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Seatpost question(9 posts)

Seatpost questiongearhead
Sep 5, 2002 2:12 PM
Perhaps this is as much of a ride or fit question but here goes. My aging, somewhat heavy body is not as comfortable as it used to be on my 53cm Litespeed Ultimate ('99) using a Flite gel saddle and Syncros Ti post. I am 5'6" and 165lbs. I ride for recreation and only a couple of races per year. I like the club rides and a regular riding partner and I like the occasional sprint but as you can see I am no critmeister. The Ultimate is a great frame but the short wheelbase gives it a bit of a harsh ride in the tush.(ugh) I'm thinking about going to a Classic frame but what about a carbon seatpost instead? Would I gain any relief or would I just be creating problems in reliability and safety?
re: Seatpost questionMike Prince
Sep 5, 2002 2:33 PM
IMO a carbon seatpost will make no difference. Wider tires, a different saddle or a suspension post may help, but the carbon post will not make an iota of difference from a comfort point of view. Others who have switched may disagree, but I think you're looking in the wrong place for improvement.
A Ti seatpost will ride as nice as a carbon post.........gogene
Sep 5, 2002 2:57 PM
... and for less than the price of a good carbon post, I would tell you to buy a pair of Vittoria Open Corsa CX tires. These tires ride soooooooooooo smoothly at 110psi. It's velvet. The Vittorias transformed my bike into an allday bike. Handle extremely well.
Just don't inflate to 120lbsMXL02
Sep 5, 2002 5:24 PM
it seems to really effect the ride, and I don't think they role any better.
I am with themVO2_max
Sep 5, 2002 6:44 PM
IMHO, maybe switch to the Vittoria or Veloflex Paves or Vredstein Tricomp - both ride like tubulars or as someone suggested, go with wider tires - the litepeed classic will make a huge difference - I had one and it was the most comfortable bike ever that may solve you problem albeit expensively.

re: Seatpost questiongearhead
Sep 6, 2002 2:59 AM
Thanks for your input. For what its worth I am riding Axial Pros (23mm) inflated to 100lbs. Reading your comments has convinced me to skip the post swap idea.
One more ideaOffTheBack
Sep 6, 2002 5:02 AM
If you're riding aero-section rims, consider switching to box-section rims. They "give" a little more over bumps.
re: Seatpost questiongearhead
Sep 6, 2002 7:31 PM
I'm using a custom wheelset I built myself using velocity aerohead rims. I don't think switching to an open pro would have much effect. Believe it or not I think moving my saddle forward about 5mm or so may be doing some good.
re: Seatpost questionpink
Sep 9, 2002 3:00 PM
Take the group advice and go with the largest tires your frame will accept. Loose the Michelins. They are nice, but have one of the harder carcuses of any make. Vittoria are offer a far superior ride quality. If you're not already, run a 32 spoke box-section rim. this will offer a more compliant ride than low spoke-count deep-section rims.