The Bracer sits firmly at the budget end of the seatpost spectrum. However, it’s still up with more expensive rivals in terms of both features and performance.
The three different available elastomer weights combine with spacers to provide five different spring weights. Preload is adjustable without tools via the neat red dial at the bottom of the post, and any side-to-side play that develops (which is normal and expected on most suspension posts) can be taken up using an adjuster screw on the side of the post – not that we needed to do that throughout the test period.
The clamp design is simple and effective, with a pair of bolts fore and aft. A rubber shock boot keeps the seals clean and the black anodised finish proved plenty tough, resisting scuffs and scratching throughout the test.
Performance was also very good, belying the basic price tag. Once preload was set correctly (and the line between rock-solid and spring-happy was rather fine on this one) and the loosening-up period weathered, then the available travel was more than capable of soaking up both trail buzz and bigger bumps to keep things smooth beneath us.
The Bracer is a very effective post at an affordable price too, and even though it’s not the lightest one we found, it certainly does the business.