbon Cambium that addresses my weight critique–but the C13 is substantially narrower than the C17. When they come out with a carbon C17, I’ll be interested. Until then, I’m picking comfort over the loss of a few grams.
I have tried the C-17 Carved, which is also very comfortable, but it addresses a problem that I haven’t experienced (I don’t find that the regular Cambium causes any crotchal discomfort, so I’ve stuck with it). I have also tried the C-17 short version, and found it to be too short–I found myself sitting on the rivets, which is decidedly not comfortable. In addition, I tried the C-15, and found the narrower profile to be not quite as comfy for me as the C-17 is. So in sort, the C-17 is my Goldilocks solution: just right.
If you haven’t tried one, consider giving it a shot.