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Test Brooks' new Cambium saddle

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

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 before 17 May. All registrants will receive a 10% discount to the Brooks online shop.

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, 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 winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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