NC-17 MasterStick seatpost review

Extra secure clamp is a worthy feature

Our rating 
3.8 out of 5 star rating 3.8
GBP £69.99 RRP | USD $94.54
NC-17 MasterStick

Our review

Distinctive and easy-to-use design, but perhaps more complex than it needs to be
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German brand NC-17 have come up with something a bit different in saddle rail clamp design. At its heart is an aluminium cylinder with grooves that the saddle rails pop into. They’re secured in place by a pair of aluminium jaws and a transverse 4mm Allen bolt.

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You can feed the assembled jaws and bolt through the cylinder and tighten them in place – no need to juggle odd bits of metal and bolts. Once that’s done, you can adjust the saddle angle, which is done by means of a worm gear underneath.

Winding the adjuster with a 5mm hex key tilts the saddle up and down, with a pinch bolt to lock it in place. An engraved scale shows you where you are. It works well, although having to use two different sized hex keys is a minor annoyance and you can’t help thinking that it’s all a degree of overkill for an adjustment that most people make rarely.

The MasterStick isn’t the lightest seatpost available – nor the most forgiving on rough terrain – but the extra secure clamp is a worthy feature for heavier riders. You’ll also find a long, numbered height scale on the shaft of the post and engraved trimming marks with the amount of weight they’ll save written next to them.

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Also consider: NC-17 Empire S-Pro, £55. Same materials as the MasterStick but with a simpler, conventional two-bolt head.

Product Specifications

Product

Name MasterStick (11)
Brand NC-17

Description Range: 60mm. Other Diameters: 30.3, 30.4mm
Weight (g) 233
Offset 20
Saddle Rail Compatibility 7mm
Lengths Available 400mm
Diameters Available 27.2mm 30.9mm 31.6mm