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carbon seat postBanky
Sep 23, 2003 8:59 AM
I am considering a carbon seat post, I was looking at the Easton EC70, It is carbon with a aluminum seat attachment. Then I noticed that the new EC70's are now coming all carbon. I am a 200lb rider so I am concerned, or should I be? Is there a benefit with all carbon it does not appear to be weight. If anyone has any suggestions or experiences with carbon seat posts I can use as much info as possible. Thanks
re: carbon seat postlyleseven
Sep 23, 2003 9:38 AM
Carbon is lighter and very strong, but for my money they are overpriced and I have gone back to aluminum. I had a carbon seatpost seize in the seatpost tube and it was a nightmare to get out. I am over 200 lbs. and am now using Thomson seatposts and Ritchey on all my bikes. I don't notice any difference as far as shock absorption is concerned.
re: carbon seat postBanky
Sep 23, 2003 12:13 PM
you have a titanium frame right, do you have a noise issue with the Thomson?
re: carbon seat postlyleseven
Sep 27, 2003 10:59 AM
No noise issue at all. I love that seatpost!
not a great s'postconsolidated
Sep 23, 2003 1:02 PM
They're ok, but for the $$ I won't buy another. I have the EC90 mtb post, the post diameter is imprecise less than round, it is a tight and rough fit where other posts (Thomson, no-name) slid right in.

Also, the resin finish needs to be babied. The top coat (if there is one) quickly clouded when I used a mild cleaner, Finish Line Bike Wash, not even a degreaser like Simple Green, and showed water spots that still refuse to completely come out. Just something to watch out for.

Like the other poster said, they also have a tendancy to seize.
not a great s'postBanky
Sep 23, 2003 1:07 PM
thats good to know thanks
cheaper and better...C-40
Sep 23, 2003 5:48 PM
Unless you really need the extreme setback of the Easton post, take a look at the ITM Millennium post at It's cheaper (about $90) and has a better 2-bolt clamping mechanism. It's essentially the same post included with a Colnago C-40 frame. The saddle can be moved fore/aft without disturbing the saddle angle. I've used this post on all my bikes for several years.

This post is also available in an aluminum version for even less. For a 200lb rider, there is no good reason to use a carbon post. Saving an ounce or two is of no value and there will be no perceptable difference in the ride.
Alpha Q post?fallzboater
Sep 23, 2003 7:50 PM
Anyone had any experience with the True Temper Alpha Q post? It appears to be heavier, but cheaper than the EC70 and it would match my fork. :^) I haven't seen one on a bike.