USE Alien Cyclops Carbon seatpost review

Good value seatpost now with improved design

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
GBP £85.00 RRP | USD $109.38
USE Alien Cyclops Carbon seatpost

Our review

The Alien comes highly recommended and shows that there are still some British brands pushing cycle design
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The first Alien seatposts were light, very light, and in comparison to many of their European and American equivalents good value.

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But the one sticking point was the clamp – once you got it right it never slipped, but getting to that point was a huge chore. I also couldn’t quite trust the tiny 2mm Allen head bolts to last long.

The good news is that USE seem to have taken in the customers’ concerns on board and have come up with the new Cyclops head. As you can probably guess from the name, it now has one bolt, enlarged to 3mm and located centrally. This has improved fitting and adjustment no end and it shows the clever aspects of the design to the full, plus the reduction of hardware has reduced the overall weight by 5g.

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It’s also good to see that Use have made an upgrade kit available (£14.99) so existing users can keep the post and swap to the new head. Aside from its 100% improvement in fitting, the Alien is as good as it ever was – super-light, more than tough enough (although for ultimate strength go for the SUMO head version) and with quality carbon tubing that takes the sting out of rough road surfaces extremely well. In all the Alien comes highly recommended and shows that there are still some British brands pushing cycle design.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Alien Cyclops Carbon Seatpost
Brand USE

Aerodynamic Yes
Diameter 27
Laser Etched Graphics Yes
Layback Yes
Length (mm) 350
Offset 10
Seat Tilting Yes
Single Bolt-Head Yes
Weight (g) 165
Colour Black
Material Carbon
Seatpost/Seat Pin Type Mountain Bike Single Clamp
Shock Absorption Travel
Seatpost/Seat Pin Finishes anodized Satin
Seatpost/Seat Pin Material Carbon
Road/Performance Compatibility Freeride(lite) Off Road Sport