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Verdict: 
Strong and easy to use but very expensive and not the lightest
Weight: 
213g

The Enve Carbon seatpost is a thing of smoothly moulded beauty. Go beyond its looks and you'll find an easy to use and very reliable seatpost that does its job without fuss. It's not cheap mind, and there are lighter options if you're a weight weenie.

  • Pros: Smooth carbon construction, great looker
  • Cons: Expensive, not the lightest

There's no getting away from it, it's a lovely looking seatpost, with a smooth carbon construction and understated decals. There are no ugly lines to this post as there are on some. It instantly lifted the appearance of the bike it was fitted to, so if you want to make your bike look good it's definitely one to consider.

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Unlike some carbon seatposts that bond a metal clamp onto the top, Enve has made the entire post and head from uni-directional carbon fibre as one piece. It then uses an oval-shaped enclosure at the top in which a twin-bolt saddle clamp resides.

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The clamping mechanism consists of horizontally opposing wedges that push the lower cradle into the saddle rails. The two bolts are made from titanium, a little weight-saving measure, with a generously deep 4mm Allen bolt head.

Saddle angle can be easily adjusted by loosening the bolts and simply rotating the saddle down or back. By reversing the lower clamp inserts you can have anything from zero to 27 degrees of saddle angle. That helps it to accommodate as many bike and rider requirements as possible.

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The post is compatible with 7mm round or 7x10mm carbon rails; you get two upper cradles supplied that you simply swap to match whatever saddle you're fitting. I tested it with chromoly and carbon rails and it worked fine with both.

Enve offers a choice of zero and 25mm offset depending on your fit requirements, and a choice of 25.4, 27.2, 30.9 and 31.6mm diameters and 300 and 400mm lengths. The post I tested has a 27.2mm diameter, 25mm offset and 400mm length, and weighed 213g on our scales.

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If you're running a Shimano Di2 groupset you can get an optional rubber bung that secures the internal battery in place.

In use, the seatpost is flawless. Correctly torque the bolts and the saddle stays firmly in place. I didn't experience any issue with any unwanted movement, even using it on a gravel bike and riding over rough terrain. The clamp mechanism is easy to use with a wide range of adjustment.

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It's not designed to be a comfort seatpost in the same way as the Specialized CG-R or Canyon VCLS, but I did notice extra vibration absorption compared with the aluminium seatpost it replaced on one test bike. It doesn't flex visibly like the Specialized or Canyon posts, but adds a noticeable bit of extra give.

The main drawback is the price: £270 is serious money to drop on a seatpost, and it's not especially light either. Offering a lighter setup for less money, and made in the UK to boot, is the Hope Carbon Seatpost. The 27.2mm/350mm post Stu tested weighed 196g and costs £135, a veritable snip compared to the Enve. The Pro Vibe LTD carbon seatpost weighs more or less the same as the Enve, but has an rrp of £199.99.

If money is no object, the Enve post is easy to recommend because it's high quality, looks fabulous and works well. It's been durable and reliable, the clamp mechanism is easy to use and hasn't let the saddle slip, and there's a small amount of seatpost flex. But there are cheaper and lighter posts that represent better value for money.

Verdict

Strong and easy to use but very expensive and not the lightest

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road.cc test report

Make and model: ENVE Carbon Seatpost 25mm Offset 2 Bolt

Size tested: 27.2 x 400, 25mm offset

Tell us what the product is for and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Enve says:

WHAT IT IS

Our proven twin-bolt seatpost design refined for the modern road bike with seatpost battery integration capabilities.

WHO IT'S FOR

All cyclists looking to outfit their bike with a lightweight and reliable seatpost.

WHY WE MADE IT

A seat post should be installed, easily adjusted and perform – period. For this reason we made one of our own. Lightweight, easily adjusted, strong and comfortable the ENVE Seatpost is equally at home on the trail as it is on the road.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

From Enve:

Material Carbon Fiber

Hardware Material Titanium

Diameter 25.4, 27.2, 30.9, 31.6

Saddle Angle Adjustment 0-27 degrees

Offset 0mm, 25mm

Length 400mm

Saddle Rail Compatibility 7x10mm Carbon Rails, 7mm Round Alloy Rails

Torque Spec: Saddle Rail Clamp Bolts 5.5Nm

Torque Spec: Seatpost Collar Determined by your Frame manufacture/Seatpost Collar

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
9/10

Very nicely made, as you'd hope for the money.

Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10

Delivers top-level performance and is easy to adjust.

Rate the product for durability:
 
7/10

Not had any concerns so far.

Rate the product for weight (if applicable)
 
7/10

It's light but not the lightest.

Rate the product for comfort (if applicable)
 
7/10

It's not a comfort post but it does help to filter out vibrations a little.

Rate the product for value:
 
5/10

It's expensive compared with some rivals and not as light, so the value for money isn't amazing.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Keeps the saddle securely in place.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Looks good and works well.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Pricey and not the lightest.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?

The Hope Carbon Seatpost Stu tested was 196g for a 27.2mm/350mm unit, and costs £135. Weighing more or less the same is the Pro Vibe LTD carbon seatpost and it costs £199.99.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Probably not.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Only if they've got deep pockets.

Use this box to explain your overall score

If money is no object the Enve post is easy to recommend because it looks fabulous and works well, but there are cheaper and lighter posts that represent better value for money.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 31  Height: 180cm  Weight: 67kg

I usually ride:   My best bike is:

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, touring, mtb,

David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.

24 comments

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Welsh boy [705 posts] 1 year ago
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It does one thing well, it makes the Deda seatpin at £185 seem reasonable.

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srchar [1625 posts] 1 year ago
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Meanwhile, Planet X will be happy to sell you an entire carbon frame and fork for less than the cost of this seatpost.

It's a clever design and I know Planet X != Enve, but seriously. £270 for a seatpost.

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StraelGuy [1746 posts] 1 year ago
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Wow! Makes me feel less guilty about paying half this much for my Hope seatpost a couple of weeks ago .

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Cyclespeed Tours [48 posts] 1 year ago
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This just makes ENVE look silly and confirms my suspicions that their wheelsets are also over priced for no discernible advantage.

213g for a carbon seatpost is crap quite frankly, no matter how good the head design.

And £270?

 

There are a whole host of posts out there, better and lighter, in the £100 to £150 range.

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maviczap [392 posts] 1 year ago
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You're all missing the point it says Enve on it. So that justifies the price tag. Same as all the other overpriced kit, it's meant for folk who have more money than sense.

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Chris Hayes [464 posts] 1 year ago
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I've just bought a vintage Klein MTB for not much more than this...hilarious.  I'll look out for users on my next Ronde van Richmond Park.... On the plus side, I guess N+1 seatpost is easier to hide from the wife....

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pockstone [318 posts] 1 year ago
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Problem is ...the logo's on the front, nobody  steaming up behind you, getting dropped is going to see how much you've spent.

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BehindTheBikesheds [3322 posts] 1 year ago
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I thought I was pushing the boat out for a Ritchey Superlogic though I got it for a song from Canyon's ebay outlet store a couple of years ago and only paid £85. Even at full price (€282) it still seems better value.

I was 104kg when I first got it and it's never felt anything other than rock solid as well as offering comfort (27.2mm variant), mine's 147g for the 300mm, the extra 100mm might add a bit more but nowhere near the heavyweight 213g. I've got a 400mm XLC inline that is 217g on the nose.

Sorry but this is taking the micturate, no self respecting weight weenie with a stash of cash will touch this boat anchor.

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Rapha Nadal [1167 posts] 1 year ago
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BehindTheBikesheds wrote:

Sorry but this is taking the micturate, no self respecting weight weenie with a stash of cash will touch this boat anchor.

You don't spend much time on the weight weenies board, do you.

 

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Nick T [1345 posts] 1 year ago
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I do, and they concur that the Enve is an overpriced, inferior boat anchor

 

https://weightweenies.starbike.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=150911

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Rapha Nadal [1167 posts] 1 year ago
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Nick T wrote:

I do, and they concur that the Enve is an overpriced, inferior boat anchor

 

https://weightweenies.starbike.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=150911

You may wish to read that thread as "they" is one guy and another 2 sat on the fence.

But yet, one of the more common brand used for stem/seapost/wheels on that site seems to be ENVE.  Odd that.

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Nick T [1345 posts] 1 year ago
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Okay champ, but try reading the next two pages as well

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Rapha Nadal [1167 posts] 1 year ago
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I've read the entire thing, thanks.

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Nick T [1345 posts] 1 year ago
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Then learn to count?

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Rapha Nadal [1167 posts] 1 year ago
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So we've got a post declaring the post as a "POS". Same poster then makes subsequent posts on the same manner.  So that's one.

Another says it's not lightweight so there's two. 

Another says the first iteration was a POS but the new one tested here is fine so there's our fence sitter.

Two say it was out of tolerance but then can you show me a firm where things are produced perfectly all the time, every time?  

But yeah, based upon a 3 page thread amongst thousands, it must be a terrible product.

Try harder next time, champ.

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Nick T [1345 posts] 1 year ago
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Sorry if I sorry if I’ve hurt your feelings, Rodger Enve of Enve Industries; but I was merely pointing out that the weight weenies forum don’t all gush over this very average seatpost as you seemed to think

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BehindTheBikesheds [3322 posts] 1 year ago
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Rapha Nadal wrote:

BehindTheBikesheds wrote:

Sorry but this is taking the micturate, no self respecting weight weenie with a stash of cash will touch this boat anchor.

You don't spend much time on the weight weenies board, do you.

 

Nope, I have found my way there on occasion when there's a specific article or info that a google search will throw up, for example when I was going to buy a Principia RS6 some years back as I was so impressed with the Rex, there were helpful comments there. I suppose you've never weighed something to compare products or gone onto a niche website before?

I don't see what your problem is exactly with people doing stuff just because you might not? Maybe you should have a word with the Road CC team as they weigh absolutely everything, including jerseys, now that's obsessive, well, are you going to call them out over such extremes?

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Rapha Nadal [1167 posts] 1 year ago
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BehindTheBikesheds wrote:

Rapha Nadal wrote:

BehindTheBikesheds wrote:

Sorry but this is taking the micturate, no self respecting weight weenie with a stash of cash will touch this boat anchor.

You don't spend much time on the weight weenies board, do you.

 

Nope, I have found my way there on occasion when there's a specific article or info that a google search will throw up, for example when I was going to buy a Principia RS6 some years back as I was so impressed with the Rex, there were helpful comments there. I suppose you've never weighed something to compare products or gone onto a niche website before?

I don't see what your problem is exactly with people doing stuff just because you might not? Maybe you should have a word with the Road CC team as they weigh absolutely everything, including jerseys, now that's obsessive, well, are you going to call them out over such extremes?

What the fuck are you on about, you irrelevant old cunt?

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Rapha Nadal [1167 posts] 1 year ago
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Nick T wrote:

Sorry if I sorry if I’ve hurt your feelings, Rodger Enve of Enve Industries; but I was merely pointing out that the weight weenies forum don’t all gush over this very average seatpost as you seemed to think

Ha ha! I guess you won't want a free seatpost then?

 

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hawkinspeter [4227 posts] 1 year ago
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Looks like the comments are getting a bit too involved with this particular seatpost.

Can I start posting irrelevant crap yet?

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StraelGuy [1746 posts] 1 year ago
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Yes you can Mr. Hawkins but  only if it involves squirrels.

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hawkinspeter [4227 posts] 1 year ago
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StraelGuy wrote:

Yes you can Mr. Hawkins but  only if it involves squirrels.

You're not the boss of me!

 

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hawkinspeter [4227 posts] 1 year ago
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Rapha Nadal [1167 posts] 1 year ago
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StraelGuy wrote:

Yes you can Mr. Hawkins but  only if it involves squirrels.

You took the bait!