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USE XCR Seatpost

4.03/5 (106 Reviews)
MSRP : $140.00


Product Description

The USE XCR Suspension Seatpost comes with the SUMO clamp. With chunky looks and burley design in a super strong package, the SUMO XCR seat post is engineered to take a pounding and go the distance. The highly acclaimed, quick fitting, simple to adjust clamp design ensures the perfect saddle position.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Dennis Hicking a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: August 20, 2012

Strengths:    Saddle clamp greatly improved over earlier versions

Weaknesses:    Manufacturing defect made this seatpost useless.
U.S.E customer failed to respond.


Bottom Line:   
This is my third U.S.E. suspension seatpost. The first (1998) worked well enough, but needed service at least once a week - real pain. After a few years I bought a second (a much improved model) and that worked much better - needing service only a few times per season. It was always smooth, and lasted seven years of riding 4-6 times a week.
With such good luck I then bought the XCR Sumo Aluminum expecting it to be as good.
First, I found the promised travel fell short due to the protective vinyl accordion gaitor reaching stack height before full compression and so limiting the travel of the seatpost. Second, after one month stiction became an increasing problem. Inspecting the inside of the outer tube I found a burr at the bottom end of both keyway slots had destroyed the lower bushing on the sliding post. Too late to return the item I emailed U.S.E. and a month later have not heard from them. Here in the U.S. it seems there is no phone number to call as they have in the U.K.
I replaced the lower bushing after removing the burrs and still have problems with stiction. At this point the seatpost is unusable. Too bad - for one month this was great. A lot of $$ for a short product life. Apparently there is no QC at U.S.E.

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Duration Product Used:   6 weeks

Bike Setup:   Specialized hardtail

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by SVO a Cross Country Rider from CO, USA

Date Reviewed: August 31, 2011

Strengths:    Takes the edge off rocky trails. No fuss. Not bouncy. Not obvious it even has suspension at a glance. Nice clamp.

Weaknesses:    Saddle fore-aft position important- if your bike does not fit well with zero setback post your center of gravity will not be in-line with post action and likely will reduce performance & durability.

Bottom Line:   
Turn any hardtail into a softail- a TUNABLE one at that. Mix & match spring kits to get it in the Goldilocks zone. Note that if you ride hilly, rocky terrain like I do, and downhills are off the saddle and little is flat, you may want it somewhat softer than recommended for your weight. USE recs assume most of your weight on your ass, as opposed to your feet while climbing, and climbing is 80% of my in-saddle time. FYI.

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Favorite Trail:   Picture Rock

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $130.00

Purchased At:   Wiggle

Similar Products Used:   thudbuster

Bike Setup:   Custom Ti 29er 1x8 (summer) and SS (winter). Bling, light.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mojo Man a Racer from Hamburg, N.Y. Erie

Date Reviewed: August 27, 2011

Strengths:    Bling, carbon, does what it's supposed to do, dosen't look like a suspenion post

Weaknesses:    none yet

Bottom Line:   
After riding a full cush 5 ½ inch travel DW link carbon bike for 3 years, I built up a Ti 29 SS to see what the hype was about. Having a sensitive back at times and feeling the pain while spinning, I was a little worried about going HT and SS. I felt I would welcome something that would take the bite out of the hard tail ride.

I ordered the Thudbuster but just couldn’t get over the looks, then did many moons of research on posts. I almost bought the gas nitrogen unit but I couldn’t get over the weight. Then I came across this trick looking carbon wrapped elastomer unit, hey why not, anything is better than a solid post.

After riding with it, racing with it and training with it, I would have to say, I’d buy one again in a heartbeat and if I ever get into road bikes, I’d put one on that too.

Seems to be well made, doesn’t rotate, quiet, smooth and takes a beating and I wash my bike every time I ride it.

Not that I’m in the saddle 80 % of the time, but when I’m in, it works great, and I ride over some nasty roots at racing speeds. If you are looking to replace the cush of a rear suspension rig than I don’t think you will be pleased. It you like the efficiency and snappiness of a HT than you will love this thing. Some of the reviews about a pogo ride are bogus, if so, get off your ass and hammer, you’re riding a mtn bike not spinning on a road bike.

Oh, one more thing, all I want to do is ride is my SS, the hell with the rear suspension and gears.

Mojo

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Favorite Trail:   Da Brook

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   Cambria

Similar Products Used:   Thudbuster

Bike Setup:   Lynskey Ridgeline SS setup, best of everything

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Muddy Mudskipper a Cross Country Rider from Los Angeles, CA USA

Date Reviewed: April 6, 2011

Strengths:    Solid, lightweight, subtle suspension for hardtails

Weaknesses:    seat mount prone to losening

Bottom Line:   
I have two bikes outfitted with these and I'm working on my 3rd. For my money, this is the best suspension seat post currently on the market. It works dependably well and made a difference in my endurance as soon as I installed it. Later, when my wife got her bike, we added one to hers and she also felt like it made a difference. It's no springy or bouncy and you won't scream, "hey, it's like riding on a cloud!" but it is effective at dampening impact without sapping power or control. I do notice that my seat comes lose occasionally but that's why you carry an allen wrench, right? Both of these are Carbon Sumo XCR models. I really notice the difference on my back-up bike even on short rides and I'll be ordering my 3rd when budget allows. By the way, don't forget your seat post shim!

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Favorite Trail:   Sycamore Canyon

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $125.00

Purchased At:   Cambria Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale,

Bike Setup:   Bike 1: 2010 Cannondale Trail SL 29'er 4. Bike 2: Specialized Rockhopper Comp 29'er

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by blitzrider a Cross Country Rider from Loveland, CO U.S.

Date Reviewed: November 6, 2010

Strengths:    Light for a susp. seatpost. Appearance doesn't get attn. like Thudbuster. Guts are interchangeable.


Weaknesses:    Seat mounting system is somewhat difficult to adjust.
Cost is a little high, but it's worth it for the quality.


Bottom Line:   
I wanted a seatpost to smooth out the trail a bit, mostly to save my bike from 210 lbs bouncing on the rear wheel with no give. I was breaking spokes before I put this seatpost on, but none after. U.S.E. makes a great product with different stiffnesses. Still works perfectly after 2 yrs. and about 1500 miles.

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Favorite Trail:   Devil's Backbone

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   Cambria

Bike Setup:   95' Barracuda, alu, hardtail

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by sbmac a Weekend Warrior from Huntington NY USA

Date Reviewed: January 2, 2010

Strengths:    Solid, well made, adjustable pre-load that really works. Lighter than others

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
This is so well engineered...absorbs the small med bangs without the bounce or backward motion of the Thudbuster. You don't even know it's working it's so smooth and subtle. My hardtail still rides the way it should, I just don't feel banged up after a long ride. I can stay in the saddle over small roots and rocks.

Well engineered, good customer support.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $125.00

Similar Products Used:   Both thudbuster models

Bike Setup:   GF Paragon 29er

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by sbmac a Weekend Warrior from Huntington NY

Date Reviewed: October 19, 2009

Strengths:    Light for a suspension post, silent, no lateral movement, smooth subtle suspension



Weaknesses:    None that I can see

Bottom Line:   
This is a great seatpost. It doesn't bounce up and down in a bad way, but moves just enough to soften the small bumps in the trail. Smooth and appropriate. I don't feel any loss in pedal power or efficiency. The thudbuster moved much more, and I wasn't pleased with the back and forth rotation of the unit. It also "bounced more on the aftershock".
The U.S.E Sumo XCR has a really nice elegant mounting system as well. No troubles. A sublte, well designed suspension post that takes out the "hard" in hardtail without taking away the hardtail handling.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $120.00

Purchased At:   Wiggle UK

Similar Products Used:   Thudbuster SL and LT

Bike Setup:   Fisher Paragon

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Pedela a Weekend Warrior from Lyttelton, New Zealand

Date Reviewed: September 2, 2009

Strengths:    Lightish for a suspension post, surprisingly plush when dialled, strong clamp, well built, rebuildable

Weaknesses:    Heavyish for a seatpost, limited travel, bronze colour

Bottom Line:   
This review really compares the USE Sumo with the Cane Creek Thudbuster, which I reviewed separately a couple years back.

Weight - lighter than CC

Looks - almost normal; the CC has no cred & other riders laugh. Wish I'd got the black bcoz the silver is actually a weird bronze colour (black wasn't on discount)

Performance - would initially have said it's much less plush than the Thudbuster. I'm 80kg and got the firm set-up. Then I purchased a softer spring/bumper set and tuned with a mix of firmer and softer to get a softer initial response and a firmer end to avoid bottoming - now it feels almost as good as the Cane Creek despite less travel. I feel USE's recommendations are a little on the firm side. One other thing - I was getting some chafing on longer rides (over 2-3 hrs) with the Cane Creek that I'm not getting with the USE & I believe that's because the Cane Creeks fore/aft action rubs the sit bone area a little more than the up/down of the USE (maybe!) Finally, the Cane Creek occasionally has an Ejector Seat moment with certain sized/shaped bumps (no damping on either, see) whereas the USE seems less prone to bottom rocketing.

Engineering & Build - Both are quality components. The USE is rebuildable with a kit but when the CC pivots slog out thats it. However, after abt 5 years of use the Thudbuster has only got a tiny amount of play. The post shaft on the Thudbuster is glossy and has slipped down in some frames, needing a supertorque on the post clamp - the USE is like a Thomson, it never shifts.

Both of these posts allow me to sit and spin more comfortably through small bumps on a hardtail. The Cane Creek is slightly heavier & plusher while the USE is slightly lighter and racier. I prefer the USE Sumo just a little.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Chainreaction on spe

Similar Products Used:   Cane Creek Thudbuster LT

Bike Setup:   I only use these suspension posts on hardtail singlespeeds for flat but bumpy singletrack - wanna race a hardtail then use a light rigid post, wanna ride serious mountain trails then get a good suspension bike

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bikefx a Cross Country Rider from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: April 19, 2009

Strengths:    ***Carbon model reviewed***
* Excellent suspension action. Super smooth, reliable, very durable from warm 30C to -35C stormy Canadian weather. No joke, it still worked equally good in cold as in warm.
*Very light. Probably the lightest suspension seatpost for its travel (2ish inches).
*Very clever and cool head/clamp.
*Adjustable
*Negligible service: tighten ring seldomly and maybe lube it.
*Fact that it's carbon! Very few carbon suspension seatposts.


Weaknesses:    Head isn't easiest to re-assemble after disassembling for re-installing a new seat or if u accidentally let it fall off while adjusting it.

Bottom Line:   
Excellent and rare product. Excellent quality in all respects. Clever and elegant design. Proven and well-reviewed, reputable brand and product. Worth well over $100US. The best of its kind.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $75.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Other inexpensive ones.

Bike Setup:   Norco VFR5 "performance hybrid"

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Marcus E Spector a Cross Country Rider from Lakeland

Date Reviewed: December 3, 2008

Strengths:    It works well

Weaknesses:    Saddle clamp fixing setup cumbersome, must use loctite and really tighten bolt.

Bottom Line:   
This is a far superior seatpost to the others I've used, it dampens bumps like it should and operates quietly. You can stay seated on many parts of the trail like a full suspension bike. However in root infested sections you gonna have to stand more than with a full suspension setup.

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Favorite Trail:   Carter road

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $120.00

Similar Products Used:   Cane Creek, White Bros., Nashbar

Bike Setup:   Paragon 29er

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by SuperbMan a Cross Country Rider from The Wooded Hills of Western, MA

Date Reviewed: October 5, 2008

Strengths:    It works very subtle but adds comfort to a long H-Tail ride. Made in England.

Weaknesses:    Hard to find, very tight tolerance on 27.2 seat tubes (probably to counteract the suspension motion).

Bottom Line:   
I was trepidatious about using a suspension seatpost, but this product has delivered it is: 1. Nice Looking (doesn't look like a frankenstein bike part like the Thudbuster)-2. Subtle, it's not rear suspension, it adds a little extra comfort that forestalls early body fatigue on long rides for us Hard Tail lovers. 3. Uncomplicated and easy to set up. All in all, a very good product.

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Favorite Trail:   The Hannah Swarton

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $130.00

Similar Products Used:   Thudbuster

Bike Setup:   Sinister Ridge-built xc burly

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Joey a Racer from UK

Date Reviewed: June 22, 2007

Strengths:    Makes the hard tail like a full-suss on single-tracka and Fire trails. Only really notice that not hard tail when you hit big stuff

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
Grrrrrrrrreeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Bike Setup:   Kona Kula Primo

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Hanu a Cross Country Rider from Canada

Date Reviewed: June 2, 2007

Strengths:    It's still stiction free after 5000 miles of bikepath/downhill/x-country.
I've never had to change anything on it.


Weaknesses:    The clamps system is not easy to set-up. It's not a problem after you finally get it though.

Bottom Line:   
This seatpost is still stiction free after over 7 years/5000 miles of use on bikepaths/downhill/x-country.
Highly recommended!!

I actually posted this in the SX review by accident, so disregard that review for the SX.

HOWEVER... We did get my wife a USE SX seatpoost since I'm so happy with my XCR, and it's working very well!
She can't get over the difference between her original setup on her Trek 4500 and the SX seatpost mated to a Specialized Indie seat.
Highly recommended as well.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $125.00

Purchased At:   Pricepoint

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   1998 Trek 8000 with SRAM X9 drivetrain and Bontrager Race Lite crankset. Marzocchi Z2 fork bought in 1990 (along with the XCR) and still going strong.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by RK a Cross Country Rider from Wilmington NC USA

Date Reviewed: April 13, 2006

Strengths:    Provides just enough bump and buzz kill to be useful without being a springy annoyance. Lightest on the market and an acceptable weight even for a road bike if it means you keep moving instead of taking a break to sooth you weary bum.

Weaknesses:    Bolts are one weakness. Need to buy separate spring/elastomer set if you don't happen to weigh just right for the medium spring set that comes with it. You need to add this to the price noted above plus shipping.

Bottom Line:   
I suppose I am pushing my luck running this post for around five years now, I would guess. It has not seen drastic off road use, but still, this is a long time for any product like this to survive on the root filled trails that I normally ride. I have even used it on my Bianchi road bike and am considering buying another one just for that bike. The only problem, other than pain in the annoying clamp set up, was broken bolts while riding in my yard. I hope USE has taken all of the comments on this review to heart, since most seem to center on only two real issues. I would/will buy this product again, despite the bolt problem and despite the need to turn around ard invest in spring upgrades. Buy it if you need a little extra plush but balk at full suspention; don't buy it if your not willing to spend time making it right for you and your intended use.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $139.00

Purchased At:   Nashbar

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Old Trek Hardtail with lots and lots of upgrades

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by solo rider from san diego

Date Reviewed: April 7, 2006

Strengths:    Light

Weaknesses:    Durability, suspension action, head design

Bottom Line:   
The bottom line is avoid this post. The suspension action is aweful and mine broke after less than 3 months of use. Regardless of tuning options, the post barely moved under my 150lbs. I went with a Rock Shox post after using the USE and it is infintely better.

Don't waste your money on the USE.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox post


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