Bikewright Workshop Project-Diamondback Apex || Houston We Have a Problem

This is the sixth post in our series. Navigate over to our previous articles at Rawland Raidoveks Rando Rack and Phase One Completed

Diamondback Apex
Damaged Seatpost

Well, this is one of the three problems...After riding about twenty-five miles I got off my bike and the nose of my Selle Anatomica was pointing up more than it should. Now I know why and I am not sure what caused this. I also found out that my seat rails on the Selle Anatomica were bent. I don't know if getting the saddle level and not knowing the rails were bent was part of the problem, if I adjusted the seat clamp too much to get the saddle level, or if the metal was soft.

After doing some research on the web there seemed to have been an issue with the rails on the saddles and they had made a hardened replacement. But of course, my saddle was out of warranty. They only came with a year's warranty. You guessed it I am past the warranty. Well, I sent it off to be repaired because you can ride on that saddle all day without any problems. I just hope the new and improved rails work!

Diamondback Apex
The burr in the seat tube caused damage

There also must be a burr in the seat tube that I cannot find and this post was almost stuck. The post is 26.6 mm and it's tight but I have never had a post get damaged like this. I figured I got the post online, and there might have been an issue with it, or it was a second. I have had that happen to me on some saddles that I purchased before. Buyer beware as they say!

Just need to do this right and be done with it right? So I purchased a Thomson seat post and it does not fit... I mean it's by a hair. I don't know if it's just over-spec or what. I pulled a post off my Bridgestone and that works so the 26.6mm is the right size.

So what do I do now? I am still working on that! Stay tuned.

Update, With some cleaning of the seat tube I was able to get the Thomson post to fit. It's still a tight fit!

This is the last post in the series. I hope that you have enjoyed seeing this project come together and hope it gives you some ideas to do your own project. I have taken the bike on a couple of long rail-to-trail rides and, amazingly, I can ride all day with this bike. It is also cool that I can take it and also ride singletrack with it.


Popular Post