Recently bought a Chinese carbon frame MC053 (Scott Foil Replica) which has an irregular aero seat post like the Foil. The seat clamp is a Bontrager type with clamping ears, thus the seat post has a heavy alloy reinforced head area. So i had the idea of converting it to a Schmolke type seat clap with carbon cradle rocker.
Just in case it all went wrong......I ordered a second seat post from China for a whopping £35
It arrived yesterday so off i went down into the man-cave!
Start weight with Bont seat clamp - 249g
Finished weight with Schmolke type seat clamp - 138g
A saving of 111g
Starting weight with Bont Clamp
Seat Post less clamp
Phase 1 - Cutting the head off
Post less head
Phase 2 - Cradle groove, finished off with a hand file
Cradle Groove finished
Dremel'ing the holes
Clamp with carbon rail cradle
Post & Clamp combined weight
First impressions are that it feels nice and solid. The post carbon walls are quite thick so i am hoping that there will be no cracks.....a few rides will tell. But in any case i this was only a second seat post so i still have the original in case anything does go wrong.