Specialized Command Post Dropper Seatpost

3.15/5 (41 Reviews)
MSRP : $200.00

Product Description

With the exclusive mechanical 3-position locking height adjustment and on-the-fly adjustment via a handlebar mounted lever, your always in command with ever-changing terrain conditions.

  • Exclusive mechanical 3-position locking height adjustment
  • 100mm height adjustment range
  • On-the-fly adjustable ride via a handlebar mounted lever
  • Keyed, locking system eliminates saddle movement
  • 30.9mm outer diameter
  • 380mm length
  • Approx. weight: 520g (post only)
  • Specialized Command Seatpost Adjustable Pro Review

    >I am really liking the Specialized Command Post adjustable seatpost, which uses a mechanical system with an adjustable air spring, and has three locking positions, and a simple one bolt saddle clamp that is easily to install and tune the saddle’s position. Continue reading →

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    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Bacha a Weekend Warrior

    Date Reviewed: October 3, 2017

    Strengths:    Nice 3 positions (i just use full length or full dropped), nice red color, lightweight.

    Weaknesses:    the small curved aluminum tube is awkward to set, if the small spring that executes the mechanism gets dirty or rusty you will have a finger sore while trying to push it down, i had to readjust the cable with the post so it properly drop and it was a nightmare.

    Bottom Line:   
    I bought mine 1 and a half year ago it was used and today it is still doing good. I haven't had any problems at all

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    Bike Setup:   Specialized Camber 2015 and Alubike XTA Team 2014

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Luke boorman a All Mountain Rider

    Date Reviewed: February 24, 2016

    Strengths:    Comes with stealth cable routing

    Weaknesses:    Many, mine is less than a year old leaks so much air needs reinflating for every ride, seal popped out hard to get back in, cable falls off bottom mount cant have any slack to adjust seat height slighlty for a few different riders, nothing compared to reverb, have fitted my external reverb in its place.

    Bottom Line:   
    Buy a reverb, no reliability

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    Duration Product Used:   9 months

    Price Paid:    $1.00

    Purchased At:   Leisure lakes

    Similar Products Used:   Reverb, ks

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Warren a All Mountain Rider

    Date Reviewed: August 1, 2014

    Strengths:    When it works, it has 3 reasonably useful height settings.

    Weaknesses:    Intensely annoying to install.
    Useless in anything other than Californian desert conditions, inadequate cable sealing = seized cable, broken collets, cable or lever.
    Seat clamp constantly slips as it has no grooves, so it doesn't even work as well as a regular seatpost.

    Bottom Line:   
    I am not sure who designed this thing, but they missed the key design requirement that it's primarily designed to support a rider on a seat.

    The constant seat slippage due to the round clamp design makes this basically useless.

    Added to that the crap sealing, and the fiddly setup and cable fixing, this thing is better off in the bin.


    I've gone back to a Thomson.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 year

    Similar Products Used:   Actual seatposts that hold up a seat.

    Bike Setup:   Enduro S-Works

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by adumesny a All Mountain Rider

    Date Reviewed: May 21, 2014

    Strengths:    looks good, mechanical design means you don't guess being extended or sagging

    Weaknesses:    remote is weak and require special cable (smaller head). collet are known to break and Spec will not replace them under warrantee claiming it's wear/tear part when it's a design flaw really... heavy for air spring vs GD!

    Bottom Line:   
    I originally had a Gravity Dropper Turbo in 27.2mm sizing with shims, but couldn't get the creaking noise to go away, so when I cam across a good deal on the command post I decided to get one in my 31.6 size as they are mechanical as well. I had no problems for 2.5 years - other than having to get a new cable once and having to grind down a brake cable as they use a custom head - Specialized for ya!

    I thought they were just as reliable as GD, but unfortunately I broke the internal collet on my last ride, making it tricky to get back as the post wouldn't stay extended. Reading online apparently this happens a lot, and repeatedly over time (not something they fixed) and Specialized will NOT repair this defect even under warrantee as they call this a "wear and tear" item, nor will they send you or a shop the $18 part to repair it, making it a $90+ service you have to send them every couple years...

    I would not get this had I known the long term durability issue, and bad CS Specialized is known for.
    When it works it's awesome, and can be had for cheaper, but not worth the hassle now...

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    Price Paid:    $150.00

    Similar Products Used:   Gravity Dropper Turbo, Joplin 4

    Bike Setup:   Mojo HD 160mm

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by texas

    Date Reviewed: June 18, 2013

    Strengths:    When it works, it's works in a very effective and predictable way

    Weaknesses:    not reliable enough.

    Bottom Line:   
    First the good. When it has worked it has behaved perfectly. I never had any problem with it leaking air. It looks good.

    Just before the 1 year warranty ran out I had a problem where the seat would rotate. They ended up sending it back to specialized and I got a brand new post. After about 2 years with the new post working , with me riding 1-2 times a week the post failed again. This time a bunch of the pawls on the collate that hold the post in place broke off. I saw someones posting on the command post thread that had this same problem and Specialized ended up replacing most of his post for a bit over $100.

    I don't want to be spending money on an expensive seat post every couple of years. Instead of dumping another $100 into fixing this post I decided to abandon it , and instead go for a Gravity Dropper turbo Multi LP. From what I can tell from the reviews, it's not quite as sexy as the other dropper post options, but it seems like it works well and is reliable.

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by onobed

    Date Reviewed: February 19, 2013

    Strengths:    None

    Weaknesses:    single bolt design on seat clamp makes saddle more prone to slipping which happens all the time.
    ergonomics - actuating lever is terrible - either put in position that interferes with shifters or put in position that requires massive wrist contortion
    three positions: how can specialized offer only three positions when the competition offers infinite adjustment
    quality: went through two.

    Bottom Line:   
    I have ridden a Reverb, KS Lev, and Command Post. The command post can't hold a candle to the other two. The seat post clamping design is terrible. Unlike its competitors which use a more secure two bolt design, the one bolt design of the CP makes saddle a slippage a sure thing. This is inexcusable. Ergonomically, I challenge anyone to show me a position that is both comfortable and does not interfere with trigger shifters. In order to not interfere with shifters the trigger for the seatpost had to be rotated so far forward that the only way I could actuate it was to look at my handlebar - this is not what you want to be doing when you actually need to drop a post.

    I could go on and on. I am no Specialized hater, I loved there Stumpy 29er EVO. They just should stick to frames and tires. This seatpost is the single worst piece of Spesh gear ever designed and needs to be pulled from the market because it just plain does not function in the way a rider needs it to.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by mypuppynow

    Date Reviewed: February 19, 2013

    Strengths:    Simple to setup, minimal to zero rotational play, smooth operation, smart looks. Lever is more robust than some 9when flipping the bike)

    Weaknesses:    "Spare" cable is annoying (would love a stealth version), lever requires quite a lot of effort. A little heavy.

    Bottom Line:   
    Used for about 18 months. Overall a reliable, solid and good performer. Needs occasional clean/lube to keep it from slowing/missing the detents but none of that requires diss-assembly (so far). Personally I like the 3 positions over infinite adjustment as its more consistent.
    I'm totally sold on dropper posts now - just wish they would make this with a fixed cable length like the KS post - and a bit lighter would be nice1

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Footer a Weekend Warrior

    Date Reviewed: October 22, 2012

    Strengths:    Cable placement.

    Weaknesses:    Finding position. Lever. Not smooth.

    Bottom Line:   
    I use a Gravity Dropper Turbo that I'm extremely happy with. I used this seatpost (Specialized Command) on a rental for one day. The GDT is significantly better. The GDT 'finds' its position more definitively. The GDT's lever is more definitive, as well. The lever doesn't look as cool or as sophisticated as the Command's, but it just works better. GDT's lever seems to grip the handlebar better, as well - the Command's lever moved/rotated on me a couple times. After one particularly hard bottom-out, with the seatpost all the way down, the saddle moved positions. The Command may have an advantage on how the cable attaches to the post - the cable attaches up high and out of the way while the GDT's cable comes out of the post and could get snagged on something - I've never had a problem with my GDT's cable, though.

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    Similar Products Used:   Gravity Dropper Turbo

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Alexi Zawadzki a All Mountain Rider

    Date Reviewed: August 6, 2012

    Strengths:    Three positions are great.

    Weaknesses:    Excessive play in the saddle. Saddle does not stay in position and slides back and up on every ride. Control lever broke. Seatpost also finally broke, prompting me to post this review.

    Bottom Line:   
    Riden for five months and this seatpost is truly awful. Been nothing but problems. Control lever broke on my third ride - fixed with a zap strap. The saddle constantly shifts back (!!!) and up. The post no longer goes up and must be adjusted manually. The bike shop told me I was too large (235 lbs, 6'4") for this seatpost, and failed to offer any support (or the recommended rider weight). The engineering design on this post is very poor. Might be fine if you are a flyweight - but stay away if you are big, and do backcountry riding where reliability is important.

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    Duration Product Used:   5 months

    Purchased At:   Obsession Bikes

    Similar Products Used:   Thompson, Race Face

    Bike Setup:   2011 Enduro Evo

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Parker

    Date Reviewed: May 19, 2012

    Strengths:    Reliable, smooth action, easy to set up

    Weaknesses:    Ring that holds the seal on comes loose and leaks air sometimes. You have to replace the cable every few months.

    Bottom Line:   
    I have had this post for almost a year now and have had no problems aside from the seal coming loose a few times and a couple worn out cables. For the money, it's great, and I would highly recommend it! Having a dropper post puts your bike into a whole new realm of versatility.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by ggilings

    Date Reviewed: May 9, 2012

    Strengths:    3 positions, easy maintenance, reliable

    Weaknesses:    The ring will become loose and looses air

    Bottom Line:   
    I really like this seat post. It has been super reliable and the few times I have worked on it has been easy. After a few months of hard riding, I noticed sometimes it looses air. It takes two minutes to fix, so not a big deal.

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Tony

    Date Reviewed: April 27, 2012

    Strengths:    3 positions

    Weaknesses:    Side to side play out of the box!

    Bottom Line:   
    My first Specialized Command Post Blacklite was replaced by Specialized UK for excessive play, it’s failed after just 5 rides, my replacement Blacklite did not return to the power position out of the box, so I cycled it 20 – 30 to free it up and it instantly had side to side play. Three Specialized representatives have advised some play to be expected and that it will get worse as the unit wears, but none of them would give me an engineering answer to acceptable design tolerances. See my video of both new Blacklites here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgzJ_FRdgQg

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Pike14 a Racer from Port Jefferson, NY

    Date Reviewed: January 31, 2012

    Strengths:    So far the Blacklight has been smooth and reliable. The black stanchion and red anodized parts add some flare to a pretty simple piece of equipment. Also, the handlebar mounted lever seems strong and sturdy, and can be mounted on either the right or left side of your cockpit.

    Weaknesses:    So far the only thing that I've experienced is that the bar mounted lever can be hard to push at times. I've gotten used to it, and I'm sure that some cable adjustment as well as some lube in the cable housing could remedy the problem.

    Bottom Line:   
    For the time I've had it, the Blacklight has been a game changer. Before installing it, I had considered selling the bike. Saddle height plays such a major role in pedal efficiency that if it is compromised in only the slightest way, it can make your bike feel sluggish and "mushy". I had thought I could compromise by setting my standard seat post and saddle in and "in-between, not too high, not too low" position...the GOLDILOCKS position if you will... By allowing the saddle to be at the correct height for any and all situations you'll encounter on the trail, you are truly getting the most from your bike. The Blacklight Command Post saved my bike's life!

    As far as reliability, only time will tell. I have, however, been running the original Specialized Command Post on my 2011 Enduro, only having to replace the cable as it had grown worn-normal maintenance. With proper care and upkeep, I have no doubt that the Blacklight will be just fine. I will, though, update this review with any developments, both negative and positive.

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    Favorite Trail:   Sprain Ridge

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $275.00

    Purchased At:   Brands Cycle, Wantag

    Similar Products Used:   Original Specialized Command Post

    Bike Setup:   My Blacklight Command Post is on my 2012 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR: Stumpy FSR frame (140mm rear wheel travel), Fox Talas 36 Fork (120-150mm travel), Sram X9 Drivetrain, Sram X7 Shifters, Mavic Crossmax SX Wheels, Schwalbe Rocket Rons Tires, Sunline V1 50mm Stem and 745 Bars, Avid Elixer 7 Brakes, AND of course the Specialized Blacklight Command Post.

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by jacu a Weekend Warrior from Mission Viejo, CA USA

    Date Reviewed: January 27, 2012

    Strengths:    It looks good.

    Weaknesses:    This Shock does not perform as it should. It sticks and does not hit the height adjustments. On ride number 10 the shock completley stuck in the down position and I had to take it back to the dealer to have them send it out.

    Bottom Line:   
    Not a reliable shock. I expierienced problems after 3 rides. Turnaround time to repair or fix is two weeks out.

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    Favorite Trail:   San Juan

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $4000.00

    Purchased At:   Rock N Road Cyclery

    Similar Products Used:   KS Kindshock i900 remote

    Bike Setup:   The Blacklight came standard on the Stumpjumper Expert Evo 29er

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by bdunk a Cross Country Rider from San Jose

    Date Reviewed: November 22, 2011

    Strengths:    Three fixed positions

    Weaknesses:    Unreliable

    Bottom Line:   
    When operable, the Command Post is fun, but not $300 worth of fun. While I've enjoyed being able to drop my seat on the fly to take on a steep downhill, the problems I have had with my command post (inoperable once, no rebound another time, seat clamp allows the seat to tilt easliy)have eclipsed the fun.

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    Favorite Trail:   Any

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $300.00

    Purchased At:   Mike's Bikes

    Similar Products Used:   None

    Bike Setup:   2010 Stumpjumper FSR comp, Mavic Crossmax ST, 2011 Command Seat post

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