Bike Setup: Dean Colonel. This weeks setup: Back to old school Hope M4 front disc, Avid Black Ops Rear, Brookes Ti Saddle, Hope hubs, XT deraileurs, Race Face Cranks, Mavic 717 rims, V12 pedals, Marzocchi Mountain SL forks.
Date Reviewed: October 7, 2005
Strengths: titanium, made in US, Light
Weaknesses: The sticker came off
This is for the ULTRA-LITE Seatpost.
DEAN threw it in for free when I ordered my frame. Fits perfect and has great shock absorbing properties and at 210g for a 27.2 its really light. I really cant complain, it was a freebie. Probably wont ever have to buy another frame or post again.
Similar Products Used: Syncros carbon, Kore, Bontrager
Bike Setup: Dean Colonel X-lite XTR etc etc
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: September 19, 2005
Strengths: All the benefits of Ti. Weight, strength, liveliness, bling...
Weaknesses: Decals are just cheap stickers which are now scraped off. They looked terrible after a few wet rides. Same thing with their handlebars.,
I had this on my DEAN and it was great. Recently moved it onto my carbon roadie to give some life to a very stiff frame. It's a nice seat post. I weigh approx. 200lbs which makes a stiff road frame unbearable after a long period, especially coming of FS mountain bikes. It's a little heavy b/c I have the long MTB version and never cut it down even though I do not need all that post, but that's my bad choice. Anything Ti is pricey but this post is a value compared ti other reputable Ti manufacturer.
Bike Setup: Was on my DEAN Ace. Moved it over to my carbon road bike.
a Cross Country Rider
from Park City, UT
Date Reviewed: September 4, 2005
Strengths: Light. Excellent at absorbing vibration and small bumbs. Looks cool. Decent seat rail clamp.
Weaknesses: It broke at the seat tube clamp.
I raced this post for two years on my rigid single speed and it did a terrific job of soaking up the small stuff. It was a 27mm x 410mm and I ran it pretty high, but within the height limit. I weigh 195 dry, so I definitely pushed it's limits and my friends were always amazed how much the post flexed without bending. I guess I finally put it through enough fatigue cycles and cleanly broke right at the seat tube collar clamp. It was nice while it lasted, but I'm getting a Thomson for the added security even if it costs me some comfort on the long hauls. I'd recommend this post for lighter riders on hardtails because it really does soak up the bumps. I would not recommend it for 200 lb guys.
Similar Products Used: Thomson, bontrager, Kalloy, others
Bike Setup: full rigid single speed
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: May 27, 2003
Strengths: -Ti dampens high frequency low amplitude bumps -Never once did it slip down the seattube -good adjustability at the seatclamp
Weaknesses: -Clamp never really held seat rails very tight -Barrel (swivel) nuts on clamp needed replacement -Ti tubing Doesn't hold up well to aggressive Clydesdale riders
After 4.5 years of abuse on my hardtail, this seatpost finally gave up the ghost. I'm suprised that it lasted this long since it developed a noticeable bend within the first month of use. Fully dressed, I weigh in at approx. 220 lbs and clearly from day one this seatpost was not designed for my weight or power. The Ti tubing (27.2 mm OD) is rather thin and flexy and it developed a fatique fracture at the seattube/seatpost interface. I don't know how long this went unnoticed, but I replaced it right away. Dean's Ti seatpost did in fact absorbed small bumps and improved overall feel and comfort, but I had more problems than I would have liked. Other problems included: 1) broken barrel nuts on the clamp (which was a direct result of the next problem) and 2) I could never get the clamp tight enough as my seat would slide back on the seat rails after punishing seated climbs. I have no doubt that this is a good (if not a great) seatpost for MOST MTBikers, but if you're a powerful clydesdale rider like me may the buyer beware. Withstanding the problems I had, this seatpost never stranded me in the woods in 4.5 years of service -- so I will give it an average grade. Ride-On ;)
Weaknesses: maybe weight those weak decals, laser etching would be nice!
very nice seatpost. there's alot of opinions out here on wether ti and carbon post offer dampening of ride...after riding this post, i believe ti does. this isa great post, takes alot of the sharpness of bumps out, reasonable weight, nce clamp...all that good stuff. for the price i paid, it's awesome. if you're looing for a nice ti post with a nice clamp, you cannot go wrong with this post.
Favorite Trail: Chino Hills St. Park-East Fence Line
Duration Product Used: 3 months
Purchased At: new on an eBay auction, where else at this price???
Similar Products Used: thomson post easton carbon post
Bike Setup: custom steel singlespeed by peyto cycles, pace rc31 fork...a mix if alot of other stuff
from Woodbury (I moved)
Date Reviewed: February 14, 2003
Strengths: Ti, works great, lasts long.
Weaknesses: logo, weight--but ya'll knew that already.
This is an update. I reviewed this post on 6/9/99 not long after I got it. It really took the edge of the Ti HT. Sold that bike. Popped it into the Turner (in 99) and haven't touched it since. Seat is still right where I put it. No noise--no problems.
Mine is the old D-E-A-N down the post logo and when the "a" and the "n" got to looking crappy, I just rubbed the "EAN" off. The "D" still looks jest fine.
Don't suppose I'm really benefitting from the flexibility with the 4-bar doing all the work. Maybe I should try an Al post just to see--but then why bother?
The Ti post and Ti saddle rails do help the ride on HT's.
Bike Setup: WTB threadless, RaceFace Prodigy XC crank, Avid Dial 7 levers, Avid Arch Rival brakes, Shimano XT 9spd rapid fire shifters, Onza Bar Ends, XT 9spd cassette, XTR rear deraillure, Rock Shox SID XC, ROOX Bomber 4.0 bars, ROOX Slambar (for added strength in the bar), Yeti Hardcore grips, XTR hubs (front and back), Sun Rhyno Lite front rim, WTB Paradigm rear rim, XT front deraillure, Shinske Custom Aluminum Frame
Date Reviewed: October 1, 2001
Strengths: easy two bolt adjustment, like the syncros
ya gotta love the flex. I wanted a little softer hardtail so I got this post. I've had it for over a year with no problems. I think I paid about 66.00 for it. It may be a little heavier than my syncros, but its worth it to me to have the extra flex. I weigh 185
Bike Setup: Cannondale Jekell, easton carbon bar , sram 9.0sl , real ultimate bb , crossmax wheels ,
from Columbia, MD
Date Reviewed: May 17, 2001
Strengths: Logo (they fixed it) Ti compliant ride quality. Craftsmanship, the clamp is beautifully machined and allows a little more seatback than the Thomson.
Weaknesses: I would have liked a black seatpost.
I had to use a Cane Creek shim to get this seatpost 27.2mm into a 31.6mm seattube, but it was well worth it, because the Thomson that it replaced was way too rigid. Putting this seatpost provides most of the compliance of a suspended seatpost without the excess travel. BTW the logo is now a 2 char by 2 char square DE/AN that is at the very top of the seatpost were it is not touched by the saddle bag straps, which I suspect why so many people were losing the decal.
a Cross Country Rider
from Rome, NY
Date Reviewed: January 24, 2001
Strengths: Easy to install the seat, stays in adjustment, is the size they say it is, smooths out the trail.
Good product, read one review by a 215 lbs guy that rides without finesse and he say his is straight. My guess is he never adjusts his seat hieght. My bent after 8 months or so, I'm also a Clydsdale, medium finesse. Other than the bend I love the ride, this really helps, it's no softtail, but it certainly a step in the right direction. I'd reccommend this to a friend (if he/she was 30-40 lbs lighter than me).
Bike Setup: Habanero Ti Hardtail Marzocchi Z-2 Hope Discs & Hubs XTR cranks, derailleurs RaceFace stem Monkey Lite Handlebar
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: January 17, 2001
Strengths: long,easy to setup/adjust, light enough considering that it does actually seem to take the edge off the bumps on my hardtail.
Weaknesses: Ya right!
Go to the DeanUSA site and bid on this post. It makes the price a bit easier on the wallet and you get a fantastic piece of equip. The guys at Dean are great. Fives heavy heaters for this one! (check out the cool frames/bikes while you're there!)
I bought a full carbon saddle(110grams) earlier and would like to mate it to my KCNC Ti Pro Lite-8000 seatpost but the KCNC clamping system is not carbon rail friendly.
I think I need a carbon cradle or something.
Any suggestions ???
Where I can get one ?
My weight is 140LBs.
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I switched to a Thomson seatpost on my Fly Ti (the original was too short for me), but it slips a good inch per ride. Any suggestions how to get it to stay put? I can't be the only guy with this problem.
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Just bought one these seatposts for a new 26" kids bike build. So far I'm impressed with the quality and workmanship. Weight is good at 158g for a 250mm post in 31.6mm diameter. Price is good at under $70 delivered.
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