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Prime's Primavera Inline Carbon Seatpost is light in weight and in price. It features a clamp system that makes position adjustments easy while the carbon construction offers a little comfort boost over an aluminium post. At this price, it's an excellent upgrade.
The Primavera is available in two options, one with a 10mm 'setback' and the inline version that I have here. Both posts come in a 350mm length and in either a 27.2mm diameter or 31.6mm. The price is good for a carbon post and the weight is decent too. You also benefit from a little extra comfort.
Fitting the seatpost is probably the only area where Prime could have done a bit better. The clamp system is perfectly secure, and I was able to set my saddle in the correct position pretty easily, but there are better clamps out there.
Here, you adjust the fore/aft position and the tilt together. Easton's EA90 seatpost has a slightly better system that separates the two adjustments, making tiny position changes a bit easier. That said, I'm not overly fussy about my setup – once I get things about right I tend to leave it.
While we're at the saddle, the clamp is a top/bottom loading design. This means that you can use saddles with round and oval rails. Prime also confirms that you can use this post with carbon and alloy rails alike.
Comfort is one of the main benefits when using a carbon seatpost. We're not talking about huge shock absorbing potential here, but over broken roads and coarse tarmac a good carbon seatpost will transfer less buzz to the rider. The Primavera worked brilliantly, soaking up buzz well.
One thing that I really like about the design is the subtle logos that give the post a smooth look. The clean lines that the carbon construction creates really help here; it looks a lot more expensive than it is.
The price is very good, undercutting similar offerings from Ritchey (£187), Enve (£270) and many others. At £129.99 – currently £109.99 – this is not much more than a higher-end aluminium post. The Easton EA90 that I mentioned earlier is £99.99.
With the performance, weight, construction quality and price all taken into account, the Prime Primavera Inline Carbon seatpost is an excellent option if you're looking to upgrade from aluminium to carbon.
Lightweight, very good construction and pretty cheap too
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Prime Primavera Inline Carbon Seatpost
Size tested: 27.2x350mm
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?
From Wiggle: "The Primavera Inline Carbon Seatpost will help you save weight and maximise power transfer, and thanks to the carbon fibre construction, road buzz will be reduced, making this the perfect post for long training rides, TTs and everything in between.
"Fitting and adjusting your saddle to the post is simple, and the 2-bolt design offers numerous options for adjustability, so you'll be able to dial in your ideal saddle position with ease.
"The Primavera Carbon Seatpost fits a wide range of Road, TT and Cyclo-X bikes and the 350mm length provides plenty of adjustment possibilities.
"Our stealth black colour scheme and subtle Prime graphics fit perfectly into our high-performance Primavera range."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Material: Carbon Fibre
Excellent strength-to-weight ratio, creating a solid platform for you to maximise your cadence and power output
carbon fibre offers greater flexibility, so you'll suffer less from the effects of potholes and bumps in the road
Stainless steel bolts will last a lifetime and keep your seatpost firmly clamped to your saddle
Bolt: Stainless steel
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Very well. It held the saddle securely and provided good vibration damping over rough tarmac.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The price is excellent.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
Quite a bit cheaper than the Ritchey WCS Carbon Link Flexlogic Carbon Seatpost (£187) and the Enve Carbon Seatpost 25mm Offset 2 Bolt (£270).
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
The Prime Primavera ticks the weight, comfort and price boxes. Only a marginally better clamp design could improve this exceptional seatpost.
About the tester
I usually ride: Cannondale Supersix Di2 My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, club rides, general fitness riding, I specialise in the Cafe Ride!