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Finally broke down and bought a carbon post!(12 posts)

Finally broke down and bought a carbon post!Elefantino
Jul 22, 2002 5:00 PM
I am a convert now.

I put a USE Alien on the Serotta over the weekend and it is magical. It makes all the difference in the world, particularly for yours truly's thrice-invaded spine.

I'm not saying you should all buy USE Aliens. The only reason I picked it over the Campy and Seven posts is because the LBS gave me a deal. But if you aren't on carbon yet, you should take a good look at one of them, or the Weyless, or the look, Easton, etc.

I thought RockShox road on my Trek was comfortable. But carbon on the Serotta is an incredible ride. I think it's now my century bike.

FWIW,
Mike
re: Finally broke down and bought a carbon post!biggiecycles
Jul 22, 2002 5:24 PM
I have to agree... I really like the USE Alien Carbon as well.... The setup is a little tricky... and perhaps other posts (while maybe heavier) are easier to work with.. but I have a question about the Alien...

WHY oh WHY ??? WHY do they insist that you use a 25.0 post with a shim for a 27.2 frame ??? I'm not using one... no ill effects yet.... any ideas (only thing i can think of is to spread out the clamping pressure..but i woudlnt' think it would have that much of an effect ?)
you do NOT need to use a shim for road applications.....IAmtnbikr
Jul 23, 2002 3:23 AM
USE states that for MTB use that a shim is a must. But, they say that for road bikes, shims are not needed. I have a 27.2 on my Raleigh, no shim. All I did was to hone lightly the inside of the tube, and put a slight radius on the end of the tube as well. No troubles in a year of riding. However, I have a shim on the MTB carbon post.
re: Finally broke down and bought a carbon post!davee
Jul 22, 2002 6:40 PM
I now have Look ergo on my Airborne. I bought it last month to gain a few mm's of setback. My knees are happy with the setback, and the ride does seem a bit more gentle. I'll be looking over my shoulder (or in my mirror) for the pink jersey. Welcome back to the road.

Davee
I broke down too...Roadfrog
Jul 22, 2002 9:06 PM
When I saw the price! My wife would kill me if I spent over a $100 on a seatpost. I really hope it works out for you... sounds like you have an AWESOME ride! Hopefully some day they will come out with a new magic material and I will be able to afford a carbon post. Just dreaming... HOP
I broke down too...flying
Jul 22, 2002 9:58 PM
Your in luck
LaBicicletta has them for 89 bucks ;-)
I've never felt any differencepmf1
Jul 23, 2002 6:07 AM
The Look post I have feels no different than any of the aluminium posts I've used. Sure you're not feeling the placebo effect?
Nor have I. I just like the looks. (nm)jtolleson
Jul 23, 2002 6:51 AM
definately the placebo effectJohnG
Jul 23, 2002 7:00 AM
I've gone from a al to USE alien post and no felt difference here. I've also had back surgery so I'm pretty aware of comfort level issues.

If El had 9" of exposed post then maybe....... ????

YMMV
JohnG
re: Finally broke down and bought a carbon post!pmf1
Jul 23, 2002 6:07 AM
The Look post I have feels no different than any of the aluminium posts I've used. Sure you're not feeling the placebo effect?
Why not the Serotta Ti/Carbon? I love mine! (nm)DAN BB
Jul 23, 2002 8:06 AM
re: Finally broke down and bought a carbon post!aliensporebomb
Jul 23, 2002 8:25 AM
All I know is that my last road bike was steel with a steel
frame. Whenever I'd go off the lip of a driveway or go over
railroad tracks it was like someone hit my spine with a ball
peen hammer. Ow.

When I got my bike, all of the carbon was an attractant but
it's actually very practical. All of the road chatter and
railroad tracks and other bumps aren't nearly as bothersome
as they were before. I'll say the carbon lets the road feel
come thru but it's muted so nicely and things that were
formerly jarring just feels smoother now.

Steel might be real but carbon is cool.