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    Hills! speedlever's Avatar
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    What is the secret ...

    to fine tuning the new style Madone (2008+) seat tilt? I have to completely loosen the mount to the point where I cannot make fine adjustments because the assembly stays tight until I break it free in the single bolt mount.



    At that point, I have lost the position the seat was in... so no fine tuning is possible. The mount has something like grease on the inserts, but it still remains seated in place until I loosen it to the point of removing the seat from the assembly, at which point it breaks free.

    There has to be an easy and simple way to fine tune seat position on this mount. What am I missing?

    This is the seat post on my old bike and it was very easy to adjust tilt. There are even degree markings on it... and I found I like 2.5* uptilt. Can't duplicate that on the new seat post.

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    The easiest thing to do is to get a Thomson

    From the owner's manual, it looks like your best bet is to keep some downward pressure on the saddle and loosen gradually so you can control the adjustments, but it's going to be a little hit-or-miss.

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    The first image link doesn't work for me. I've never been able to open Image Shack links since I'm not a member there. Perhaps find a different picture hosting service that isn't so controlling?

    I've had a lot of seat post clamps that tend to maintain a death grip until it just plain falls loose. Try looseing a little and then give the saddle a good thump from the side with your hand to jar it loose. That works for me on the ones that get uppity.
    Model airplanes are cool too!.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterrockets View Post
    The easiest thing to do is to get a Thomson

    From the owner's manual, it looks like your best bet is to keep some downward pressure on the saddle and loosen gradually so you can control the adjustments, but it's going to be a little hit-or-miss.
    Hmm. A sub-machine gun seems a bit extreme, dontcha think?

    My setup is similar but not quite the same as the link you posted. My clamps are triangular in shape and have an alignment notch in the bottom that aligns with the compression wedge. You may be able to see it in the first image in my OP.

    Looking at that link, the compression wedges are what hang up after releasing pressure on the saddle clamp bolt. There's a notch in the clamp bottom that has to align with a protrusion on the wedge... which means that in order to change the tilt, the clamp and the compression wedges have to rotate together in alignment.

    There's where I'm having trouble. I don't see any way to finesse it and just move it a little because the compression wedges are pressed into the body of the seatpost and don't want to move. Plus, with no reference marks, there's not an easy way I see to make a small change in tilt and see what has moved. Theoretically, I should be able to loosen the bolt and move the assembly a bit. But in practice, it seems much more difficult to accomplish.

    Maybe I can loosen the bolt enough that I can man-handle the tilt a bit. Just curious if there might be a better way to finess this thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BCRider View Post
    The first image link doesn't work for me. I've never been able to open Image Shack links since I'm not a member there. Perhaps find a different picture hosting service that isn't so controlling?

    I've had a lot of seat post clamps that tend to maintain a death grip until it just plain falls loose. Try looseing a little and then give the saddle a good thump from the side with your hand to jar it loose. That works for me on the ones that get uppity.
    Hmm. I'm not a member there either but have no trouble opening up the images. In fact, both are IS images. The first one is a URL link and the other an image I uploaded.

    Here's the first image using tinypic to upload.

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    OK so it's not supposed to link to a larger version? When I hover over the small picture in your first post I get the "finger and fist" indicating a link. With my own Photobucket links that takes me and anyone else to a larger version. But with Image Shack it takes me to an ad page to sign me up. I guess that's where the difference is.

    Anyhow, try loosening slightly and give 'er a good thump upside'a da saddle and see if that smartens 'er up. .......Gol durn persnickety seat post clamps.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by BCRider View Post
    OK so it's not supposed to link to a larger version? When I hover over the small picture in your first post I get the "finger and fist" indicating a link. ......
    If you do a reply w/quote, you can see that the first image is tagged [ URL ][ IMG ][ /IMG ][ /URL ] ... like this:


    If you were to strip the URL tags and just leave [ IMG ][ /IMG ] tags, it would look like this (non-linked):


    The second image is the same way:
    The file name is "04bt86796sb2.th.jpg" ... obviously the thumbnail version.
    If you right click the larger image (at the imageshack site) and get the properties/location info ... you can see the full size filename (04bt86796sb2.jpg). IMG tagging this location results in the full size image in the post ... like this.


    You can also link straight to the Bontrager site and show the image there too. Interestingly enough, the poster didn't even bother to change the filename from what the Bontrager site calls it (right click each image and show properties to see location (URL) of each image. "Borrowing" the image, storing it on imageshack and then linking to imageshack was totally unnecessary.

    Whenever I post an image linked to a business site ( like Bontrager ), I always mention that the image is from their site and give the URL to the site ... http://bontrager.com

    BTW, I have no idea how to adjust the seat. Sorry.

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