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    2014 Flash 29er Team - Med seatpost length issues!

    Hey all,

    Is it just me or are others finding issues with the shorter 350mm seatpost supplied with the Medium sized bikes for this year???

    I have ridden Flash 29ers since early 2012 and have always used a medium. I am just under 5ft10" and I run my seat at 751mm from BB center to the top of the saddle. I had plenty of scope on the 2012 and 1013 bikes with the 420mm SAVE seatpost but now the new bike has arrived and it's with the 350mm FSA seatpost. Maximum allowable extension on the post only gives a saddle height measured the same way of 727mm which is really low. I have three riders in my team that have always used mediums and one is only 5ft8" and even he can't get the saddle to the right height.

    Please let me know if this issue is widespread as for sure I don't want to go to the large bike as it feels way too big for me

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    I run an FSA seat post on my medium Flash and have the same problem. It's not quite high enough, but allows me to move around the bike, so I just live with it. It's because of the sloping down tube. For the record I'm also 5.10, really we both need a large, but then that's too big. It's a **** height to be if you wanna ride Cannondales
    and no, I am not missing the other half of my fork....

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    2014 Flash 29er Team - Med seatpost length issues!

    You could always buy a 400mm seatpost...

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    If you can find one with a 25mm setback, I'm all ears.
    and no, I am not missing the other half of my fork....

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    Much more important to get the right frame size, even if you need a super long seatpost. IMO, at 5'10, you're not out of place on a Medium, depending of the body proportions, fitness/flexibility, some 5'10 riders could fit better on a Medium, others on a Large. I wouldn't pick a bike size because the stock seatpost is too short, it's an easy fix. But also, I wouldn't want to be riding with my saddle too low either, getting used to that is far from ideal and, again, easy to fix. There's a gazillion of different, longer seatposts with or without setback to fix that!

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    Sorry, but SAVE is a no no for me, and it needs to be a 25mm setback.
    and no, I am not missing the other half of my fork....

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    Googled "carbon 25mm offset seatpost" and this was the first result.
    TruVativ Noir T30 25mm Offset Carbon Seatpost | Competitive Cyclist

    235g I think, 25mm sb and 27.2x400 A bit heavy but there were a bunch more. Honestly though the price isn't terrible either. Haha

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    Well, it's easy to find, pretty much every major brands make 27.2x400 seatposts with setback in a few different models/budgets/weights/materials... Truvativ, FSA, Enve, Ritchey and so on...

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    I'd still be pissed to have to spend more $ though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoNin9r View Post
    I'd still be pissed to have to spend more $ though.
    Personally, I'd make every seatpost longer than 400mm, just cut it if you don't need them that long once fitted.

    But, good shops who care about their customers will want to make sure you're happy and fitted to your new bike before you leave with it, they will then offer to trade the old seatpost for a longer one if the original is too short. They'll likely charge the price difference if there is one but what's a few Euros when you buy a multiple thousand Euros bike like a F29 Team Replica?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Gerous View Post
    Personally, I'd make every seatpost longer than 400mm, just cut it if you don't need them that long once fitted.

    But, good shops who care about the IIr customers will want to make sure you're happy and fitted to your new bike before you leave with it, they will then offer to trade the old seatpost for a longer one if the original is too short. They'll likely charge the price difference if there is one but what's a few Euros when you buy a multiple thousand Euros bike like a F29 Team Replica?
    The problem is finding those shops.

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    Fizik Cyrano post has about 25mm offset and comes in 400mm. Alloy or carbon versions.

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    Fizik Cyrano might not be a bad shout actually! Wish FSA did them in green to match the rest of my bike
    and no, I am not missing the other half of my fork....

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoostN7 View Post
    Fizik Cyrano might not be a bad shout actually! Wish FSA did them in green to match the rest of my bike
    Ask Marco Aurelio Fontana about his Fizik Cyrano during the olympics

    2014 Flash 29er Team - Med seatpost length issues!-fontana_saddle_2012_olympics_2.jpg

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    Well, he also snapped his FSA post last season (at the World Championships or one of the World Cups, not sure). Marco has a bad seatpost karma...

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    I'm not sure, I dunno. I need to get my race bike back together before I do anything else. I really like the look of the FSA K-Force in green, just wish it was longer. I think I have seen them in longer sizes before...
    and no, I am not missing the other half of my fork....

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    They exist in 400mm length, I see some green versions on ebay regularly.

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