I’m always interested in seeing innovative MTB products from upstart companies at Interbike and yesterday I found something pretty cool: the Rase remote-adjustable seat post. The product itself is pretty simple: the seat post is locked in place at various intervals using evenly placed stops down the length of the tube (see photo). The seat can be quickly moved up and down using the remote lock-out trigger mounted to the handlebars.
Now, to the most important question about a new bike product: why? It turns out most folks prefer different seat heights for different riding conditions. So if you’re a cross country rider and you’re climbing up the mountain you’ll want the seat higher to elongate your pedal stroke (better efficiency). But once you get to the top and start down a gnarly downhill it’s advantageous to lower your seat to lower your center of gravity and keep the seat away from, ahem, sensative areas. Sure, you could get off your bike and make the adjustment but that harshes the flow. Plus if you’re riding a trail with constant ups and downs (like Gooseberry Mesa or Slickrock, for example) this thing could come in handy.
Of course there are always trade-offs with new bike products, and in this case the trade-off is weight. The Rase seat post will basically double the weight of a normal seat post but for folks on All Mountain and Downhill rigs this probably won’t be too noticeable.