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    Seat Slipping

    Anything I can do to keep my seat from slipping while riding? It drops 2-3" while riding and i usually have to dismount to raise it back to a comfortable level. I've tried tightening the clamp but don't want to over tighten it and possibly risk cracking the frame. I have a '12 Giant Talon 2 if that makes a difference.

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    Before you go and buy a bigger, stronger clamp you can try carbon paste on the post, and put some grease on the bolt threads to make sure all the torque is being delivered.
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    Re: Seat Slipping

    I'll give it a shot... Thanks Meat!

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    Make absolutely sure the seatpost is the right diameter for the frame. It more than likely is (30.9) and then the carbon paste is what I would try first. If you need to try a new clamp I have found the Salsa brand to be a good replacement. If all else fails you can knurl the seatpost as long as the post is aluminum.

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    Re: Seat Slipping

    I sure as **** hope it's the right diameter... It's stock! Lol

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    Carbon prep should just about do it.

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    If the bike has a quick release binder then I would look at that. A lot of times the stock ones are pretty crappy and even though it seems like you're putting a lot of torque on the lever they still won't cinch down tight. I don't know what type or QR they use on that particular bike so that may not be the issue, but I have found it to be fairly common problem.

    Sometimes a drop of lube on the skewer pivot cam can make a world of difference, or as OhGee said a better one such as the Salsa can solve everything.

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    Re: Seat Slipping

    I'll check out ebay and see if I can get one.

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    My Camber came with a quick release clamp, it would "NOT" keep my seat where I wanted it. No matter how tight I clamped it down. Purchased an Origin seat clamp (bolt action) from LBS and have had "ZERO" problems sense. I am aluminum on aluminum so I can't speak for carbon.
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    Luckily I don't have this problem, but it got me thinking about how I grease my seat post, who here greases their seat post? and why?

    I do it to get rid of creaking noises.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tim_from_PA View Post
    Luckily I don't have this problem, but it got me thinking about how I grease my seat post, who here greases their seat post? and why?

    I do it to get rid of creaking noises.
    Sure do. But I wipe it off before inserting it leaving only a very small amount on the post. I also clean the tube where the seat post is inserted (inside the tube) at the same time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tim_from_PA View Post
    Luckily I don't have this problem, but it got me thinking about how I grease my seat post, who here greases their seat post? and why?

    I do it to get rid of creaking noises.
    It is a must do unless you don't mind your post will get stuck.
    Metal to metal = grease
    Carbon to carbon = carbon paste
    Metal to carbon you can go either way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theMeat View Post
    ... and put some grease on the bolt threads to make sure all the torque is being delivered.
    Thanks -- I did that and it solved my problem too.

    I use a torque key to make sure I am getting it tight enough -- that worked for a while but started slipping recently. Applied a little grease to the bolt, have ridden the hell out of it all weekend, and it hasn't budged!

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