There is always a bump in the road, but that doesn’t mean you have to feel it while riding a bike. In fact two new products may make riders feel fewer bumps and have a smoother ride. These new seats posts work to absorb the bumps.
The first is the BodyFloat, which works by levitating the rider over their bike through na undamped dual spring. The system was created by veteran frame builder Paul Barkley, who found that traditional spring seats didn’t hold up while he traveled through rural villages in Kenya and Uganda. The seatpost suspension system that he created is designed to allow for a comfortable ride with a smooth and efficient pedal stroke, and without bounce, flex or most importantly wasted energy.
Barkley and partner Charlie Heggem formed Cirrus Cycles to bring the product to market and are currently working on a Kickstarter project to make it a reality.
For those who want a smooth ride but might not be trekking on dirt roads the Ergon CF3 (above) from Ergon Bike Ergonomics might just be the thing. This carbon seatpost is actually made of two parallel carbon fiber left springs. The result is that it weighs less than some convention carbon – or other materials – seatposts, while producing a bit of spring effect. And because there are no actual moving parts there is zero-maintenance as well.