a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: August 31, 2001
Strengths: Light-weight,easy to adjust.
Weaknesses: Thin outer wall could fail a heavy rider,I shortened mine to about 325mm.(as I don't ride a small frame as some big guys do stiffer,stronger,lighter.but they need a longer stronger post,stem,ect.)The only problem I've had is the lock I carried wrapped around the seatpost beat a small dent in the tube body.(I carry a smaller lock and cable now saves weight and still keeps the honest guy from stealing my bike,any pro going to get it no matter what I've got that I'm willing to pedal up a big hill.) Which is designed with an inner radial Y rib,designed to save weight and incease strength,probibly looked good on paper,and labrotory testing under certain conditions,probibly limited field testing,before production.I can see how the clydsdales could have a problem.
If you can find one cheap enough,(I got mine,when a friend closed his shoppe,at the time I felt like a vulture preying on the missfortunes of anouther,but he didn't loose any money on the deal and my bike lost 2 ounces)and you are a fairly light rider,and don't need a real long post,you can shorten it and save a little more wt,(don't shorten it too much though)also one of the washers under one of the clamp-adjusting hex-nuts broke and rolled out in a cute little curling fashion,I've worked in wreaking yards and have never seen one do that quite like that) so the dent will cost them one hot one and the cheap materials anouther,and if it had cost 60 smackers I wouldn't have bought it and been very glad I didn't but for 30 bucks who can complain,it got about 17000 miles on it(light-duty) and is still hanging on.it doesn't belong on my outher mountain bike though.
Similar Products Used: "Kalloy""Uno"(cannondale) "Ritchey" outher stock O.E.M.stuff
Bike Setup: Cad1 with goodies.
a Weekend Warrior
from Perth, WA, Australia
Date Reviewed: February 8, 2000
Strengths: long (that's pretty easy to achieve...)
Weaknesses: This post is weak. Designer should have one rammed up arse. 'Y' section is the worst kind of wanky overdesign and underengineering. This post will bend or break and cause wounding between the legs. Reject.
If you asked my bottom it'd give you a line alright... "don't trust me to that seatpost". Mine bent after a week or so, contacted DEAN and received no service. Probably OK if you are light and ride easy but DO NOT USE THIS POST if you are weighty and ride hard. How hard can it be to build a good, strong, long seatpost ? Too hard for DEAN. I spit on this product. Seat clamps worked OK for me. Looks good prior to bending. Rating: one burning product designer.
Bike Setup: DEAN Oscar, Sid SL, Sun Ringle' RPM wheelset,XT/XTR kit, Avid Brakes, Kooka cranks and levers DEAN Stem and bar
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: February 4, 2000
Strengths: Thought it was light...turned out not as light as my new Thomson
Weaknesses: Bent after some light use
Thought I was buying a killer post...thought it was light. My thoughts changed after the damn thing bent after a small hit. Granted, I weigh 200 lbs, but I mean, the stock post that came with my Cannondale lasted longer than this thing. Bottom line, buy yourself a Thomson...especially if you weigh around 2 bills.
Weaknesses: The two adjuster bolts. I rode this post 17,000 miles and broke the adjuster bolts twice. It's no fun having to ride home standing up! And I'm light, 125 lbs. Replace them with ti bolts, that's what I'm going to do.
I kind of don't trust this post now, especially since the second time one of the bolts broke just a few months after being replaced.
a Weekend Warrior
from Concord, CA
Date Reviewed: December 9, 1999
Strengths: Price - Free looks
Weaknesses: Thomson Wannabe
Great post. 2 bolt adj mech means accurate adjustment even though it's a Thomson knockoff. Slightly heavier than a Thomson, but at least it won't dimple when you close the seat clamp on it, like a Thomson.
a Cross-Country Rider
from Lubbock, Texas
Date Reviewed: June 20, 1999
Strengths: Good design, Stiff
Weaknesses: Set-up takes a little time
This seatpost is a very good product. It is not very light, but should last a while. It takes some time to set-up due to the two-bolt design. Watch the Dean website, as they will blow these out every once in a while.
Bike Setup: Trek 8900 frame shimano/mix drivetrain bontrager mustang rims bontrager revolt X tires Answer manatou fork
a Cross-Country Rider
from Silver Spring, Md
Date Reviewed: March 24, 1999
Strengths: good looks, secure seat binding mechinism
very good seatpost for the money, it hasn't slipped into the frame, nor has the seat rotated i bit. a little pain in the but to set up with the two bolts but worth it due to the security of the seat once it is dialed in. highly recommended
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