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They're not leather, they're rubber and cotton, and the limited edition initial run is available now

A dedicated website for the new Brooks England Cambium range of saddles has just gone live and an initial limited edition of 1,000 saddles is available for sale. Each saddle has a number etched into its nose rivet. 

You might remember that back in April Brooks invited 100 people to try out a Cambium saddle for free ahead of the launch in order to get feedback. 

Several thousand people declared their interest, so Brooks decided to raise the number of testers to 200, and began sending out test saddles. Some of the feedback is published on the Cambium website and on the Brooks online shop.

Brooks are, of course, famous for their leather saddles but the Cambium saddles are made using a natural rubber and organic cotton top.

"As a brand famous for its leather saddles, we were conscious of the need to take great time and care before releasing the Cambium C17. We feel sure that we have arrived at a finished article worthy of the Brooks nameplate," said Bregan Koenigseker, Brooks England Marketing Specialist.

The price is €145 (we don't have UK prices yet) for the intital limited edition run. After that, the Cambium saddles will be priced at €125. For more info go to www.brooksengland.com/cambium

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over 20+ years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for eight years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.