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Campagnolo Record

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Functional but Weak Work of Art

  • Sep 6, 2003
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Pros: Work of art looks, easy saddle adjustments, lightweight

Cons: Weak sidewalls, stress fractures developed over time.

The Bottom Line: I would rather have you look for another carbon seatpost unless you must have a Campy seatpost for your Campy equipped bike.

This review is based on three years worth of riding experience with this seatpost. Below are various aspects of the seatpost I will share with you in order for you to make your own conclusions in purchasing this seatpost:

Looks: This is one of the best looking carbon seatposts out there. The carbon layering has a shine on it like no other with an almost 3D effect. This seatpost looks like a piece of art that should be displayed in a museum.

Seatpost Clamp: This is one of the best single bolt designs out there. It uses one 6mm bolt for saddle adjustments. Shimano uses the same design with their Ultegra and Dura-Ace seatposts which are their two top seatposts, respectively. It will take you less than a minute to adjust your saddle with this seatpost.

Setback: This seatpost has the same amount as the two Shimano seatposts that I mentioned earlier. It is a typical design that many manufacturer's use giving you an extra .5-.75 inches to move your saddle back. Only Thompson seatposts have no setback which means Thompson is the only one that has a seatpost that will position you closer to your stem for time trialing or riders with too long a stem.

Weight: This is one of the lighter seatposts available. Advertised weight is 180 grams. My gram scale also shown 180 grams. This is one of the few times that I have actually weighed a bike product that met it's advertised weight. Many bike products are off 10-15% and usually towards the heavier side. To compare, most aluminum seatposts weigh in at 220-260 grams. But in the carbon seatpost world, the Campy seatpost is in the middle. Typical carbon seatposts range from advertised weights of 128-200 grams.

Ride Quality: This is probably the most subjective portion of my review. You have probably heard that using a carbon seatpost is more comfortable to ride than an aluminum seatpost. That is what these manufacturers would like you to believe. At least from my experience, I can't tell the difference between this seatpost or any other aluminum seatpost for that matter in ride quality. I could be wrong in my judgment on this but I would suggest you do your own comparison and judge for yourself. I believe the two most deciding factors for ride quality will be the road frame material your riding and the tire pressure that you use.

Length: Typical length of 250mm. Most seatposts range in length from 240-260mm. This seatpost is right in the middle.

Durability: This is probably this seatpost's weakest point. After three years of use, the seatpost developed stress fractures around the seat collar. When I purchased this seatpost, the instructions at the time did not mention any issue with seat clamping pressures. The current instructions indicate that if you use too much seat clamping pressure, you run the risk of damaging the seatpost and voiding any warranty. This means heavier riders need not apply. Campy expects that we use just enough seat clamp pressure to hold the seatpost in place. Heavier riders will then run the risk of having the seatpost slide into the frame over rough roads or bumps. I am surprised that Campy did not reinforce the sidewalls like their competitors in the carbon seatpost market to prevent this issue. Their competitors realize that using unreinforced carbon potentially will have these stress fracture issues. If you check other road bike discussion forums, they will mention this same issue as well. Aluminum seatposts do not have this issue.

Conclusion: This seatpost is definitely one of the most beautiful carbon seatposts out there. Too bad it is not very durable and demands special handling. I have reservations recommending this seatpost being that it is fragile, especially if you compare it to an aluminum seatpost. The only riders I would recommend it to is a lightweight rider that has to have his/her Campy equipped bike with a Campy carbon seatpost. Other than that type of rider, there are stronger and lighter carbon seatposts out there for you to choose. Hope this information has been helpful. Happy riding!!


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