Test Brooks' new Cambium saddle

Get your name down for a chance to try out new saddle before its launch

by Mat Brett   April 17, 2013  


Brooks England, the world’s oldest bicycle saddle manufacturer, are inviting 100 people to try their yet-to-be-launched Cambium model. This is Brooks’ first non-leather saddle in a long time and they reckon it’s unlike any other on the market.

As part of Brooks’ final test phase of the new saddle, they will be selecting a diverse group of 100 cyclists worldwide to test the saddle over the next month and offer feedback that will then be published on the Cambium website.

According to Brooks, "The Cambium is made from a uniquely flexible natural rubber and organic cotton top, enhanced by a thin layer of structural textile for added resilience. This vulcanized, waterproof top, which follows the rider’s movements, is immediately comfortable, maintenance-free, and highly abrasion-resistant to offer the longevity for which Brooks is legendary.”

The saddle will not be released for sale until 17 June, hence the enigmatic photography.

Brooks will select men and women of differing body type and age, using a variety of bicycles.

• 33 will be long-time users of Brooks leather saddles.

• 33 will be cyclists who have used both Brooks leather saddles and other saddles.

• 34 will be cyclists who have never used a Brooks leather saddle.


If you wish be considered you need to register at www.brooksengland.com/cambium before 17 May. All registrants will receive a 10% discount to the Brooks online shop.

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Does it have bag loops? Hard to tell from the pictures, but if I can't fit a Carradice Nelson to it, I'M OUT.

/folds arms and sits back.

"Tant que je respire, j'attaque!"

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posted by John_the_Monkey [427 posts]
17th April 2013 - 20:56


Looks very Regal-ish

posted by Alb [107 posts]
17th April 2013 - 21:38


Looks nice and I'd be very grateful to test one but I aint enamored by the many emails asking me to verify my account since I registered. D Oh

posted by Ting [58 posts]
17th April 2013 - 21:41


can't even register Sad

still on the 3rd switch-back of Bwlch !

posted by therevokid [901 posts]
18th April 2013 - 7:40


Tried registering, painful number of questions, only to receive SQL errors that froze the browser.

I guess I don't want to test a saddle enough to go through that again.

posted by Mountainboy [80 posts]
18th April 2013 - 9:24


I'm looking forward to the Brooks Cambrian saddle, the design will be based on the first complex multicellular saddles to emerge from the Earth's primordial seas.

"Tant que je respire, j'attaque!"

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posted by John_the_Monkey [427 posts]
18th April 2013 - 9:52


I can't see that being ideal for high-cadence road riding? Surely the texture would cause ridiculous levels of friction / inflammation?

Boardman CX Team '14 | Cannondale CAAD8 '12 (written off, SMIDSY) | Scott Sportster '08

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posted by Gizmo_ [1126 posts]
18th April 2013 - 12:53


Registered. Wrote the kind of essay Orwell would be proud of. Got the thank you screen. Registration confirmation link didn't work. Have been informed that I need to submit again.


I'm so lazy I'd rather order something off Wiggle than go to the shops for Haribo...

posted by Mr Jono [110 posts]
18th April 2013 - 13:59


Mmm, jumped through all the hoops, null registration..... can't be bothered to repeat, they'd better not spam me tho! Angry

It doesn't get easier, you just go faster.....maybe

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posted by pward [88 posts]
18th April 2013 - 14:05


Let's hope the design of the saddle has been tested more thoroughly than the online registration process!

I haven't owned a Brooks for 25 years and I'd really like to try one of these. However, I have better things to do than click through questions, write a long essay and attempt to jump through non-existent hoops so that I might be one of 250,000 who expressed an interest in doing so.

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posted by Simon E [2254 posts]
18th April 2013 - 14:07


Glad to see I'm not the only frustrated poster, I have sent Brooks an email about the questionaire rejection.


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posted by antonio [1084 posts]
18th April 2013 - 15:50


Me too! I wrote a great essay too, but really can't be fussed to do it all over again!

posted by djgorey [39 posts]
18th April 2013 - 18:00


Site seems to be working alright now.

posted by markrjl [14 posts]
18th April 2013 - 21:09


Woo Smile
I's a tester. Anyone else?

posted by andyp [1334 posts]
17th May 2013 - 18:03