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U.S.E. seatpost question(6 posts)

U.S.E. seatpost questionkushogun
Mar 21, 2002 2:39 PM
Hey all. I have a question about the alien clamp. I am currently shopping around for a good seatpost and the U.S.E. Aluminum (not Carbon Fiber) caught my eye. I was curious how user friendly the clamp was to operate. Also how much adjustment possibilities are there? Aside from front to back, but angle of the seat (nose up/down). Any help would be great. Thanks and happy riding!!!
re: U.S.E. seatpost questionjakerider
Mar 21, 2002 5:59 PM
I have an alien carbon, although I think the clamps are the same. That being said, the clamp is a real pain in the ass. Very minute adjustments are allowable but when you loosen the clamp assembly the move the seat back and forth the clamp assembly falls apart and you must start over again. In short, when you get your saddle in the correct position, leave it alone. The post is great though.
Ahhh - great words of wisdom "jakerider"Jekyll
Mar 21, 2002 7:17 PM
He hit the nail on the head. The clamp is a royal pain. I really need to play with the angle of my saddle on one of my bikes with a CF Alien but I keep putting it off because it is such a pain in the ass.
On the other hand the post is right up there in the stupid light territory.
Unless you are getting the CF for the stupid light reasons I would stay away from the Alien clamp. I think it was truly designed for something alien or at least for something with more opposable thumbs than the average humanoid.
If you want stupid lightAhimsa
Mar 21, 2002 7:38 PM
Got an Alien on the Specialized. It's nice, but a pain to set up. Once set it's fine though. Just seems too complicated when there are better solutions out there.

I'm rather fond of the Easton carbon post. I normally ride something less tech-ie and go for plain silver aluminum types, but the Easton is an elegant and simple design I would recommend.

That whole no grease on the post carbon thing is nice for me on the occasion (very bad neighborhood near a particular watering hole I fancy) when I must remove the post and portage it.

Cheers!

A.
I have the carbon...biknben
Mar 21, 2002 9:26 PM
I actually like the clamp. I admit it requires some dexterity (sp?) but it works and it holds the saddle like a vise.
re: U.S.E. seatpost questionJimP
Mar 22, 2002 6:43 AM
I have both the Easton and the USE carbon posts. The Easton is easy to set up but doesn't really hold the seat angle that well. You have to REALLY tighten both bolts with an allen wrench and a box wrench to get it to hold. The USE is trickier to get set to begin with but it will not slip when moderately tightened.