Specialized Command Post adjustable seatpost review

Remotely operated adjustable post

BikeRadar score2.5/5

The Command Post is robust with some useful features, but it’s not cheap. The internal collet clutch system lets you stop the drop in three distinct positions: Power (full extension), Cruiser (35mm lower) and Descender (full 100mm drop).

You can also alter the pressure of the return air spring to change the return speed, but it still springs back very quickly when released. That’s great if you want immediate return to pedalling height but not so good if your tackle gets in the way.

It takes a couple of rides to get bedded in and smooth out to a consistent slide, but that means it’s really well sealed and survives months of multiple filth/wash/leave or just cake and leave cycles. We’ve not suffered any of the air leak problems reported from early sets nor excessive wear or movement in long-term use.

The curved remote lever is neat, but accurate cable tension via the barrel adjuster is crucial. It’s vulnerable to seizing if it gets wet and then gets left.

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: 45
  • 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 than 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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