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Carbon Seatpost for big guy?(5 posts)

Carbon Seatpost for big guy?Money D
Nov 12, 2001 7:03 PM
I'm looking at getting a high end seatpost and would like the shock absorption quality of carbon, but will my 6'5 225lb body break it in half? I've been looking at campy, lp, titec etc... The weight is attractive, plus a little smoother ride. Anyone have experience in a similar situation? Thanks.
Giant Mike Burrows seatpost the way to go for clydesdalespookyload
Nov 12, 2001 8:19 PM
We put many a 200+ riders on them. They have excellent shock absorbing qualities and are very aero. You can pick them up on eBay for around $40.
Titec works for me...Little Pooter
Nov 13, 2001 1:40 PM
I am using a Titec 221 Carbon post on my Giant OCR 1. I weigh 195 (depending on time of year) and find it does take the edge off a little. Its still a fairly stiff post. The only concern is that mine is a MTB post and must be used within a height range of 6.25"-9.5" extension out of the frame. Will only work on Compact frames such as Giant, Schwinn etc. I use one on my freeride bike too, which takes a ton of abuse, and its been perfect. I tried an Easton CT2 and it was a disaster... flexy, slippage, stripped bolt heads etc. Good luck
Giant OCRTango
Nov 14, 2001 12:28 AM
I just bought a TCR with the Mike Burroughs carbon aero seatpost.
It is sweet and supple (well almost)
Question: How tall are you and what size frame do you have?
I am 6ft, 179lb and have a M frame which seems a little short.
I extended the seat post to it's limit and things are better but I need 1/2" more to be perfectly positioned.

Do you use shims for your seatpost?
Giant OCRLittle Pooter
Nov 14, 2001 12:07 PM
I am 5'-9", and I also have the Medium frame. I am using the stock shim that brings the seat tube down to 27.2, and then I have made my own shim (out of copper sheet) so I can use my 26.6 Titec post in the 27.2 sleeve. It works just fine.
If you are considering selling the Aero post, let me know, I would consider buying it. I think the Titec post would work for you. I am at the minimum extension of the post, so it could go up another 3 inches at least and still be within the usable range. The reason there is a range is that they reinforce the post on the inside with a alloy sleeve so the seat binder will no crush it. If you go above or below this sleeve, you risk crushing the post.