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Episode 5: Suspension Seat Posts by Mind Map: Episode 5:
Suspension Seat
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Episode 5: Suspension Seat Posts

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The Bike Company, Lake Forest CA




Good question from Frank - one of the readers

This will be an overview of pros and cons and different types

Won't be a specific product review

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Suspension Post Types

Telescoping Seat Post

Types, Coil Spring with damping, Air spring/air damping, Elastomer

Seat moves down and changes leg position in that way

Parrellelogram Seat Post

Pros, Seat moves in the direction of the bump, Backwards and down, Easily moves, no sticktion

Cons, More pivots to keep clean and maintain, Can get a cover for it, More of catapult if you hit a big bump while seated

Titanium Seatpost

This what I ride


Helps if you have back problems

Good for climbs and flats

Good way to add a little rear suspension to a Hardtail

Cheap way to add some suspension to your current bike

Don't have to get used to a new bike, That can take time

Doesn't add that much weight

Good for Tandems!


Not a substitute for full suspension

Only Works while seated

Doesn't suspend the bike and rider.

On technical descents it won't help much because you should be off the saddle, Don't try it!

They all seem to have a bit of "pogo"

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