System EX EL suspension seatpost£17.00

One for the larger rider

BikeRadar score3/5

The System EX is cheap, but unfortunately not very comfortable. Despite the listed 45mm of travel, even deliberate ball-busting bounces on the saddle never coaxed more than 25mm of movement out of the shaft.

On the trail it rarely moved at all, except over bumps that we would ordinarily have stood up for rather than stayed sitting through. What give there was did little to reduce the eye-watering consequences either.

The plus side is that there’s no bounce or movement when pedalling. With no spare spring kits available, it’s only big, heavy riders who could really regard this as a viable option for a suspension post. 

There’s increasing fore and aft wobble and knock from new too and there’s no way of reducing that play as it increases. It does come in a decent range of sizes, though.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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