If you’ve read my recent post you know I’ve spent quite a bit of money on adjustable seatposts. A few people have commented that I’ve bought into the marketing hype and say “having an adjustable really doesn’t have any impact on riding ability”. While I don’t necessarily agree with the comments I will say however, that if your riding style of choice is primarily cross country, investing in an adjustable is probably not going to do much to improve your riding. However, if you’re an all-mountain jockey like me an adjustable will make a world of difference to your level of riding.
First, let me give you some background. Adjustables have been around for years but only in the last few years have they started to become mainstream. The advancements in longer travel bikes and improvements in seatpost technology have moved more companies to jump on the bandwagon. Manufacturers and bike companies alike are seeing the potential of the all-mountain segment in our sport. Rock Shox and soon Fox Racing Shox are just a few of the giants in our industry starting to compete for market share.
So what makes the adjustable seatpost so unique it has convinced me there is no going back? Let me start by sharing a little story with you. Ever since I was a young lad, many moons ago, riding dangerous terrain was something that gave me an adrenalin rush and therefore I gravitated to it. Back in ’08-’09 I purchased my first full suspension mountain bike, a Teocali Super. One of the main reasons I purchased this bike, besides it begin affordable, was that it shipped with an adjustable seatpost, the KS 900r. This bike was a sort of re-introduction after taking a few years off from my first passion: mountain biking. Now having a 5 1/2 inch travel bike with an adjustable not only had me riding with a silly grin on my face, but it also sparked that old adrenalin addiction all over again. I found myself riding terrain once inconceivable to me. It allowed me to smash mental and physical riding boundaries on a daily basis. Being able to lower my center of gravity on the fly when things got steep and sketchy gave me a level of confidence and freedom I did not have before.
I also strongly believe that having a standard seatpost places you in a compromising position. Here’s what I mean. As you well know mountain biking is an up and down sport. You are either climbing or descending. Now climbing with efficiency requires you to raise your seatpost to the correct height and descending is best performed when you have a low center of gravity requiring you to lower the post. With a conventional post this means you have to find a happy medium, which is a compromise. Having to stop to adjust the height not only breaks your rhythm and flow, but it’s a pain in the ass. Now I don’t know about you but I love rhythm and flow.
Besides it being a compromise, it can also be a danger to your health. Here is why. We at one time or another find ourselves in situations where we’ve bitten off a bit more than we bargained for. Case in point. One day I was doing some exploring on unfamiliar terrain. At one point I misjudged the steepness of a large rock face. However, like a typical adrenalin junkie, I committed to the descent. Now mind you I wasn’t using my adjustable but was instead using the standard post. Normally in a situation like this I would just push a bottom on the handle bar to lower my seatpost and get my center of gravity as low as possible. But that wasn’t possible. No matter how hard I leaned back over the rear tire to get as much traction to slow down, I could not, because the seatpost was too high. To make a long story short, I was off the bike for 2 months because of a broken wrist.
Now I’ve heard all the common complaints about the adjustable: they are too heavy, too expensive, and they don’t work properly. While I empathize and agree to some extent, the benefits for me were far more persuasive. The recent advancements coupled with the fact that more companies are starting to compete for market share will make these arguments a moot point.
So if you’ve been on the fence or just looking to make an upgrade that will really give you a bigger bang for your buck in terms of taking your riding to the next level, get yourself an adjustable. Only then will you understand why I say that “once you go adjustable there is no going back”.
Read my recent post, which gives you an honest review of all the latest seatposts on the market.
As alway all comments are welcomed.