a Cross Country Rider
from boise, ID USA
Date Reviewed: September 6, 2004
Absolute junk. Seat kept slipping. I had to tighten it so tight I needed to cut the seatpost from the seat with an angle grinder to liberate the seat. The design is just fundamentally flawed. I can't recommend this seatpost to anyone. See the list above. I have owned a seatpost from many many manufacturers and I can say without hesitation this is the worst seatpost EVER. There are plenty of other posts in this price range that are far superior. If someone gave it to you for your kid's ride that might be acceptable, but I can't think of any other use for this seatpost.
Similar Products Used: kore,weyless,thomson,ringle,kalloy,synchros,icon, bontrager, probably more- I just can't remember 'em all.
Bike Setup: Giant VT2
a Weekend Warrior
from Santa Barbara
Date Reviewed: February 13, 2004
Strengths: Length, price
Weaknesses: eventually bends
If you're buyin' this, it's 'cause it's cheap & long. It is cheap & I have had three over the years. I weigh 220 & ride tech singletrack w/drops & all. I also have a frame size a tad small for me so I need an extra long post, but I drop the post for the DH.
The deal is that this post is made of soft 6000 series aluminum. It is not machined or anything. It works, but it will bend over time if you smash into it. I have made my last one last about a year, but chrome colored one I had before it bent in a couple of months. I do ride it close to its maximum extension most of the time so....hey, I can go through four before I expend as much as a chi-chi post.
Guess what....I just ordered a Thompson layback 410mm (I like looks, rep & it hopefully it will be worth $ over time)!
When you gotta have a long seatpost now for cheap, this is your dog.
Weaknesses: Intermittent creaking - sometimes very loud and other times absolutely silent for a number of rides...
This has been a decent post for me. Nothing to write home about, but no real complaints other than the squeaking (in the saddle, climbing steeper grades, otherwise quiet and sometimes is silent for days - even on the climbs... Hmmmm... I weighed anywhere from 180 to close to 200 while I have owned this post (5 years). The creaking has not ever been enough of a problem to seriously consider replacing the thing, but I likely wouldn't buy one, with companies like Thomson and Synchros, etc... making nice posts for a reasonable expense.
OK for a cross-country or trail rider who is not too heavy, and doesn't thrash equipment
Strengths: Strong Holds the seat in place Simple one piece design
Weaknesses: Not the lightest Not very adjustable
Came stock with my bike , like everyone else here.I have used this seatpost for the last 5 years with no problems at all. I read all the reviews here and wonder if it really is the same product we are talking about. For me it does the job perfectly.
Ian (in London)
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: January 28, 2003
Strengths: Fills a 30.9mm hole (great idea!!) in the frame, bent so easily when I landed on it that my nuts took less of a pounding than one might expect. Marginal improvement over standing up all day.
Weaknesses: Weight, strength, noise (christ this thing creaks), bolt design, lack of adjustment, doesn't hold the tilt angle, graphics, made by Kalloy.
This post holds the seat. Long enough for you to buy the bike. Cheaper to buy the FSR with bits rather than just the frame. And you get some XT mechs, bits, etc thrown in.
And you get this seatpost. Which is awful. Slips, creaks, but at least it bent so easily that it saved my nuts!
Purchased At: stock on the FSR XC like everyone else.....no one bought one, right?!
Similar Products Used: Numerous. They are seat posts. They do nothing. I have never ever replaced one before. What the hell can go wrong with a seatpost? It's a stick and a bolt!!
Bike Setup: FSR XC Pro, BETD, FOX Vanilla, XTR/FSA/King bits. Nice generally. Still has (as it's a 30.9mm and they are a bit thin on the ground over here) this damn post, until I find a Thompson.
a Cross Country Rider
from Northville, Mi, USA
Date Reviewed: November 11, 2002
Weaknesses: Clamp Slips, I think smooth layback design is a bad idea.
I bought this bike trought my work in the spring of 2002 and the seatpost came on it, I didn't really like it after my first couple of rides it started squeking and I tightened it up, i was rideing to a trail near my house and dropped down a 6" curb and my seat popped back
Purchased At: With My 01SJ FSRxc Comp From T+C Bikes
Similar Products Used: None this bad
Bike Setup: Mostly stock 2001 Specialized StumoJumper FSRxc Comp, changed tires to Hutch Mosqitoes, then Spec. Master and Control. Specialized Master and Control tires work GREAT!
a Weekend Warrior
from Walpole, Ma USA
Date Reviewed: October 8, 2002
Weaknesses: Clamp bolt doesn't hold the tilt angle.
I built this bike from scratch and the seat post came with the frame. I rode the bike once and everything was fine. On the second ride, the seat suddenly was pointing up at a very uncomfortable angle. I reset the angle 3 more times during the ride. The only way to keep the seat from slipping is to torque the bolt using "military torque" (As tight as you can get it plus three quarters of a turn). After "tourquing" on the bolt, the seat no longer slips. I just ordered another seatpost (a Syncros) because it has a 2 bolt seat clamp/micro-adjust.
Save your money, buy a different post, and if it came with your bike, see if your LBS can swap it for you.
Bike Setup: Craftworks FRM125, Marzocchi Z1CR @ 5", Race Face BB, Truvativ Stylo team cranks (22,32, bash ring), XTR rear, LX front, XT Disk Hubs, Magura Louise 6" Disks.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: August 20, 2002
Weaknesses: It takes forever to adjust saddle tilt and when you are done the saddle will only hold it's position until you hit the first obstacle. I've bent mine to the shape of a banana. It's the 30.9 version!!!
Don't buy it. You can get a much better seatpost for a little more money.
The only reason I haven't replaced it yet is that I don't have the dough yet. The silly curved top just won't stay put. My anatomy is displeased about this. Simple job, really, holding up a saddle. . .
Well I don't know what you people do with xc bikes. I am not light and I ride rough trails badly so the seatpost gets battered and it just sits there, not moving. I've just cut a chunk off so I can get it lower on the dowmhills so I'll let you know if I end up eating these words.
Weaknesses: difficult to level and tighten, can't hold its freakin' position
some toerag SOB stole the seatpost and saddle that came with my bike last week, so I had to get a replacement
the guy at evans said this was a good post, so i trusted him, and hey, it's not expensive
this post is an utter POS, and man, on my first two rides, at the slightest roadbump, the seat clamp jumps up and BOSH! i start singing with a high-pitched voice
so i waste 10 minutes trying to level the damned thing again - almost impossible to get precise btw - and I tighten the bolt as hard as I can and get back on - OK for a few minutes, then, hit a slight bump, then BOSH! the saddle's moving again!! aaargh!
look, i'm just a commuter, not some hardcore MTB psycho, but this stick is only good for one thing - ramming up the jacksie of the lowdown crack addict who stole my seatpost in the first place
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