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seeking advice on seatpostsnuke
Aug 10, 2001 10:26 PM
I'm wanting (in order of importance) reliable, strong and lightweight seatpost. I know...it's asking for the world huh? Sure, I can get the first two if I ignore weight...but I don't wanna. I'm a heavy rider, sure, but I still like light bikes.

I've read the reviews on this site about the Easton CT2 carbon (180 g) having problems with slippage. I've also read a few about the American Classic Ti (185 g) having bolt stripping problems. I really do kinda like these two.

My fallback will probably be the Thompson Elite. It's nearly half the price and only 190 grams.

What is your experienced opinion? Have you had problems with any of these posts? Thanks in advance!
re: seeking advice on seatpostsJohnG
Aug 11, 2001 2:43 PM
The Thompson Elite is a VERY nice seat post. VERY strong and reliable. Not as light as you quote though. Also the standard has very little set-back so keep that in mind if you need extra set-back. It does come in a set-back flavor though.

I also have a new "three piece" Al American classic and I'm impressed with it. NICE seatpost. About 200 gms, good adjustability, seems strong. You can buy direct for around $40. Very good buy. Oh, mine has a HUGH bolt... I can't imagine stripping it. The Ti version is rather pricey.

A U.S.E. alien will be here on Wed.... however, forget about it if you are a clyde.

Standard Campy Record Ti or DA are also very nice. Not ultra light but very good quality. A little pricy unless you get by M.O.

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IMHO: best value: American Classic standard Al. Don't go ultra light if you are a Clyde! 200-215gms for all of the "standard" high quality posts.... it's hard to justify 2-3X the money unless you can make the quantum jump down to the alien level.

Check the review section... there are probably other suggestions there also.

good rides JohnG
re: seeking advice on seatpostsCliff Oates
Aug 11, 2001 4:08 PM
The Thompson Elite is a VERY nice seat post. VERY strong and reliable. Not as light as you quote though.

Thomson would argue that last point: http://www.lhthomson.com/seatpostdims.asp?id=SP-E102

Personally, I have a couple of Thomson posts. I tried an American Classic, but I didn't like the way the clamp worked. I paid $60 for them from Waterford along with a frame and from Chicagoland Bicycle, but I see that CBike has raised their prices to the universal $80. $80 is a LOT for a seatpost though (as is $120+ for carbon fiber posts and we won't talk about Moots' ti post at all...).
re: seeking advice on seatpostsJohnG
Aug 11, 2001 10:04 PM
I weighed Elite and I'm pretty sure it was around 205gms (can't remember the exact #). This would match the industry standard lie factor... ;)

If I get ambitious I'll reweigh it.

JohnG
re: seeking advice on seatpostsCliff Oates
Aug 12, 2001 5:27 AM
It might also have been a longer post or one with a larger diameter. Thomson posts come in a LOT of different sizes. I was pointing at the specs for a 250mm post with a 27.2mm diameter, which is what most of us here will use.
re: seeking advice on seatpostsSkip
Aug 11, 2001 5:19 PM
Bold makes titanium posts in the 130 g range, around $130-$160.
re: seeking advice on seatpoststkohn
Aug 14, 2001 6:15 PM
I would have to second the aluminum American Classic two piece. I am 6'4" and 200-205lbs. I have put on some good miles with no problems, plus AC stands behind their products 100%. I had a Thomson but it didn't have enough setback.