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Old 05-19-15, 05:03 AM
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Integrated vs. Non-integrated seatpost clamp

Hey fellas,

I'd like to hear your opinions on the integrated vs. non-integrated debate. I'm about te have a custom bike polo frame built and the builders only offer an integrated seat-post clamp. Polo is really hard on frames, lots of endo's and wheely turns and hoping and colliding and crashing. I feel that an integrated clamp is a real bad idea.

The builders have made about 200 frames now, the oldest of them being about 2 or 3 years old and there have been no clamp failures yet. However, many players have complained about seat-posts spinning about, forcing them to add coke-can shims to keep them in place. the builders claim that this was a seat tube diameter issue and that it has been resolved.

I've asked them if they could build me a frame with a non-integrated clamp to which they responded "for now no alternatives to the integrated seat clamp" This seems silly, It's not like it's harder to build right?
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Old 05-19-15, 07:21 AM
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But you forget this is why you do things yourself, you want a certain spec.

A clamp on binder won't hold the post any tighter then a brazed on one will, assuming both are done well. A replaceable binder clamp will allow for replacement when a ham fisted rider over tightens and damages the bolt.

Does this possible frame have a long enough ST extension above the stays/TT junction to allow the brazed on binder to be cut off and the slot lengthened for a clamp on binder to be substituted? What's the ST OD? Is there a clamp on binder available that will fit? Andy.
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I have yet to talk to them about the ST extension. In the event that they insist on the integrated clamp I'll be sure to have lengthen it in the event of failure. How long of a ST extension do you suggest? I don't have specs for their tubes so I don't know the ST OD. The Inner diameter will be 27.2mm
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there are a lot of people that have very strong opinions about this, and they all fall on the external clamp side. As a traditionalist, I would rather have integrated binder bolt. My track frame has two binder bolts, which seems like it might be a good idea for you. I would hate to ask for something that a builder didn't feel comfortable with doing. The separate clamps are not without their problems
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Of course there are Unstated specifics exactly what seat lug is to be used . it can be using a through Bolt, or one side is threaded and the bolt pulls, directly.

I found the Best fit is having the chosen seat post in hand, and hand reaming the seat tube ID to precisely fit that Post.
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Do they have a reason for wanting to do their own? Like you I think they should be tending to the more modern approach of a separate dongle for the reasons you give.

They ought to be able to produce a working integrated since reaming to 27.2 is a pretty on spec thing.

I don't know anything about polo frames, but I am a little surprised they are using a road standard size tube, why not a beefier one?
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It's possible that the builder isn't into wondering from what they are set up to do. Perhaps they do batch building. Maybe they have had a bad experience with clamp on binders. Andy.
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I believe that they insist on their integrated clamp because it bears their trade mark. It's a lovely engraved clamp. Here's the site with photos if you're interested.
Riding in Circles | Custom Frames

27.2mm is the standard because the sport evolved from road and track bikes. There are advantages to having your components being compatible with other polo bikes. This way if something fails, say for example your seat-post, then you can borrow another one for the rest of the match.

I think the play is to agree to their clamp and lengthen the ST extension just in case it someday fails.

Thanks for the input guys!
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