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Specialized CG-R Seatpost
Last Post 04/15/2014 01:17 PM by ChinookPass .. 15 Replies.
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Jimmy

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04/09/2014 02:29 PM
I recently posted, requesting real-world experience for the Trek domane.  I mentioned I'd been looking at the Specialized Roubaix, and was hoping for some feedback on the qualities of the Domane specific to road vibration and small hits on the road. 

I have a very bad back and have been seriously struggling with riding for the past year.  Despite my desire for a new bike, I have come to realize that the expense is simply not justified any longer.  So I decided to get one of the new CG-R seatposts that come on the Roubaix.  

WHOA!!!

This thing is the best thing that could have happened for me!  It absorbs nearly all road vibration and small hits on the road.  We have a lot of slightly sunken cracks across the road and previously they were extremely painful to hit.  Now...nothing!  I don't even need to shift my weight off the saddle.  I feel no bounce or pogo effect at all...just relief. As I have it installed on my prior year's race bike, the handling is still just as quick and tight.  The only downside is the thing is really ugly, but it is growing on me. 

Until I installed this post, I would pick a "good back day" to ride for an hour, knowing that I was going to be in pain for the next 2-4 days.  With the CG-R post, I am about to head out on a ride for my 8th day in a row, including my longest ride in a year (2 hours) on Sunday!  After eight straight days, my legs are cooked, but I can't help myself.

I just wanted to share, in case anybody has back problems.  This has been a game changer for me!
79pmooney

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04/09/2014 02:39 PM
Cool!

For me the huge breakthrough was the new seats. Completely different issue and not (yet) anywhere near as bad as your case, but the Sella Italia seats of the '70s, '80s and '90s stopped working for me, especially after I broke my tailbone and could no longer sit up to relieve perennial pressure. Specialized BGC came along and I could ride again! Now I have a bunch of choices, especially the Terry Dragonfly/Buzz Off seats.

Thanks for sharing this. Bet you will help others.

Ben
SideBySide

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04/09/2014 03:05 PM
Congratulations! That is great to hear.
huckleberry

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04/09/2014 07:01 PM
Good for you!
Keith Richards

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04/09/2014 09:27 PM
Comfort is the SINGLE most important thing. Aero don't mean $hit if you ain't comfortable while working hard hard in the saddle.
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
jacques_anquetil

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04/10/2014 08:48 AM
looks aesthetically horrible, BUT, works amazingly well for Jimmy to get out to ride eight days straight. hallelujah!


Dale

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04/10/2014 09:21 AM
Posted By Keith Jackson on 04/09/2014 09:27 PM
Comfort is the SINGLE most important thing. Aero don't mean $hit if you ain't comfortable while working hard hard in the saddle.


'ya just had to go and stir the pot, didn't you? lol
huckleberry

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04/10/2014 03:11 PM
Yoohoo, Cosmic...

I believe you've been summoned ; )
79pmooney

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04/10/2014 03:57 PM
jaccques, not aesthetically horrible. Yes, quite different. But I think it looks pretty good, a LOT more pleasing to look at than a lot of the rear derailleurs out there. (And handlebars and brake levers.)

In really good design, form follows function. According to Jimmy, they nailed the function. I say the designer(s) tasked with making that function something you wouldn't mind looking at did a very good job.

Ben
Oldfart

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04/10/2014 04:01 PM
Better looking than a thudbuster. I'm with Ben, it's different. If it lets a person ride, it's a good thing no matter how you feel about the aesthetics.
Hoshie

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04/10/2014 04:18 PM
I am going to look at one of those!

Glad you found a solution to help you ride again w/out pain.

j




jrt1045

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04/11/2014 09:13 AM
seen worse in the industry, if that's what if takes to ride? job done
Cosmic Kid

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04/11/2014 03:38 PM
Posted By christopher behrens on 04/10/2014 03:11 PM
Yoohoo, Cosmic...

I believe you've been summoned ; )


Meh....they are not mutually exclusive. You can achieve both, ya know. But anything that allows you to ride MORE should always be favored first.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Gonzo Cyclist

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04/13/2014 12:05 AM
very interesting, good to hear, been checking out the new Syntace carbon posts, these are made to flex, and absorb vibration, these type of seat posts are not cheap, but they ARE much cheaper than a new bike!!
Keep us posted on the long term usage, I hope you have a great riding season!
Jimmy

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04/15/2014 11:58 AM
I am definitely growing toward the look. How well it works undoubtedly influences that. Gonzo Cyclist...the guy I bought the post from (at one of our local shops) rides the flexible Cannondale post on his mtb. He loves it. He has received feedback from riders behind him that it looks like he has a broken post because of the level of flexibility. However, he feels no flexibility at all. I think it has to do with the mitigation of saddle bouncing. It makes it feel smooth and level despite actually flexing quite a bit.

I know Pro's are well grounded in tradition, but I was surprised not to see any of the Specialized CG-R's at Roubaix or Flanders. It is suspension at a critical bike/body contact point. I would think it would help riders "float" the cobbles a little it better.
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