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Old 12-29-10, 08:06 PM   #1
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New Carbon Fiber Seatpost Flaking

I just got a steel bike with a new carbon fiber seatpost. I installed the post and when I sat on it, the post twisted a bit. I loosened the nut and pulled the post out a bit. I noticed that there was a slight bit of flaking of white stuff. It is almost like there is a film of something on the post. Is this normal? Should I be concerned? Thanks for any advice.
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The flaking "white stuff" is most likely the clearcoat so as long as the underlying structural carbon fibers aren't harmed, the post should be ok. There is a gritty grease known as "Assembly Paste" that's recommended for use on carbon fiber components such as seatposts and steerers to prevent slipping without requiring excessive tightening of the clamp bolts.
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