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Waterford saddle droppies(5 posts)

Waterford saddle droppieshammertime
Feb 8, 2002 6:35 AM
Has anyone else run into this problem? I have a 2000 Waterford RS-11, and even after tightening the seat post collar until the flanges touch (can't go no more), it still slips down. I have tried many fixes, including a new Thompsom post, sending it back to Waterford (who swear it is the right size), removing all grease and reapplying only the lightest coat of lube.

After taking my bike to multiple shops, I have begun to hear around the grape vine that this is a peculiar problem with Waterford bicycles. IS THAT SO? Hammertime
re: Waterford saddle droppiesEdimus
Feb 8, 2002 8:07 AM
From their website - I know this isn't your particular model, but perhaps their was some customizing involved and the larger diameter tube was used? Just guessing...the small difference (.2mm) might be the problem.

"..* The 1200 and 2200 have historically fit 27.4mm seatposts. We have been transitioning to 27.2mm seatposts since September, 1999. Check with your dealer for details."

It's a shame because I have a Waterford and love it.
re: Waterford saddle droppieshammertime
Feb 8, 2002 8:16 AM
Thanks for the reply. I have loved my Waterford as well, but after the firt year everything and anything has gone wrong. Including a bulged steerer tube caused by the dealer trying to correct a creaky stem/headset, componentry failure, and the seat post slip. I found your information on their website as well, and a bit more. I was suprised that they had two pages dedicated to seat post slips, but did not resolve my problem when they had the frame in the shop.

HT
re: Waterford saddle droppiesSnowBlind
Feb 8, 2002 12:41 PM
I have a custom bike as well, an Inglis. Had the same problem, called up my LBS who I bought it from, and my crank, (who shares a house with Inglis) laughed and pointed out that most well built custom bikes have flex honed tubes, and as a result are slicker than mass produced. They sell Seven as well, so they see it all the time with steel Sevens as well as Inglis bikes.
His suggestions in rank:
1. Reduce the grease (you did that).
2. Grease the bolt so you can get it tighter. (that worked for me)
3. Reverse the seat collar. (Better cramping power. Looked like crap.)
4. Rough up the inside of the tube. (I would have to be desperate)
5. Glass fitted collar like Seven. Friggin' HUGE 1 1/4 collar.

Oh the pain of owning a nice bike. ;)
re: Waterford saddle droppieshammertime
Feb 11, 2002 6:13 AM
Thanks Snowblind!

I did at one point grease the bolt, it helped reduce the slippage from 1 inch per ten miles to 1/8 inch. I finally picked up a 27.4 Thompson, brougt the bike into yet another shop, and the post slipped right in. Too bad the factory told me they tested it over and over again to determine that it was 27.2. I can't really see a 27.4 post slipping into a 27.2 hole. Now I don't trust the factory because after 8 months of torture, and six shops, the guys at Spokes Etc. in Oakton, Virginia, fixed me up in two hours.

Hammertime