First look: Specialized Command Post

Adjustability on the fly

Specialized announces the launch of its Command Post, an adjustable travel seatpost that gives mountain riders the ability to change saddle height with the flick of a handlebar-mounted switch.  

Developed by the Suspension Technology Group at Specialized in Morgan Hill, California, the Command Post provides three saddle height options, so serious riders can change their stance mid-ride depending on the terrain and conditions—all with the flick of a switch. Its 100mm of adjustable range is denoted by three saddle positions—Power (when the saddle is at full height); Cruiser (35mm below the Power position); and Descender (100mm below the Power position).

The Command Post operates on an internal mechanical collet-based locking system with a low-pressure air actuated return spring (shown), which (set from the factory at 25psi) provides an ample return speed when raising the saddle to a higher position. The user-adjustable range (20 to 30 psi) gives riders the ability to slow down or speed up saddle rise, depending on rider preference. Rider weight simply guides the saddle down to a lower position when the remote lever is depressed.  

The Command Post is available as aftermarket equipment and comes stock on 2009 Enduro Pro and S-Works models. Command Posts ship with both left- and right-handed forged aluminum remote levers, giving riders full control over their cockpit configuration. According to Specialized, the saddle mount is the standard wedge and rail clamp assembly common on most Specialized bike models; the durable aluminum tubing, 30.9mm-diameter seatpost and shaft assemblies provide years of trouble-free performance. Retail price to be determined.

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