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Verdict: 
Adds a fair bit of weight to your bike for performance riding but it's so comfortable
Weight: 
426g
Brooks Cambium C15 Carved All Weather
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The Cambium C15 Carved All Weather is an extension of Brooks' well-received saddle range that don't come with a leather upper. Vulcanised rubber is what you find here, with no breaking-in period needed. I found it a very comfortable saddle, but it is a little on the weighty side.

  • Pros: Rubber upper is like having suspension, very comfortable shape
  • Cons: Noticeably heavy

A few years back Brooks took a step away from its famous leather saddles with the launch of the Cambium. It was an instant hit, Jez tried one of the lightweight performance models, the C13 with carbon fibre rails, and was very impressed.

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The range has evolved, with the All Weather models having the cotton top layer replaced with a nylon one which makes it completely waterproof, ideal if your bike has to spend a lot of time outside in the elements.

Its main construction is still made from vulcanised rubber, and the saddle is very comfortable. The upper works almost like an elastomer to take any vibration out of the ride, and it'll even take out the small bumps from a gravel track too.

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The Carved part of the name is in relation to the cutout in the middle of the saddle, as you can also get a non-cutout version. Without trying both models side by side it's difficult to say whether one one would suit me more than the other, but I certainly didn't find this one an issue. If you are looking to splash this much money on a saddle, I'm guessing you already know which way you're inclined, cutout or no cutout.

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The All Weather comes in a range of widths, the C19 is widest and aimed at riders who prefer a more upright position, while this C15 is for those with a more forward, performance bias. The C17 sits somewhere in between. (The size for the C15 is listed as Lx283mm, Wx140mm, Hx52mm).

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I found the narrow nose of the C15 perfect for the type of riding it's intended for. I could get really low and pedal hard without my thighs rubbing against the sides or feeling like anything was getting crushed.

Its one downside is its weight: 426g is pretty massive for a performance saddle and it is noticeable, although it's a good compromise with the comfort.

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The C15 is really in its element on a quick audax machine or long range tourer/bikepacking expedition where you want the racier position but with some forgiveness.

Brooks saddles have never been cheap but this Cambium is towards the lower end at £95. It's difficult to compare on value, as we really don't see a lot of saddles aimed at performance riding with this level of comfort.

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BBB's Echelon saddle has a good go with its cutout design being suited to both on road and off-road excursions. It's a bit cheaper than the Brooks at £69.95 and lighter too, 276g.

The Cambium All Weather is handmade in Italy and comes with a two-year warranty which, if you register it after purchase, increases to 10 years. That's pretty good and shows that Brooks is confident in its reliability.

Verdict

Adds a fair bit of weight to your bike for performance riding but it's so comfortable

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Brooks Cambium C15 Carved All Weather

Size tested: C15

Tell us what the product is for and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Brooks says, "The Cambium All Weather C15 Carved is made for years of hard riding in a forward riding position, and features hole for pressure relief and additional flex, eliminating contact points which cause discomfort for some riders. With the same contemporary design of the Brooks Cambium range, the All Weather is a durable and comfortable saddle that is 'ready to ride', thanks to a vulcanised natural rubber top for flexible performance requiring no breaking in period. From freezing rain to blazing sunshine, the waterproof, weatherproof nylon cover is made to perform flawlessly in all conditions. Additionally the updated fibreglass reinforced back plate has loops for a saddle bag or other accessory."

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

From Brooks:

UV & abrasion resistant

Waterproof nylon top

Vulcanised natural rubber upper

'Carved' cut out for pressure relief

Various width options - C15, C17 & C19

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
9/10
Rate the product for weight (if applicable)
 
6/10
Rate the product for comfort (if applicable)
 
9/10
Rate the product for value:
 
6/10

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

It delivers the comfort that Brooks saddles are famed for without the need for a breaking in period like that needed for the leather models.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Shock absorbing upper.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

The weight of it.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? I'd be quite tempted as I found it ideal on the gravel bike.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your overall score

The Cambium C15 All Weather is a very good saddle for the type of rider who wants a performance shape but whose priority is comfort over weight. It's very well made for the money too.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 40  Height: 180cm  Weight: 76kg

I usually ride: This month's test bike  My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed

Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.

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kil0ran [1047 posts] 1 week ago
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Did you get any squeaking or creaking under power? I've got a C17 which is super-comfy but noisy. There's a lot of play in the rails where they slot into the metal bracket at the rear and I think that's what it is. Either that or I'm bottoming out against the top of the seatpost. Most noticeable when climbing.

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d_c_h_w [19 posts] 1 week ago
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I have a c15 (not the all weather version) and it started creaking after a few months use. 

I thought it was coming from the nose of the saddle, so I undid the torx holding the front clamp in place and applied a thin coating of grease to the rails at this point (and on the inside of the clamps), reassambled and the noise was (and still has) gone.

It's a really comfy saddle, but yes it is heavy (I think the all weather version is even heavier than the standard). Not too much of an issue on a commuter though.

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mcienk [8 posts] 1 week ago
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'If you are looking to splash this much money on a saddle, I'm guessing you already know which way you're inclined, cutout or no cutout.'

And if I don't know? Which would be better for heavier rider?

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kil0ran [1047 posts] 1 week ago
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'If you are looking to splash this much money on a saddle, I'm guessing you already know which way you're inclined, cutout or no cutout.'

I'm a heavy rider and went no cutout. There's so much flex in the saddle I was concerned that it might pinch as it widened and tightened over bumps

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kil0ran [1047 posts] 1 week ago
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d_c_h_w wrote:

I have a c15 (not the all weather version) and it started creaking after a few months use. 

I thought it was coming from the nose of the saddle, so I undid the torx holding the front clamp in place and applied a thin coating of grease to the rails at this point (and on the inside of the clamps), reassambled and the noise was (and still has) gone.

It's a really comfy saddle, but yes it is heavy (I think the all weather version is even heavier than the standard). Not too much of an issue on a commuter though.

Interesting, I've greased the rear mounts but not the front, will do that next.

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Ogi [156 posts] 1 week ago
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I've just bought C15 - regular version. It's amazing and I love it. It has the flat profile, similar to Fizik Arione and the likes, but it's so nice and comfortable (not in the bad squidgy way). Mine hasn't started squeeking yet, but it seems like that can be solved pretty quickly - received lots of advices already.

Best 400g added to the bike ever. Saving weight is not all - especially if you don't ride some super light sub 6kg machine and you're Peter Sagan and racing.