Bontrager Race XXX Lite Seatpost

1.55/5 (11 Reviews)


Product Description

  • High strength OCLV carbon tube
  • Forged infinitely adjustable head


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Reviews 1 - 11 (11 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by craig mckinnon

Date Reviewed: June 3, 2014

Strengths:    ebay price JB Weld $7

Weaknesses:    single bolt post is crap poor design, Used JB weld from auto parts store strong epoxy

Bottom Line:   
light nice ride the jb weld works great!

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

Date Reviewed: January 22, 2014

Strengths:    ~ Stiff and light, at 205g for 400mm x 31.6 size
~ Excellent fit and finish
~ Absorbs trail chatter immensely
~ Accepts carbon-railed saddles(with appropriate clamp)


Weaknesses:    ~ LOTS of Chinese counterfeits
~ Single-bolt adjustment requires removing or tapping saddle, for tilt settings


Bottom Line:   
This review is for the 2012 OCLV Race XXX Lite full carbon seatpost, with 20mm setback. The earlier, pre-2009 co-molded alloy/carbon models were very quirky and unreliable. Another issue is the profuse availability of cheap, China-made knock-offs, flooding the marketplace. There is a HUGE difference in quality between the genuine, Bontrager OCLV product to the "accurate-looking" counterfeit. From the outside - the fake may look and even WEIGH like the real deal...until you peer inside the shaft itself.

The real Bontrager inner seat shaft is oval inside; meaning the front and rear of the entire shaft length is reinforced with an extra 2mm of material, for ultimate, real-world strength. Also, the real component always has a manufacturer bar-code sticker inside the tube opening. Lastly, the inside of the shaft is finished smooth on the genuine, OCLV part. The cheap Chinese simply ignore these details, but it is this negligence alone is what makes the copycat seatpost unsafe; what you DON'T see are the numerous imperfections of a sloppily-made post, which includes massive resin voids. The voids alone can cause the post to get stuck inside your expensive carbon frame. The rigors of ordinary trail riding often cause the fake posts to fail, well before the minimum the load cycles of the genuine part.

The real post performs BETTER than expected. It soaks up the bumps and shock incredibly well...muting most jarring impacts to a mere tremor. Is it worth the high MSRP? Yes, but only if your livelihood depends on podium finishes.

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Favorite Trail:   Thomas Mountain

Duration Product Used:   2 years

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   Trek USA

Similar Products Used:   Niner
Enve
Specialized
Syntace
Ritchey WCS


Bike Setup:   2012 Trek Superfly 100 Pro - Full XX; Easton Haven Carbon wheels

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by thegoodword a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: June 6, 2013

Strengths:    You can get them cheap straight from China. That is hardly a strength though considering you just wasted money on something that really does not work well at all.

Weaknesses:    Clamp system is weak no matter how tight you screw it down.

Bottom Line:   
I am done with this post. It is crap. I have been riding the Brontrager XXX seatpost for three months now. The clamp will not stay tight no matter how much I tighten it. I have even swapped saddles and every two to three rides, the clamp comes loose if I hit a bump. Simply said, this clamp system does not work well on a hard tail mountain bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Upper Hulls

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Thompson (way better)

Bike Setup:   29'er carbon hard tail

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Iceman

Date Reviewed: September 10, 2012

Strengths:    None

Weaknesses:    2012 post is junk. This thing is junk. my seat loosened the first time I used it & now it will not tighten at all. Junk

Bottom Line:   
DO NOT BUY THIS THING.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by dpastore22

Date Reviewed: May 17, 2012

Strengths:    - Very Light
- Make Compatible clamp for Carbon Saddles
- Strong
- No creaking


Weaknesses:    - Can be very cumbersome to dial saddle tilt in

Bottom Line:   
The weight is the highlight of this post, unfortunately the biggest drawback is the the single bolt clamping mechanism. Small adjustments can be very difficult unless you have a good level handy, really hard to beat a Thompson seatpost in that department. Overall I'm happy with the seat post once you have it set!

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by efd2051 a Cross Country Rider from Banner Elk, NC

Date Reviewed: January 20, 2011

Strengths:    Matches other Bontrager products, average weight. Quality and design not upto par with seatposts half its price.

Weaknesses:    It is about the same weight as other light seatposts but there is a design flaw - The rail clamp is too small and as such will cause your saddle rails to bend after some use. It does not support the seat adequatly
It also scratches very easily which happens to all seatposts but it seemed considerably extensive.


Bottom Line:   
This seatpost maybe fine on roadbikes, but not good for mountain bikes. I am only 160lbs and have been riding for 12 years and never had a problem with seat rails bending.


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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   WTB, Thomson, others

Bike Setup:   Superfly 100 full suspension

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Beataru a Cross Country Rider from Phoenix, az

Date Reviewed: April 3, 2010

Strengths:    Super Uber light weight, but who gives a flying bleep about 100 grams.

Weaknesses:    Like everyone else, the thing wont stay tight. And now, the bolt is stripping. and I use a park tool allen on it.

Bottom Line:   
Granted, this post has been used for probably over 2000 miles, since the bike has that much on it. But none the less I cant STAND having to crank on the nut trying to keep this post from moving.

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Favorite Trail:   So far Trail 100 east of Cave creek

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Came with bike

Bike Setup:   TopFuel 110

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Festina_Firebird a Cross Country Rider from Tempe, AZ, USA

Date Reviewed: June 12, 2009

Strengths:    Looked nice??

Weaknesses:    The clamp had to be tightened many many times.. and always slips. Then one day while I was riding it snapped in two while I was riding!! I was a good hour of riding back to the car!!

Bottom Line:   
VERY DANGEROUS.

CUSTOMER SERVICE SUCKS!! They don't care that they sell a faulty and dangerous product.
Don't buy it!! no matter what the deal

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Favorite Trail:   ROUND MT.ELDEN

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Came with the bike

Similar Products Used:   Now I own a very nice Thomson elite

Bike Setup:   TREK 8500, REBA ROCK SHOX, XTR

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Stephen a Cross Country Rider from Maryville, TN

Date Reviewed: March 1, 2008

Strengths:    Nothing is outstanding in the category.

Weaknesses:    The clamp. I have tightened it several times and it still slips when I take a big drop, causing my saddle to point up; into my groin.

Bottom Line:   
I have not had it slip in a few rides, but I haven't done anything major(mostly smooth XC) in a while. Avoid it. It's a poor design.

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Favorite Trail:   Tsali

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   CBC

Similar Products Used:   Thomson Elite

Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher Ziggurat 06 Mostly stock.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Josh a Racer from Boulder CO

Date Reviewed: November 15, 2006

Strengths:    carbon looks cool

Weaknesses:    will not tighten and slips.
VERY DANGEROUS post. It slipped (even though the bolt was as tight as it could be) and I almost fell backwards onto my rear wheel.


Bottom Line:   
Terrible design. Very Dangerous!

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Favorite Trail:   Windsor, in Santa Fe

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Campy record carbon, syncros, race face, thompson

Bike Setup:   Cannondale IFG

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Andrew a Cross Country Rider from Burnsville, MN

Date Reviewed: September 10, 2006

Strengths:    Looks

Weaknesses:    It failed (Mechanical caused several broken bones)

Bottom Line:   
It did its job of holding the seat over paved and gravel trail, but first 12" drop the seat detached from the post bouncing me up off the demo bike and landed square on my chest on the now naked post. Broke a few ribs in the process. I'm not a heavy weight and consider myself a fairly decent rider this failure was due to the poor design of the head locking in the rails. I checked it after the fact and after I could stand once again. The bolt was tight and every thing was toqrued down as it should of been.

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Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Purchased At:   Demo

Similar Products Used:   Thomson, Alien post, bunch of OEM junk

Bike Setup:   GF Rig Rigid (Demo bike)

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