change at all actually. Inspite of dire warnings on the packet about checking
the bolts and tightening up as things bed in, we’ve left the post alone
and it’s still perfect. No creaks, no slippage. Apologies for our sceptisism,
but this one’s great. The only thing we would stress is that inspite of
what you might think at first look, this isn’t a post with layback. It mounts
the saddle pretty much where the old USE in line posts did. It just does
it in a more elegant way and also gives more room for saddle adjustment.
Light and effective.
PS: Thanks to James Tatlow for the new picture, below.
USE’s Alien seat post turned up the other day and I managed to get a picture
of it this afternoon. Tommorow I might even get one in focus.
The clamp design (which I’ll take a shot of later – I took a shot today
but the batteries ran out) is pretty unique in that it clamps the post in
place by sort opposing mechanical forces, rather than a clamping action
– which probably doesn’t make sense to you.
The cradles at the front and rear are pushed inwards thanks to two bolts
which run through them, and they then clamp the saddle in place as they
push the saddle rails against the carrier in the centre, which in turn locks
the saddle in place at the right angle.
It all seems very secure but the whole thing seems to have been designed
to be very lightweight, rather than easy to use. At least with USEs old
seatpost design, altering the saddle angle was simple. This one requires
a lot of spannering (or 2.5mm allenkeying actually) to loosen it off, then
adjust the angle, then clamp back up VERY TIGHT as it says in the leaflet
that comes with it.
The whole thing looks secure enough and strong, and at least comes in proper
sizes and doesn’t need bodging (sorry, shimming) into place.
I’m sure as soon as I get it properly adjusted it’ll be fine. Seatposts
enevitably are a bit fiddly to get set up and then are left alone. You want
a seatpost to stay tight whatever you do.
Anyhow, it’s on the bike now, and we’ll see how it beds in.
few good rides on the post and things are pretty much as we left them. The
post hasn’t budged at all, not even any bedding in or creaking, which is
pretty impressive. You can’t really ask more for a seatpost than that. Happily
I must have got it in about the right place to start with so I didn’t have
to fiddle with it, but it’s staying there, isn’t making a racket and that
can’t be bad. More news as it occurs, but this one looks like it could be
Associated links: www.use1.com
SIZE="2" FACE="Arial">USE have developed a new seatpost design, called Alien. Available
shortly, the post will be available in three lengths, four sizes and four colours,
as well as Shok Post and Carbon models.
The first ALIENS to land will be the aluminium ALIENS. These will arrive in bike
shops just before Christmas. Hot on their heals will be the svelte Carbon range and
not long after will be the Shok Post ALEINS available in the early months of year
The ALIEN post is significantly lighter than USE’s old post design ñ a standard ALIEN
aluminium post in 350mm length and 27.2mm size weighs in at 198g making it possibly
the lightest "Ally" post available. The Carbon ALEIN is even lighter by
20g. Unlike conventional seat posts, the main load bearing is not on the head, but
directed through the "ALIENís head" and into the post itself. This results
in a stronger and even lighter seat post. USE claim that in tests the ALIEN has beaten
just about all the other terrestrial seat posts for ultimate and fatigue strength
design has been developed using the latest sophisticated FEA (Finite Element Analysis)
computer modelling as well as in house "lab testing" by U.S.E., Giant and
Specialized. On top of that, racers from the Giant International MTB race team have
been hammering the ALIEN in the dirt.
Adjustment is a doddle. The ALIEN uses two "rear-entry" bolts that cleverly
raise the saddle rails on the ALIENís head and lock them into position. Set up is
as easy as 1: position saddle, 2: slide in lower blocks, 3: insert bolts and tighten.
Aluminium 7075 Colours available Silver ; Black ; Red ; Blue
USE shim system available all sizes 25.4mm-32.8mm in 0.2mm increments and a special
USE "SX" shim system available – sizes from 28.0.. – 32.8mm in 0.2mm increments
and a special 30.9mm size.
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