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Anyone have experience with USE Alien Carbon post?(8 posts)

Anyone have experience with USE Alien Carbon post?DT
Dec 29, 2001 9:19 PM
I have a Klein, so I'd be using it with a shim to fit a 3.6 tube...any inputs?
Correction... 31.6 tube, not 3.6 (nm)DT
Dec 29, 2001 9:20 PM
I USE one...biknben
Dec 29, 2001 9:50 PM
I have a 27.2 on my C'Dale. No problems and I like the clamp. Some others here don't like it.

Crazy light but still a solid product.
re: Anyone have experience with USE Alien Carbon post?jkh
Dec 30, 2001 1:01 AM
Good looking, light weight, but not enough setback for me.
re: Anyone have experience with USE Alien Carbon post?Samcat
Dec 30, 2001 5:39 AM
Have one on one bike; Thompson (setbsck) on another. Both 27.2 seat tubes.
I cannot tell the difference...and the clamping is a bit easier on the Thompson.
If you do buy the carbon post, take care when clamping. Use a torque wrench so as to not overtighten and crush the post. Also make sure that you're above the maximum insertion point line on the post when installed.

Probably not worth the investment, IMHO...though it does look pretty sweet.

I felt the difference ...jkh
Dec 30, 2001 9:07 PM
Well, it does make a difference for me. I had Thomson Elite (no setback) on my M4 before. With the USE, strong vibration is felt via the handlebar and the cranks, with only a little is felt from the seatpost.
re: Anyone have experience with USE Alien Carbon post?CT1
Dec 30, 2001 3:50 PM
Two problems:

First was getting the saddle position "fixed" and then keeping it there. I found that I had to repeat the tightening process and put a fair bit of "windage" on the initial saddle position to finally get the saddel in the correct position. A REAL pain!

The other thing has to do with the "internal" wedge clamp in my LOOK frame. The wedge clamp is distorting the carbon tubing and occasionaly the saddle will get knocked out of alignment. The only real solution (for the LOOK) would be to support the carbon tubing internally. I'll have to look into getting a small tube to jam inside the post to "fix" this problem.

Other than that, I've got about 2K miles on it now and nothing bad to report.

I'd conditionally recommend this seat post IF you feel like you can handle the hassle factors involved.

ride on
re: Anyone have experience with USE Alien Carbon post?jswhern
Dec 31, 2001 4:53 AM
I have had similar problems with the seatpost slipage and constantly re-tightening. Mark your post with some tape ! Set up was a pain too. The ride was noticably different than what I was using(dura ace). Seemed more dampening even though it probably was not. I would purchase it again. A gram freaks dream !! Looks kinda cool as well.