Charge Spoon versus Brooks B17: Fight Time

Discussion in 'Components, Accessories and Clothing' started by jay clock, 29 Feb 2016.

  1. jay clock

    jay clock Massive member

    Hampshire UK
    So the two saddles that seem to get the most fanatical praise on here are the Charge Spoon and the Brooks B17. I currently have the Spoon on two road bikes plus a couple of spares. And a superb choice for me for long rides (up to 112 miles). On my tourer (Koga Miyata WT) I have a Brooks which I am happy with but not ecstatic. And it has worn in over 10 years so not new

    Any views from anyone who has used a Spoon on a tourer, ie in a more upright position, and particularly if you had a Brooks before....?

  2. Profpointy

    Profpointy Guru

    I love my brooks, and would be reluctant to risk change - upside, save a few quid - downside - misery.

    If the charge spoon suits you, the same logic applies. I can't see the benefit of the brooks for you being worth the bother. For the same reason, I see no reason to try a charge spoon
  3. I also have both.

    Charge Spoon. Great saddle, no problem if it gets wet, maintenence free, cheap as chips, comfortable for miles and miles, different colours. Lightweight.

    Brooks B17. Great saddle, Iconic, comfortable for miles and miles, stays wet a long time if not looked after or covered, very expensive, heavy, few colour choices, needs regular maintenence. Status symbol. Can take an age to break in. Not everyone has a Brooks bum.

    Both great saddles but I am more inclined to use a charge Spoon now.
    Last edited: 29 Feb 2016
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  4. mcshroom

    mcshroom Bionic Subsonic

    Egremont, Cumbria
    It's very much personal preference. Brooks saddles are very well thought of in the Audax and touring communities, however I like my Spoons, one of which is on my touring bike and my longest ride on it was 420 km, or about 1200km in a two week tour.

    I haven't tried a Brooks, as a)Spoons are cheap and seem to work, 2) they don't need protecting from the rain and iii) I may find I like a Brooks more, which would be an expensive discovery as I'd then want to change all my bikes over :blush:
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  5. Which saddles have more colour choices?
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  6. mcshroom

    mcshroom Bionic Subsonic

    Egremont, Cumbria
    The Spoon has far more colour choices, plus camo and tartan variants
  7. I like Skol

    I like Skol Hold my beer and watch this....

    I don't understand your post? :wacko:

    You have Spoon saddles on two of your bikes and you love them. You have 'A N Other' saddle on your tourer that you are not 100% sure about. You have spare Spoons that you can try on the tourer. What is your point/question?

    PS: I have a Spoon on my hybrid and can happily ride it in comfort for two 100+ mile days on the trot if that answers your question (and I don't wear padded shorts!).
  8. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

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  9. OP
    jay clock

    jay clock Massive member

    Hampshire UK
    The reason is ( odd I know!) is that I have the tourer in the loft and not easy to get out, and for storage reasons I tend to get it out as late as possible before a tour. So really trying to see if someone else has done it already. Which you seem to have done!. Will pop a Spoon on for a quick test when I get the tourer down
  10. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

    On 3 Wheels
    TBH the B17 is not my favourite Brooks, the B17n (narrow) fits me a lot better.
  11. Drago

    Drago Soiler of Y fronts

    For me the B17.

    However, as my arse is likely to be a different size, shape, firmness and age to the OPs what works for me is almost certainly irrelevant to him.
  12. Profpointy

    Profpointy Guru

    yebbutt - that's only 3 acceptable colours
  13. Well, is it THE 3 acceptable colours, or is it missing some?
  14. I doubt there's tartan, but you can definitely get a B17 in camo. Mind you, it ups the price a bit, and I'm not sure how you would break it in.
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  15. Profpointy

    Profpointy Guru

    Yep, I think the "THE" is fair
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