Project 1.2 Review: Hope’s slick Bolted Seat Clamp
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Some things are just nice. Take, for example, this Hope Bolted Seat Collar. Sure, any number of collars will do the job just fine, but Hope’s latest version really is something to see, to hold, and to use. Along with other Hope components, it matches the Pick ‘n Mix headset on our Project 1.2 singlespeed- and is both reasonably priced and surprisingly light. Hit the jump for the rest of the details!
After years of ‘just OK’ quick release seat clamps, dropper posts and lightweight builds like our Project 1.2 single speed have us thinking about simple bolted collars again. Hope’s version is built entirely of aluminum- the clamp, the oversized bolt and threads, and the keyed nut on its backside. Our 34.9mm version weighed in at 25g- smaller sizes are as light as 19g.
At $32, the Hope is reasonably priced for either a premium product or something made in a first-world country- and a steal for something that is both. With lightly greased threads and a bit of carbon assembly paste in the seat tube, it has happily held a slippery carbon post in an inexpensive carbon frame without slips or creaks- all while looking awfully good and making us smile. Just plain nice. Available in six sizes and six colors from your friendly local bike shop.