Ritchey Comp Seatpost

3.19/5 (16 Reviews)
Weight : 305 grams


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Product Description

  • Two-bolt design
  • Low profile clamp
  • Strong and light 3-D forged one-piece construction
  • Wide saddle cradle support system
  • 6061 Material
  • 250/300/400 Length


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by gk40 a Cross Country Rider from Norcal

Date Reviewed: February 14, 2012

Strengths:    Reasonably light, doesn't cost a lot.

Weaknesses:    Reasonably light also means a bit thin.

Bottom Line:   
For 40 bucks, it's a bit overpriced. The seatpost bent after a couple of seasons riding Norcal fireroads and it's not like I'm a heffer at 5'-9", 150lbs. It was a 27.0 diameter with 8" of post exposed, so perhaps the narrow diameter had something to do with it.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $40.00

Similar Products Used:   Thomson, Easton.

Bike Setup:   Bontrager Privateer, Z2 Atom, V brakes. Retro style!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by BokorSolo a Weekend Warrior from Prince William, VA, USA

Date Reviewed: December 25, 2009

Strengths:    Inexpensive (came installed on bike), strong, problem free, looks pretty slick on my ride, clamp design is pretty sturdy.

Weaknesses:    It is a bit on the heavy side for XC hardware.

Bottom Line:   
This is great as far as original hardware goes. Better than all that Kalin or Kalloy stuff that comes on other bikes. This has been completely problem free for me, but I do ride only XC on this bike, there are no drop offs or step downs or anything like that for me. If you are a free rider or a big hit rider I can see how the clamp might slip under your usage. For a regular XC guy like myself, this is good old set it and forget it hardware. Just tighten the bolts under the saddle and ride.

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Favorite Trail:   Fountainhead Regional

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Bike Setup:   Single speed.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by consumer2112 a Weekend Warrior from Washington, DC

Date Reviewed: August 15, 2009

Strengths:    Inexpensive, good clamp

Weaknesses:    Weak if you bang it hard

Bottom Line:   
After a small fall when my feet slipped off the pedals and my rear hit the seat (I have a hard tail 29er), the Ritchey Comp bent about 10 degrees. I thought it was a rather small fall for a big bend like that so I'm not so satisfied and now am thinking of buying a thompson elite.

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Favorite Trail:   Schaeffer Farms

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $65.00

Purchased At:   Nashbar

Bike Setup:   Motobecane 29er

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by creekchubb a Cross Country Rider from Omaha, ne, USA

Date Reviewed: June 22, 2009

Strengths:    looks real nice, probably a good post if I was lighter.

Weaknesses:    The saddle keeps tilting back, and I bent it after 14 monthes of use

Bottom Line:   
I weigh 210, and I bent this post! I dont jump or drop just rolling xc, I would think a seatpost should be able to handle my weight. The saddle kept tilting back from day 1, and I had to wedge sand paper in the clamps to get the saddle to keep the proper angle. Just thursday, before my saurday marathon race, I noticed that the post was bent just above the seatpost collar. no race for me. Glad I noticed or I could have had a inadvertant vasectomy!!! so now I am going to purchase a thomson post. I guess the old addage is true, buy cheap does mean buy twice. I WOULD STAY AWAY FROM THIS POST!! no more Ritchley products for me.

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Favorite Trail:   l and c, manawa, tranq

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Thomson

Bike Setup:   super nice and terrific

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Hollis a Cross Country Rider from Nashville

Date Reviewed: April 5, 2009

Strengths:    solid performer

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
inexpensive with solid performance, no complaints.

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Favorite Trail:   Hamilton Creek

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Kore, RaceFace, American Classic

Bike Setup:   Giant Reign

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by kevin m a Cross Country Rider from pa

Date Reviewed: November 5, 2007

Strengths:    cant really think of any.. it was good while it lasted.

Weaknesses:    weak. i bent it. logo wears off quick too..

Bottom Line:   
good for the price i guess. but too weak if your really into biking and/or are a big guy. i do mostly aggressive xc and some downhill. i bought this just because i broke two steel bolts in a row with my last seat post which was stock..... i do weigh 235 tho. keep that in mind

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   lbs

Similar Products Used:   stock seat post. it was a easton EA30

Bike Setup:   06" rocky mountain hammer. steel. downhill rims.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Buridan a Cross Country Rider from Northampton, MA, USA

Date Reviewed: June 25, 2007

Strengths:    I ride mostly cross country and I've found this seatpost to be very reliable and problem free. The seat clamp holds the saddle rails securely, with no slipping whatsoever. It's very stiff and looks good. I've never had the problems described with the other Comp models or had to adjust the seat clamp in the two years that I've used it. It does its job well, plain and simple.

Weaknesses:    NONE.

Bottom Line:   
This seatpost has worked extremely well for me. I've thought about upgrading to a Thomson, but I can't justify spending the extra money for just the bling factor. Besides, there's less than 15 grams difference between them.

My Comp model is the same model currently pictured on the Ritchey website. I've never had any issues with Ritchey products - stems, headsets or seatposts. In fact, when I needed a new crown race for my WCS headset, I emailed Ritchey about how much one would cost. They responded by sending me a new one in the mail - priority - two days later. I was shocked. Granted, it's not an expensive part and easily thrown into an envelope, but the personal and prompt attention extended by the Ritchey representative said volumes - great products and great customer service!

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Favorite Trail:   Dry and Fast

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   L.L. Bean Outlet Store

Similar Products Used:   Cheap Kalloy

Bike Setup:   Specialized Rockhopper - upgrades on everything (literally) but the frame.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Jorgex from Almada, Portugal

Date Reviewed: September 14, 2006

Strengths:    -none

Weaknesses:    -only one screw(instead of two screw system adjustment)
-not CNC


Bottom Line:   
I asked my LBS(in 2003 or 2004) for the cheapest seatpost that fitted my "new" giant'92 frame and the answer was Ritchey.

Nothing special, it does the job and if you like it with one screw adjustment then don't look further.

Personally i hate it but it's an essencial piece for mountain biking.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   former LBS

Similar Products Used:   seatpost that came with scott yecora back in 1997 or 1998

Bike Setup:   Giant escaper'92 (hardtail), Manitou Axel 100mm(oem),Hope M4 disc brake, Raceface Atlas, TimeAttack pedals...

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Don a Cross Country Rider from TN

Date Reviewed: December 27, 2005

Strengths:    Light, came with bike, matte finish looks good

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
I got this stock with the F800 SL, so no real decision in the choice. Decided to give it a try and haven’t been sorry. I ride XC mostly with some rock gardens and single track. I’m a light rider, weight in at 170, but have taken a few hard hits on this post. I’ve trashed the junk alloy posts that came with the Spesh (2 to date replaced under warranty). The reviews for this product all talk about the seat clamp coming loose or getting stripped. Sounds like a little routine maint is needed before rides (Though I’ve never had to tighten the clamp)! Anyways, if you like sick drops, jumps or weight 220+ this probably isn’t the post for you (try a Thompson). Otherwise give it a try for the price. I give it 4 chilies each.

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Favorite Trail:   Any fast flowing single track

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Local bike shop

Similar Products Used:   Specialized alloy, 27.2mm x350mm, Alloy 30.9mmx300/350mm, micro adjust, ThudBusterII

Bike Setup:   03 Cannondale F800 SL Time Attack pedals (stock), 99 Jamis Explorer (Thompson post and stem, Fizik saddle, Time Attack pedals)Fox fork XT crank and BB etc, ect, 03 Specialized Hard Rock Pro (stock mostly) Time Attack pedals

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Mike Sanders a Racer from Lincoln, NE, USA

Date Reviewed: August 10, 2005

Strengths:    Fairly light, looks pretty trick

Weaknesses:    Poor clamping mechanism, creaks,

Bottom Line:   
I bought this not wanting to invest $100 or so in a carbon post. You get what you pay for. After first installing it my saddle wouldn't stay put. It's done okay since I cranked down on the bolts. Looks like it was stamped, painted then packaged for sale. No finishing, but then it is a low-cost stem. Lately it's been creaking on me so I've had enough. I'm now spending the bucks to upgrade to a FSA, Thompson or Easton that I won't have to worry about.

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Favorite Trail:   Peaks trail - Breckenridge CO

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $29.00

Purchased At:   Performance Bike

Similar Products Used:   Shimano, Thompson


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Steve a Weekend Warrior from Albany, NY

Date Reviewed: June 22, 2004

Strengths:    Relatively Cheap, long (400mm)which I needed since I am tall.

Weaknesses:    I've ridden it roughly 2.5 months and its already got a slight bend to it. I suppose its heavy.

Bottom Line:   
I read over these reviews before buying and decided I'd try it out. Now I've ridden it for roughly 2.5 months and its already bent. I am a heavy rider so that plays into things. I had it inserted below the min-insertion point so thats not the issue. I was originally going to get the Thomson Elite but I was hesitant to spend the extra cash, now I have no choice and basically wasted 30 bucks. Again, I am a clyde (220) on a hardtail so factor that in as you see fit.

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Favorite Trail:   Ridge Trail

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Performance Bike.com

Similar Products Used:   first stock post=bent after a year

Bike Setup:   Raleigh M80 Disc

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by El ray a Cross Country Rider from the midwest

Date Reviewed: May 2, 2004

Strengths:    strong enough for me...simple design...good adjustability...not heavy...no slipping or creaking...looks good

Weaknesses:    could prove unfit for fat guys (but what bike parts are?)...it's not light (about 11 ounces/300 grams)

Bottom Line:   
I have yet to experience any slippage or creaking with this post...but if you abuse your bike or if you are in the clydesdale class - look elsewhere. At 140 pounds, I have been nothing but impressed with its performance...

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $10.00

Purchased At:   Nashbar

Bike Setup:   long-travel hardtail

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dan White a Weekend Warrior from College Station, TX

Date Reviewed: September 8, 2003

Strengths:    Reasonably light, decent looking, stupid-cheap

Weaknesses:    Weak angle clamp, lack of stiffness

Bottom Line:   
It's a nice looking piece of equipment, but if you are a relativly heavy rider - or if you put undue stress on your posts don't expect perfection from this post. I weigh 175 lbs and I have to tighten the adjustment bolt so hard to keep the seat from leaning forward that I'm certain I'm going to strip it out pretty soon. Oh ya, and it creaks like an SOB. I guess it's time to blow some money on a decent post.

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Favorite Trail:   Memorial Park in Houston

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $13.00

Purchased At:   PricePoint.com

Similar Products Used:   Titec ALU, Kaloy Uno, some Scott OEM post

Bike Setup:   Weyless Ultra frame, Deore Disc/Mavic F519 wheels, Pretty much vanilla LX and RaceFace setup...

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Chad a Weekend Warrior from Newberry, SC

Date Reviewed: June 2, 2003

Strengths:    It came with the bike

Weaknesses:    Screw clamp stripped out the hole for mounting. Hard to adjust.

Bottom Line:   
The screw hole stripped after a moderate wreck here in the flatlands. Really cheap design which makes adjustments hard. Upgrade immediately unless you like your jewels twisted. I've taken the Syncros through 10 times the rides (with 10 times the wrecks at 10 times the impact forces) and had no problems.

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Favorite Trail:   Lynches Woods

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Came with bike

Similar Products Used:   Syncros

Bike Setup:   Stumpy Hardtail; Syncros seat post; Answer Carbon Bars; the rest is stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by fluffster a Cross Country Rider from Belgium

Date Reviewed: January 9, 2003

Strengths:    Cheap, looks good

Weaknesses:    None...

Bottom Line:   
There was a coda suspension post on my bike, since I didn't trust it, I had my lbs swap it with this Ritchey post. It holds the seat and stays in place. It's a seatpost... There isn't a lot more you could expect from it.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Jowan Kluisbergen

Similar Products Used:   Planet X (very long, very strong) on my PX Rad
Thomson on my Giant tcr


Bike Setup:   C'dale F2000SX, XTR/XT/Magura...

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