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Seat post comfort(5 posts)

Seat post comfortchskin
May 24, 2002 12:28 PM
Hello

I have a Trek 2000 and find that while it is comfortable on shorter rides, I find that the road buzz starts to build on me during longer rides (over 50 miles). I looked at the Rock Shox road seat post and was wondering if anybody had tried them and what difference in ride quality it would make? The weight is only 325 grams vs. about 250 grams for the Bontrager Select that is currently installed.

http://www.rockshox.com/Product/02Posts/RoadPost/02RoadSeatpostIndex.htm

Thanks in advance
Craig
Tip: install a saddle at the top.grzy
May 24, 2002 2:00 PM
I've found that saddles are so much more comfortable than riding just a post - YMMV.
You might try bigger tires, toocory
May 24, 2002 2:40 PM
I have a cheap suspension post on one of my road bikes (took it off a mountain bike when I bought a Thudbuster and thought I'd try it on pavement). It helps with the buzzies you mentioned. FWIW, though, I think larger tires are a better solution. I hardly every use anything smaller than 700x32, but I weigh 225. Moving up a size or two from what you're using now may help quite a bit.
Might as well put an MTB tire on...g-money
May 24, 2002 8:50 PM
Seriously, your issue may be the seat as well. There are several "suspended" seats that work nicely. The prolink, any of the flight trans-am seats, and many others. A carbon post can cut some of the vibration, but it's a hot debate on the site whether or not it's worth it. Personally, I love mine...

Check your seat tho' The tire idea has validity but I'd suggest no more that a 25 unless your touring or cyclo-crossing... MHO
re: Seat post comforttechie470
May 25, 2002 6:37 AM
Hi Craig

I just purchased a Rock Shox MTB seat post (impulse buy) for my Lemond Buenos Aires. I found that the jarring from road cracks and small potholes was a bit hard on this over 40 rider. When installing the new seat post I cranked up the preload on the Rock Shox to the point that it doesn't bob up and down while riding, yet it still absorbs the minor road bumps. Made it a real comfortable ride. I'm sure a racer wouldn't go this route but in my case I can now ride my BA comfortably all day.

Ever think of upgrading to a carbon fiber road bar? I hear they also cut road buzz.

Good Luck
Steve