Squeaky suspension seatpost

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by ohnovino, 9 Aug 2012.

  1. ohnovino

    ohnovino Large Member

    I'm getting a squeak from my hybrid's seatpost whenever I hit a big bump. I've taken the post out and re-greased it, checked for cracks on the post or anything else in that area, removed and re-attached the saddle and tightened the clamp. The only thing left that could cause the squeak is the useless suspension "feature".

    I'll probably replace it for a normal seatpost soon, but meanwhile does anyone know how to stop the damn thing squeaking? When I had the post out there's a hex bolt on the inside which I guess I could either (a) tighten or (b) loosen to muck about with the insides; I didn't fancy doing either when I don't know what I'm doing.
  2. ushills

    ushills Senior Member

    My USE xcr also squeaks and no problems in 10+ years, I think it's the plastic guides inside.
  3. RecordAceFromNew

    RecordAceFromNew Swinging Member

    West London
    If it is a cheap suspension seatpost from a hybrid then turning the hex bolt clockwise will squish a piece of elastomer (the sole "suspension" povided) inside, kind of like increasing preload on sprung suspension forks.

    As you said they are next to useless. I would either leave it or junk it and replace with a normal alloy post saving you carrying an extra couple of hundred grams or so.
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  4. OP

    ohnovino Large Member

    Thanks - a couple of turns on the bolt and the squeak's gone. Unfortunately that's one less excuse for getting rid of it!
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