Unlike Specialized’s new three-position Blacklite Command Post, Giant’s Contact Switch will drop or rise to any position within its four inches of altitude adjustment.
It’ll come in 30.9 only, with total post lengths of either 375mm or 400mm lengths. As mentioned, total adjustment is 4″.
Target weight is 535g. Inside, it’s a totally sealed cartridge system. The outer wall touching the seat tube is not the same piece that the insides slide on, providing a double wall construction so it slides smoother and shouldn’t be affected as easily by the clamping forces of the seatpost binder. A quick sit test gave a pretty smooth feel, but this was just a couple of up and downs in the parking lot.
The return speed is fixed and is about medium compared to others we’ve tried – not too fast, not too slow. The lever is easy to depress and the cable remains sealed all the way through to the top of the post, which should keep contamination at bay. Make the jump for a detail photo…
The design is pretty clean. Giant’s Canadian product manager said they wanted to keep the cable completely hidden so there was nothing to snag your shorts. We’re working on getting an MSRP.