I figured I’d start a separate thread on this.
The only thing I have been un-stoked about with my Brompton is the seatpost. I have the extended version and even with the pentaclip at the highest position and clamped at the highest safe spot on the column it is slightly too low and setback is not quite enough. Also, while the pentaclip is about as good a design as that kind of thing can be it creaks and has slipped a few times.
The Brompton post diameter is 31.8 (1.25"), which is a commonly available size for titanium tubing, so what I’m considering is rigging up something involving a ti tube and a topper for a mast-style seapost. Maybe this KCNC which has mondo setback:
…or start cheap with a Ritchey which are fairly plentiful on ebay.
34.9 seems to be the most common size.
USE and a few others make a 31.6 to 34.9 seatpost shim. They are plastic in the larger sizes, but with the slight extra give that would afford I wonder if it would be close enough for rock n’ roll (or, assuming it will fit over the 31.8 tube be sandable to take down whatever slight larger outer diameter resulted).
The idea behind this is that the bolt would not really bear any significant load for the height adjustment since the tubing would be bottomed out on the topper. The topper bolt would just keep the saddle from twisting side to side.
One feature of the stock Brompton post I’d like to replicate is the slight flare at the bottom. This prevents you from exceeding the minimum insertion, and also trips like locking for the rear triangle during the folding process.
The way I have the current setup my saddle height is at the max possible extension, which is actually great because I can recall my saddle height instantly. The idea with the mast style post is I would start a little long, experiment with saddle height, find one I was happy with, then cut off the difference between that and max extension.
Assuming you guys don’t think this is too crazy an idea, what should I be looking at tubing-wise in terms of alloy and wall thickness? Is it going to be cheaper to just start with something like this and replace the hardware?
What about the flaring aspect? Is that going to be something a typical fabrication place or framebuilder that works in ti is going to be able to do? Fred also mentioned a plug that could be bonded in? Maybe I could hold it in with a star nut? Any lathebros want to help me with that?
I suppose I could start with 4130 or something alloy too just to test before I spend a bunch on materials.
What does tarck think?