|Here it is on some random bike, not my own.|
|On the Focus prior to the start of the Natchez Trace 444.|
I have two -- one mounted on the Focus, for long-distance performance-oriented riding, and one mounted on the Salsa, for commuting and, I hope, touring applications. Sam, I know, is riding at least one.
|Salsa Colossal with Cobble Gobbler.|
|Sam with the Cobble Gobbler on the Habanero on a road that looks like it could stand to use some cobbles gobbled.|
The one-bolt attachment system with rails that clamp in from the side is a real advantage over the industry standard -- clamping down from above -- which I can only explain by subpar materials being used in components in past decades. (My theory: subpar materials require more robust design; a fixed platform with a top-clamp seems likely to be a stronger design ceteris paribus.) Other makers do use a one-bolt attachment approach, frequently on proprietary seatposts like the aero posts on a Cervelo.
I've noticed three things about the Cobble Gobbler.
- One is that it is more comfortable. Duh. That's the point.
- Two is that it seems to reduce fatigue. If, as many say about compression garments, constant micro-control of vibrations is a tiring endeavor, reducing vibrations through the seatpost should rest your muscles while riding.
- Three is that it seems to enhance bike control on technical roads, like a pot-holed descent. Like any shock-absorbtion system, helping to keep your weight planted firmly on the road rather than bouncing with every bump should have that effect.
|300 miles in and still sitting. That's a new experience.|
The Cobble Gobbler is so good that even at $200 a pop, I have two. It is so good that when I sit on the Neuvation or the Gunnar, two long-time favorites in my bike lineup with their standard seatposts (Thomson Elite in one case; Deda carbon seatpost in the other), I am struck by just how harsh is the ride.
It's so good that I now define my future bike purchases by whether the frame takes a 27.2mm post. For example, the beautiful Specialized Venge, which tempts me not just a little as a replacement for the Focus, is out because of its proprietary post. Note to Specialized: fit the Cobble Gobbler technology on the Venge post and I'll be sold.
The Specialized CG-R seatpost is my favorite new piece of gear for 2015, hands down. It's highly recommended.
One day I may own a bike that can accept a standard, round seatpost, but today is not that day. I figure the bladed seatpost is worth 50 miles or so in a 24-hour race, and I won't hear different.
At least. Important to have priorities. And a quality saddle to fill in the gaps.
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