Levels up your ability significantly
By Varaxis March 2, 2011
This probably isn't the best adjustable post out there, but at this price, it's probably the most affordable. It's super easy to install and once you take it out on a ride, you become enlightened.
You can do so much with the seat out of the way with your legs free to pump, absorb shock, get low over the saddle, twist and lean into corners, get more height on bunny hops, etc. Being able to tuck like a mofo is something a great number of riders have no idea could help them on their ride. It's like going into a tuck makes you go faster through everything--it's actually touted by some as the attack position. You really can't do it with the saddle up, since to be able to use your legs to unweight and pump and to get low, the saddle needs to be low else you'll be like a clown getting behind the saddle when the trail isn't even steep. I'm not shy about hitting jumps on the side of the trail either anymore--before I got it, with the saddle up, when I went for one, it was scary with the front of the biking pitching down, but with the saddle out of the way, I can sail through the air more comfortably due to the position I can get into when I take off.
There's no compromise on pedaling efficiency either by raising the saddle back to the optimum height. I used to run my seatpost about an inch lower than optimal, but now I get the best of both worlds and then some, as i still find myself going back to that 1" lower position, all for a 300g weight penalty. I'm no weight weenie, but I'm sure that extra 300g over your typical seat post is worth the performance you get out of this.
3" of adjustability is plenty for me. With the saddle 3" lower, it's never interfered in anyway and I don't desire for any extra lowering ability. It's at the perfect height for my bike stand to grab the a safe amount of post, between the collar and seatpost clamp. Thanks to the infinite adjustability, I also discovered that I prefer my saddle a little lower for general trail riding, maybe 20mm lower than "max height with slight bend in my knee at full pedal stroke extension".
Downsides: it rises if you try to lift the bike by the saddle while it's in the down position.
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