a Recreational Rider
from Youngstown, Ohio,USA
Date Reviewed: May 19, 2002
Strengths: low weight, reliability, adjustability
Ah the seatpost. So simple yet so many choices... I choose the AC ti because of its light weight and the long standing tried and true design of the aluminum version. I figured the high price for ti and the fact that design improvements in seat posts are few and far between, this would be a seat post that would last me a very long time. So far I've used it for 6 years with unremarkable reliability. Once adjsusted, it stay there. I like the micro-adjustability but once in position forget about it (as it should be). The overall weight is low. Few posts out there today can out-light my AC ti. I believe I spent my money well. The post contributes to the aesthetics of my bike and it overall low weight
Bike Setup: Litespeed Classic, Campy Record 10, Campy Neutron Wheels
a Recreational Rider
from Lorain, Ohio
Date Reviewed: April 29, 2002
Strengths: One piece: good looks, reliable, used to be good price
Two piece: longer than one piece, strong and reliable
Weaknesses: One piece: a bit short for some people
Two piece: poor surface finish
This review is for the aluminum posts. The old origional model is a one piece post made in the USA. This is the one that made the reputation for the company. Very nice looking, reliable, and cheap. The newer model is made from two pieces with the head glued onto the mast. Two piece is made in Taiwan or mainland China and has a much lower surface finish quality. Also the head looks slightly different -not as good to my eye. AC still sells the nice one piece model only when the two piece came out they raised the price from $35 to $55!
a Road Racer
from Newport Beach, CA
Date Reviewed: August 23, 2001
Weaknesses: It is the definition of weakness.
This report is on the AL version. Took delivery of new bike today. Did the setup (Racer/mechanic for 40+ years so I did it right) On maiden ride, 100 meters from the front door, the adhesive between the top and lower portions of the post failed!Result: a rotating saddle and NO way to fix it. CS customer support is sending a replacement (CS did say that they have had very good results with this post with a low percentage of failures)I put a mid 90s Camy SR on and it looks so good I may stick with it, and since I used this post in a jillion points races,keirins, and match sprints without failure - I can trust it.
Note: I weigh 215, but I was not hamering when this silly thing failed. Any product that fails first time out should get -points. CS will make it right because they are a good shop, and if the replacment post does perfom well I will repost (assuming I take the Campy out!)
Bike Setup: Litespeed Palmares, DA, Mavic Cosmos, 3t
a Road Racer
from Ft. Benning, GA USA
Date Reviewed: August 3, 2001
Strengths: AL Model.Easy to adjust. Follow the directions or you will break the clamp. Light weight. Old school looks...classic. Tough...in use for 6 years and hit by a truck...broke leg, not post. Excellent product support from AMClassic.
Weaknesses: Weathered look over time. Seat bag mat rub polish off the post.
Keepin it simple. Not as trick as Carbon fibre, but light and tough. Used by racers (of all categories) for 3 decades. Cheep- about 35-40 bucks. 4.5 stars....nothing is perfect
Bike Setup: QuattroAssi Genius, DA, Amclassic, cane creek
a Recreational Rider
from Williamsburg, VA
Date Reviewed: November 29, 2000
Strengths: Old posts - see below
Weaknesses: see below
I'm writing about the American Classic aluminum post. I have used American Classic seat posts in the past and always liked them. Just bought a beater bike and needed a good post, so I ordered another AC post. What came in the mail on 29 Nov 2000 was a piece of crap: clamp bolt frozen in clamp (unfinished threads), file mark on post, indifferent finish, ugly logo and not 27.2 mm diameter as marked. This is not the old American Classic. What happened?
One star for looking like a good tool with which to pound tomato stakes into the ground next spring.
Greetings to you all,
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