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U.S.E. seatpost owners(11 posts)

U.S.E. seatpost owners9WorCP
Aug 22, 2001 6:09 PM
Bought the carbon fiber post a few days ago and am wondering what everyone thinks about the mounting and adjustment system? Those two little screws. They are so slender I'm afraid to put any torque into them. As a result, I think I can feel my seat sliding ever so slightly back after a ride. Have you had a similar experience? Am I being too fussy w/ the bolts? At $130 I don't want to ruin my own seat. I'll take all comments and suggestions.

Thank you.
re: U.S.E. seatpost ownersMike K
Aug 22, 2001 6:23 PM
I just installed one (only short around the block adjustment ride - off day today) and it seems to be pretty solid. The instructions provide a torque spec for the little screws (let me know if you need the spec and I'll get it for you). They also say that for most saddles (and this will vary with variations in rail thickness) that the screws should be either flush or slightly protruding through the front plate.
IMHO actually a pretty cool system for adjusting saddle position.
Wow! Mike, quick.9WorCP
Aug 22, 2001 6:30 PM
These instructions did not come with my post. There was a sticker saying not to over tighten the seatpost binder bolt and some advertisements. Sheesh.

I'll take that spec and thanks a bunch. Precisely the info I need. This board is great.
Wow! Mike, quick.Mike K
Aug 23, 2001 6:12 AM
Check your email... I scanned the instructions for you.......
Glad I could help
those little blots are USE's weak pointclub
Aug 23, 2001 5:11 AM
my USE suspension post doesn't have any setback to speak of, and I like my MTB saddles forward for seated climbing, so my Bontrager seat ends up far forward. I've busted 3 bolts, always the rear, always while sitting forward on the saddle nose while climbing. USE sent me some supposedly stronger bolts, and while I haven't broken one since, I still don't like the clamp design, and always carry a spare bolt around with me.
blots, ha ha, it's earlyculb
Aug 23, 2001 5:15 AM
just starting on my morning pot of espresso, caffeine is life.
Aliens are not the same as suspension postsTFerguson
Aug 23, 2001 5:28 AM
I believe the suspension posts have a set up with front and back vertical bolts where you would tighten one and loosen the other to change the level of the saddle. The alien head is completely different.
Terry
got a carbon and suspensionDog
Aug 23, 2001 5:56 AM
I have the Alien carbon on my Bianchi EV2, and the Alien suspension on my old Bianchi for rough roads. The heads and mounting are exactly the same. I think the "Alien" name refers to the mounting head, as it looks like the aliens in the movie "Alien."

These are a bit of a pain to mount and adjust. You gotta keep going back and forth between the two bolts to get both tight. At first, I didn't have the carbon one tight enough, and it slid way back during a ride.

Grease the threads so that they will tighten evenly. That helps.

Dog
Right-now both alien and old-style suspension postsTFerguson
Aug 23, 2001 9:55 AM
But I believe the guy with the bolt problem was talking about the old style.
Terry
I think you are correctMike K
Aug 23, 2001 10:03 AM
Sounds like 2 very different clamp styles are being described. The current Alien (unless I got screwed) has two thin bolts that go from the rear of the clamp to the front and not one on each end.
Have 3 aluminum on mtb - greatTFerguson
Aug 23, 2001 5:23 AM
I have three of the aluminum aliens on 2 mtb bikes and a "hybrid" and really like them. They are somewhat hard to initially level but once set AND REALLY TIGHTENED are there forever. You can crank on those bolts - just be sure to tighten them evenly. I, and the instructions, recommend that the bolt threads stick out 1/8 to ¼ inch. Early experience for both me and a friend had them fall off when only tightened with the thread end flush. Remember that these were on rough mtb rides (I had just jumped a small stream and weigh 200 lbs.) not street bikes. I would like a carbon alien for my street bike but need more set-back (and they are still $$$$$).
Terry