My first post is a seat post post

by evans8   July 11, 2013  

Hello,

I recently (March 2013) purchased my first road bike since adolescence and opted for a Caad8 2300.

Now I am really quite chuffed with it but I am already looking to improve comfort, ride, speed and reduce weight.

My first port of call is the seat post.

My bike came with a C4 stock post which is alloy. I'm not sure what it's weight is (can't seem to find it anywhere).

I was looking for some advise on what to opt for.

I've searched all the usual sites and the one below gets lots of really good reviews and is cheap:-

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/tifosi-carbon-seat-post/

Your thoughts on this or others would be appreciated.

Cheers,

H

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Dont know about that seatpost but my first port of call for an upgrade would be wheels if I were you.

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posted by Fringe [1081 posts]
11th July 2013 - 20:17

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Yep wheels are without doubt the single best place to spend your money. Reducing rotating weight will make loads more difference than reducing the weight of your seatpost and decent wheels will dramatically improve ride and handling compared to the bog standard wheels that come on most bikes.

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posted by StuayEd [62 posts]
11th July 2013 - 20:35

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If you wanna be a weight weenie go and buy some kitchen scales, take your seatpost out, saddle off, weigh each individually, check the weight of your stem. How much do your tires weigh? How much do your inner tubes weigh?

I reckon light tires and very light latex inner tubes, perhaps would come in at 500g which may shave 300g off your bike and reduce rolling resistance.

posted by SammyG [290 posts]
11th July 2013 - 22:18

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posted by SammyG [290 posts]
11th July 2013 - 22:20

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That's a decent seat post, I have one, its a little lighter, and does take some of the road buzz out of your bum

posted by pdows47 [99 posts]
11th July 2013 - 22:52

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For what it's worth, a good set of tyres will help you achieve greater comfort, ride, speed and reduce weight a little. SammyG's suggestion of light latex tubes would reduce the weight even further, but you'll forever be pumping up your tyres.

You don't say what type of riding you do, but I suspect a set of Continental Gatorskins or GP4000s would make the world of difference to the feel of your bike.

posted by FMOAB [217 posts]
11th July 2013 - 23:25

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I'd suggest continuing to put the miles on what you've got for now. I finding that the more riding I do, the more my purchases/upgrades pick themselves based on the problems I want to solve, aches/pains, weaknesses in handling etc.

Dodging the saccadic masking

posted by notfastenough [2607 posts]
12th July 2013 - 9:05

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Thanks guys, all points taken on board

posted by evans8 [1 posts]
14th July 2013 - 22:26

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