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    Bonking ... not feelin' well Seatpost problem?

    How the hell do i get it out?
    Thompson Elite post which is so tight towards the end of trying to pull it out of the seat tube.
    Cant in the life get it out,i aint weak (builders labourer and ex weight trainer)so that says something as to how tight it is..

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    did you cut this seatpost down? If so, there may be a "ridge" where you cut it (and didn't file it down), this might work ok while it is in the seattube because if it is butted, it may not even contact this part. When you try to pull it out though, that's when it will be nearly impossible, and while it's still possible, one has to figure in this case how you ever got it "in" the seattube.

    If all else fails, you might have to go to some pretty extreme measures. It doesn't sound like anti-sieze will help as it really sounds like a "ridge" that is formed from sawing off excess. Heating up the seatube with whatever means is necessary, we've even had to tie the main frame of a bike to a building, then tie the seatpost to a truck, and back it up to "pull" it out.
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    Ice down the seat post and gently warm the seat tube.

    I said GENTLY warm the seat tube.

    It is not unheard of for bikes to have under or over reamed seat tubes.

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    Hmm blomin heck!
    It was built up by Freeborn so dunno if they sawed the seat post down.
    Heat it up with what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blower
    Hmm blomin heck!
    It was built up by Freeborn so dunno if they sawed the seat post down.
    Heat it up with what?
    Wet facecloth?

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    well cant get it out at all could only just push it back down to my riding height.Never known seatpost tightness as bad as this.

    Come to think of it when adjusting it at first when i got the bike it felt tight and my seatpost scratched straight away.

    Wanted to get it out to put my new QR seatpost clamp on
    god knows how to get it out, IF! i do get it out should i put it back in?

    Shouldnt really have this trouble anyways.

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    If you bought it from a LBS, I'd take it back to them. If you bought it online, then I'd take it to a certified Ells dealer. That way, you can't be held responsible if any damage is done to the frame. I'd be very leary, but that's just me.
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    "Shouldnt really have this trouble anyways"

    that's what I said when trying to put a 27.2 into my buddy's Dare...LOL

    I think whoever is cuttin' the tubes for Ells has some spec. issues with thier machine

    not sure if there is a 27.1 post out there, but when you get a chance try a 27.0 post. might solve ur problem..

    we had to go down to 26.2 on the Dare
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    Quote Originally Posted by TT.
    "Shouldnt really have this trouble anyways"

    that's what I said when trying to put a 27.2 into my buddy's Dare...LOL

    I think whoever is cuttin' the tubes for Ells has some spec. issues with thier machine

    not sure if there is a 27.1 post out there, but when you get a chance try a 27.0 post. might solve ur problem..

    we had to go down to 26.2 on the Dare
    Hmmm might have to look into that one.Thats what i was thinking that the post aint right for the frame.But the ppl i bought it off said that was'nt the case.

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    of course not, that's not what the book says

    Ells is pretty good about it.. just send the frame in for inspection. now do YOU want to send a frame you';ve been waiting forever for, right after drooling over it for hours I THINK NOT
    try the 27.0 I'm sure it will solve ur problem
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blower
    How the hell do i get it out?
    Thompson Elite post which is so tight towards the end of trying to pull it out of the seat tube.
    Cant in the life get it out,i aint weak (builders labourer and ex weight trainer)so that says something as to how tight it is..
    I'd suggest that you pick up the phone and call Ellsworth. Make sure that they know that you might try a smaller seatpost. It could potentially void your warranty.

    Maybe they'll tell you to try the smaller diameter post, but most likely, they'll tell you to send it in. It sucks, but at least it'll be taken care of.

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    post problem?

    I had the same problem with my old Dare and it was the seat post tube in the frame. It wasn't milled correctly or where the pivot was welded, something like that, but my post jammed on me and after taking note of where and what it looked like, it was the frame.

    I lived with it, but check it out and call Ellsworth if you find that's the same thing.

    Good luck.

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    Thanks ive sent it off to be looked at.

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    Seat post problems

    I have seen some cases where welds overpenatrated into the inside of the tube, that could be your problem. The Elsworths have the rocker support welded to the front of the seat tube, if those welds overpenatrate at all that may be it. Just shine a light down the seat tube to rule it out.

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    can't believe you actually sent your frame away

    any updates on this
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    Quote Originally Posted by TT.
    can't believe you actually sent your frame away

    any updates on this
    I would have done the same thing. Maybe the 27.0 post would probably work, but then it might be too loose in the clamping area. I'd be afraid of voiding the warranty.

    It sucks, but sending the frame in will resolve the issue. No matter what happens now, the fix will be approved (and done) by Ellsworth. There should be no warranty issues later on.

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    I sent it off before i went on holiday for a week so hopefully i would get it back in time for when i get back.Now im back and it is on its way again.

    They asked me to send it down which i did to tie in with mi hols.
    Very reluctant i was to send it off.

    They have sorted it it was where the TT meets the ST a little burr sticking out which was causing the problem.
    They corrected it, and a new seatpost is in with it sliding up and down correctly now etc..

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    glad everything worked out bud
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