USE Alien 350 Carbon Seatpost

DESCRIPTION

  • Offset positioned
  • Forged clamp

  • USER REVIEWS

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    [Oct 14, 2008]
    midbunchlurker
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    3
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Strength:

    Light
    Strong, despite the flimsy looking clamp

    Weakness:

    If you need to change saddle position, loosening the clamp is a mission.

    A surprisingly durable post, but adjusting the position is a real pain.

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    Thomson, Kalloy

    [Jan 12, 2004]
    Antonio
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    2
    VALUE
    RATING
    3
    Strength:

    Light weight and good looking

    Weakness:

    Broke the middle peace that connects to the seat.
    Wore down the back bracket which caused the seat the move all the way back
    USE agent was great and replaced the broken parts for me.

    Dont buy this seat post if you are over 80KG!

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    Thomson elite (great post!)

    [Dec 16, 2001]
    marco righetti
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    lightweight,good shock absorbtion

    Weakness:

    none so far

    its early days yet but as far as i can makeout the alien clamp is easy to work with if you follow the instructions (especially the squeezing the 3 metal parts together bit)and i feel that the clamp mechanism is very clever because as you screw in the screws the 3 bits of metal come together to make it really secure so much so that when i was changing my saddle and i unscrewed the screws completely out from the mechanism i had to use a blunt tool to whack the metal bits apart!as it was really secure,so i really dont understand when some folks say that the saddle slides after a ride!

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    extralite 180 grm alu seatpost,USE xcr shokpost,thomson elite post,

    [Nov 27, 2001]
    Steve
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Light, strong, stiff enough.

    Weakness:

    None really. Some complain about setting up the clamp, but if you are even slighty coordinated it's no trouble.

    A nice light post. Plenty strong. 136 grams for the road post, the MTB one is light too.

    Similar Products Used:

    XTR, Dura-Ace on road bike, USE (old one) suspension post on commuter bike.

    [Apr 26, 2004]
    Bobby
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Very light.

    Weakness:

    Seat clamp tricky to setup. Small, very fine set screw. One must use caution when clamping their seat. Overtighten and your in trouble. Had trouble with post slipping down seat tube but tried rubbing chaulk on seat post and it worked (I think I read that somewhere, MBAction). You must use a shim (comes with) or risk breaking the post...make sure there are no sharp edges digging into the post....I even had to smooth the top edges on the shim.

    If lightness is your goal...this is it! The USE Carbon is super strong and light. If you like to adjust you seat height for different rides I don't think I would recommend this post (constant adjustments will no doubt scratch the carbon, thereby weakening the strength) This post will work best for the rider who's looking for lightness and the one time setup.

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    Thomson Elite - my back-up.

    [Oct 22, 2001]
    Peter Bunker
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    3
    Strength:

    Light weight, techy carbon looks, nicely forged clamp.

    Weakness:

    Price. A trifle fiddly to set up.

    Just a nice bit of kit. The need to use a shim means it looks a bit spindly (why won't USE allow its installation in acarbon frame without a shim?). Good shock absorption. You need to tighten the clamping screws after a bedding in period. I do not yet have carbon splinters in my sphincter. Which is nice.

    Don't buy it if you are clinically obese.

    [Jun 07, 2006]
    Marco
    Racer

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    This seat post is great, it takes the edge off your hardtail racing bike making it alot more comfortable
    Note: that for the 2+ years of use I had my seat post 1/4 inch above the max recomended height and it never gave me problems.
    It finaly broke due to a bike shop abuse on removing it from the frame.

    Weakness:

    Just some advice:
    If you get the older version which has two clamping bolts dont over strees them and keep them flush with the other end of the clamp.
    Be carefull on the instalation around the edges of your frame if they feel too sharp as they may cut into the seat post (I sanded a bit from my frame to make them smoth)
    Change the seat clamp so the bolt opposes the opening on the frame

    Excelent for the cost to weight ratio and comfort

    Similar Products Used:

    Thomson Elite, Bontrager Carbon

    [Dec 21, 2001]
    Troy
    Racer

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Strength:

    Lightest seatpost I could find. (I have the 270) and sawed
    off another 10 gm off the end (slack on a Y - Foil). Looks
    greats. Durable.

    Weakness:

    None

    First off I should inform I'm a road cyclist (no Carbon Alien listed on 'Road Reviews'). Considering I weigh 195 lb
    & cut 1 5/8" off the shorter 270 mm model, I'd have to say this seatpost is very strong (least for road purposes). Didn't really notice any shock dampening advantage, but I'm
    riding a Carbon Y-Foil with a seat that works very well for me already. That said, for the lightest seatpost I could find that's strong & good-looking I can easily recommend this product.

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    Thomson Elite

    [Jan 03, 2006]
    Jesse VOZA
    Racer

    OVERALL
    RATING
    1
    VALUE
    RATING
    3
    Strength:

    + Light
    + Look

    Weakness:

    - Too light
    - Slipping
    - Seat clamp

    Get this post if you adjust it one time and will never touch it after, why ?

    - It will slip in your seat tube. You tighten it, it will brake. What to do ? Tighten it one time with chalk and hope it was the right torque...
    - The clamp is the stupidest around. It is too light. When you tighten the seat it moves. You have to do it with the nose down and hope the seat will be flat when it will be tight...
    - You have 2 bolts for the clamp, be sure to tighten them evenly and after every month.
    - Last but not least, you will need a small hammer to release the seat from the clamp...

    Stupid post, I told you. Get a Thomson wich is just a bit heavier but is top quality and works !

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    Thomson is the best !

    [Jul 25, 2001]
    Karl
    Racer

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Light, build quality strength

    Weakness:

    Clamp is harder to set up if your seat rails are thick, but once set up is no problem.

    A very well made post, with a funky clamp. The clamp will take you longer to set than most, but if you have half a brain shouldn't cause to many dramas. The design of the clamp is what helps save weight, the post weighs about 130g. I ordered my from USE in England because there is no distributor in Oz. They were great, although don't expect them to answer your emails, they don't!!
    A word of warning, I'm a road bike rider and this post has very little set back, so if your looking for that stay away. All in all I'm happy with my purchase, the post is strong light and looks great. I hope I never have a waranty claim because they will probably ignore my emails.

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