X-Lite Matrix XLR Series Cross Country Seatpost

2.12/5 (17 Reviews)
Weight : N/A MSRP : $113.00


Product Description

The ultimate XC seat post from X-Lite. Constructed using an ultra lightweight aerospace alloy matrix tube with a lightweight billet CNC machined head and titanium bolts. Full 27mm layback with infinite angle adjustability. Clamp wedges have two widely spaced pinch bolts for powerful outboard clamping. Post color: Borinium.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by sashbike30s a Weekend Warrior from London

Date Reviewed: October 24, 2010

Strengths:    Does it have any? OK it looks ok and you've guessed it its light which is why i wanted it..

Weaknesses:    Yep i read mountain biking uk, wanted something light and I stupidly believed their 9\10 super review!! First i got steel bolts with mine aswell when they were ment to be Titanium???? Next the plastic frame fitter bit had to be swoped for a new alloy one which cost me extra but basicly does hold it from slip but then ofcourse the 2 bolt seatclamp slips n creaks badly=griptape helped me but it just shows there aint enough hold on the rails n its a bad design!!!!!!!! Mountainbike UK might be read but don't rely on any review obviously!!! I've never wanted DMR things in my life but yeah im sure their crap aswell whatever Mountainbike uk might say!! I think Dmr should Stop copying acting as gayhaircut school boys and Ride a proper bmx if you wana dirt jump and then you might understand!!!

Bottom Line:   
Looks ok but its total crap like most of the stuff out there i see everyday!!!!!! Hopetech you ain't that perfect either=everthing is cnc'd so sharp=BBs,levers?? your colourings dont mix too?? Just cos your British don't mean S't to me!!!! Are u just old men who ride foldups with Boris johnson????

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Favorite Trail:   London

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $100000.00

Purchased At:   UK

Similar Products Used:   Shimano dura-ace, Thomson, etc etc

Bike Setup:   Justin Burls titanium custom design 24"wheel bmx type cruiser=6 speed n bmx steering n F1 bombshell rigid racing fork... And MTBs or BMXs

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Ned a Cross Country Rider from Australia

Date Reviewed: June 9, 2007

Strengths:    It's light

Weaknesses:    Lousey design clamp renders this almost useless. No strength in the shaft so it snaps where it joins your frame. The 5 year warranty is a joke. No matter what you say these blokes reckon its your fault.

Bottom Line:   
This post has got to go down in history as one of the worst on record. The clamp is pathetic alright.
I can't recollect a post costing so much that is this badly designed.
I'd really like to get a grip of the blokes that put this together and find out just how much they'd had to drink before they tested it.
Should have a health warning on it saying no one over 6 stone should use it and then only ride on smooth tarmac else it snaps like mine did. The 5 year warranty is a waste of time.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   On Line Mail Order

Similar Products Used:   Too many to list here.

Bike Setup:   Giant Trance.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Clint Hunter a Cross Country Rider from Portland.Or

Date Reviewed: March 19, 2007

Strengths:    None

Weaknesses:    Too weak. Mine finally bent but not before so much trouble with the clamp and the post always slipping down the frame.

Bottom Line:   
Just about the worst and saddest post I've ever owned. Expensive junk. The clamp needs a total redesign for it to ever really work properly. And mine did not come with Titanium bolts like it advertised. Seems the bolts had to be tightened so much they would snap so X Lite replaced them with steel which makes the total claimed weight wrong. Post would always slip down in to my frame and after so much clamp trouble the post bent just where it joins the bike frame. Not even interested in getting a warranty replacement its so bad.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Posts from Titec, Thomson, USE, Selcof, RaceFace and Post Moderne.


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Ged Wilcocks a Cross Country Rider from Manchester U.K

Date Reviewed: February 10, 2007

Strengths:    Light

Weaknesses:    Crazy idea for a clamp the just can't work.
I don't think that the post sizes are accurate. Even with the right X-Lite shim the post likes to move down into my frame.


Bottom Line:   
I live in Britain and I can tell you that only a British Company can produce such trash as this, charge the Earth and get away with it. There seems to be a culture in Britain that says the more you pay for something the better it's got to be.... this is X-Lite seatpost is an item that underlines the stupidity of that view. And the warranty, when I complained to X-Lite...they are just like Hope..the reply is "problem...what problem", ......Total trash.

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Favorite Trail:   The Marin

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Chain Reaction


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by David Sutherland from Alberta, Canada

Date Reviewed: February 5, 2007

Strengths:    None other than feather weight.

Weaknesses:    Lousey design means frustration and problems. Darn Expensive. Clamp is rubbish to use and to hold a saddle (...kind of amazing in a seatpost) , post always creaks and the legendary post slip, slip, slip.

Bottom Line:   
Avoid this post.
If someone gives you this post as a present or if you inadvertently receive it in the post...Do No Open it! Take the box and immediately place it in the garbage disposal!!

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by J.T. a Weekend Warrior from Seattle,CA

Date Reviewed: February 3, 2007

Strengths:    Light

Weaknesses:    Hopeless seat clamp. Impossible to stop it slipping into the frame.

Bottom Line:   
Wow...this could be the worst seatpost I have ever had.
Slips down the seat-tube no matter how well the shim fits. The post has a very smooth finish...WHY? You end up with having to re-adjust the seatpost height every 15 mins.
The clamp is a real work of stupidity, need a mallet to get the saddle into it. The extensive warranty is worthless. Email X-Lite and the answer is that it aint their fault. Rubbish post! Mine is in with the garbage. I would give it no chillis if I could.

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Favorite Trail:   Skeggs

Duration Product Used:   2 Years


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Gary O'Brien a Weekend Warrior from Ireland

Date Reviewed: January 30, 2007

Strengths:    Its light and I got it cheap.

Weaknesses:    Clamp is rubbish, the post creaks like an old man-'o-war. It slides gradually down in its shim. You have to buy a shim to get it to fit your frame on top of the cost of the post.

Bottom Line:   
This is one NOT TO BUY.
I got it cheap...like half price but its still one pain to get the saddle in. Nothing about the post gives me any confidence and I have had to tighten up the clamp bolts more tham I should have to. It slides down the shim because the post has a glass like finish to it. Its sooo British...like Hope and Pace stuff, looks great just doesn't work properly.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Chain Reaction


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Bill Windsor a Cross Country Rider from N.W.England

Date Reviewed: January 29, 2007

Strengths:    Light

Weaknesses:    Lousey clamp design. Polished shaft means that the post moves in its shim.

Bottom Line:   
This is one of the worst posts that I have ever used. I quite literally put it in the bin today after endless years of trouble. I only put up with it because it was so expensive. The clamp assembly beggars belief...what was the designer thinking of??? The post is a polished finish and everyone knows you need a bead on gnarled finish to stop the post from slipping down. Absolute trash!!!!!!!! Not even worth 1 chilli.

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Favorite Trail:   The Marin Trail

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   So So Many


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Robin Walters a Weekend Warrior from U.K

Date Reviewed: December 5, 2006

Strengths:    Light.

Weaknesses:    Poor clamp design means that holding the saddle tightly is a challenge.
The post is too smooth and always creeps down in its shim.
Expensive.


Bottom Line:   
Poor clamp design means that holding the saddle tightly is a challenge.
The post is too smooth and always creeps down in its shim.
I've always got to lift the post back up to the proper ride height during a ride which really p&%*%s me off. This is an expensive post with all the usual lack of any quality control that is the benchmark of so many British products these days. Expensive but badly thought through.

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Favorite Trail:   Glentress

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Bike Setup:   Marin Rift Zone

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Tony Edmonds a Cross Country Rider from U.K

Date Reviewed: September 27, 2006

Strengths:    Looks nice and has a good finish.
Certainly one of the lightest seatposts that I have tried.


Weaknesses:    The clamp assembly is a poor design and requires such a lot of tightness on the 2 bolts to hold it in place. It does not inspire confidence and creaks too. Expensive!

Bottom Line:   
I have dumped this post as I lost my confidence in it. It always slipped until I washed all the parts in metholated spirits and tightened the bolts to way past the recommended torque settings. And even then I felt nervous about using too much layback on the saddle...which is one of the reasons why I chose this post. Not recommendable at all.

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Favorite Trail:   The Marin Trail

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $160.00

Purchased At:   Winstanleys Mail Order

Similar Products Used:   Thompson, USE, Ritchey, Shimano XTR, Syncros and Kalloy

Bike Setup:   Specialized 2002 FSR

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Joe a Weekend Warrior from U.K

Date Reviewed: September 14, 2004

Strengths:    Great looking post. Enormously light. Clamp stays in place.

Weaknesses:    Difficult to set up. Expensive. Creaks.

Bottom Line:   
For a post that costs so much I expected a bomb proof solid post. I can't say that I've had any problems with it but I'm interested to note that other people have noises coming from the post. Noises mean something is wrong. Noises from your car means something is going to break and that's how I feel about this post. I've tightened the bolts but still get theses creaks and tick tock sounds. I've had cheap £15 posts that have been more solid than this . And when you read the magazine "reviews" you get the usual bull about it because they tested it for 2 minutes in the garden.

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Favorite Trail:   Gwydr Forest

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   LBS


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Maz a Weekend Warrior from Boston

Date Reviewed: June 21, 2004

Strengths:    Light and it looks functional.

Weaknesses:    Difficult clamping process and a little too light to have the structural integrity to last.

Bottom Line:   
I am disappointed. The post is light and good looking. It is also expensive. The problem is that I was under the impression that because the Downhill World Champion uses this post that it must be very strong. It's a bit too light to have the strength in the clamp which creaks and ticks. In order to secure my Titanium WTB Saddle I have had to tighten the bolts way passed the recommendation from X-Lite. When you contact the Company you get no reply.
Very unprofessional. There are better posts on the market for around this sort of price like Easton and Race Face.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Similar Products Used:   Race Face, Easton, Shimano XTR post, USE, Selcoff, Thomson, FSA and Kore.

Bike Setup:   Marin Mount Vision. Full XTR. Hope Mono Minis on Mavic XC717 Discs, Easton accessories.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by piergiorgio rizzo a Racer from italy

Date Reviewed: December 11, 2003

Strengths:    lightness ,contruction with metal matrix alloy

Weaknesses:    little expensive

Bottom Line:   
this seatpost is truly light (198 grams for the seatpost 27,2 x380 long)e truly reliable and easy to regulate, in over 3 years of intense use, I have not never felt a noise, moreover in the borinium colour version is truly beautifulst

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Favorite Trail:   colli euganei park

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $120.00

Purchased At:   barracuda

Similar Products Used:   easton ea 70, syncros, frm, thomson

Bike Setup:   ellsworth truth 2001 , votec fork,5th elementh air rear shock, frm disc custom wheels, formula b4 magnesium brake disc,braking wave disc

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by David Gibson a Cross Country Rider from Madison, WI

Date Reviewed: October 29, 2003

Strengths:    Looks great, extremely light

Weaknesses:    The bloody thing won't hold the seat up! The nose keeps dipping on me plus I almost tore my fingers to shreds when i installed the seat to begin with. I had to go to my bike shop and the guy needed a rubber mallet to get the clamp over the seat rails. the worst seat post I ever could have spent money on. My cheap Kalloy post lasted for 8 solid years!

Bottom Line:   
Needs a lot of work.

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Favorite Trail:   all

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   chain reaction

Similar Products Used:   Kalloy, Bontrager

Bike Setup:   Cannondale SM900, Easton Mag stem, Hershey racing naked front hub, xtr rear, coda crank.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Andrew a Cross Country Rider from Derbyshire, UK

Date Reviewed: August 12, 2002

Strengths:    Very light weight, Looks, Seat clamp design.

Weaknesses:    Not much...Price maybe

Bottom Line:   
Incredible light weight but well engineered. No problems with slippage on the post or the seat clamp. Looks cool in the Borinium finish and the etched logo's are nice. 27mm of layback is great and the clamp design is easy to use. The only negative aspect is the price but overall a quality piece of kit.

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Favorite Trail:   lots in Zermatt, Switzerland

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $115.00

Purchased At:   Chain Reaction

Similar Products Used:   Stock Ritchey post from my Stumpjumper

Bike Setup:   2001 Stumpjumper M4, Sid 100's, Raceface Prodigy chainset, Avid Ti "V"s, WTB Laser V stealth Saddle, XT front & rear, X517's on Hope XC hubs.

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