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Best Carbon Seatpost(13 posts)

Best Carbon SeatpostHarlemCracka
Dec 2, 2003 7:16 AM
I'm building a Merckx Team SC and am looking for the best carbon seatpost out there.

It must:
-Be light
-Have good adjustment
-Look good

What's your reco?
re: Best Carbon Seatpostlyleseven
Dec 2, 2003 7:23 AM
This is an oxymoron.....I have strong opinions from experience that carbon seatposts are a waste of money. I'd go aluminum. If you must have one for whatever reason, go for the one with the best clamp.
Record carbon seatpost experiencesNessism
Dec 2, 2003 7:47 AM
Found a good deal on a Campy Record carbon post so I decided to treat myself to a frilly light part. First thing I noticed is that it made a creaking noise from the saddle craddle area. Tightened up the bolt but was afraid to make it too tight for risk of cracking the top clamp since it's so thin. Continued to creak until I used a little white glue in the saddle rail groove which silenced the noise for about a month. After the noise came back I decided to pull the post to fuss with it some more. Next surprise, post was seized tight in the seat tube. Frame is a TST built titanium with an aluminum insert. After much cussing and twisting the post came out but the clear coat was badly damaged. In fact, it was the clear coat that caused the seat post to stick in the first place. Carefully scraped the rest of the clear coat off the post that inserts into the frame, and cleaned out the clear paint that was sticking inside the frame. I reinserted the seat post and tightened the saddle clamp bolt "tight" - guess I should check with Campy to see with the torque limit is on this bolt. At any rate, I haven't tried it yet but I'm hopeful - what else can I be after spending $100 on a seat post?

If I could do it again, I'd save the money and headache and just get a nice aluminum post. Never did notice any shock absorbsion due to carbon but this may have something to do the the fairly short length of the post sticking up out of the frame. At any rate, I'll pass next time.

Ed
re: Best Carbon Seatpostbikefreax
Dec 2, 2003 8:43 AM
I have a U.S.E. Alien 130gram on my bike. Adjustment is a little rough but it looks good. My wife has the Easton EC-90 at 135 grams with 1 screw. The only thing not carbon is the screw. And it sure is pretty but wuth the carbon clamp it seems to flex. Not for the person above 180lbs. I would go with the easton. It also is flat on front and back to avoid overtightening.
the seatpost diameter size may limit your search....bigdeal
Dec 2, 2003 8:59 AM
if you're looking for one that fits without a sleeve. Look online for a carbon post made by Selcof for Merckx, I believe that may be your best bet if you must go carbon.
re: Best Carbon Seatpostlyleseven
Dec 2, 2003 2:33 PM
Also, if you are foolish enough to buy one, make sure you install it at exactly the position you want it in because once it seizes you won't be able to move it. Mine had to be cut out by a shop! The Easton Aluminum post that replaced it rides better than the Easton Carbon that came out!!!
For aero try a Burrow's postglia
Dec 2, 2003 2:44 PM
The one that is usually shipped with the Giant bikes comes in a number of different sizes and can often be had on EBAY new for around $50-70. At about 220g it is pretty sturdy and easy to adjust.
I am also using the USE Alien Aero which at 163g is about the lightes aero seatpost. It is true that it is difficuly to adjust but once set up it is a nice, albeit somewhat expensive ride.
ITM Millennium...C-40
Dec 2, 2003 3:26 PM
This post has a two-bolt clamp that allows the saddle to be moved without affecting the saddle angle and very fine adjustment of the saddle angle. It has a bit more setback than some traditional setposts. It's light and only cost about $90 at www.txcyclesport.com.
ITM Millennium...Will it hold a Fizik Aliante?Roger H
Dec 6, 2003 5:18 PM
It has fatter than normal rails. About 7mm i believe.
8mm.....but it's not a problem.divve
Dec 6, 2003 6:26 PM
Only the standard Alien "defective head" seatpost won't take it.
One vote for Stella Azzurra...seyboro
Dec 2, 2003 4:55 PM
I bought a 'Monza' and so far am very pleased with it. The adjustment mechanism is similar to a Thompson, with two screws in the front and back. Weight comes in at 170g. The looks, well, for style, you cannot beat anything Stella Azzurra. Very nice stuff.
Check it out at www.stellaazzurra.com .
ITM Millennium Carbon IT IS!HarlemCracka
Dec 3, 2003 9:09 AM
I think I'm going with the ITM Millennium Carbon. At $89 and 170g, i think it's a fair deal. I'm 6'3", 195lbs, so i think it should hold me.

Thanks for the help guys!
Syncros if you can find them! (nm)davidxy
Dec 4, 2003 5:03 PM