Found on Ivan Basso’s training bike is FSA’s adjustable height seat post to let him fine tune his position during training while in motion.
The benefits are obvious, taking the classroom (fit studio) and applying it to the streets. A simple twist moves the saddle up or down by 1mm per click, with a 20mm range in the latest version (this one’s 12mm). It’s cool because it’ll keep the saddle in the same rotational position but can easily let you see how power and comfort change.
It’s only been for pros so far, and has been spotted as far back as 2011, but word is it’s now going into production. It’s really intended as a training aid only. Weight is around 400g, but not final. Maurizio Bellin, FSA’s European OEM Sales guy, says triathletes might like it because they could tweak their position on long courses to better prepare their legs for the transition to running.
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If you don’t mind the weight, this could actually be a pretty functional addition to gravel racers and endurance cyclocross, too.
Now, if they just added a motor to raise and lower the post, they’d take Shimano’s idea to market.