Specialized Command Post Review

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Bottom Line
I have enjoyed my time with the Specialized Command Post, and it has been reliable, smooth and a very functional post. The saddle rail clamp is an especially sweet feature, and allows easy micro adjustment of the position and pitch, and it has been creak free. The somewhat complex mechanical system gave me no issues, and the collet and adjustable air spring internals have worked exceptional well, with three solid locking positions, although the upward return can be a fast clunk. The remote works fine, although the top of the activation lever needs a groove to prevent the cables crushing.

The Command Post has been a fine mechanical adjustable seatpost, that has done its job without issue. It has made my riding more enjoyable and functional, since with a tap of the remote lever, the saddle height can be quickly changed, anywhere that the terrain requires an alteration.

Strengths
- Reliable and durable
- Simple
- No stiction
- No slop
- Collet locking is solid
- 3 positions

Weaknesses
- Remote requires proprietary cable (2011 will use normal shift cable)
- Lack of cable groove on the activation lever
- Air spring return is loud and forceful, some damping would be nice
- Sticky remote

MSRP: $300

Overall Rating: 4 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

Specs
- On-the-fly adjustable ride via a handlebar mounted lever
- Keyed, locking system eliminates saddle movement
- Exclusive mechanical 3-position locking height adjustment: full extension, 100mm drop, and 35mm cruiser position
- 4″ (100 mm) of height adjustment
- Remote lever only – both left and right hand versions available
- Sizes: 31.6 mm and 30.9 mm diameters with 400mm length
- Weight: 520 grams (post only)

About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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  • Ecogeek says:

    Looks good. Thanks for review. But can’t wait to see the review of the new SRAM Reverb that’s just released. Looks even better imo. http://www.sram.com/rockshox/products/reverb

  • francois says:

    It’s great to see more choices in this very important category. Is there a clear winner so far?

  • Jay says:

    I had, and returned, two of these posts, eventually getting a full refund. Both would rotate in technical terrain. Like the reviewer, I initially thought the rotation was at the clamp, so I marked it with a paint pen. In fact, the rotation was internal. The seat is capable of swiveling under pressure. I had the seat turn 90 degrees in technical terrain, very nearly causing a crash. It takes force to turn the seat, so it only happens when you really need the seat to stay straight. Both posts went back to Specialized, and they denied it could happen even after I demonstrated the flaw to my Specialized dealer. I wanted to keep the post, since it was otherwise excellent, but Specialized did not care to fix it. The warranty replacement had the same flaw, so my LBS just gave me my money back. Good shop support, bad manufacturer support. As a result, I am riding an old telescoping post. Very poor outcome.

  • Brian Mullin says:

    Sorry to hear about that, I will keep an eye on mine.

  • Waterat says:

    I have not heard of any of the adjustable seatposts not having some sort of problems.
    Still I have run a Gravity Dropper for 4 years and could not imagine riding without it. Whoever comes up with a reliable one will corner the market.

  • The Bear says:

    i have i had a similar experience with this post to Jay.
    bought this post in late 2009 didn’t ride it till spring 2010, rode it twice and post kept sticking in up position. eventually when i managed to get it to stay down it would fire into my balls when hitting rough stuff. wasn’t a cable tension issue. it wouldn’t hold air in the chamber. sent back to specialized who stated that i had broken it through misuse buy landing on it heavy. i rode this on xc trails without any drop off or jumping.
    i used to work as a specialized retailer and i have seen quite a few of these being sent back though my shop. ultimately i had to spend £55 on the service cost specialized charged me to fix this, there warranty is a joke. DONT BUY THIS POST, i cannot stress this enough, lot of others have posted on the net with the same issues. that speaks for its self; specialized you need to wake up and do some testing before putting and expensive product to market!

  • Brian Mullin says:

    Sorry to hear that, I am now testing the 5 inch version, and like the 4 inch one, I have never had any issues, and I ride ugly technical terrain with lots of ledges, drops, and some jumps tossed in.

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