Forward seatpost on a Road bike
I was planning on adding a forward seatpost to my drop bar road bike (long stem) just for the purpose of making more power not for triathlon use.
I like my seatpost high, but not with so much setback. Unfortunately elevating the seatpost makes theetback more pronounced.
What do you think the forward seatpost wil do to my spin? My hill climbing ability?
It seems to me that having the seat farther foward would make my forward and low handlebars more effective by lessing the acute angle between my torso and thigh....plus it might make my seated spin feel more like a powerful "out of the saddle" spin.
Get a Thompson set-back post and turn it around forward. Thompson has designed it to be used either way. I wish they made one that fit my frame.
I am deciding between that thomson 10 degree setback model (18mm forward if turned around), nitto 66 forward (50mm forward) or the profile fast forward seatpost (>50mm forward).
Originally Posted by qmsdc15
I like the looks of the thomson the most (especailly silver), but it has the least foreward placement of all three seatposts. Maybe it will be plenty of adjustment, but the Nitto would have more than enough just in case I needed it.
I'm hoping this will make a nice improvemnt in my power since I will be able to have the high seatpost position without the excessive setback that comes with the high position.
My frame is a little small, so I have to use a high seatpost position also, and this does put me too far back. The Thomson was the only long seatpost with a bend in it that I could find. I got a zero-offset Thomson and with Fizik Nisene saddle I can get pretty much where I need to be. Anyway, I'm not getting much knee pain which was my concern.
The high forward saddle position should help for spinning but might not increase power. I think guys who push big gears tend to put saddle a little back. Anyway, you'll go faster.
You'll feel so cramped on that bike if you get a forward seatpost with drop bars, you'll have to take months to get used to drops with a forward seatpost. Thats why bikes like Quintana Roos Trueno don't work. 77 degrees+ drop bars = uncomfortable
checkout slowtwitch.com for their tri bike fit section, he talks about forwards seat angles.
I actually mounted a nice long stem on there....150mm! So it won't be that cramped....it's just that I've run out of forward seat adjustment.
Originally Posted by Triguy
I'm just wondering how my power delivery will change if I can at least get the seat forward to the point that the 150mm stem is peferct. I would like to be able to use my hamstrings more when I ride.
I'll check out the website....thanks!
EDIT: I just checked out the website....their bike fit section is very well detailed on what happens at different seat angles (in my case forward seat position). I may in fact adopt a sort of intermediate position that works well with my long stem and drop bars. Thank you again.
Last edited by 53-11 alltheway; 12-04-04 at 12:02 AM.