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Seatpost Help!(7 posts)

Seatpost Help!indurain
Dec 14, 2002 4:02 PM
I am in the market for a new seatpost. I am considering the Campagnolo Record Carbon, Titanium, as well as the Easton CT2, and the Look Ergopost. I have read the views on each, but still can't make up my mind. Is the Record Carbon really so fragile? Has anyone actually removed all of the grease from their tube, not over-tightened and still had it break?

I was also wondering how each of these posts would react with a steel frame. What is the ride quality of carbon campared to Titanium? Thanks for your help.
Seatpost Help.......gogene
Dec 14, 2002 4:33 PM
I have Carbon, Alu and Ti seat posts, and in my opinion, you won't be able to tell much difference, if any while you are riding them, unless you are running a compact frame and showing a lot of post. The weight difference between any good post, of any material, are minimal at best. IMO post choice boils down to the cool factor.
re: Seatpost Help!gybeho
Dec 14, 2002 7:48 PM
DO NOT get a Campagnolo Carbon post! I work in a shop that has recently experienced first hand Campagnolo Customer Disservice. We had a customer bring us a cracked Campy carbon seat post purchased elsewhere. After trying to talk him out of it, he asked us to get him a new carbon post. Two days later, we install post to proper specs. Next day customer comes back and says the post is slipping and cracked already! YIKES! We call our distributer, who says,"Call Dave @ Campy". I send Campy the posts and Dave calls me and proceeds to try and cheat, lie, and steal his way out of having to replace the post. After explaning that the post was properly installed, Dave STILL denies the problem (That the post sucks..) The ONLY offer Dave gives me is the opportunity to spend $50 more to have a new carbon tube bonded to the old head. My next question is "What happens when that POS breaks again?" "Duh, uh, sheesh, uh, uh" is Daves response. I say "Give me a titanium post and we'll call it a day". Daves response? "Uh, I gotta e-mail some people and get back to you". I tell Dave that we will never sell Campy Carbon products again and to have a nice day. Get a Titanium post that will last you the rest of you life.
You might want to throw Thomson in there . . .Look381i
Dec 15, 2002 4:59 AM
Thomson has a new post out that is specced at 150 g. or so. Even the old post is under 200 g. Two things you can rely on with Thomson -- absolutely the highest design and quality control and excellent customer service. Downside? You'll probably never have a good excuse to buy a new post.

No, I don't work for them, but I have gotten a factory tour from the owner, ride with the employees, and own its products. Thomson is relentless in the pursuit of perfection.
watch the setback and clamp design...C-40
Dec 15, 2002 6:24 AM
There are a lot of different clamp designs out there. Some of them may not allow you to position the saddle where you need it.

You mention the Eastom CT2. If this is the old design clamp, I would avoid this model. It has been replaced by the new EC-70 model that has a lot of setback. The additional setback may or may not be what you need.

With all the problem reports posted on the Campy carbon post, it may be one to avoid. The Ti post is a lot cheaper and would be fine.

Personally, I like posts that have a two-bolt clamp that allows more precise saddle angle adjustment. Selcof makes a two-bolt clamp carbon post that looks good. The clamp design allows the saddle fore-aft postion to be changed without affecting the saddle angle. It's a lot easier to use. The ITM Millennium post also has this clamp design, but I believe that it's only offered in aluminum.
re: Seatpost Help!DaveG
Dec 15, 2002 6:31 AM
My opinion is: its just a seatpost. Why spend top dollar on some fragile part with a dicey reliability record on such a critical area? A couple dozen grams is just not worth the hassle IMO. Stick with a proven performer. The Campy Ti posts can now be found relatively cheaply; the Thompson post is well-regarded if setback is not a problem.
re: Seatpost Help!pa rider
Dec 16, 2002 8:05 AM
I own the ergo look post in 27.2 size. Got it last spring off ebay from a bike shop who was closing out his inventory. I paid $90 total because the bids went high.

I like the setback for three positions (three hole settings) and the tilt angle. I had some other post which wouldn't get me the angle I wanted.

I noticed a big difference once riding it because I have a 2001 CAAD 4 cannondale. It smooths out the road buzz a lot and hasn't even slip on me. My one lbs said to put a little grease on it, because I get caught in the rain a lot and don't want the carbon to seize (I put a light coat on and wiped the excess). I just turned my seat clamp around to get it to tighten. I nevered over tighten it or have a crack.

I'm getting a new LOOK bike, but haven't decide on which model to get the CT2 or EC70 easton post. Have to see which model is in stock from the dealer at the time I get the bike. This is up to my LBS.

I have one friend who rides a ti post he got last year. He test rode my bike and said the carbon rides better. I haven't rode with him since fall, but I think he was planning on buying a carbon post, but he's over 240 lbs.