Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 09-18-06, 12:29 PM   #1
dougb
Put some lights on!
Thread Starter
 
dougb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: MPLS
Bikes: 1983 Raleigh International MKII (wrecked), 198? Giordana Scorpius, 1992 Trek 930 Singletrack, 1986 Raleigh Super Course, 1988 Tommaso Crono, 1984 Sekai 2500 Grandtour
Posts: 137
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
seatpost opinions/suggestions

I'm looking for a seatpost (vintage preferred, but not required) for a (1989ish) Giordano track bike build up. The only component currently on the frame is a Shimano 600 headset, which has me leaning toward Japan rather than Italy for the source.
Also I want less setback than the typical Laprade style post.
I know I'm obsessing over picky details, but the Dura Ace post on my Raleigh gives me a warm feeling inside. The Kalloy on my Fuji looks like a mistake.
Any suggestions?
dougb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-06, 11:33 PM   #2
unworthy1
Stop reading my posts!
 
unworthy1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Bikes:
Posts: 9,245
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 30 Post(s)
hmmm, you want detail obsession? If it were me, I'd match the post to the frame, not the HS. And I see this Italian frame with a Campy "aero" style seatpost. The Dura Ace "aero" from the same era looks real good too, and either one is a better choice than a SR LaPrade or a Kalloy. I didn't think the SR had much or any set-back, but I may not be seeing what you do. In my limited experience, most dedicated Track riders went with the solid reliablity of a 2-bolt stem ala the early Campy NR or similar cause they wanted them to stay tight and take hard use without breaking.
unworthy1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-06, 01:51 AM   #3
Gary Fountain
Senior Member
 
Gary Fountain's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Hervey Bay, Qld, Australia.
Bikes: Colnago (82, 85, 89, 90, 91, 96, 03), 85 Cinelli, 90 Rossin, 83 Alan, 82 Bianchi, 78 Fountain, 2 x Pinarello, Malvern Star (37), Hillman (70's), 80's Beretto Lo-Pro Track, 80's Kenevans Lo-Pro, Columbus Max (95), DeGrandi (80's) Track.
Posts: 2,367
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
I would agree with an Italian post (Campy) with an Italian bike but I worry about the failure rate of the old Campy aero posts. Having broken one I can tell you that it is not a great experience. I'd suggest a round alloy post (eg. nuovo record) or even a later titanium post.
Another direction could be a suntour superb pro post.
Gary Fountain is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-06, 07:53 AM   #4
russdog63
Senior Member
 
russdog63's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Kennewick Washington
Bikes: Holdsworth Professional(1984), Medici Pro Strada (mid 80's), Team Raliegh 753 (special build 1987?), Univega Ultraleggera (early 90's or late 80's)
Posts: 192
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I am 6'1" tall and normally ride a 59 cm bike. I have a couple more compact 80s frames that I am trying to build up with Suntour Superbe and Campy Record components. I have all but given up on trying to find the proper seatposts in the 250 to 300 mm length range and 27.2 diameter that I need for these bikes. In the search process I have kind of come to the conclusion that the Thompson post would best substitute. For its looks, quality, and its functionality it seems the most qualified substitute. However, about two weeks I stumbled across another awesome post. It is the Cannondale Competition. It is a beautiful post with a two bolt design. The quality of this post is incredible for the price. I have picked up a couple on ebay. Each were less than $20 (including shipping). I have mounted this post but have never ridden it. With only mounting this post I can tell the quality is as good as any post I own. It is polished to a beautiful finish. It really locks down on the saddle and is easy to adjust with the two bolt design. Also adjusting the saddle forward and back is easy.

I plan on removing the Cannondale lettering and polishing mine to give it a more generic but high quality look that won't clash with my bikes. Check out the Cannondale post it is an incredible value.

Last edited by russdog63; 09-21-06 at 05:30 PM.
russdog63 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-06, 11:33 AM   #5
dougb
Put some lights on!
Thread Starter
 
dougb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: MPLS
Bikes: 1983 Raleigh International MKII (wrecked), 198? Giordana Scorpius, 1992 Trek 930 Singletrack, 1986 Raleigh Super Course, 1988 Tommaso Crono, 1984 Sekai 2500 Grandtour
Posts: 137
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks for the suggestions. I wasn't aware of the Cannondale post. It's really nice. I wonder if they made a 27.0.
I still have to figure out if I really need the zero setback. The track frame has a top tube 2cm longer than my other bikes, which work great with the Dura-Ace (fluted) post.....I'm leaning toward the Cannondale.
dougb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-06, 02:57 PM   #6
dougb
Put some lights on!
Thread Starter
 
dougb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: MPLS
Bikes: 1983 Raleigh International MKII (wrecked), 198? Giordana Scorpius, 1992 Trek 930 Singletrack, 1986 Raleigh Super Course, 1988 Tommaso Crono, 1984 Sekai 2500 Grandtour
Posts: 137
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by russdog63
However, about two weeks I stumbled across another awesome post. It is the Cannondale Competition. It is a beautiful post with a two bolt design. The quality of this post is incredible for the price. I have picked up a couple on ebay. Each were less than $20 (including shipping). I have mounted this post but have never ridden it. With only mounting this post I can tell the quality is as good as any post I own. It really locks down on the saddle and is easy to adjust with the two bolt design. Also adjusting the saddle forward and back is easy.

I plan on removing the Cannondale lettering and polishing mine to give it a more generic but high quality look that won't clash with my bikes. Check out the Cannondale post it is an incredible value.
Things are happening quickly. Even though the frame came with a 27.0 post (seized), my LBS tells me it takes a 27.2. Took your advice and bought one on ebay. Thanks again.
dougb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-06, 05:38 PM   #7
russdog63
Senior Member
 
russdog63's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Kennewick Washington
Bikes: Holdsworth Professional(1984), Medici Pro Strada (mid 80's), Team Raliegh 753 (special build 1987?), Univega Ultraleggera (early 90's or late 80's)
Posts: 192
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I have a Dura Ace 25th anniversery 1 bolt post. It is very nice. The Cannondale is every bit as nice looking. Mounting and adjusting a saddle is easier on the Cannondale. Even without riding the Cannondale I believe it to be a post that is equal to the Dura Ace.
russdog63 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-06, 11:09 PM   #8
peripatetic
Senior Member
 
peripatetic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: NYC
Bikes: All 70s and 80s, only steel.
Posts: 2,124
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Since this is related: can anyone recommend a decent seatpost with above-average length?
peripatetic is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:30 PM.