So in a moment of madness with the credit card, I bought one of the new Engage Fluke saddles because I thought I could easily get an adaptor from Kuota. It's a braided carbon saddle and I need to fit it to an aero seatpost with a side clamping arrangement. It turns out that even though its a new model of frame, there is no provision for braided saddles. The obvious solution is to sell it and buy a (probably heavier) standard saddle but I think there must be a way.
Before I attack the clamp with a Dremel I thought I better get some advice. If I can file the grooves in the clamp to be 9mm high but retain the same depth would it clamp safely or would this place an uneven force on the carbon? I'm only 54kg but ride fairly rough roads. Does it need to be done properly in a machine shop? I have managed to get a spare set of the silver outer clamps but they seemed reluctant to give me a spare of the inner wedge type clamps, although the LBS assured me that if I balls it up they can get replacements somehow. The seatpost is topped with just a hole approx 30mm in diameter and each side has a aluminium cone that is held in by a single bolt. These cone wedges have a groove corresponding to the opposite clamp to hold the rail, these would be very straightforward to modify as its just a lump of alu, the silver pieces are a more complicated casting and the metal could end up fairly thin with the groove widened. Pictures below:
Any tips? Lost cause? Is there an alternative solution like an aftermarket adaptor?