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Old 12-30-11, 11:42 AM   #1
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Leader 722 seatpost clamp issues

Today I wanted to make some adjustments and when I tried to loosen the clamp it started to loosen but then just spun. So; I used a tool on both sides of the clamp; which I haven't had to do before, but loosening or tightening was a faliure. Now I'm left with a seat that moves. WTF!!!

1. Weak man?

or

2. F**ked up clamp

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3. Both
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Old 12-30-11, 11:45 AM   #2
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take it apart and inspect for damage
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Stripped bolt. Use a punch to knock it out the right side by impacting it from the left side. Get a new bolt and nut. Several people have reported this problem with the 722. I had the same issue with my Kilo WT. Cheap bolts, that's all.
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Old 12-30-11, 12:19 PM   #4
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I had the exact same thing with my gfs 722. That bolt they give you is a piece of **** (I mean it's strong, but they don't seem to fit consistently). Had to saw it off and put on one of those long bolts instead. I don't know if chroming it makes it too big or something, but it definitely didn't feel like the right size (hers actually stuck together like yours). just be sure you grease the threads next time if you manage to get it out.
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I got it working. I wasn't able to get enough leverage with these tools (http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...8_20000_400153). Luckily my co-workers in the mailroom had a set of tools. I'll keep an eye on the clamp. Hopefully it's not starting to fail as TejanoTrackie mentioned about others.
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well since you probably messed with it a bit before getting it out, you definitely want to make sure it's gtg before putting it back in. a new bolt is like $5, so don't cheap out on the headache that will come later if it's ****ed
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It's back on now and GTG but your right hamfoh. We have a 1/2 day here at work so I'll probably head to the LBS down the street and get some new hardware.
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LMFAO...opps...that's above the ratings

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POS failed this morning. Just over a week built and I'm still making small adjustments to get the feel just right and it snapped off. Beautiful frame but quality is sub par. On the hunt for new hardware.
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The hardware has nothing to do with the frame and the fact that you weren't using the right tools in the first place means user error could be a have something to do with it.

Beside that, it's a bolt. They occasionally fail.
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Just make sure you are careful next time, Like scrodzilla said its mostly user error, You can have the cheapest bikes -walmart, mine, etc and still have a bike that works >.<
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you're fortunate it snapped off. after the problems you had with it yesterday you were asking for trouble when you put it back on
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Yes; most likely user error. Where can I get replacement?
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Yes; most likely user error. Where can I get replacement?
AKA: Right, I don't really care how it happened, I just want it fixed.
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The hardware has nothing to do with the frame and the fact that you weren't using the right tools in the first place means user error could be a have something to do with it.

Beside that, it's a bolt. They occasionally fail.
It's more then just the hardware failure. This is my first experience with Leader and so far I got a scratched frame with the initial delivery (-1). Leader sent me a replacement right away (+1). The 2nd frame was delivered without any scratches but I found a few paint imperfections that are under the clearcoat (-2). And; the paint seems to chip easily (-1). And then the hardware failure (-1).

I know the delivery issues aren't Leaders fault but I'm just stating my whole experience so far. Scrod is correct; it's a bolt and they occassionally fail. Using tools that weren't correctly marked (size wise) was a fail on me. Calv is incorrect; I do care how it happened. I'll take the blame this time cause I'll be the first to admit that I f**k sh*t up from time to time but if the next one fails I'll have to say it's the hardware that's at fault.

I still have love for my Leader. It just hasn't been the best of starts for me and my new whip.
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I still have love for my Leader. It just hasn't been the best of starts for me and my new whip.
Yeah, but it could be a lot worse. You had some cosmetic issues and a messed up seatpost bolt. A couple of other people had the exact same issue.
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