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  • #16
    Originally posted by johnfoss View Post
    A low seat kind of sucks for miles of uphill, and though I often don't change it, it's worth doing.
    Last time I rode in a similar configuration (flat and up, then down, then flat again), I thought about the dual quick release seat clamps as a good idea. I know it's easy to fetch the Allen wrench, but out of laziness, I never really do it.
    They're a bit heavier though, anyone using one here?

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    • #17
      Originally posted by slamdance View Post
      I find I gotta break all the rules when off-roading. You know the standard rule: tall seat/short cranks, back straight, look forward for maximum machine like efficiency rule.

      When fighting for balance on gopher hole pocked grass, steep ups and riding in rock quarry I can't do that. I gotta drop the seat and put more weight on pedals. Also, go long cranks and sit light on the seat and lean forward, a lot.
      That's not breaking the rules, that's following the age old, succesfull recipe for rough terrain. George Peck did that, Kris Holm did that, it's the standard practice since forever.
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      • #18
        Originally posted by pierrox View Post
        Last time I rode in a similar configuration (flat and up, then down, then flat again), I thought about the dual quick release seat clamps as a good idea. I know it's easy to fetch the Allen wrench, but out of laziness, I never really do it.
        They're a bit heavier though, anyone using one here?
        I have one on my 36 but seldom need to adjust the seat height.

        I have a Hope Tech single lever clamp on my 24 and change the seat height now and again, but not often.

        All of my unis have quick release seat clamps of one kind or another. I can see no reason not to.
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        • #19
          Originally posted by pierrox View Post
          Last time I rode in a similar configuration (flat and up, then down, then flat again), I thought about the dual quick release seat clamps as a good idea. I know it's easy to fetch the Allen wrench, but out of laziness, I never really do it.
          They're a bit heavier though, anyone using one here?
          My Oracle 36 came with the double quick release clamp and it didn't last long. I found that if you didn't tighten it enough the seat would twist if doing a quick jerk movement when riding. On the other hand I found that if you tighten it too much the clamp gets too stiff. In other words: in my opinion it was more hassle that it was worth so when it broke I bought a KH seat clamp instead (allen wrench type). I couldn't be happier: it keeps the seat post properly clamped in place and it is very quick to change the height of the seat if needed (the allen wrench is only a tiny tool to carry with you after all).

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          • #20
            Originally posted by pierrox View Post
            Last time I rode in a similar configuration (flat and up, then down, then flat again), I thought about the dual quick release seat clamps as a good idea. I know it's easy to fetch the Allen wrench, but out of laziness, I never really do it.
            They're a bit heavier though, anyone using one here?
            I also have those seat clamps on some of my unis, but since I always ride with a small backpack, then I might as well have all needed Allen keys in there. Mostly I keep the saddle height the same, but occasionally I change to see if it makes a difference.

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