If people like this design, I would be happy to finish engineering it, print a few out, and add the design to the open bike hardware project.
I would love to see more ISP bikes.
Question for the group, I know the Thomson hardware is nice and readily available, but it’s kinda pricy. Are there better options? For example, can we use this cheaper reverb clamp? Or will my ISP also develop some play (reverb joke).
I would love to grab a couple of prints! I think I’ve got 1 or 2 isp builds coming up this summer if not sooner.
I’ve actually built around the reverb top before.
It’s 100%… adequate. It’s heavier, less fancy and the m5 bolts are coated in so much thread lock that you pretty much need to run it through a die.
Building around this profile (at least for non-3D printing) was pretty hard. It’s designed to sit on top of a ~24mm dropper upper rather then a larger tube. Because of this, the interference between the topper and bolts is likely more likely.
(I’ll see if I can find a photo of that topper)
Edit - here’s the topper.
I built it so it it sits on the high spot rather then the low spot where the reverb would normally sit.
Set back is good as it allows the seat tube centerline to pass through the saddle center but then have the rails clamped behind rail center which helps prolong rail life and lessen the bending on them when sitting on teh saddle properly. Visually it looks better and structural sits better. In my opinion.
That picture above of that topper is a badly positioned saddle within the clamp.
To be honest at this point I would much rather use the Thomson hardware. You’re within a few dollars of the cost of a Thomson clamp and bolts (at MSRP), and Giant small parts won’t have as good availability over time. Plus, Thomson makes their clamp hardware for 7x10 carbon rails as well, which is a really nice option to have. It makes setback a slightly different problem to solve, but not too bad. I’m working on a topper using Thomson hardware at the moment (at 20mm setback), I’ll post some photos when the design is in a workable state.
I think it’s also worth mentioning that Thomson is a great company to work with, and has very good pricing for framebuilders on their parts. If you reach out to them and set up an account, buying their clamp hardware will be cheaper than most other options.
@Daniel_Y the Giant inaccessible bolt design is pretty annoying to use as a fitter / end user. Your fingers being the only thing that sets the front bolt tension usually leaves you tightening the front, then tightening the back and realizing you didn’t tighten the front enough, undoing the back again and then starting over. You lose some of the infinite adjustability of a two bolt design because of this. With some slotted saddles you can get a 5mm through the top of the saddle, but not all.
In the world of inaccessible bolt designs, BBB does it the best. Their inaccessible bolt is cross drilled so you can wedge a 2.5mm key through the bolt and spin it that way. Not sure if they sell just the clamp tho.
I machined an internal expanding seatmast topper for my personal bike a little while ago and it was designed around the USE Duro Clamps. I’ve found that they seat easily on a tapered surface and give a very secure clamping surface when torqued to spec.
At 223g it is a VERY heavy prototype but the wall thickness was around twice what it should have been. There’s definitely room for lightweighting in the future. Likely through a machined and bonded design or a printed and post-machined design.
One thing that I did notice was that with it being machined to some very tight tolerances, it doesn’t take much torque on the tensioning screw to lock that post in. Definitely better than some of the quill stems I’ve used in the past.