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carbon seat post - heavy weight?

Postby jeff_o » Tue Mar 01, 2011 10:06 am

Found this ebay item. carbon seat post for old frames with 26.8 dia.

i was surprised to see it weighs 420g (almost half a kilo), whereas other typical seat posts are only in the +-250g range.

it says carbon tube, which is supposedly light and a forged alum head. I'm lost.

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/KALLOY-Carbon-Se ... 35b056734a
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Re: carbon seat post - heavy weight?

Postby waynohh » Tue Mar 01, 2011 11:04 am

Looks like junk.
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Re: carbon seat post - heavy weight?

Postby sogood » Tue Mar 01, 2011 11:08 am

Weight also varies according to the length of the post. But you are right, the post looked a lot lighter than the stated spec. Given it's eBay, you might care to verify that with the seller.
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Re: carbon seat post - heavy weight?

Postby rustychisel » Tue Mar 01, 2011 11:26 am

Kalloy make about half the worlds seatposts, so it's unlikely to be crap. It's cheap however. The weight? Well, many cheap 'carbon' seatposts are actually alloy with a layer of carbon bonded onto it. That's almost certainly what this is.
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Re: carbon seat post - heavy weight?

Postby jeff_o » Tue Mar 01, 2011 11:58 am

my mission is to find the lightest 26.8 seatpost available as i'm upgrading my old ride :D would an alloy wrapped in carbon be lighter than a pure alloy?

come to think of it, i've never seen a titanium seatpost yet.

if i get a relatively light 350mm, can i cut it down to 250? as i only need 150mm uninserted and 100mm min insert.
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Re: carbon seat post - heavy weight?

Postby familyguy » Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:19 pm

jeff_o wrote:my mission is to find the lightest 26.8 seatpost available as i'm upgrading my old ride :D would an alloy wrapped in carbon be lighter than a pure alloy?

come to think of it, i've never seen a titanium seatpost yet.

if i get a relatively light 350mm, can i cut it down to 250? as i only need 150mm uninserted and 100mm min insert.


Original item is likely to be carbon veneer around alloy tube. Not that its a problem, but most of the Thomsons are lighter.

I had a titanium American Classic seat post on my Giant. Was about 420mm long, 27.2dia, and weighed about as much as my last burp. But you try finding one...

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Re: carbon seat post - heavy weight?

Postby sogood » Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:26 pm

jeff_o wrote:my mission is to find the lightest 26.8 seatpost available...

If I was an insurance broker, I would not insure your bottom from protrusion injuries. :mrgreen:
if i get a relatively light 350mm, can i cut it down to 250? as i only need 150mm uninserted and 100mm min insert.

Of course. But cut with care if it's full CF.
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Re: carbon seat post - heavy weight?

Postby bpmhigh » Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:59 pm

Thomson Masterpiece, 26.8 in either 240mm or 350mm, Silver or Black, setback or straight.

The 350mm is 193 grams.

....and yes, I'm looking for a straight 240 in silver!
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Re: carbon seat post - heavy weight?

Postby jeff_o » Tue Mar 01, 2011 1:43 pm

bpmhigh wrote:Thomson Masterpiece, 26.8 in either 240mm or 350mm, Silver or Black, setback or straight.

The 350mm is 193 grams.

....and yes, I'm looking for a straight 240 in silver!


ok... i'm looking for a 240 black then, i'll let you know if i run into a 240 straight silver. vice versa for a 240 black straight or setback :D united we stand.... lol

added few minutes later...
OMGosh! i never thought thomson seatposts cost $90 a piece hahaha.
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Re: carbon seat post - heavy weight?

Postby jeff_o » Tue Mar 01, 2011 2:53 pm

well we got a response from the seller. mystery solved.

Hi Jeff,

It’s full carbon, only the head is alloy. It’s only 230g, NOT 420g. thanks for the sending me the mistake I am fixing the listing now.

Thanks & Kind Regards.

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Re: carbon seat post - heavy weight?

Postby RonK » Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:13 pm

jeff_o wrote:come to think of it, i've never seen a titanium seatpost yet.


I bought one only a few weeks ago - 208 grams. Branded Sabbath but actually made by USE. The site also lists titanium seatposts by Van Nicholas and Lynskey.
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Re: carbon seat post - heavy weight?

Postby Mulger bill » Tue Mar 01, 2011 7:16 pm

My limited experience with CF posts says the weight difference is fairly minimal anyway. It's one area I'd be really leery of ultralight, especially in something that will shatter instead of bend and snap.
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