The Finesse is the Team Pro S ladies saddle with titanium underpinnings.
The Team Professional is a classic Brooks saddle created with the needs of the sporting cyclist in mind. This model has been in production for half a century, originating from the old B17 Competition. This saddle is a pleasingly simple design, which truly deserves the description 'timeless classic'. The title Team Professional is embossed on either side just above a precisely hand skived stripe along the side edges, where a little of the glossy leather top surface is removed to reveal the texture and lighter tone of the suede beneath. Large headed copper rivets are hammered by hand, providing the finishing touch.
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More of a general comment on the service received concerning a new saddle that turned out to be defective - the problem was resolved extremely well by Brooks who definitely went "above and beyond" duty's call. Gold Standard!
The replacement saddle has had its maiden run and is perfect.
I've been riding on a Brooks saddle since I appropriated my dad's (an expat-Englishman) bike as a teenager over thirty years ago. Our aluminium touring tandem has always been equipped with a Brooks B17 up front and my 26 year old Miyata touring single now sports a brand new Team Pro copper saddle. Both are great saddles and I've found both comfortable right from the start, even the much stiffer Team Pro on my now much older posterior. A firm saddle is the best present you can give to your sit bones.
Having suffered all kinds of pain and discomfort with the saddle that came with my road bike, It was clear I needed a change. The comfort of my Brooks saddle on my touring bike was a good indication of where to look and after my first ride with me Finesse Titanium, its clear I didn't make a mistake. Its certainly the most comforatble ride I've knwown and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to any other female rider (I know my husband is jealous now, I have 2 brooks to my name).
Thanks Brooks for keeping up your excellent tradition.
I have been cycling for years but was afraid of the brooks saddles because of bad rumours and you could knock on them like wood. Plus they are pricy. I do love the look of them though. But which one to choose? No bike shop that I know of offers test rides. I have an old beautiful raleigh that had an old white brooks 'mattress' saddle. The springs were fun but not a comfortable ride. I had been drooling over your site for awhile and was set on a finesse saddle and it HAD to be green. The only ladies one that is green! A few months back I was at Dream Cycle in Vancouver and found a green finesse. It was the most expensive saddle there (of course!) but I gave in... and it is the most comfortable saddle ever! From the get go it was comfy so I can only imagine what it will be like over time. It seemed so tiny, but actually is a great fit narrow and wide in the right places. It still needs to be set up properly and perhaps it will move to my future touring bike. Heavens, I want brooks on all my bikes! I can't wait to try some others.
I do not hear enough about the finesse, so I shall highly recommend it
Greetings from Spirit Lake, Iowa!
My wife and I just returned home from the inaugural Tour de Kota. We had a great week, completing 400 plus miles over roads overlooking the Missouri River (part of the route Lewis and Clark explored in their pilgrimage over 200 years ago). We were able to complete the ride in total comfort and style with the Brooks saddles I purchased in preparation for the ride! Swift and Finesse made the entire experience pure cycling pleasure!
Your fine, leather saddles are of the highest quality and have us totally hooked on Brooks! We also have Brooks saddles on our Serottas. My Ottrott has the Swallow and tool bag. My wife's CRL has another Finesse and saddle purse!
We just love the comfort, form and function of our Brooks saddles and bags!
Thanks for a great trip and the promise of many years of quality, bike touring to come!
James and Kari
I received my new Brooks Professional saddle recently. Back in my youth (mid 60s), my first "good" bike came with a leather saddle. Comfortable, rode in cutoff jean shorts with no problems. About 12 years ago I returned to cycling. And, with most, was caught up with bicycle weight, so no leather saddle. Instead, I went through a succession of high tech, low weight, etc. saddles. Recently, my 4 yr old reputable Italian manufactured saddle was increasingly uncomfortable. I e-mailed the maker, and the reply said that, essentially, their saddles are good for about 10,000 km, and then the foam breaks down. So I ordered a Brooks. Comfortable right out of the box (first ride with it was 42 miles), and getting better each consecutive ride. And, it will probably last forever. Now, after my experience, one of my riding partners is gearing up to order himself a B17 (he's a bit larger and wider than me, 6'-2", 200 lbs vs my 5'-8", 150 lbs). And yes, while my Brooks weighs 500 grams vs 200 grams, with the additional comfort, I can ride longer and am sure I will drop more than that weight from myself in no time. I should probably be in the 135 - 140 lb range. So, keep up the good work, I'll keep promoting your saddles. You may want to talk with the boys in the pro peloton. With the drop in bicycle weights, where they actually are adding weight to their bicycles to meet the UCI minimums, some smart professionals may want a more comfortable, i.e. Brooks, saddle. After all, your products were good enough for Eddy Merckx, and he wasn't a bad cyclist!
best saddle I have ever ridden...nothing more to be said...
i have riden on a lot of saddles in the last 25 years from many manufacturers who all promise comfort and durability, there is only one who can truly live up to that promise, and thats Brooks ,
Q > Will a B17S Special ever be produced? I would like to get the shorter saddle, but I also love the larger copper rivets!
A > The B17 S Special already exists under the name of Team Pro S. Despite the different name, the saddles have the same top. The Finesse is their expensive sister with titanium rails.
Q > Hi! Could we now in this Ipod age have White saddles in a range of models (and not just for the very exclusive few!), please.
A > White BROOKS Saddles are much more difficult to make. It takes us more than triple the time than any other colour and lots of leather is wasted in the process. These are the reasons why we can't offer them in the standard range.
My Colt and I are just best friends, The perfect ride you become sitting on a Brooks, let it soak a week in linseed oil, and you will discover a miracle....Just a tip
A > We absolutely do not recommend doing this, but are pleased that you are satisfied with our product.
Q > Is the Brook's Team Professional Black Chrome (S697) a man's saddle?
A > Yes, it is. The ladies version is the Team Pro S
Q> May you please specify the differences of Finesse Titanium and Team Pro Titanium saddles except their measurements? These are considered as ladi's and men's versions of one saddle. There is 40 gr. difference in weight. Is this because of frame or the thickness of leather? Is it appropriate to use Finesse Titanium for a man of 180 lbs weight?
A> The Finesse is too small for a person of your size. The weight difference comes from the difference in the frame size, not that the leather is thinner (although naturally less leather is used).
Hi, I was always very content with my Brooks which I bought from a friend about ten Years ago until this morning on my way to work through a snowstorm the Metal under the leather cover broke. Can you repair it?
A> All Brooks saddles can be repaired, please visit the Getting in Touch section of this website and sorry for the inconvenience!
I am having a problem with my B17 ladies saddle in so much as it stains my clothing. I have used the proofhide on it from time to time, but I think the black colour must come out of it as the seat of my trousers, after riding the bike for a while, turns grey.
I have had the saddle for 3 years now and do not want to change it as I have broken it in nicely, but do need a solution. Do you have one? (apart from wearing black trousers all the time!!!)
A> All leather saddles (including the ones made by our competitors) stain light clothing over time. The best solution is to use a saddle cover when wearing light trousers. This is also the reason that cycling shorts traditionally are black.
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