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Old 10-21-18, 08:39 PM
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Thinking of putting a Titanium seat post on my Litespeed titanium gravel bike. Is there a huge difference in ride qualify with a titanium seat post vs. carbon or alloy?
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I am currently using a lynskey seatpost on my litespeed road and one on my lynskey gravel bike. Not a massive change in high frequency damping over my Thomson elite seatpost. The titanium seatpost flexes over large bumps. It is more of an aesthetic for me. I like the lines of the lynskey post.
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The biggest difference...aside from that cutting a Ti post shorter takes many more cheapo Dremel cutting wheels (or takes more expensive ones)

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Canyon (Ergon) carbon seat posts are amazing. Freaked me out when I first started riding it as I didn't know it had that much flex - I kept thinking my tire was going flat. I don't think anything short of an active elastomer seat post would beat that. I've tried a lot.
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Thinking of putting a Titanium seat post on my Litespeed titanium gravel bike. Is there a huge difference in ride qualify with a titanium seat post vs. carbon or alloy?
I've never had CF post so I cannot comment there. The difference between aluminum post and ti is there but not much. Rough roads feel a little better with ti but it is a fine adjustment, not an orde3r of magnitude. My experience was on my first ti bike, a rather stiff (as ti goes) TiCycles. Started with an Avocet post and Ritchie stem. Loved the rode on rough surfaces from the first ride. (That ti frame!) Two years later the post did what Avocet posts do, It broke, Spent the next almost year on a borrowed Laprade with the seat slammed back, then finally got my custom TiCycles large setback post. Since they make the post in two pieces, post and clamp, I go to choose the material for the post. Ti added some bucks but the majority of the dent to my wallet was for the machining of the aluminum clamp so I said 'what the hey" and sent for the ti post (and had two posts made as I was getting delivery soon of my second ti bike).

At speed on rough roads I can tell the ti posts help if I think about it, but the effect is subtle. Now, I was a sprint king with massive quads. I might no like that flex. I'm not. I am a lean, long limbed climber and perhaps once or twice (in a decade) I've noticed post flex. My decision to go ti post was far more that it was in keeping with the rest of the bike and a fun way to show off a little more "TiCycles". (No, I have no interest there except as a customer, but they/Dave Levy have built me two bikes, repaired two others, made a half dozen posts and stems to get other bikes to fit and worked with me to make my old Peter Mooney a sweet classic English fix gear road bike that can be ridden feasibly up or down anything in style by a 65 yo. I have no trouble advertising anybody who has improved my cycling that much.)

The Ritchie stem that started on my first ti bike got replaces by a ti stem (again from TiCycles - just a way to keep the dollars ex-Pres Geo. Bush gave us in the local economy). The ti stem looks much better and "right" but I cannot feel any difference,

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I have a ti seat post with a little setback. This was a significant comfort upgrade.
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I have an older Campy chorus ti seatpost on my road bike. It's great but harder to fine tune than a Thomson. I can't say I notice any difference in ride but this is on a steel road bike.

Word of caution, I saw a generic ti seatpost on eBay for around $75. Looks great and is nice and light. It has the exact same clamp mechanism that I had on an aluminum seatpost that failed me with under 30 miles riding. Don't consider that model an option.
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lots of extension and that bent setback will take advantage of Ti flexing..
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I compared my road and gravel bikes. The same 25 mm setback Lynskey titanium seatpost on a narrow tired road bike and a "supple" tire'd Gravel bike had more noticeable suspension qualities on the road bike.
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