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Slipping Seat PostBanky
Dec 2, 2003 7:18 AM
I have a Litespeed Vortex with a Thompson Setback seatpost, I have been experiencing some slipping of the post. Prior to this I changed the clamp to a Salsa liplock and I am not sure if it is pulling strong enough. Also I had so ti-prep on the post to keep from freezing. Anyone out there experience a similar situation? I put the original seat clamp back on and have yet to ride it. Are there better options for the clamp as well? Considering going to a carbon post but afraid this slipping problem will be worse
All signs point to the Salsa clampKerry Irons
Dec 2, 2003 5:22 PM
Get the data: find out what it is like with the LS clamp, and then decide. Dollars to donuts the problem is the Salsa clamp. Why would you change from the LS clamp in the first place?
Salsa + Thomson = slippageHouseMoney
Dec 3, 2003 5:29 AM
Used to have this setup on my mtn bike and the post would always slip down to the same spot (~ ¾" lower) and then stay there. A search on mtbr re this subject will show I was not the only one with this problem. When I used a standard clamp with the Thomson, all was fine. When I used a Salsa clamp with a RaceFace post, no problems there, either. The post was more important than the clamp, so I kept the Thomson & ditched the Salsa.

I agree with you about the need to change in the 1st place for a road bike.
Salsa + Thomson = slippageBanky
Dec 3, 2003 5:46 AM
Thanks, exactly right, Any recomendations for a seat post clamp?
All signs point to the Salsa clampBanky
Dec 3, 2003 5:44 AM
was having a creaking so the LBS recomended it. Was not expensive and looked better.
the infamous litespeed seattube creak (brrrrrrr...)colker1
Dec 3, 2003 12:22 PM
i had it. it could be the ti seatube interacting with the alum. collar. lots of grease there silenced mine. litespeed machines some very nice steel collars now don't they? i thought the creak was no more...
the infamous litespeed seattube creak (brrrrrrr...)Banky
Dec 3, 2003 3:06 PM
Yes , I put it back on and have yet to ride, so I will have to wait and see! I am finding that the Ti frames are very noisy, as a result I am contemplating going back to Steel.
welcome back.colker1
Dec 4, 2003 4:13 AM
asked myself after the 20th antiseize job everywhere: why am i going through all this trouble, just to have a dull grey bike(w/ yellow stickers of a dumb name) that weighs slightly less, rides slightly worse and fit me badly? bought a hanbuilt steel(ibis mtn bike) frame and never looked back.
welcome back.Banky
Dec 4, 2003 9:28 AM
I still have my Steel Serotta and it ahs crossed my mind several times to build it back and sell the Vortex.
things to do with vortex $$$colker1
Dec 4, 2003 12:18 PM
after selling the vortex you could:
buy your wife/gf a nice present.
buy yourself a nice trip/extravaganza (better memmories than those spent in lbs trying to fix the ls creak).
buy yourself a pegoretti (the most beautifull bike right now.)either in steel or aluminum.
Jeez... It's not that bad!!!Fez
Dec 5, 2003 9:14 AM
I've owned a Vortex. For performance, I'll take it any day over any steel or alum ride. There's nothing inherent about a Vortex or any litespeed product that will make it creak.

And regarding the steel snobs who say Ti frames look dull and grey... Did you know Ti frames can be painted and customized just like a steel frame? If steel was available unpainted and grey, I'm sure there would be plenty of critics.

Don't know about those cheesy yellow decals, since I took them off within a week of buying it.
Ti/Al noisesKerry Irons
Dec 4, 2003 5:53 PM
Strange that you've had all these problems. The only noises I've had were Al BB cups that were not properly torqued. Admittedly, Al will not make noises in steel, but I've never had stem, post, wheel, or any other noises that would be attributable to the Ti frame. I grease all metal-metal contact points, just like I did with my steel frames (including paint-metal contact). Have not had problems.
Ti/Al noisescolker1
Dec 5, 2003 3:51 AM
it COULD be the seat collar on the ti seat tube. if i didn't tight hard, the post would slip. my frame had the aluminum insert on seat tube and i thought at first the inisert was the guilty part.
it was a loud creak. annoying. i would be climbing on my last reserve of energy and the frame would go: tick tick tick..
after grasing the seat collar and seat tube it stopped but by that time i was already in the move for a new frame. i just didn't like the geometry of the litespeed mtn bike. so, i can't say in the long term the problem disappeared.