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    Titanium Seatpost?

    I just got a Ti hardtail and was wondering what kind of seatposts people are running. Do ti seatposts make the ride much smoother or is it more of a weight thing? I can't decide between a Moots and a Thomson. Any suggestions? If it helps, I'll probably be running a fair amount of seatpost (which might affect the flex in the lever effect).

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    USE ti

    I recently built up a Seven Sola ti hardtail. I'm running a USE ti seatpost - primarily because I had one laying around. I'm also running a ti stem, so it looks good together. Thomsons are awesome as well, so you can't go wrong. Enjoy.
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    Moot Ti layback

    the Moots Ti layback gives be a but of cushion.

    You can't go wrong with with either the Moots or the Thompson. If you're heavy, riding hard XC and running a lot of post, I'd go with the Thompson.

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    I'm about 125lbs and will be using the bike for mostly XC and trail work. I don't like getting beaten up (hence the ti frame experiment) and figured that the ti post might add a little bit of extra cush. I just wasn't sure if ti would flex fore/aft or more vertically (obviously preferred). I'm planning on using a post with no set-back.

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    Well if cost is no option you can get Exo-grid. Maxm....pretty damn sweet.

    http://www.maxmcomponents.com/index....f775d4d7f1eb32

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    I'm loving my Kent Eriksen layback post. It's got the coolest head on it I've ever seen too. I was suprised by the amount of cush it gives me on a hardtail.

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    Ive got a MOOTS Ti post, its ok. Its light and looks great but I cant get the seat to firmly stay in place. It tends to pivot up, so the seat tip angles upward (not comfortable). No matter how much I tighten this occurs randomly, sometimes it doesnt happen at all and other times it will happen in the middle of the ride.

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    I've got 4 Ti bikes, 2 being hardtails, and all of them use Thomson(2 Elite, 2 masterpiece)......never an issue and weight wise same ball park.....2 me if you're looking for comfort, it will be more dependent on the saddle amd rails, not the seatpost..........But those New Maxm Exogrid seatposts do look awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    I run a Selcof ti post on my ti hardtail. No complaints.
    It replaced a Thomson, I like the feel of the ti post better than the alu.

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    Good comments guys...so let me throw this one out. I've ridden Thomson's for a long time but have recently been riding Easton Carbon and find them a bit more comfortable associated with less vibration being transmitted into the seat. I plan to stick with Carbon, maybe picking up a Maxm. Never having ridden a Ti post, how do you think it compares to Carbon or Al as far as ride quality???

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    Yeah, thanks for all of your inputs. I was looking for the most comfortable post. Currently, I have a Thomson in the frame (well, picking it up tomorrow), so I'll ride that for awhile and then maybe try a ti or aluminum post to see if I can tell the difference. If anyone has an opinion on comfort though, that'd be great.

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    I bought a ti Dean SS in August 2004.
    I built it with a Thomson originally.
    I decided to race La Ruta de los Conquistadores in Nov 2004.
    I bought a Dean ti post.
    results??

    I was able to ride down the middle of the railroad track sections seated. It ate up a lot of the nasty stuff. I think it definitely depends on how much post you have sticking out. I personally have 11" (seat collar to rails).
    I kept the post on the bike until I won a Race Face Next carbon post in July 2006. It was pretty compliant, and I did quite a few bigger races on it (Trans Rockies, Wild 101, Shenandoah Mtn 100, and E100). It was also way more compliant than the Thomson.
    When I was getting ready to do the 24 hour Worlds in Conyers, GA (10/06) I put the ti post back in. I feel that it has just a bit more flex than the RF post.
    Both post are just over $100. The Race Face looks sexier, is way easier to set-up, and has set back.
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    Good job! This is real world!!!

    Wow....thanks for the feedback. I think that settles it for me. Carbon Fiber for this boy. Ti posts seem hard to come by but Carbon is everywhere.

    I'm gonna try a Maxm Standard Carbon on my Racer-X and see how it feels. They have the Iso-grid Carbon posts but they are pricey ($150) and the standard carbon should be fine. Anyone have any experience with Maxm???

    Thanks for the feedback TeamDicky and good luck in all that you pursue. It sounds like you rock!!!

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    When I designed my Ti ss bike, I had a ti seatpost already in my mind. Dropped the toptube considerably, making a very compact, sideways stiff frame and used an oversized ti seatpost to give the ride more 'cusioning'. It works fabulous and Im glad I went with a 30.9mm custom made seatpost (also done by my friend framebuilder Darren Crisp), since 27.2mm on this length would be over done. Ti is great stuff to 'tune in' your ride.

    On one of my steel DeKerf hardtails I use an Easton carbon seatpost, which is a big difference with the alu Syncros in my other DK hardtail. Overall my ti singlespeed with the current setup is spot on to what I consider ideal in terms of comfort in a hardtail.

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    Thanks guys, this is exactly what I was looking for. Only problem, now I want to go get a new seatpost

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    Heck with that!!! I want to get a new Crisp. That's one sweet ride there dude. Please, more porn, I mean pictures!!!

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    .....Ti.

    IMHO.

    Had them all.

    Ti is far more comfy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dropin%Dug
    Heck with that!!! I want to get a new Crisp. That's one sweet ride there dude. Please, more porn, I mean pictures!!!

    Here the full story and pics. Hope to get the stem 'fixed' the first thing in '07 and working on another fork.

    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=218230
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    Moots seatpost sucks

    Well... I will just have you know that after 5 months I finally received my moots layback seatpost for my Ibis SilkTi and it sucks. I had to totally disassemble my koobi saddle and I had to crank the clamp open to even get the rails in. Now it is nearly impossible to tilt the seapost up and down due to the teeth in the rail clamping device catthing the edges of the titanium clamp. I can't tell you how pissed off I am after spending all of that money. And wasting so much time.! And to hear someone above say their post slips all the time ... big disappointment if that happens as well, although I don't see how it is possible!

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    Just an update on my moots post, I called moots and they said the previous seat clamps were prone to failure due to the teeth grinding down so the saddle wont stay in place. They sent me a new set of clamps free but they were a b*tch to get in. Would I ever spend money on another moots product? Probably not.

    Another update: after doing several long rides with my new clamps installed, the saddle still slips. f*ck moots. overpriced crap
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    Seat post

    Quote Originally Posted by shapirob
    Well... I will just have you know that after 5 months I finally received my moots layback seatpost for my Ibis SilkTi and it sucks. I had to totally disassemble my koobi saddle and I had to crank the clamp open to even get the rails in. Now it is nearly impossible to tilt the seapost up and down due to the teeth in the rail clamping device catthing the edges of the titanium clamp. I can't tell you how pissed off I am after spending all of that money. And wasting so much time.! And to hear someone above say their post slips all the time ... big disappointment if that happens as well, although I don't see how it is possible!

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    Maybe you should look at Kent Erickson's. http://www.kenteriksen.com/comp_seatpost.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paladin
    Maybe you should look at Kent Erickson's. http://www.kenteriksen.com/comp_seatpost.html
    Ditto. My KE post has not slipped once. Two thumbs up.

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    Those Eriksen posts look so clean, and I love that they come in different color accents (I know, vain, but what can you do). Makes me really want to drop the dough.

    Bryan

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