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forward seat post for my road bike(8 posts)

forward seat post for my road biketriHitz
Jun 8, 2001 10:03 AM
Anyone have any experience/opinions on the Profile Design FastForward or Thomson Setback seatposts. Thinking about putting one on my Airborne Zeppelin to make the aero position more comfortable and more 'tri-geometry' friendly. Thanks for any input!
No answer, but excellent question. Anyone?Osh
Jun 8, 2001 8:30 PM
I was wondering the same thing.
torque tiwilson
Jun 9, 2001 10:00 PM
I've got a Torque Titanium seatpost which is a forward seatpost. I've used it in 1 race this season and it definately makes flats faster and in general more comfortable in terms of breathing and a more agressive position. Only thing I've noticed in training is that climbing is more difficult with this steeper seat tube angle. This would probably be true for any steep angled geometry frame. Anyway, it seems to work well, although I've only used the Torque ti. I would highly recommend it. Another to try are the corima ellipse, but it is also pretty pricy.

wilson
re: forward seat post for my road bikechuck
Jun 10, 2001 5:15 PM
I use the Profile on my road Calfee. I have had no trouble (knees / back etc) and I think it is a good aternaive to tri geometry.
re: forward seat post for my road bikeyossarian
Jun 12, 2001 1:59 PM
i have a profile on my trek, and it's definitely more comfortable than before. however, when i made the switch, i also shortened my stem and threw on some profile clip-on aerobars, so they made a difference as well, i'm sure. he comment about climbing is true. i find it's best to sit up and push myself as far back onto my seat as possible during a ough climb, rather than staying in the down position. i'm happy with it, though, so that's about all i can say on the subject. i'll be able to tell you more after my first 1/2 IM in three weeks. good luck.

pat cottle
re: forward seat post for my road bikeBubba
Jun 12, 2001 9:58 PM
Looks as though you have received some good advise regarding the use of a forward seat post. Personally I believe it depends on the type of racing/training you prefer and your body size/proportions. I used to force myself into a "tri" position on my road bike, but I was rarely comfortable. I have been doing ironman distance races the past 2 years on a QR, on which I have placed a set-back seatpost. I have found it more important to closely mimic the seat/crank positioning relationship. Thus my tri positioning, in terms of how my legs interact with the crank, is nearly identical to my road bike (i.e. training). I'm also rather long in the trunk, so I can use the extra room. Sorry to babble- hope it helps. TTFN
re: forward seat post for my road bikeMADC
Jun 15, 2001 10:39 AM
The simplest, cheepest, most elegant solution is to use a Control Tech seatpost turned around, and sliding the post torwards the back of the rails. This can put you in the "tri-geometry" range of 75-78deg. The Control Tech is a lot cheeper- @$45 than some of the choices given, and a lot lighter than the Profile. It also puts you a bit closer to the bars for a more comfortable aero position. The site Slowtwitch.com is probably the best tri-info site around and pretty thoroughly describes converting a road bike for Tri's. Good Luck.
re: forward seat post for my road bikeDavid Derkacs
Jun 20, 2001 8:41 AM
I personally used the Profile fast-forward seatpost on a traditional geometric frame, and was pleased with it. I had only positive things to say about it, especially if you have trouble finding a comfortable aero position. It allowed for up to 2.5 inches of forward travel and allows for a wide range of plumb line positions. I have since bought a bicycle with compact geometry which eliminates the need for the seatpost. If you want I can sell mine to you at half price of what it costs new. It is a 1998 model, which is identical to the current design. Let me know if you have any questions.

David Derkacs (derkacs@hotmail.com)