The Cane Creek eeSilk+ aluminum seatpost takes the excellent build quality and performance of the standard eeSilk, and gives you an extra 15mm of travel. If you want a subtle solution for taming bumps in any terrain, this has to be on your shortlist, especially given the drop in price.
Late last year, Cane Creek announced an improved eeSilk line, and since Dave loved the original version so much, I was hoping the new models would work too.
The biggest change, however, is in the price. The original aluminum eeSilk was £319, while the new one is £224.99.
This eeSilk+ offers an increased stroke of 35 mm, compared to the standard version (not more?) with 20 mm. Like the shorter version, it sells for £224.99, while the carbon fiber version costs £329.
This new price makes the eeSilk+ much more competitive against other suspension seatposts, such as the Redshift ShockStop (which also has 35mm of travel), which is currently £214.99. It’s quite heavy though, despite measuring just 27.2mm: the 350mm version I tested weighed 545g, while this eeSilk+ weighs just 338g in a 31.6mm diameter.
The Cirrus Cycles Kinekt 2.1 does not appear to be available direct in the UK at this time, but is available on Amazon for around £245 to £270, depending on the size.
Thus, the eeSilk+ has a good price compared to its competitors and it is also lighter – this Kinect weighed 614 g!
Had to put a spring on it
The performance is also excellent, in my opinion. I don’t want to feel like I have a suspension seatpost on my bike. It might sound a bit strange, but I like a fairly firm ride and I don’t really want to feel the saddle move under me while I’m pedaling. The eeSilk+ achieves this.
It’s so subtle in its action that it’s barely noticeable, and it gently absorbs small ripples and bumps without telegraphing its presence. It’s only on big bumps that you feel it uses up the available travel. It is also very smooth.
More importantly to me, it doesn’t respond to pedaling effort at all, even when turning it around hard. On the road, I feel like a standard seat post; yes, it moves slightly in reaction to the roughness of the road, but it’s pretty much undetectable.
The spring rate of the seatpost is controlled by its elastomer, and this can be changed to a softer or harder version than the default to suit your weight. I found the standard spot, and after my usual three hour gravel route, I found I was noticeably more comfortable and less tired too – I hadn’t had to spend as much time out of the saddle while flying along the difficult sections.
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The pivot design uses stainless steel axles (previous eeSilks used hollow aluminum) and IGUS bushings. Like I said, the whole operation runs very smoothly (even after lots of wet weather abuse), and it’s also quiet. There is a tiny bit of side play if you wiggle the cradle from the top, but it’s not noticeable at all when riding.
This post is very well designed, and as Dave mentioned in his review of the previous eeSilk, he’s been using the mountain bike equivalent (the Cane Creek Thudbuster) for almost twenty years without any issues. This bodes very well for reliability.
The aluminum eeSilk+ comes in 27.2 and 31.6mm diameters and has an overall length of 387mm, with the bottom of the mechanism to the bottom of the saddle rail measuring approximately 70mm. The rider weight limit is 113 kg.
Mounting the saddle is easy with a hex pan head bolt at the rear and a regular bolt for adjustment at the front. I take a wrench for adjustment, something I prefer to a thumbwheel design. The station is also compatible with the Di2 battery.
Dave was very impressed with the original eeSilk, and this eeSilk+ is just as brilliant to use – and best of all, it also comes at a much lower price.
Smooth and subtle solution for taming bumps on roads or trails, now at a competitive price
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Brand and model : Cane Creek eeSilk+ Aluminum Seatpost
Tell us what the product is for and who it is for. What are the builders saying? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Cane Creek says, “Cane Creek introduces more travel to the eeSilk line with the eeSilk+. With 35mm of travel, the eeSilk+ is a suspension seatpost designed to noticeably smooth out any gravel or mixed-surface road. Like our 20mm suspension seatpost, eeSilk, the eeSilk+ is available in both alloy and carbon, 27.2 and 31.6mm.
“The new eeSilk+ and eeSilk+ Carbon seatposts are performance suspension seatposts designed to add comfort and compliance to any bike without adding unnecessary weight. These posts are big improvements for long gravel rides. by reducing the vibrations transmitted from the surface to the rider and can be adapted to the rider’s weight thanks to a simple change of external elastomer.
“The new eeSilk+ features stainless steel hardware and weighs less than 381g for the alloy post and less than 335g for the carbon post. eeSilk+ comes with an increased seatpost length of 387 mm and eeSilk+Carbon comes with a length of 362mm.The eeSilk+Carbon comes with the same titanium hardware and custom titanium wheel as the eeSilk Carbon.
“Like its shorter travel sibling, eeSilk+ comes with 300-series stainless steel axles and IGUS bushings that sit in the seatpost head and cradle to create a more functional pivot design and quieter.”
This is a great seatpost with even more travel than the standard option for gravel or rough road riding.
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Carbon or aluminum options
Forged and machined aluminum arms
Stainless steel pivots and axles with upgraded IGUS bushings
Interchangeable elastomer for a spring rate adapted to the rider
Compatible with Di2 battery
Travel – 35mm
Sizes: 27.2 and 31.6 (wedges available for other sizes)
Length: Carbon – 362 mm, Alloy – 387 mm
Setback (offset) – 12 mm
Weight: Carbon 323g (27.2) 333g (31.6), Alloy 373g (27.2) 378g (31.6)
Maximum rider weight – 113 kg (250 lbs)
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It’s a hanging pole that doesn’t look like a hanging pole – in the best possible way.
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Soft and subtle action.
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How does the price compare to similar products on the market, including those recently tested on road.cc?
It’s cheaper (and much lighter) than the Redshift and Kinekt models mentioned in the review.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider purchasing the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
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It is a very well designed product that works impressively. Its ability to absorb bumps without feeling like it’s moving makes it a winner in my eyes, and its lower price (compared to the previous eeSilk) makes it competitive.
I usually ride: This month’s test bike My best bike is: B’TWIN Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components
I have been riding since: Over 20 years I ride: Every day I would classify myself as: Expert
I regularly practice the following types of riding: time trials, commuting, club rides, sports, fixed/single gear,