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    (PLEASE) Convince me I should buy a crutch for my new 5 Spot!

    OK, so I'm building my new 5 Spot and have always wondered about an adjustable seatpost.

    I find myself stopping quite often to raise and lower my seat to tackle the technical sections and the more I think about it the more I think I'd make use of one.

    So what's putting me off:
    • The weight for one
    • The ugly factor, especially
    • The reliability - Maverick Speedballs/Crank Bros Joplins have a really poor record in my neck of the woods.
    I've noticed many of you use a Gravity Dropper, do they address my concerns over reliability.

    The other one I've looked at is the All Mountain Post from Precision, this looks better and lighter, but I haven't heard much about them.

    Also, I think the remote control element would be extremely useful, but again - aesthetics??

    Gonna sort my brain out for me?

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    When the posts break, you have great customer service behind them to help ride home with you on the trail. Makes you forget about the broken post for the miles of riding back.

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    I don't think they do a Joplin in 27.2, so that'll restrict your choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xpy
    I don't think they do a Joplin in 27.2, so that'll restrict your choice.
    I think if I go forone it'll be a Gravity Dropper or the All Mountain Post from Precision.

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    easy

    its like a tv without a remote.

    its just one of those things in life that after you experience them you dont understand why you waited soooo long and why doesnt everybody else have one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S-Works
    Because you will have something Aqua Doesn't
    Wait, maybe that's a reason not to get one


    Anyway, I agree with PSI
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    Like you, I find myself adjusting the seat post quite often. I already ordered my GD from the lbs. If you're worried about aesthetics, than you'll just have to decide which is more important for you. Looking nice or riding nice? Once you're on that seat, who's gonna stop you to say your bike looks ugly? If you wanna take pictures of your bike, then just replace it with a regular post. HTH.

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    Go Go Gadget Seatpost

    I ride with much younger people - all are 25-30 and I am 55 - and in a group setting they call my GD Turbo a "go-go gadget seatpost" but separately they admit it is a good idea, but they can't handle the image responsibility of having an adjustable seatpost.

    Mine has been on three Turner's since I bought it in January 2007 and I really like it - makes a huge difference in my confidence going down steeps, jumping, and then getting ready to go back uphill, it is a quick pop up to full extension.

    Get one!
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    OK, so I'm going to get one - you've convinced me!

    Can you talk to me about GD vs the All Mountain Post from Precision (http://www.precisioncyclingcomponents.com/amp.aspx)

    I know the GD has been going longer, but I think the All Mountain Post is better looking.

    Anyone know anything of the All Mountain Post?

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    I think Cactus Corn is using one - in Iowa of all places!
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    I'm in a similar quandry.

    You can scratch the AMP post of the list too, because you can't get them in the UK (and they won't sell them outside the USA).

    I also need one with layback. (run my saddle right back on a RF XY at the mo)

    Joplin doesn't fit and I wouldn't touch any CB product with someone elses sh!tty stick until its been proved completely bombproof.

    I want one for the Mega Avalanche, but will (probably) sell it afterwards. At that point its bloody difficult to justify the cost for a single race. The rest of the time I'm quite happy to do it the old fashioned way. Given how heavy my (02) RFX is already, I'm also keen not to add any more to it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve47co1
    in Iowa of all places!
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    Don't do it. This crutch mentality is a slippery slope. Next thing you know you will be buying a Highline as your XC bike.



    Obviously I have no useful input on this topic ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve47co1
    I think Cactus Corn is using one - in Iowa of all places!
    Don't laugh, they build some steep arsed driveways there.
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    both the AMP and the GD are great products. The GD seems to have a smoother up and down actuation, but the AMP has a better remote, and remote clamping system. The throw on the AMP lever is a bit further, but not horrible. The aesthetics of the AMP are superior. I own both. I've got a 5 inch AMP on my Highline, and a 4 inch GD on my spot. Both companies have awesome customer service. The reliability on the GD is great. I went 18 months without an issue. Just put new cable and housing on it every year, and your set.
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    LOL, you guys are FUNNY!

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve47co1
    I ride with much younger people - all are 25-30 and I am 55 - and in a group setting they call my GD Turbo a "go-go gadget seatpost" but separately they admit it is a good idea, but they can't handle the image responsibility of having an adjustable seatpost.

    Mine has been on three Turner's since I bought it in January 2007 and I really like it - makes a huge difference in my confidence going down steeps, jumping, and then getting ready to go back uphill, it is a quick pop up to full extension.

    Get one!
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    *****! every last one of ya!

    id get a amp if theyre available, they address a few small issues the gd's had and are indeed cleaner lookin. if ya cant get 1 over there, the gd is a fine unit. ive used both but prefer the amp slighly over the other. heres the amp in action:
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    and a few pics of the amp mounted. also the gd is in the next to last pic jumpin over the log.
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    Where can I get a water-bottle holder like CC has?
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    Get one

    If you lower your seat already before technical sections, get one. Once you have it you will wonder why you were hesitating. It is a very nice upgrade, really gives you on the fly confidence when enter a steep, technical downhill.

    Almost everyone that has one swears by it. There are some that disapprove, but I am not sure that they have tried it.

    The GD does look goofy with the jagged boot, but it works great and that is what matters.

    What rear hub are you using? I just upgraded to a Chris King and WOW! what a difference.

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    Great shots CC AGAIN

    Do those dogs in pic count as a crutch

    I want a dawg...or 2!

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    old pics, but thanx.

    odus and layla ar 2 of the biggest crutches ive ever owned. thanx to them, i should be on crutches right now but i refuse to go to the doc till im back from the fat tire fest next weekend cuz i think my foot is busted after the kids knocked my rfx over onto it while i was messin with the stinger last saturday. if i go now, hell want to put a cast or some crap on me and kill my ride plans. no thanx. ill live.

    get a dog. great companions, great friends. by the time ya heal up the pup will be ready for some trail action. till then use him/her for shop security.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cactuscorn
    old pics, but thanx.

    odus and layla ar 2 of the biggest crutches ive ever owned. thanx to them, i should be on crutches right now but i refuse to go to the doc till im back from the fat tire fest next weekend cuz i think my foot is busted after the kids knocked my rfx over onto it while i was messin with the stinger last saturday. if i go now, hell want to put a cast or some crap on me and kill my ride plans. no thanx. ill live.

    get a dog. great companions, great friends. by the time ya heal up the pup will be ready for some trail action. till then use him/her for shop security.

    Just take two Kiltlifter's 4 times a day and you will be fine
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    good advice! you commin out to bring me some?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cactuscorn
    good advice! you commin out to bring me some?
    In the absence of Kiltlifter, Take 4 Fat Tire's, three times a day.

    Working on it, have a family function that same weekend, trying to sneak up for a day.
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    lemme know. we get in thurs late afternoon and dont head back till mon mornin sometime, maybe after breakfast or another ride. give a call or stop by the expo and check in with the acme bikes guys. tim, the owner, is our host and buddy so we wont be too far from him most of the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cactuscorn
    old pics, but thanx.

    odus and layla ar 2 of the biggest crutches ive ever owned. thanx to them, i should be on crutches right now but i refuse to go to the doc till im back from the fat tire fest next weekend cuz i think my foot is busted after the kids knocked my rfx over onto it while i was messin with the stinger last saturday. if i go now, hell want to put a cast or some crap on me and kill my ride plans. no thanx. ill live.

    get a dog. great companions, great friends. by the time ya heal up the pup will be ready for some trail action. till then use him/her for shop security.
    ahh am loving the crutches CC, great pals on and of the trails ouch go easy there fella on the foot bud we bot of down time is better than a long time trust me.

    Im liking ya ideas on the dogs and its in my spreadsheet plans lol, I been busy, Im a planner, um pup Im still working n where and when right now but not far away, little bit closer each week, I got some ideas on type of dawg but Im still not convinced its right for the riding side hard to get a personaity and breed Ive always had a thing for that can run all day and not be buggered in later years!

    Them some mor great piccs bud, love seeing the dogs with the rider [u in this case] looking at this picc a few mors times, I see the resemblance, both of you are giving an almost identical look at the person pointing the camera to you, even the body language is almost the same LOL..

    Love this picc, just the angle's ya styling, head looking for the exit, very stylish brah

    Great shot, lads playing together, another reason for me to get onbaord with mans best freind, will be a fair bit of training rids eventually on me own to strengthen up, and I will go on the road I think early next year or this year for some ta back country rides in the home country, I feeling the draw right now, shell be looking at sno coming soon so Im won't can't go there now though

    Ahh the show off lying around eyeing the cat saying u looking at me! u looking at me PUNK! the cool dawg just saying ya both posuers and with a look of disgust towards the camera, the puss [looks like hes had too many twinkies I had a hard time seeing the head, cool cat though, and cool they can all play in the sandpit together..


    Awesome piccs bud thanx for sharing

    whats happened to our female stirrer and her dogs thread?
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    CC, just bring the stiffest soled shoes you have. You're right, the x-rays cannot be allowed to screw up an mtb road trip!

    OP, be proud, be a "high poster"!

    Seriously, if you want an AMP over there, I suspect that Larry at Mtn High or Chad at Red Barn could sell you one, and ship it over in a bag of gourmet peanuts or something!
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    I was considering, but my spot is sitting at 29.98lbs right now. Do not want it to be over 30 so no dice. Besides, I need the break at the top of the climb to adjust my seat ........

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    Quote Originally Posted by 006_007
    Besides, I need the break at the top of the climb to adjust my seat ........
    Now thats my sorta crutch



    I do like the GD seriously, but um not been used for nearly a year now sitting in a box all lonley with the bikes
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    Quote Originally Posted by trailadvent
    both of you are giving an almost identical look at the person pointing the camera to you, even the body language is almost the same.....
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    this was actually a timer shot from this past tuesday. no idea what we were lookin at. a absolute coincidence. layla just wants to be like me i suppose.
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    Love this pic.....
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    yep. a fave of mine too, one of squish's handywork from arkansas last year. too bad about the camera angle and framing though but that doesnt take it out of my top 5 fave pics. lalya was railin it!
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    Great shot, lads playing together.....
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    odus in his trail dog days, me in my flux days, fall of '05. he could run and corner like mad back then! not as quick as his sister but faster, longer.
    Quote Originally Posted by trailadvent
    Ahh the show off lying around eyeing the cat saying u looking at me! u looking at me PUNK! the cool dawg just saying ya both posuers and with a look of disgust towards the camera, the puss [looks like hes had too many twinkies..... and cool they can all play in the sandpit together.....
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    whats funny is thats totally bass-ackwords of reality even though the pic tells yer version of the story. odus is the laid back one, layla is the uppity pup though both love the cats. the truck digs hangin with us in the man cave/shop and yes, shes a bit heavy. 35 lbs heavy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cactuscorn
    this was actually a timer shot from this past tuesday. no idea what we were lookin at. a absolute coincidence. layla just wants to be like me i suppose.
    Aye buddy they say the dog is like the owner, a good thing if ya ask me

    yep. a fave of mine too, one of squish's handywork from arkansas last year. too bad about the camera angle and framing though but that doesnt take it out of my top 5 fave pics. lalya was railin it!
    Well props to squish, he has a good eye for when to shoot and capture the moment, angle's etc no good if ya miss the moment, tough to get the whole hog! I like it too, everything is right in the action, apex of corner etc, liking that top too and RFX looks bad ass in that shot, maggies standout, um the 08s don't have the carbon reservoirs covers for what its worth, just a geeky observation

    odus in his trail dog days, me in my flux days, fall of '05. he could run and corner like mad back then! not as quick as his sister but faster, longer.
    Good name for a dog, hes looking great i that shot, dig the bandana too very Western, keeps the sweat down and ya know if a dust storm pops up he can breath too Dam fine looking dog..Hope I get so lucky, though sometimes they just pick you huh!

    This was me with my last Dog, I named him after the dog the big one from the book Call of the Wild a great read, the wee one usually bite the heck outta me and every other man, a womans dog! anyways some nostalgia from me! am gonna get me a Dog high on the list, even have my bike in picc wasn't a Turner though


    whats funny is thats totally bass-ackwords of reality even though the pic tells yer version of the story. odus is the laid back one, layla is the uppity pup though both love the cats. the truck digs hangin with us in the man cave/shop and yes, shes a bit heavy. 35 lbs heavy.
    Hah yep typical I get it backwards, dogs are great, that cats almost as big, probaly thinks its a dog, Truck awesome name for a cat, we used to have one nearly that big next door I called him Horse after this fella from Footrot flats era
    http://www.oneil.com.au/footrot/ch_horse.shtml

    He was a mean hombre
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