All TLO (TheLightestOne) carbon seatposts are handmade in Germany. Schmolke Carbon expands its TLO series with a seatpost that comes with a 10mm setback. It is especially interesting for cyclists that like riding compact frames and want to optimize their position on the bike. The seat position moves further behind the bottom bracket and can lead to an improved power transmission from the rider on the drivetrain.
Just like all other products of our TLO range our setback seatpost is manufactured to suit your weight and riding style using the best prepregs available in the market. Its head clamps the saddle’s rails on eight points. The alloy parts have chamfered edges, which, together with the large supporting carbon fibre surface, ensures that even fragile carbon rails are not unduly stressed. The 5 mm Ti6Al4V titanium screws are waisted extension bolts, strong enough for mountain bike use even.
The actual tube’s highest stressed sections consists of up to 19 layers of extremely thin carbon fibre prepreg, while its less stressed sections are sufficiently strong with as little as 10 layers. Unfortunately this is a complicated design, to complicated for cheap Asian production. Seatpost built to a price in China as a rule come with constant wall-thickness. This makes production easy, it also makes the resulting seatpost heavier than necessary. Seatposts in particular require hundreds and hundreds of destruction tests to arrive at the lightest possible solution for every length and diameter without sacrificing the final products strength. We do of course also include rider’s weight into our design equations; light riders don’t need to carry the extra weight of a standard seatpost designed for a user much heavier than they are.
Color options: To allow the perfect match for your bike, all TLO seatposts are available in 2 different logo color options: black edition and standard team edition (red/white)
- TLO seatpost inner diameter fits Di2 batteries.
- All TLO and SL seatposts are compatible with 7x9mm carbon saddle rails.
All Schmolke Carbon seatposts are unpainted to avoid unnecessary weight.
Weights and sizes of our standard seatposts
(custom made lengths of 150-400 mm may be even lighter)
|Total length in mm||250||280||300||350||400|
|Minimum insert in mm||75||80||80||85||90|
|Length outside the frame in mm||125-175||150-200||160-220||195-265||230-310|
|Weight ø27,2 Road||75 g||77 g||81 g||87 g||–|
|Weight ø30,9 Road||77 g||79 g||83 g||91 g||–|
|Weight ø31,6 Road||78 g||80 g||84 g||92 g||–|
|Weight ø27,2 MTB||80 g||82 g||86 g||95 g||105 g|
|Weight ø30,9 MTB||85 g||87 g||91 g||100 g||110 g|
|Weight ø31,6 MTB||88 g||90 g||94 g||103 g||113 g|
|Weight ø34,9 MTB||93 g||95 g||99 g||107 g||116 g|
Our seatposts are reinforced where they are stressed by the seat clamp, hence their range of adjustment is limited. Please do not buy a long seatpost to cut it to size. We want to adjust strength and length of your seatpost to your requirements as good as possible; to determine the total required length of the seatpost please measure the length of your current exposed seatpost tube measured from where the seatpost tube exits the frame to the middle of the saddle’s rails. With this measurement you can then determine the total required seatpost length using the table above. For example if your exposed seatpost length is 160 mm the 280 mm seatpost will be the right seatpost for you (Length outside the frame in mm 150 – 200).