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Old 01-11-22, 08:00 PM
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Max seatpost height

How serious do we take the max line on seatposts? Itís just a touch over the line, but the bottom of the post is right at the bottom of the seat lug cluster.
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Originally Posted by shoota View Post
How serious do we take the max line on seatposts? Itís just a touch over the line, but the bottom of the post is right at the bottom of the seat lug cluster.
Thatís higher than I would be comfortable with. I would look for a longer post.
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The marking doesn't mean much to me. I pay more attention to how much seatpost is below the bottom of the seat lug.
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa View Post
The marking doesn't mean much to me. I pay more attention to how much seatpost is below the bottom of the seat lug.
Me too. How much do you like to see below the lug?
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Originally Posted by shoota View Post
Me too. How much do you like to see below the lug?
The answer might depend on how much is above the seat lug. My tallest seat post is 12cm above the lug. I'd like at least 1.5cm below the lug for that one ... maybe 2cm.

The shortest one is just 10cm above the lug. For it, I'm comfortable with its bottom at 0.5cm below the lug.

I'm only 155 lbs and ride pretty light in the saddle.
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Just get a longer seatpost. Giving advice to say it's ok to be above the line just doesn't seem like a responsible thing to do.
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I'd be okay with a cm or two but that's well below the line.
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A piece of 300 grit should take that bothersome limit line right off.
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Originally Posted by shoota View Post
Me too. How much do you like to see below the lug?
I think a read somewhere that you should have a length the diameter of the seat tube below the bottom of the top tube.
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This is why I can’t use Campagnolo seat posts
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Do ya think that when they decided to put the minimum insertion line on the seat post they said "well, it's safe to put the seat post in to here, but heck, let's put the minimum insertion line up there just to mess with them"?
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If you're not on the limit line your bike is too heavy.
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Two questions. How much is this frame worth to you and what is the seat tube wall thickness.

Basic engineering - your post is trying to rock around the top of the seat lug when you hit a bump. The very end of the seatpost is doing most of the work to hold in in place. The (simplified) load at that end is what you are doing to your seat X the distance, top of seat lug to seat top / the distance, top of seat lug to bottom of seatpost. So, if you have twice as much seatpost buried, the force the end will see will be half. Why does this matter? Because that force is directly against the seat tube wall. Too high and the tube bulges. Probably not catastrophic and if your frame is built like a tank, probably will not happen. But if this is a sweet Columbus SP (say) frame, that bulge would be a deal breaker to a potential buyer and something you see every time you look at the bike.
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Originally Posted by davester View Post
Do ya think that when they decided to put the minimum insertion line on the seat post they said "well, it's safe to put the seat post in to here, but heck, let's put the minimum insertion line up there just to mess with them"?
Honestly, yes, I guarantee you they said ďHere is good enough, but letís move it up a half cm just to be safe.Ē The seatpost isnít the issue here, itís the frame.
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Seatposts and stems (and everything else on a bike) aren't omniscient -- the manufacturer had to take a reasonable stab at how much length would be enough to keep from damaging the part or most frames in use.

Those of us who like to work it out for ourselves will want the seatpost to extend completely below the junction with the top tube, and having one seatpost diameter beyond that should be plenty. Some frames have a fair amount of seat tube extension above the top tube, so IMO it's good to think about this even if you weren't trying to cut anything close!
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Originally Posted by 79pmooney View Post
Two questions. How much is this frame worth to you and what is the seat tube wall thickness.

Basic engineering - your post is trying to rock around the top of the seat lug when you hit a bump. The very end of the seatpost is doing most of the work to hold in in place. The (simplified) load at that end is what you are doing to your seat X the distance, top of seat lug to seat top / the distance, top of seat lug to bottom of seatpost. So, if you have twice as much seatpost buried, the force the end will see will be half. Why does this matter? Because that force is directly against the seat tube wall. Too high and the tube bulges. Probably not catastrophic and if your frame is built like a tank, probably will not happen. But if this is a sweet Columbus SP (say) frame, that bulge would be a deal breaker to a potential buyer and something you see every time you look at the bike.
I canít argue this, it makes total sense. Itís a Centurion Ironman, so while not super special I donít still donít want to screw it up. The Centurion website said it should be a 27.0 seatpost but itís clearly labeled 27.2. That makes sourcing a longer one much easier, and is the route I will go.
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I like to have two inches below the top of a seatlug like yours. Ona bike with more seattube above the toptube I want two inches of seatpost below the top of the toptube.

I seen bicycles that had broken seatubes above the toptube because the seatpost was too high and acted as a big lever until t he seattube finally failed.

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Rule of thumb for both seatposts and stems: Minimum insertion depth 75mm to 80mm (around 3")...

You don't want to be a "hey, watch this" kinda guy do you?

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Save that post for a high collar Cannondale and watch the insertion mark disappear under the rim of the seat tube! Safe!

i have one if you need it...
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Originally Posted by 79pmooney View Post
So, if you have twice as much seatpost buried, the force the end will see will be half.
No, it'll be even less than that because what you add to the bottom you take away from the top; the pivot remaining as the top of the seat lug.

As to the question I'm with the get-a-longer-one camp.
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My Touch is a whole lot lower than yours. That looks like 1/2 inch or more, a touch would be 1/8 or so.
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Originally Posted by bwilli88 View Post
My Touch is a whole lot lower than yours. That looks like 1/2 inch or more, a touch would be 1/8 or so.
Have to agree, I thought the line was lower when looking at it in my dimly lit garage. Longer post it is.
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Originally Posted by shoota View Post
Have to agree, I thought the line was lower when looking at it in my dimly lit garage. Longer post it is.
That seatpost needs a nice Cannondale to partner with it...
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Originally Posted by jdawginsc View Post
That seatpost needs a nice Cannondale to partner with it...
I'm not convinced the Cannondale high collar really helps much. The pivot point is still the top tube. I think the high collar just offers a false sense of security. Or takes away the manufacturers "room for error" if you prefer.

I'm picturing the forces kind of like this:



And the collar above the top tube would be like having another kid on the other side of the see saw trying to hold it up from the bottom.
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The Colnago is on the small side with keeping the components consistent, hence the Camp seat post. The saddle is a bit too short but.....I used a Brooks Pro that gives a little more leeway with the post insertion due to its higher rail to sit height. I feel I am at the absolute max with this arrangement. The line is 55mm from the end of the post.
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This is the shorter version of the post. I am sure the longer version is a needle in a haystack.
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