Race Face Evolve Seatpost

DESCRIPTION

Designed to be an all around performance seat post, the Evolve is suitable for cross-country or downhill use.

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 07, 2009]
tpparker
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

It looks ok...

Weakness:

Works as if it was designed to break.

Within a season of riding I've had the bolt securing the seat snap on three different occasions. The first two were AL and held up the worst, maybe a month or so of riding respectively. The last, an iron composite lasted a bit longer. Bottom line: it's junk, save your self the trouble and get a Tomson.

Similar Products Used:

Titec, Tomson

[Sep 29, 2008]
L'il Matt
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Weight, cost, length.

Weakness:

Snapping clamp bolts...might have the answer for this (see "The Bottom Line"

I purchased this post online before looking at the MTBR reviews...and then was somewhat concerned at the loose saddle & snapping bolt problems. With that in mind (and finding a small amount of movement in the clamp with the bolt tightened up)I looked farther. I believe the problem lies in the length of the clamp bolt - it's too long. As the top half of the clamp has a blind hole (it's not drilled right through so as not to foul the fancy cast logo), the bolt is bottoming out in the thread before tightening fully on the saddle rails. Excessive tightening of the bolt to fully clamp the saddle may be stressing the bolt and leading it to fail.

So I carved 3mm (1/8") off the end of the bolt and the saddle is now nice and firm. It's early days with mine yet, but it seems to have solved the problem for me so we'll see.

Similar Products Used:

na

[Jun 02, 2008]
JP Versfeld
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

NONE

Weakness:

Single Clamp Bolt - undertighten = seat loosens
Overtighten = Bolt snaps
There is no in between!!!

The single bolt snapped off on two separate occasions at high speed - still don't quite know how I did not wipe out.

Crap seatpost design -

Replaced with Thompson seatpost.

Similar Products Used:

NONE

[Aug 10, 2007]
Andy
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

acceptable weight and looks for my kind of riding

Weakness:

What else, the bolt! Snapped the sucker right in half.

I just like having all the same components for my cockpit, so I went with the strong and durable Race Face Evolve XC line. Everything has held out flawlessly for my riding style and purposes other than that damn single bolt holding the seat clamp together... Just like everyone else said! What really sucks about the whole thing is that I contacted Race Face several times to get a replacement bolt. It's not that I'm cheap or lazy, in fact I went to 5 different bike shops, Home Depot, Lowes, and ACE Hardware to find a replacement bolt. Nada! Race Face insists that their bolt is NOT proprietary, but why in the hell couldn't I find a replacement anywhere? Needless to say, they would not/could not send me a replacement bolt... Hell, I would've even paid for it! Obviously, I bought a seat post from a "real" company - Thomson. Unfortunately, Race Face lost another customer... 4 chilis for value and 3 chilis overall cuz the stem and handlebars have held up well- too bad we can't rate the company itself

Similar Products Used:

Titec, Thomson, Easton

[Sep 25, 2005]
Tom
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

beefy, quality seat binder thingy

Weakness:

weight, anodized finish rubs off

Good price, nice and beefy, seems indestructible. A bit heavy and the anodized black comes right off. Even an under-seat bag will rub the finish off. A little disappointing because it looks so nice to start with. Good post for the price, though. Should last a long time.

Similar Products Used:

nashbar, house brands

[Jun 19, 2007]
Steve
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

light weight, low price.

Weakness:

single bolt design

Broke the bolt on the seatpost twice in 2 weeks. I don't ride my bike really hard, some light downhill is it. I've got a bunch of Raceface gear on my wifes bike, and it performs great, but steer clear of this product.

Similar Products Used:

Titec El Norte, Thompson Elite

[Feb 16, 2006]
Joel
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Price, looks, maybe weight?..?

Weakness:

Bolts

It lasted for about 3 months then broke in the middle of a race. I konw this is not necessarily a race quality post but it is guarnteed for life so I figured it would be ok. obviousely it was not. I am not an extreme and weigh about 190. I think it should have held up to whatever. If you are looking for a good seatpost I would look some where else. The quality just isn't there.

Similar Products Used:

ritchy, rock shox, bontrager

[Jan 23, 2006]
Guy Smiley
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Looks good...for a while

Weakness:

clamping bolt, finish rubs off, seat rails slide back in about 30 seconds

It was good for a while, but the seat came loose on EVERY ride, and then the seat would slide back on the rails. The bolt broke once in my driveway, so I replaced it. It broke again at the trailhead another day...so I replaced it again. And when it broke a third time while riding, and my seat bag and tools scattered all over the trail. I replaced the post. It really sucks riding a few miles of cross country back to your car standing up!!! Spend the extra money and get something better!!

Similar Products Used:

race face atlas seat post

[Aug 10, 2006]
Michael
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

composite

Weakness:

Race Face Next XC Composite - Single bolt clamp SUCKS - comes loose all the time. I have always had issues with single bolt seat posts - go dual !!!

Steer clear of all single bolt seatposts. I ride races, but even on weekend rides the post comes loose on medium rides.

Similar Products Used:

name them - replaced all single bolt clamp setups

[Aug 09, 2005]
Miguel

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Nice look and construction, easy to fit.

Weakness:

A little short for some bikers.
Any complaints so far.

Very good product with a nice black satin finish that matches my Hardrock very well. Reduced weight.
The only possible issue is the lenght.

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