Woodman Carbo review

Woodman produce nicely made, well priced bike bits, like this post. The shaft is genuine carbon - not fi bre-wrapped alloy like some - and it even has extra plugs inside to reinforce the clamping zones.

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Woodman produce nicely made, well priced bike bits, like this post. The shaft is genuine carbon - not fibre-wrapped alloy like some - and it even has extra plugs inside to reinforce the clamping zones. The head seems glued and collared securely and it's available in both inline and lay-back versions. The fore and aft bolt set-up allows easy fine-tuning and decent security, and the central rocker cradle is secured rather than loose, which makes it far easier to set up than most up-and-under clamp designs. The weight is usefully low and the price is reasonable too, so it's a shame that the post is only available with a 27.2mm diameter.

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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