Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Bikes: '''96 Litespeed Catalyst, '05 Litespeed Firenze, '06 Litespeed Tuscany, '12 Surly Pacer, All are 3x8,9 or 10. It is hilly around here!
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I have an American Classic seatpost on my 1996 Litespeed that was purchased new with the bike and now has over 70,000 miles on it with no problems at all. The only "trick" to installing and adjusting these posts is to be certain the tip of the tilt adjusting screw is seated in the small pocket in the lower saddle clamp bracket. If the adjusting screw isn't placed correctly, the clamp can rotate and I can see how this could break the larger clamping bolt.
Another candidate is the Thomson seatpost. The version with no setback can position your saddle further forward.