Strengths: Good clamp design allows for a lot of seat positions that don't slip. Made in a lot of obscure sizes. And the price.
Weaknesses: WEAK! The aluminum post cracked at the top where the clamp inserts.
This post cracked at the top where the clamp inserts into the aluminum post. About a 1 inch vertical crack straight down from the top. The clamp assembly hasn't started to loosen from the post yet, but I'm not waiting for this to happen. Straight to the trash.
The best part is that it did this under my wife's 120lb butt. Granted, her bike is a hardtail, but it hasn't seen a drop bigger than riding over the curb, and she only spends about a quarter of the time off road. For this thing to fail under these conditions is ridiculous. The $10 Tahoma post she originally had held up just fine for 2 years, too bad it was just too short. 120 lbs!!
I wouldn't put this post on a child's bike. Next time I'm just sacking up and buying a Thomson.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: October 20, 2006
Strengths: seat doesn't slip even a little and the one I have has held up well on my Single Speed. They make them in hard to find sizes.
Weaknesses: Apparently the narrower versions have strength issues.
I would like to clarify that I am writing a review for two of them used on two different bikes. The one on the Single Speed Fisher is bomber! I have been happy with it in every way. I used to have a Thomson on that bike and have not noted the difference. This one was a silver shot peened 31.6 x 350mm
The second failed miserably. It was on my father's Caldera and was a 26.8 x 300mm. This one was not shot peened and had a black finish. The shaft snapped right below the clamp junction.
Judge for yourself on this one. I ride mine hard on a fully rigid SS. My father rides less intense stuff but weighs in at 200 and takes most of his bumps seated. Old roadie habit I guess.
Bike Setup: Gary Fisher Single Speed. Kona Caldera
from Roseville, MN. USA
Date Reviewed: February 7, 2004
Strengths: Relibable, Strong, Stiff enough for only 26.8 Very micro adjustable (as opposed to splined head, which gives a few degrees per spline) Keeps adjustment if saddle is changed (by leaving front bolt on)
Weaknesses: Rear bolt is too long (poked my Aliante until I cut it down) Hard to install saddle in the first place Not real light
Came stock on my bike. It has served me well enough for the few years I've ridden it. Never slipped, tilted, loosened up or made a peep, despite numerous crashes and a hard year of racing last year. It just did its thing and I forgot about it until it came time to get a lighter one. I can't give it a perfect score, since I had to cut the bolt to make room for the undercut in the middle of my Aliante saddle, and it's a bit of a pain in the rear to install the seat in the first place. Otherwise performed admirably, especially compared to ritchey and bontrager splined posts I've used.
I just upgraded to the Carbolite for weight savings and carbon feel. Otherwise the post has served me well enough.
Bike Setup: Serotta CST soft tail, XTR, Hayes, SID
from moss beach
Date Reviewed: February 12, 2002
Strengths: they has a 26.6 for my old bonty frame. looks the part. light
Weaknesses: the thumbscrew thing is not a good design, as it is hard to reach. i have the thumscrew down all the way and the nose of the saddle is still up a couple of degrees. that is bad for my nuts. the bolt in the back was only engaging a few threads so i changed that before something bad happend.
even at 10 bucks, a very marginal product. if it bends like everyone else's seems to i'll drop this to one turd.
I wouldn't reccomend this product to anyone, unless they weighed about 80 pounds. I'm about 180 pounds and I broke mine in three yes 3 days or around three and a half hours riding. First it bent then the bolt bent and then during my only race the whole thing fell apart. The front bolt snapped the rear one bent and the post itself bent about 30 degrees. Not good.
I somehow managed to get a little farther than other reviewers before the post bent, but once it went, it really went. After this thing ruined what had been a good day of riding, I went straight out and got a Thomson. I never realized just how much flex I was experiencing until I got a real post. I actually have a hardtail now. I am no longer wasting my energy on my rides. I swear, a good quarter of my power must have gone straight into lower back pain. Much happier now.
Weaknesses: Sometimes it doesn't hold the seat on, the clamp is weak, the bolts are weak, it creaks.
It's a POS. It wasn't a bad deal for $12 used though. I usually drop the seat down as far as it goes so it doesn't really matter. The crappy aluminum nut for the rear bolt got ripped in half and pulled through the clamp. Both of the bolts got bent. The knob is a pain in the ass to turn because you can't get your fingers between the rails and the clamp. I wouldn't get one if it costs more than $15 new. The #1 weakness with it is that it's thicker at the top so if you drop it down in the frame, you also have to adjust the qr to get the right tension. It's a more time consuming process than adjusting a post with the right diameter that's not quick release. I would buy a thomson but I have no money.
Similar Products Used: Many, this is the ultimate bottom of them all
a Cross Country Rider
from Rolla MO
Date Reviewed: January 17, 2001
HOLY POS BATMAN!!! wow, nothing but problems from all these people, maybe titec will get the idea to drop this thing. I mean this was stock on teh frame when i bought ti and i know now that we are dealing with a 2500$ bike i should go up in quality, i am just holding out. After the first bolt bent at the head and they replaced it, it was all down hill. since then in the last 3 months i have managed to take it from true, to 15 degrees off. HOW THE HECK DOES THAT HAPPEN. i mean all of a sudden the damn thing just turned on me, i know i have been riding harder in the last 3 months, btu this is excessive. the most i have done is some dirt jumping and DH stuff, but it should hold up to that. Oh well time to buy something new. DO NOT BUY THIS UNLESS YOU ARE A WEEKEND WARRIOR LOOKING FOR A NICE, NAME BRAND POST. IT IS NOT A GOOD ABUSABLE POST.
Bike Setup: Voodoo FS, Marzzochi Z2, stratos AR1, XT der.,raceface, rhynolite magura hs33, titec seatpost stem and hellbent bar.
a Weekend Warrior
from San Francisco CA
Date Reviewed: January 7, 2001
Strengths: it's a seat post that works, stays in place once adjusted, light
Weaknesses: difficult to adjust initally
As long as your fingers aren't as thick as bratwurst, you can adjust this, though it does work differently than most seatposts so can seem difficult at first. Once its adjusted it works fine- very stable. I think a few of these guys never set it up right.
a Cross Country Rider
from Ontario, Canada
Date Reviewed: November 17, 2000
Strengths: Strong, pimpin' looks.
Weaknesses: The head design sucks because the knob is too high in the saddle, but it is very strong. The anodization scratches easily.
The reviewers below must be the worst mechanics on the planet. Sure, it's hard to turn the adjuster knob by hand, which is why you use an ALLEN KEY on the other end. To keep the clamp from bending and creaking, tighten both bolts snugly once the saddle's at the right angle. Don't just leave them loose! Also, if it still creaks, it's the seat rails. Apply a little spray lube onto the surface of the rails and reinstall it. I admit the adjuster knob is high enough for the seat to bottom onto it. However, for 2001, Titec designed a new clamp to fix this. I have no idea how people have bent the shaft itself. Maybe they used it above the limit line. I weigh 150lbs., use a Titec Berserkr saddle, and ride every bit as hard as the reviewers below. And Canadian trails can get rather rough. Really, if you're not a good enough mechanic to know how to properly install a SEAT POST, then sell your bike and take up golf!
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: September 5, 2000
Strengths: absolutely none
Weaknesses: cheap piece of S**T bends bolts strip horrible design refuse to WARRANTY
the bottom line is that if i could give this piece of junk 0 pieces of s**T i would. i went jumping for one day actually the first day and bent it i didnt even land hard on it i overshot a superman and took a little shot and i only weigh 125 lbs and then i rode it bent cause i didnt care and i was riding a street obstacle and i bumped it a bit and that piece of junk bolt stripped then i made the mistake of buying another titec post and it just broke i hate titec and i hope they know it ps the only reason im putting stars is cause if i dont they wont let me put this review on
Bike Setup: azonic ds-1,x-vert(best jumping fork ever) azonic stem, crowbar,rhino lite tcb,north shore etc beast
a Cross Country Rider
from barcelona, alella, spain
Date Reviewed: July 22, 2000
Strengths: Absolutely none.
Weaknesses: Absolutely everything.
I'm still trying to figure out how such a dismal piece of crap can be approved for manufacture and later be sold as standard equip. on $1500-plus bikes. What the hell is wrong with Titec for ever putting the front clamp finger-bolt on this thing? It is impossible to adjust with even medium to medium-small sized fingers, and even if you do get it adjusted, it comes loose after a half-hour in the saddle. This morning, I came down a fire road with some jumps built into it. Caught at most a foot of air on one, came down and bounced my butt on the seat a bit, and the front clamp bolt stripped right out of the post...had to ride home with no seat. Thanks a lot Titec, for your schlock design and quality. Every part I've ever owned with your name on it has malfunctioned in some way. And that's why the Titec name will never again adorn any part of my bike.