Bontrager Race XXX Lite Seatpost

Race XXX Lite

  • High strength OCLV carbon tube
  • Forged infinitely adjustable head

User Reviews (11)

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craig mckinnon   [Jun 03, 2014]
Strength:

ebay price JB Weld $7

Weakness:

single bolt post is crap poor design, Used JB weld from auto parts store strong epoxy

light nice ride the jb weld works great!

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Zachariah   All Mountain Rider [Jan 22, 2014]
Strength:

~ Stiff and light, at 205g for 400mm x 31.6 size
~ Excellent fit and finish
~ Absorbs trail chatter immensely
~ Accepts carbon-railed saddles(with appropriate clamp)

Weakness:

~ LOTS of Chinese counterfeits
~ Single-bolt adjustment requires removing or tapping saddle, for tilt settings

This review is for the 2012 OCLV Race XXX Lite full carbon seatpost, with 20mm setback. The earlier, pre-2009 co-molded alloy/carbon models were very quirky and unreliable. Another issue is the profuse availability of cheap, China-made knock-offs, flooding the marketplace. There is a HUGE difference in quality between the genuine, Bontrager OCLV product to the "accurate-looking" counterfeit. From the outside - the fake may look and even WEIGH like the real deal...until you peer inside the shaft itself.

The real Bontrager inner seat shaft is oval inside; meaning the front and rear of the entire shaft length is reinforced with an extra 2mm of material, for ultimate, real-world strength. Also, the real component always has a manufacturer bar-code sticker inside the tube opening. Lastly, the inside of the shaft is finished smooth on the genuine, OCLV part. The cheap Chinese simply ignore these details, but it is this negligence alone is what makes the copycat seatpost unsafe; what you DON'T see are the numerous imperfections of a sloppily-made post, which includes massive resin voids. The voids alone can cause the post to get stuck inside your expensive carbon frame. The rigors of ordinary trail riding often cause the fake posts to fail, well before the minimum the load cycles of the genuine part.

The real post performs BETTER than expected. It soaks up the bumps and shock incredibly well...muting most jarring impacts to a mere tremor. Is it worth the high MSRP? Yes, but only if your livelihood depends on podium finishes.

Similar Products Used: Niner
Enve
Specialized
Syntace
Ritchey WCS
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
thegoodword   All Mountain Rider [Jun 06, 2013]
Strength:

You can get them cheap straight from China. That is hardly a strength though considering you just wasted money on something that really does not work well at all.

Weakness:

Clamp system is weak no matter how tight you screw it down.

I am done with this post. It is crap. I have been riding the Brontrager XXX seatpost for three months now. The clamp will not stay tight no matter how much I tighten it. I have even swapped saddles and every two to three rides, the clamp comes loose if I hit a bump. Simply said, this clamp system does not work well on a hard tail mountain bike.

Similar Products Used: Thompson (way better)
OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Iceman   [Sep 10, 2012]
Strength:

None

Weakness:

2012 post is junk. This thing is junk. my seat loosened the first time I used it & now it will not tighten at all. Junk

DO NOT BUY THIS THING.

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
dpastore22   [May 17, 2012]
Strength:

- Very Light
- Make Compatible clamp for Carbon Saddles
- Strong
- No creaking

Weakness:

- Can be very cumbersome to dial saddle tilt in

The weight is the highlight of this post, unfortunately the biggest drawback is the the single bolt clamping mechanism. Small adjustments can be very difficult unless you have a good level handy, really hard to beat a Thompson seatpost in that department. Overall I'm happy with the seat post once you have it set!

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
efd2051   Cross Country Rider [Jan 20, 2011]
Strength:

Matches other Bontrager products, average weight. Quality and design not upto par with seatposts half its price.

Weakness:

It is about the same weight as other light seatposts but there is a design flaw - The rail clamp is too small and as such will cause your saddle rails to bend after some use. It does not support the seat adequatly
It also scratches very easily which happens to all seatposts but it seemed considerably extensive.

This seatpost maybe fine on roadbikes, but not good for mountain bikes. I am only 160lbs and have been riding for 12 years and never had a problem with seat rails bending.


Similar Products Used: WTB, Thomson, others
OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
1
Beataru   Cross Country Rider [Apr 03, 2010]
Strength:

Super Uber light weight, but who gives a flying bleep about 100 grams.

Weakness:

Like everyone else, the thing wont stay tight. And now, the bolt is stripping. and I use a park tool allen on it.

Granted, this post has been used for probably over 2000 miles, since the bike has that much on it. But none the less I cant STAND having to crank on the nut trying to keep this post from moving.

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
2
Festina_Firebird   Cross Country Rider [Jun 12, 2009]
Strength:

Looked nice??

Weakness:

The clamp had to be tightened many many times.. and always slips. Then one day while I was riding it snapped in two while I was riding!! I was a good hour of riding back to the car!!

VERY DANGEROUS.

CUSTOMER SERVICE SUCKS!! They don't care that they sell a faulty and dangerous product.
Don't buy it!! no matter what the deal

Similar Products Used: Now I own a very nice Thomson elite
OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Josh   Racer [Nov 15, 2006]
Strength:

carbon looks cool

Weakness:

will not tighten and slips.
VERY DANGEROUS post. It slipped (even though the bolt was as tight as it could be) and I almost fell backwards onto my rear wheel.

Terrible design. Very Dangerous!

Similar Products Used: Campy record carbon, syncros, race face, thompson
OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Andrew   Cross Country Rider [Sep 10, 2006]
Strength:

Looks

Weakness:

It failed (Mechanical caused several broken bones)

It did its job of holding the seat over paved and gravel trail, but first 12" drop the seat detached from the post bouncing me up off the demo bike and landed square on my chest on the now naked post. Broke a few ribs in the process. I'm not a heavy weight and consider myself a fairly decent rider this failure was due to the poor design of the head locking in the rails. I checked it after the fact and after I could stand once again. The bolt was tight and every thing was toqrued down as it should of been.

Similar Products Used: Thomson, Alien post, bunch of OEM junk
OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
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