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Old 07-21-11, 12:49 PM
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Best Lightweight Alloy Seatpost?

Wanting to upgrade my stock seatpost on my '92 Davidson Impulse and I'm liking the VO $48.00 post and the Nitto $72.00 one (from Rivendell). My saddle is a Selle Italia Flite (8 years old or so).

$50.00 is more like what I want to spend.

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What's the stock post?
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Aesthetics aside, lightweight, alloy, and reasonably priced = Thomson. Usually can be picked up used for $40-50.

I think the VO post looks pretty decent for the money FWIW...not the lightest though.
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A lot of Davidson's were sold as frame only, I believe, and built up custom. I think what seatpost to use may depend on what other components you have on it now. I've seen several built up with ether shimano 600 or Dura Ace posts, though the DA posts are going to run you closer to $80 on ebay (if you are patient). Since it's a classic American frame, maybe consider an American Classic seatpost like this one? They are very light.
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This is my stock seatpost. I have to remove it to see the brand; don't have time now. But it's made in Japan, FWIW. ST... I can't read the rest of the name.

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This is my stock seatpost. I have to remove it to see the brand; don't have time now. But it's made in Japan, FWIW. ST... I can't read the rest of the name.

Looks like a Sakae.

Thomsons are the absolute best. Other attractive options are Salsa and American Classic.
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Old 07-22-11, 09:40 AM
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I'm not sure what size I would need. Is the sizing generic on an older Davidson or do I need to figure it out???
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Figure it out. Bike shops have a tool that will tell you in a second.
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Try a Race Face Deus XC or similar.
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You're telling me there are other kinds of seatposts in addition to the crappy $9 ones I buy?!
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I like the Race Face Low profile head, particularly with a saddle like OP shows,
in # 5.
rails are clamped from the sides, with one bolt,
a linkage and a band clamp around the post adjust the angle, with a second bolt,

and so flex of the shell will not have it hitting the top of the saddle-clamp mech..

though only black is offered , highlights the printing on it.. revolution model..

Have a couple 1 bolt super record ones, 25.0, I used USE shims
to put them in other frames after the AlAn went off to buyers.
now sit in a bin.. [pm]

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I always thought Nitto posts looked nice... never spent the money on one myself.
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$50 and 'best' seatpost aren't necessarily compatible, unless you find a nice, used post somewhere and the owner doesn't know what it is.
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Just picked up another Thomson for $45, and have never paid more than that for a Campy Aero post...just gotta keep your eyes open!

OT: OFG, are you anywhere near N. Phoenix or are you in Tucson (can't remember)???

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$50 and 'best' seatpost aren't necessarily compatible, unless you find a nice, used post somewhere and the owner doesn't know what it is.
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Just picked up another Thomson for $45, and have never paid more than that for a Campy Aero post...just gotta keep your eyes open!

OT: OFG, are you anywhere near N. Phoenix or are you in Tucson (can't remember)???
Spent $30 for mine

Be careful when torquing Thomson posts. If you overtorque them, vertical cracks on the shaft will form. And Thomson will not warranty that. Truth.
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Kalloy makes some inexpensive, decent looking, and relatively light alloy posts. Ritchey too. Nitto and NOS Shimano DA posts are beautiful, but spendy.
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I'm partial to American Classic posts - but they're not cheap.

Funny thing, there are tons of NOS, black American Classic posts at the LBS...all in 25.0mm

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Originally Posted by DayTrick View Post
This is my stock seatpost. I have to remove it to see the brand; don't have time now. But it's made in Japan, FWIW. ST... I can't read the rest of the name.

That post is a "Strong" brand, made in Japan. My Specialized road bike came with one, anodized and quite light.
Not sure what you have in mind style wise for your Davidson.
Kalloy now makes more than the Sakae 'Laprade' knockoff. Some with rounder scalloped one-bolt binders.
I saw some alloy Truvativ posts that looked quite nice too.
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Thomson masterpiece. I picked mine up for $50 shipped on ebay. It weighs about 180 grams and is micro-adjustable. Very very nice.
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
I like the Race Face Low profile head, particularly with a saddle like OP shows,
in # 5.
rails are clamped from the sides, with one bolt,
a linkage and a band clamp around the post adjust the angle, with a second bolt,

and so flex of the shell will not have it hitting the top of the saddle-clamp mech..

though only black is offered , highlights the printing on it.. revolution model..
I have actually stripped and polished a Race Face seat post before. I wish I had a picture of it. It turned out beautifully. OP, keep an eye out for Cadence, Deus XC, Revolution, and Evolve XC, all by Race Face. They are often < $50 at Cambria Bike and Airbomb. I have owned several of them and really like the design, much more than the Thomson design, actually. I like the mechanism better.
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