01 July 2014 ~ 6 Comments

Specialized CG-R Seatpost Review

Last year I took and built up a seven titanium bike and used it’s first 1200K. I just about died because of butt soreness in the last two days of this four day event (see this post).
Consequently, I have purchased this new so-called suspension seatpost from Specialized (it’s nickname is the cobbler gobbler). It has made an incredible difference. Even on a short 50 mile ride where I’m in the aero bars a lot I can feel the difference in the buzz of the road. It has kept me from selling or retiring this double-butted titanium frame.
I highly recommend it for those that are suffering with saddlesore issues or other butt comfort problems.

The single mounting screw is very fast to adjust as one screw adjusts fore/aft distance and the angle (the easiest to install and adjust of any of the saddle posts I have used). But the only caveat with this post is that because the adjustment screw is on the side of the post, some suspended leather saddles may not work as the side apron of the saddle covers up the adjustment/mounting screw. My Gilles Berthoud touring saddle (Aravis) has been trimmed back a little so I am barely able to access the allen screw. My guess is that the Brooks Team Pro or B-17 would prevent access.

This summer (2014), it served me well and was comfortable on CHC1200 with the same saddle and wheelset as my difficult 2013 1200K.

I do not sell these on my website. This item is only available in 27.2 mm diameter post.

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6 Responses to “Specialized CG-R Seatpost Review”

  1. Bob 2 July 2014 at 8:00 am Permalink

    I notice you have a non-standard (non Seven) seat post clamp that features two bolts instead of one. Does it work better, and did you make the change due to seat post slippage? Torque setting used? My Nitto chromoly post slipped a little in my Seven Alaris until I use some carbon paste which has helped for the most part. What is the setback on that Specialized post – the usual 20 – 25 mm?

  2. Rando Richard 2 July 2014 at 12:22 pm Permalink

    My Seven seatpost clamp bolt stripped out and I haven’t had a chance to drill it out. Consequently, I used a left-over Brand-X clamp from another bike. I do like the double-bolt system though, and yes, I do use carbon paste. I believe the setback is 25mm.
    By the way, the attachment rail clamp on the CG-R is hands-down the easiest to adjust of any of the many posts I have used. It came with two adapters, one for alloy rails and one for carbon fiber saddle rails. The only problem has been the Gilles Berthoud Ti rail saddles tend to slip in this and every other post I use — I need to try the paste on that too.

  3. SP 28 February 2015 at 8:12 am Permalink

    Curious about the mounting system for the seat packs you show in the photo.
    Where can I find out more about that?
    Thanks…..SP

  4. Rando Richard 2 March 2015 at 9:06 pm Permalink

    SP, that is my design and manufacturing company: eogear.com. It is larger than a wedge bag, but smaller than panniers — and typically more stable than a beam rack bag system.

  5. Cisco Kid 30 April 2015 at 9:49 am Permalink

    What seat bags are those? Does the 2nd smaller bag detach?

  6. Rando Richard 30 April 2015 at 1:38 pm Permalink

    Those bags are my design…eoGEAR, i.e. eogear.com. Shown is the RandoBag 6.6 with the smaller detachable 2.5 Add-on Pocket. The bracket is the now-discontinued Lightweight Bracket. It was replaced by the Dual Bracket.