I have not heard much talk about the X-Fusion Hilo seatpost. I put my first ride on one today and was pretty impressed. I will be putting it through a better test this weekend though. I have the Hilo 125 in the 31.6 size. This is my first adjustable seatpost, though I have used a Joplin post before.
Initial Impression: Upon opening the box I noticed it was very well packed from the factory. The post I got is all black, you have the option for one with silver accents as well. I like the look of it especially on my bike which is mostly dark. It feels solid and is a bit heavier (545 grams) than some of the competition, but tha'ts ok so long as it results in durability. It comes with a remote lever as well as a lever under the seat. If you use the remote lever, you have to assemble it all at the head of the seatpost.
Installation: It comes with a little booklet to help you install the remote lever. They are not the most clear, but get the job done since a few photos are included. There is plenty of cable/hose included in the kit. I ended up cutting about a foot off of it and could manage to cut another couple inches. Once I found a good way to route the cable, it all ended up looking pretty smooth. I would also like to add that the remote is easy to use and installs really easily onto the handlebars. The lever flows well with the rest of the controls on the handlebar.
Well How Does It Do?: It has a smooth operation up and down. It does come up with I feel as a good speed and after a bit of use it should come up even a bit quicker. There does seem to be a bit of a “break-in” period with the post. The seal seems tight and if you move the seat up and down several times in a row and bring it back to full extension, you will have to hold on to the lever for a couple seconds longer than it took for the seatpost to extend. I was told by their CS that it is because it takes a bit longer for the fluid to move through the system than it actually takes the air to move it up. Once it is up, or in any position, it feels very solid with no movement in any direction. The only way it will move is if the seat is lowered and you pick your bike up by the seat. It will extend out, but will go right back to where it was when you let go.
I do not, however, feel like that is a drawback. The remote lever is easy to use and does not take a lot of pressure or movement to actuate the post. I placed it on my right side of the bars in-between the shifter and brake lever. I use two fingers for braking as that is what I have always been comfortable with. It uses a single bolt to clamp the head to the seat rails. It has an infinite angle adjustment. I torqued it down in the middle range that is printed right by the bolt and it did not move a bit while riding.
[I]Overall impressions:[I] Overall I am very happy with the purchase after my first ride. It did exactly what I wanted it to do and did it very well. At only $210 it comes in at cheaper than other adjustable seatposts and about the same as the Joplin 4 after you buy the remote lever. It feels very solid and I hope it continues to feel this way in the future. I will report more over time on how well it holds up and anything else I find out about it.
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