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American Classic Gets Seatpost Patent

Published March 3, 2008

TAMPA, FL (BRAIN)—The U.S. patent office issued the patent on Bill Shook’s latest design, the new American Classic seatpost.

Shook wanted to design an entirely new concept to commemorate the company’s 25th Anniversary. “Our original seatpost, the first lightweight post ever on the market, was a signature product of American Classic. I enjoy a challenge and it was time for a new concept unlike any thing else available," Shook said.

Featuring a single clamping bolt and a curvaceous head, the new post loads front or back to tighten the clamp so the saddle does not slip out of adjustment. The design is simple to set up and micro-adjust. A unique feature, prized by bike fitters, is that the head can be tipped slightly to the side to correct some leg length and hip problems without shimming shoes. The head can be turned forwards or backwards for forward offset positioning.

“The tubing is 2014 aluminum for those who are tired of the problems associated with carbon posts," Shook said. "It is as light as carbon with the 27.2 diameter posts weighing in at 150 grams for the road 235mm light and 200 grams for the mtb 350mm length.”

Overseas patents have been applied for and are pending. Suggested retail for the 235mm length is $119.95, while 350mm length is $124.95. The post will be displayed at the Taipei Cycle Show March 13-16, 2008.

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