Brooks B33 saddle versus the $20-30 knock offs

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by wildwestrider, May 25, 2009.

  1. wildwestrider

    wildwestrider Member

    I am looking at the Brooks B33 ($150ish) and the knock offs of it that range from $20-$30. Somewhere here I caught a reference to the knock off version having a BAD SMELL (??) ....guessing the low bid got the work from the chinese leather tanner.

    Any comments on the original Brooks versus the knock offs??


    Brian in Austin

  2. Skyliner70cc

    Skyliner70cc Active Member

    Where is the knockoff sold? I can live with the bad smell considering it can't be worse than the small of 2 stroke exhaust smell.
  3. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    seen those knock offs

    seen boxes and boxes of those knock off Brooks seats
    a motor bike dealer here in San Diego has plenty of them for sale
    as he opened large box full
    I didn't notice stinky smell -- just kind of new leather smell
    he was really wanting to sell those seat THINGS -- MADE IN CHINA

    I admit I almost bought one
    maybe should have just grabbed it for possible use later

    but -- I have learned -- sometimes the hard way
    it may be best to buy the orig ?? cost a lot more - yes - but - it's the real THING

    I have seen Brooks seats in good shape after 30 or 40 years
    I won't be here on Earth that long
    just thinking that for a young rider -- that's almost a lifetime seat ride !!!

    Last edited: May 25, 2009
  4. uncle_punk13

    uncle_punk13 Guest

    Speaking from experience, spend the extra money on the original brooks! The knock offs are very poorly made, and VERY uncomfortable. The cheapies have a very low spring rate so that the saddle sags very badly (I only weigh 125, so that should tell you something), the leather stretches horribly, and I could only use that saddle for about 15 minute rides before being so sore in the backside and lower back that I had to stop and rest; I ended up throwing it in the trash. Never had a problem with the high dollar unit and once it breaks in and forms to your contours, it's one of the most comfortable you'll ever ride... Just my experience, hope this helps...
  5. Junster

    Junster Member

    Ok I want to know how many miles were on that seat before the smell tests were started? rofl -just kiddin-
  6. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    glad that I did not buy one -- the true story told !!!

    glad that I did not buy the THING

    as proves to be so often

    the made in CHINA knock off model -- claimed to be -- just the same

    is just another piece of junk -- when are we going to stop buying this **** ??