Charge Chopstick seatpost review£34.99

Colourful seat stick

BikeRadar score3.5/5

This Charge post is big on colour options and has a simple yet impressively secure setup. It’s not micro adjustable or particularly lightweight, but the price makes up for that.

Polished, brown, red, blue, silver, black and purple anodised colours are what will catch most riders’ eyes, and the smooth, curved-back 20mm layback design is very slick.

The radial notches on the side-loading clamp mean a positive locking engagement that we’ve bounced around on a lot without loosening.

It does restrict fine adjustment slightly though, and the 30mm rails give limited saddle rail support. It’s heavy for its length and sizes are limited, but if it fits, it’s a sturdy shot of colour at a decent price.

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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