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Which seatposts are micro-adjustable?

Old 01-07-06, 05:44 AM
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Which seatposts are micro-adjustable?

Just bought a new saddle, and was really annoyed to find that I can't get it dead level with my current seatpost, because the adjustment method is those teeth things between the cradle and the post that mean the saddle is either pointed slightly up or too far down.

I know the Thomson post is infinitely adjustable, but I'd need the setback one and I'm not sure about the aesthetics of having that big kink halfway up.

Also, though loads of people say there's no difference, I think I've noticed a more comfy ride with carbon posts so I would quite like another one.

Are the USE posts micro-adjustable? The new Sumo looks like it might be but I can't find anything that says for sure. Any others?

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I did a lot of research as I always do when buying something and settled on the Thompson Elite with the kink you question. Some aesthetics are an "acquired taste" If I could have found a reasonably priced Campy 2 bolt straight pole offset micro post in either black or silver I would have bought one but have never seen one. My personal opinion is Thomson makes the best seat posts out there period and why I bought one. One note if you decide to opt for Thomson's kinked post...make sure you run enough seat post to have the kink above the seat tube collar...about 100mm and you should be fine which most bike set ups have at least....and...the Thomson offset kinked post offers only a small amount of offset. I would prefer a bit more offset with my long femurs even running a pretty slack seat tube angle.
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I did a lot of research as I always do when buying something and settled on the Thompson Elite with the kink you question. Some aesthetics are an "acquired taste" If I could have found a reasonably priced Campy 2 bolt straight pole offset micro post in either black or silver I would have bought one but have never seen one. My personal opinion is Thomson makes the best seat posts out there period and why I bought one. One note if you decide to opt for Thomson's kinked post...make sure you run enough seat post to have the kink above the seat tube collar...about 100mm and you should be fine which most bike set ups have at least....and...the Thomson offset kinked post offers only a small amount of offset. I would prefer a bit more offset with my long femurs even running a pretty slack seat tube angle.
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Thanks George, my frame's a semi-compact style so there's plenty of room for the kink.

The thing I didn't mention is that I'm already running a Thomson Elite stem, so it would make a nice match

Do you know how much offset there is? And is there a pic of your bike posted anywhere, so I can see what it looks like on the bike?

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I know the Specialized Pave uses a similar adjustment technique but you will need to have a saddle with a cut out I believe...not sure I would want to try to get to the frond adjustment screw with a standard saddle. I like the straight up Thomson but the kinked one is eh. The Pave is CF but isn't a lightweight...they can be had on eBay for like $70 plus shipping.

I have no expierence with them but the USE posts are supposed to be a PITA to adjust.

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I'm a big fan of the Thomson Elite, not the lightest post out there but they are easy to adjust and bullet proof.
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Originally Posted by Grasschopper
I know the Specialized Pave uses a similar adjustment technique but you will need to have a saddle with a cut out I believe...

I have no expierence with them but the USE posts are supposed to be a PITA to adjust.

USE's new Sumo uses a completely new design for the clamp which is supposed to be much better. Got good reviews from mags but I'm not sure they're in the shops yet.

The Pave is supposed to be very comfy but heavy-ish. I know an extra 100g shouldn't be a big consideration but I don't much like the look of it either. Argh, decisions ...
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Originally Posted by BryanW
USE's new Sumo uses a completely new design for the clamp which is supposed to be much better. Got good reviews from mags but I'm not sure they're in the shops yet.

The Pave is supposed to be very comfy but heavy-ish. I know an extra 100g shouldn't be a big consideration but I don't much like the look of it either. Argh, decisions ...
Yea honestly I am considering getting ride of mine as they are quite heavy. but it does do what you are looking for.
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Originally Posted by Grasschopper
Yea honestly I am considering getting ride of mine as they are quite heavy. but it does do what you are looking for.
Yeah, and 50 miles into a ride, which am I going to notice more, a sore butt or 100g of weight (the same as 100ml of water in a bottle). It's just the idea of adding weight to my bike ... *sob*.

But you reckon it does work, the comfort thing?
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Originally Posted by BryanW
Just bought a new saddle, and was really annoyed to find that I can't get it dead level with my current seatpost, because the adjustment method is those teeth things between the cradle and the post that mean the saddle is either pointed slightly up or too far down.

I know the Thomson post is infinitely adjustable, but I'd need the setback one and I'm not sure about the aesthetics of having that big kink halfway up.

Also, though loads of people say there's no difference, I think I've noticed a more comfy ride with carbon posts so I would quite like another one.

Are the USE posts micro-adjustable? The new Sumo looks like it might be but I can't find anything that says for sure. Any others?

Cheers, Bryan
If your current seatpost is a Campy type post you might try flipping the bottom part of the clamp (with teeth) 180 degrees. I've found that if your in-between level with the clamp one way you can get pretty close to level with the clamp flipped the other way.

If you still want a setback type micro-adjust seatpost I like Selcof's seat post.

Some people think they are a pain because you need a box wrench plus a hex key to adjust it but I don't find it too tough.

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American Classics have setback, micro-adjust, are pretty light, and decently priced.
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Originally Posted by BryanW
Thanks George, my frame's a semi-compact style so there's plenty of room for the kink.

The thing I didn't mention is that I'm already running a Thomson Elite stem, so it would make a nice match

Do you know how much offset there is? And is there a pic of your bike posted anywhere, so I can see what it looks like on the bike?

Cheers, Bryan
Hi Bryan,
The only knock on the Thomson Elite Offset post is lack of offset. Don't quote me but believe total offset is no more then 16mm or so...perhaps a tad less. I would prefer a post with a bit more offset with the spec's I ride including a Brooks B-17 Champion Special saddle which is known for its short travel rearward...a bad stack up if you will. That said, I have my saddle pushed all the way back on the Elite's travel...also eaten up a bit by the longish clamp length...both a good and a bad feature in terms of clamping integrity versus travel. The clamp and eliptical post center all CAM hogged from solid aircraft quality Al is generally regarded as the best post out there. To me one of the single most important aspects of a great bicycle fit is a precise saddle tilt...a balance between comfort versus pain to the perineum including weight forward versus where it should be on the sit bones...a very delicate balance that the Thomson post helps solve with its micro adjustment tilt capability.
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I've just installed a Specialized Pave and have got to say I think its great. It really does seem to absob a lot more vibrations than my previous carbon post.
You can also use it with a standard saddle, no cut outs required.
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The Use Alien seatpost is completely adjustable. Not easy, though. The best way is to mount it loos and mark it with marking pen. Then you can remove it and put it together at the indicated angle. Be sure you have 2.5 mm hex wrench.
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1990/92 SunTour SuperbePro seatpost - also looks brand new 15 yrs later!
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Another vote for the Thomson. I used a Thomson Masterpiece on my Cyfac buil, and I love it. It pretty light, and the adjustment is the easiest I've ever used. I'm going to get the setback version for my Roubaix.
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campy. they doubled the number of micro adjustments in 04 I think - never an issue that is for sure and you can get them super cheap on ebay
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Thanks for the input guys. I was talking to a riding friend last night and it turns out he uses a Pave and I never even noticed. So he's going to let me try it for my ride tomorrow. If I like it, I'll probably get one, as it's about £20 ($30+) cheaper than a Thomson in the UK, I can get it immediately, and some of the roads round here are badly enough surfaced to make comfort a priority.

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Originally Posted by BryanW
Just bought a new saddle, and was really annoyed to find that I can't get it dead level with my current seatpost, because the adjustment method is those teeth things between the cradle and the post that mean the saddle is either pointed slightly up or too far down....

Here is not a perfect, but a cheap solution. With many posts, if you turn the craddle around, you will get the notches in a slightly different position. I used that trick quite successfully with 2 posts. Still, if you ride long distances, a 2-bolt seatpost is easier to adjust precisely.
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The Salsa Shaft has an independent cam adjustment for tilt check it out here:
http://aebike.com/site/page.cfm?PageID=30&SKU=ST8604
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Originally Posted by OC Roadie
Another vote for the Thomson. I used a Thomson Masterpiece on my Cyfac buil, and I love it. It pretty light, and the adjustment is the easiest I've ever used. I'm going to get the setback version for my Roubaix.
Pretty light? The Thomson Masterpiece is very light, about 150 grams. About the same as the Easton EC90 or an Extralite The Post UL.
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Originally Posted by BlastRadius
American Classics have setback, micro-adjust, are pretty light, and decently priced.
Another vote here for American Classic. I have one arriving via UPS today. Best seatpost design ever. And only around $35. There are lighter seatposts out there, but they're almost double the price and you save what? 25g? 35g?

The AC has independent tilt and clamp, and it's VERY easy to adjust.

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Originally Posted by terrymorse
Pretty light? The Thomson Masterpiece is very light, about 150 grams. About the same as the Easton EC90 or an Extralite The Post UL.
Okay, very light , altough I'm using the 330mm, so I have a few extra grams in there.
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Originally Posted by cydewaze
Another vote here for American Classic. I have one arriving via UPS today. Best seatpost design ever. And only around $35. There are lighter seatposts out there, but they're almost double the price and you save what? 25g? 35g?

The AC has independent tilt and clamp, and it's VERY easy to adjust.


I was in the market for a seatpost a while back. Ended up with a setback thomson. About the American Classic -- one thing I was concerned about was how little the post clamped the rails. There's a big cradle for the rails to sit on, but the top triangular portion only contacts the post a cm or a two. How's the post working out for you?
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