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FSA seatpost with quick release saddle clamp so you can take your bicycle seat with you

Once you find a saddle and seat position you like, woe be to the one who messes with it. FSA understands, and that’s why they made the QR seatposts. We first saw these as a prototype at Sea Otter 2014, after which there was apparently enough interest for them to put it into production. You set your saddle position like normal, using the bottom bolt to lock in their “Nano” adjust placement. The fore-aft position is set using a bolt on the bottom of the red part, which is fully contained when the clamp section is removed for safe keeping. A lever at the back acts like any other quick release lever – just flip it open and slide out the clamp and your saddle comes with you…

FSA seatpost with quick release saddle clamp so you can take your bicycle seat with you

The post has a 20mm set back and uses an AL6061 post with forged alloy head. It comes in 27.2, 30.9 and 31.6 diameters with a 350mm length. Weight is 318g with a black anodized finish. The Metropolis version we saw a couple years ago was in the line for a while but appears to have been discontinued.

For commuters or city dwellers that don’t trust their saddle to stay put unattended, these QR posts are a quick, easy way to take it with you and not have small cable locks running all up and down your bike.

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poul hansen
poul hansen
6 years ago

BUT, if you don’t take the saddle with you every time, it’s much easier to steal it. And, as so many other manufacturers(f.x. light manufacturers), they’ve even marked the release in red, so all strangers can see that it releases!
It can’t be for the sake of the owner, he KNOWS it, because he bought it.

I always paint those red and orange releases over on lights, bags etc., why announce how easy it is to steal it?

dave
dave
6 years ago

I am dumbfounded that anyone would want this. I could see this being useful for bike fitters but that’s it.

Chader
Chader
6 years ago
Reply to  dave

Exactly, I may get one for our fit studio.

Pete Sake
Pete Sake
6 years ago

Heavy post so you can run a light seat on a heavy bike. Niche.

Huffytoss
Huffytoss
6 years ago

They’ll take your QR off the post just to piss you off.

Ol Shel
Ol Shel
6 years ago
Reply to  Huffytoss

Exactly. Thieves are a spiteful bunch. They get angry when you hamper their ‘work’.

Mike D
6 years ago

I don’t know if I’d personally use it, but the idea certainly has merit. The rate of bike theft in the city I live in is annually in the top 10 in the nation. Wheels, seats, you name it. I could see this hitting the mark for commuters that need to leave their bikes in dubious places for extended periods during the day.

lak
lak
6 years ago

Could be a good idea for people who want to use a shit commuter with a good and comfortable road saddle…

Theendinfrench
Theendinfrench
6 years ago

Perfect for guys & gals who like to run a Brooks (or other expensive saddle) in London but I’d stealth the graphics and offer a silver version too.

EXODUX
6 years ago

So is the stealing of your saddle the reason I see bike on top of car racks with the seat post and saddle missing, is because of possible theft? I always wondered and laughed when I see that

Mike
Mike
6 years ago
Reply to  EXODUX

It could be their way of keeping the saddle free of bug splatter, instead of installing a saddle cover or bike bra.

Stank
Stank
6 years ago

Aside from the red “I can be removed easily” call-out, this is a pretty solid idea. Those tiny little seat cables are almost useless if the person stealing is even somewhat prepared.

Anything that let’s me run my Cambium without having to carry a greasy seatpost into the office is a win in my book. The rust maiden just might get one of these.

Richie
Richie
6 years ago

If only someone would design a QR for the seat collar so you can just remove the seat and post together…oh, wait…

And how does this make things “safer” for commuters?

PFS
PFS
6 years ago
Reply to  Richie

But then you have a much larger and greasy unit. Plus you may have to fiddle with your seat height to get it just right.

logic
logic
6 years ago

A simple marking of some kind eliminates that issue.

Mike D
6 years ago
Reply to  logic

Doesn’t eliminate the greasy post though. If you commute and have to take your seat off often, you’d appreciate this product.

Jack Davis
6 years ago

I just super glue a BB or bearing into the head of the bolts clamping the seat in place. It takes about twenty minutes to remove with a scratch awl if I ever decide I need to replace my seat (which never happens).

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