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Centering saddle rails on seatpost - looks or comfort?(2 posts)

Centering saddle rails on seatpost - looks or comfort?Fez
Jan 25, 2003 9:59 AM
Looks aside, does using a setback post with the saddle centered translate to more comfort (shock absorption) than a straight post with the saddle pushed all the way back?

Saddle fore/aft placement would be the same in either example.
The spring is in the saddleKerry Irons
Jan 25, 2003 6:20 PM
The saddle rails and the saddle itself are where the cushion is. If you're counting on the flex of a cantilevered saddle for comfort, you're likely straining things. The back of the saddle would be sagging while the front tilts up. Doesn't seem like a good situation, and you'd be making a mistake to create such a situation. Ideally, the frame geometry is such that the saddle rails are dead center in the seat post clamp, allowing the saddle to function as designed.