Focus Concept CPX Plus seatpost review£112.00

Carbon post that's a cut above the herd

BikeRadar score4/5

Focus’ entry into the comfort seatpost market is undeniably strange-looking, but we rather like it.

It’s like a standard carbon post, but below its head is a large cutout. This means the saddle is effectively only connected to the bike by two narrow sections of material, allowing for a good deal more flex than a conventional post.

A 350mm long, 27.2mm diameter post weighs in at a respectable 199g.

There’s nothing complicated about the CPX Plus, and its two-bolt clamp arrangement is conventional and straightforward. Saddle angle adjustment is a case of alternately tightening and loosening the bolts, and there’s no compatibility issue with different types of rails.

With care, you can actually swap saddles without removing the bolts, which saves time and faff.

Like most posts, the Focus is not going to turn a boneshaker into an endurance machine. It does, however, absorb the high-frequency vibration of broken road surfaces very well.

Seatposts come a long way down the list of priorities in getting a bike to feel right. But if you’re looking for a marginal gain in comfort, or simply a good-quality lightweight post, the Focus is a solid choice.

This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Matthew Allen

Senior Technical Writer, UK
Former bike mechanic, builder of wheels, hub fetishist and lover of shiny things. Likes climbing a lot, but not as good at it as he looks.
  • Age: 27
  • Height: 174cm / 5'8"
  • Weight: 53kg / 117lb
  • Waist: 71cm / 28in
  • Chest: 84cm / 33in
  • Discipline: Road, with occasional MTB dalliances
  • Preferred Terrain: Long mountain climbs followed by high-speed descents (that he doesn't get to do nearly often enough), plus scaring himself off-road when he outruns his skill set.
  • Current Bikes: Scott Addict R3 2014, Focus Cayo Disc 2015, Niner RLT 9
  • Dream Bike: Something hideously expensive and custom with external cables and a threaded bottom bracket because screw you bike industry.
  • Beer of Choice: Cider, please. Thistly Cross from Scotland
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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