This new 228g post sporting FSA's ‘Carbon Structural Integration’ technology has proved impressively comfortable, creak-free and durable on our hardtail testbed. It's even stood up to a proper beating through rock gardens and seated bouldery singletrack descents.
Despite our general mistrust of single-bolt serrated cradle seat clamps, we’re pleased to say that the one used here – shared with the SL seat post – has been ﬁne.
Carbon Structural Integration is FSA’s new technique of carbon ‘shrink wrapping’ alloy components using a high-pressure sock mould.
By wrapping the carbon under high pressure, the ﬁbre actually provides a genuine structural advantage rather than just a cosmetic ﬁnish. FSA claim that this not only improves basic strength, but also improves its shock-absorbing qualities and reduces the potentially brittle nature of either carbon or alloy alone.
This makes it a perfect construction technique for something that takes a lot of ﬂex and impact loading, such as stems (OS-99), handlebars (XC-220) and this seat post.
The ﬁnal bonus is that it’s also cheaper than a complete carbon shaft seat post, even though the performance is actually considerably better than many of them.