Throwback Thursdays: WTB 1985 Fixed Angle Seatpost

30 October, 2013

So picture this, you're riding along, aboard your soo-weeet bike full of modern fancies.  You come upon Downieville's famous waterfall rock section and amidst the multitasking moment of gritting your teeth, pursing your lips, and somehow loudly sucking air in and out, simultaneously mind you, along with clenching every muscle in your body, amidst all that, you slightly deviate from your intended line, forget to activate your dropper activator, or lever, and in grazing your saddle at a higher than desired height, your seat post lets out an audible groan of despair and like it or not, you're looking at nose down saddle positioning for the rest of the ride.  Happened to you?  Nope, nobody?  Well, guess what, it's happened to me and I equate the nose down scenario to wimpy soft aluminum, side mounting seatpost heads, and a poorly designed cinch bolt.  So, that being said, what's rad about the WTB Fixed Angle Seatpost?

Well, for starters, the WTB 1985 Fixed Angle was hand made.  Also, it was pretty much a custom post.  During the time period, these were often mounted to Potts and Cunningham bikes, which had seat tube angles that made for relatively consistent seat post angles for positioning the saddle flat.  Even despite that, one could easily have a Fixed Angle custom made for their angle of choice, seat tube diameter, and desired length.  Another sweet feature was that the post was almost entirely Aluminum, including the head, making for something as light as its elegant craftsmanship.  Best of all, the fixed nature of the head eliminating slipping, creaking, groaning - any of the annoyances one for some reason accepts with today's posts or droppers.  As with most handmade entities, it also was a thing of beauty.  So next time you find yourself cursing your malfunctioning height adjustable post when you have to grab your crotch in a rock star sort of pose to manually lift your saddle up while riding, just think there once were simpler posts that didn't involve mechanical misunderstandings.  Then again, there were also Hite Rites.

Above image from the 1993 Product Line catalog, released in October 1992.
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