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Old 09-19-10, 03:03 PM   #1
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Velo Orange Seatpost Users ?

Greetings,

Does any here use the VO Grand Cru Seatpost? I need a longer one than I have,
and the VO appears okay, but I noticed the clamp looks rather small.
(Fore to aft, not width) Any seatpost I've owned had a clamp of 41mm
or so.

I would think a shorter clamp would put the stress on the
rails in a more concentrated area , but to what degree and if it matters .... I don't know. I remember those American Classic seatposts with the tiny clamps ..... and how they didn't last long.

It looks quite short though, from the photo the rails are shorter than the 27.2mm post.
Can someone measure one please?


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Old 09-19-10, 03:08 PM   #2
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seems to be fine, but I wouldn't use it with carbon rail saddles.

I have my saddle set to almost all the way back and the VO seatpost clamp never gave me any problems to my specialized alias saddle.
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Old 09-19-10, 03:54 PM   #3
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Thanks AEO ...... no carbon for me. Steel rails all the way. Someone on another forum just told me their clamp length was about 32mm. Good enough. So much for photos .... it makes it look tiny.
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I have a Brooks B17 mounted on my VO seatpost. No problems at all.
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I have a Brooks B17 mounted on my VO seatpost. No problems at all.
I'm using a Thompson now. It's a great seatpost but with a Brooks there's just no set back. Can you get your saddle back OK?
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I received a VO seatpost today . The clamp only measures 28mm, not the 32mm I was told on another forum.. Damm. I'm not sure I really trust it. Considering most post are 40mm, I wonder about the long term of the stresses such a small clamp would concentrate on the rails. I know people use this post, but it's only been around a short while, and historically posts with small clamps do not stay around long .... American Classic had one for example.

However, just because I'm not familiar with it's design doesn't mean it's not good. I'm sure the 2 bolt design adds stability to the head, so more or less ..... I know nothing.

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Would allow more setback than if it came all the way up to the front barrel nut.
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I'm using a Thompson now. It's a great seatpost but with a Brooks there's just no set back. Can you get your saddle back OK?
Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. Yep, I can get the Brooks back. Actually that's why I bought the post from VO. Lots of setback.
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I havent been impressed by these seatposts...or a good number of VO products. Their products look great online, but perform kinda crappy.
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I havent been impressed by these seatposts...or a good number of VO products. Their products look great online, but perform kinda crappy.
How does a seatpost perform poorly?
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It looks like my Nitto from Rivendell. I like a two bolt post for my B-17's. They are sensitive to seat angle and the two bolt makes fine adjustments easy.
I wouldn't ride a carbon post or carbon rails. Plastic doesn't do well in a shear load.
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My instinct tells me the clamp is on the bad side of "acceptable amount of aluminum." Is it worth the risk ? While we each must answer for ourselves .... my gut says no.

Seatposts are a non sexy item ...... they just sit there and hold the saddle. You never see them. I've never had one break, but I don't want to have a first time.

Compare it to this Campy post ..... 41mm clamp length. Not only a longer clamp, but the "arms" that cradle the seatpost rails are 2 or 3 times larger than the VO. Unfortunately, I need about 5mm more length than a Campy post like this has. Now all Campy stuff is plastic.


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I have 700 miles on a B-17 saddle and a V-O seat post. Seems great so far. No issues with the seatpost or saddle rails at all. I weigh 190 so I'm not a feather-weight.

I can't comment on how other saddles. Maybe this is controversial, but I am also using a V-O stem and brake pads. All seem to be great in my limited experience.
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VO products are hit or miss. Products are cheap for a reason.

I definitely would stay away from the VO Grand Cru cantilever brakes (re-branded Origin-8 brakes) and the VO straddle cable roller hangers...they are known to fail. VO continues to sell 'em, though.
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