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American Classic seat post question(6 posts)

American Classic seat post questionNessism
Jan 13, 2002 8:09 AM
What's the deal the American Classic seat posts these days? They sell both a two piece and a one piece seat post whereas before they only had one.

I have one of the older models and like it. It looks like the older ones were one piece but of course I could be wrong. The question is, are the old ones one piece or two piece?

The strange thing is that the one piece seat posts cost about $50 while the two piece model costs $35 or so. Until the newer two piece model came out, the older ones cost about $35 not $50.

What's going on?
As I understand it,TJeanloz
Jan 13, 2002 9:15 AM
The two bolt model is the new model. This is how I have heard it works (I have never seen a new one): Instead of having the bolt thread directly into that top clamp, it threads into a nut above the clamp. Why would they do something like that? Well, contrary to you're good experience, a lot of their posts have broken over the years as a result of over-torquing the bolt, causing the whole clamp to split. It's not a pretty situation- and the new design solves it. Why the old one is more expensive, I can't figure.
re: American Classic seat post questionwerk
Jan 13, 2002 9:45 AM
The two piece has a post with the top portion (the head) bonded on. On the old, classic post, it was all one piece. The two piece is a little heavier. The one piece is definitely more desireable, but it doesn't come in as many sizes, so if you need an odd diameter, you might be locked into the two piece.
Jan 13, 2002 10:33 AM
when the newer two piece came out, they raised the price on the older style?

It makes sense that the two piece is cheaper to produce, but why did they raise the price on the one piece from $35 to $50?. Or, do I have this wrong?
re:one pieceSteveS
Jan 13, 2002 11:26 AM
The old version of the seatpost is/was a one piece design. Heap good. I have 16 years on one, who knows how many thousands of miles. One of the best single pieces of equipment that I ever got and much easier to fine tune than my two Thomsons or Campagnolo.
I've bought a couple of the "new" postsCT1
Jan 13, 2002 7:02 PM
Probably one of the best designs and exections in the SP business.

Ultra fine adjustment, rugged, fairly light, and cheap. Doesn't get much better than that. . :-)