For the ultimate weight weenies, an integrated seat and seat post is an easy way to lose some grams. However, you had better like the saddle position since the one piece design means you won’t be adjusting it any time soon. Controltech’s answer to the problem is their new Affilado seat/seat post design that doesn’t abandon adjustability.
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Weighing in at just 258g for the entire assembly, the Affilado retains adjustability through a system of spacers and slotted attachment points. The carbon saddle shell is able to be adjusted 25mm fore and aft, as well as +2/-2 degrees in angle by switching out the spacers between the shell and the rails.
In addition to the seat post being shaped for compliance, the saddle shell is fairly flexible, but this may still be one of those “comfortable” saddles. Controltech is looking into a new model in the near future that would bring some padding into the equation. Currently offered only in 31.6mm and 350mm long, the seat post has a 23mm offset. Retail price is 500 Euro.
The EXL line is their new mid level carbon line that features a nicely shaped carbon bar. Built with a 70mm compact reach, the bar features a 31.8mm diameter all the way to the drops, as well as swept back bar tops for improved ergonomics.
We saw this in Taipei, but the MST line is their new Enduro line that is also marketed towards fatbikes. Their philosophy is that the wider 35mm clamp looks better in proportion to the bigger tires and tubes, as well as the bigger/heavier wheels benefiting from the improved stiffness. Available in both carbon and aluminum, the line includes flat and riser bars, stems from 50mm and a seat post.