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Italian component manufacturer 3T built a company around small, hardworking parts that we take for granted every time we ride — after all, we never head out on a ride with a spare seatpost. The Stylus 0 Team Stealth Seatpost is part of 3T's newer line of zero setback seatposts, offering a sleek clamp interface that's a purposeful departure from the traditional 2-bolt design and that will add only a claimed 195g to your setup.
The post is made with carbon fiber to help absorb fatiguing road vibrations, and the aluminum head's rearward 'swoosh' design is a nod to the classic single-bolt seatposts of decades past. 3T positions the clamp bolts on either side of the saddle to add stability to the design and to make quick adjustments easy. With zero setback, you'll save weight and gain a more forward position on the bike, making it easier to access your drops or aerobars when you want to ride in an aerodynamic position.
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- Q & A
First of all, I've owned one of these seatposts for 4 years. I've had zero problem setting my saddle level.
Mounting a saddle and getting it dialed in is a little fiddly with almost all seatposts (including Thompson). But again I've have had zero problems setting the proper level/angle of my saddle with this awesome 3T Stylus post.
3T is one of the best and oldest manufacturers of cycling cockpit components (posts, stems, handlebars) in the cycling world. 3T stands for Turin Tube Technology and was founded by Mario Dedioniggi in Northern Italy in 1961. Lots of experience here.
The 3T Stylus seatpost is fantastic. Lightweight, strong, functional, and beautiful.
Install note: Being a carbon seatpost, I recommend using a torque key or torque wrench to tighten the seatpost collar bolt down per spec. And if you own a carbon frame, I highly recommend using a torque wrench and a small swipe of Finish Line "Fiber Grip" paste ($6/tube). Don't overtighten. And you don't need to if you use a torque wrench and grip paste.
Great construction suffers poor design
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I own multiple 3T components across several bikes; they have a great product offering that spans multiple biking disciplines. However, this seat-post seems to take the product design back a generation.
The seat post is a carbon tube with an aluminum head/ mount. The graphics on the seat post are subtle and understated "stealth", I like this approach because when you insert a black post with painted white graphics into frame tubing the white will eventually get scratched off. These black on black graphics avoid that issue, and they appear laminated on the carbon – not painted, so they may be more resilient. The aluminum has an intuitive / very easy system for mounting a seat. Note, it will only accept a round rail system and the required clamping force on each rail is 7nm. The inside mounting assembly is also anodized red with Ti mounting bolts, so corrosion on the head assembly probably won’t be an issue.
Now for the not so good, the aluminum head feels really top heavy on the carbon post, if you are buying this solely for weight you may want to look at other options. Here is the outlying concern; depending on your seat tube angle and type of seat, you may never be able to install the seat perfectly horizontal to the ground. The mounting assembly has an indexed fitting inside that only allows seat inclines in fixed degrees; let’s call it 0.5 degree increments. So if the seat tube angle ends with a 0.25 degree (or whatever), then it’s difficult to mount the seat flat. I was able to get mine close to perfect with a lot of trial and error.