Truvativ AKA seatpost, £59.99
Even though the twin-bolt head on the Truvativ AKA seatpost can be swapped round to offer zero or 25mm offset, it’s not that big a deal as there’s more than enough fore/aft adjustment on most saddle rails already. Nevertheless, what I like about this design is the fact that the saddle clamps stay together when you fit the saddle — with most other twin-bolt designs you end up with the clamps on the floor — and you can use a proper multi-tool to adjust the angled bolts.
It’s not totally obvious, but the AKA is aimed at all-mountain/gravity riding and is 3D forged from a super-strong, 7050-series aluminium, but it still flatters on the scales, weighing in only 20g heavier than a Thomson Elite post. There are height marks on the back of the post for repeated positioning, and the hard anodised ice-grey finish is still looking good after grinding up and down my frame.
With the advent of the dropper, traditional seatposts may be redundant on modern trail bikes, but if you’re still bucking the trend then the AKA seatpost is solid, well priced and a joy to adjust. Paul Burwell
MBR rating: 7
Length: 350, 400mm
Sizes: 27.2mm. 30.9mm, 31.6mm