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What's your personal favorite?(14 posts)

What's your personal favorite?tronracer
Apr 19, 2003 1:40 AM
Ti or carbon seatpost? Assuming equal weight...
Both? I have an Alien ti on one bike and a Alien Carbonfiber...Juanmoretime
Apr 19, 2003 2:41 AM
on the other. Do I prefer one over the other, no. Do I prefer one bike over the other, yes, although I don't think the post has much to do with that.
Ive got an Alien.....I_See_Fred_People
Apr 19, 2003 4:31 AM
and its great, untill I try to adjust anything. I had major problems getting things right. Granted im not the most mechanically inclined individual, but I can generally get by.
Ive got an Alien.....Sintesi
Apr 19, 2003 7:00 PM
Trust me. EVERYONE has the adjustment problem with this seatpost. It's great now but man it was a b*tch!
So no difference?tronracer
Apr 19, 2003 7:43 AM
The carbon doesn't take any more noticable shock out of the ride than a ti post? A carbon or ti would surely be smoother than an aluminum post of the same weight.
So no difference?Juanmoretime
Apr 19, 2003 7:59 AM
It's impossible to gauge since they are on different bikes. My titanium alien is on my Vortex and my carbonfiber post is on a steel bike. I think the frame, fork and tires will make a bigger difference on shock absorbsion than your seat post. I just have them both because I'm a weight freak.
Well, here's why I ask...tronracer
Apr 19, 2003 9:08 AM
I'm building a Lemond Zurich with a complete record group minus the seatpost and trying to decide bewteen a chorus ti seatppost or a ct2 or some other carbon post. I got hit by a car while riding in the city last year and have developed back problems the ti seatpost on my mt bike was a big improvement over the aluminum post, but I was wondering if the carbon has more dampening properties than the ti.
might be worth it if you have a compact frameweiwentg
Apr 19, 2003 10:15 AM
the consensus on RBR seems to be that if CF and ti posts work at all, they work best on compact frames where a large amount of post is exposed. the Zurich isn't compact, and it's steel on top of all that, so post material will probably not change your comfort level.
I ride a Giant TCR myself. I have short legs, so I do not have a whole lot of seatpost exposed. when I switched to a ti post from a Thomson, I perceived the ride to be slightly more comfortable at best; the post did take some - not very much - of the edge off rough roads.
re: What's your personal favorite?Barnyard
Apr 19, 2003 4:39 AM
neither, for 40 bucks (quality price), I'll go for the thomson every time
Chorusterry b
Apr 19, 2003 6:42 AM
No better Ti post, simple, elegant, beautiful.

Carbon - I've got an Alien and I like the carbon but the clamp design engineer should be taken out and shot. Never again.
Weight-weenism at its worst-filtersweep
Apr 19, 2003 9:32 AM
What is the point of having an ultralight seatpost that cannot be adjusted exactly as wanted? I have a carbon post myself, and it is like a Rubik's cube to tighten it while keeping everything in place...
ITM is better than Campy...C-40
Apr 20, 2003 4:22 AM
Although I'm a Campy only guy in general, their seatpost is not the best. The 2-bolt clamp mechanism found on several popular post is far better. Minute adjustments to the saddle angle can be made and fore/aft adjustments don't affect the saddle angle adjustment.

ITM has the Milennium post with the 2-bolt clamp in Al and carbon. Texas Cyclesport has the carbon post for $94. The same style of clamp mechanism is avaialble on some Selcof models and the pricey Time carbon post ($160).
One man's poisonterry b
Apr 20, 2003 8:20 AM
Is that the same design with the little 4mm adjusting nut in the front? I have an ITM Big One from a couple of years ago that I just replaced with a Chorus post because trying to make adjustments with a small wrench under the nose of the saddle drove me nuts.
8mm wrench...C-40
Apr 21, 2003 4:34 AM
Yes, it takes an 8mm wrench to adjust the angle, but it's extremely easy and once it's set, you never have to mess with it again.

This design is now used on Selcof, Time, ITM and Colnago seatposts. I've been using it for the last 4 years with zero problems.