Roval Terra Carbon Post: At The Finish

Roval Terra Carbon Post: At The Finish – by Guitar Ted

With Winter having come down upon the Mid-West (and elsewhere in North America) it is time to wrap up the review of this Roval Terra Carbon seat post. I’ve been able to get plenty of rides on this post since the last update, thankfully, so I can give you all my final verdict here.

The Roval Terra Carbon post on the Noble Bikes GX5 leaning against a privacy fence
With the right bike, and given the right job, the Terra carbon post could be a winner for you.

First- A little house keeping. In that last update I reported that was hearing a creak and that I needed to track that down. Well, as it turns out this was a bottom bracket related issue. After I had tightened the clamp of the Terra Carbon post, this bottom bracket creak was the only noise I heard, and that rarely. So just to be clear- The Roval Terra Carbon post was dead quiet during the final portion of this test.

At The Finish: So, is the Terra Carbon post a good item with which a rider could relieve themselves from vibrations and bumps? Yes. It does a great job taking the edge off of bumps and rough road chatter. However; this is dependent upon seat post extension. Obviously, a bicycle with a level top tube, or rider positioning that requires little seat post extension will not benefit from the Terra Carbon post. The extension length determines how much flex will be available, and it also determines any vibration reduction benefits as well. So, this Terra Carbon post will not work for everyone or every set up.

Detail of the Roval Terra Carbon post saddle rail clamp
After adjusting the torque on the clamp correctly, Guitar Ted had no further noise issues.

Also, this is an expensive seat post. At well North of $200.00 we are starting to look at titanium seat post prices, and while titanium posts offer their own, very different benefits, it is worth considering the differences here. To wit: Remember that carbon C-GR post I mentioned in the last update? Well, it broke about a centimeter above the seat post clamp near the end of a ride where I didn’t see a small depression in a dirt road and my body weight was pressed down on the saddle somewhat suddenly. Something a metal seat post would have dealt with all day long. Now, this is not an indictment of the Terra Carbon post, but……..considering the price of this post at $250.00, it might behoove a rider to consider a similarly priced titanium post, especially if you are putting more weight on the back via a seat pack, a ruck sack, or what have you.

Given that you might be using the Terra Carbon for racing, or longer rides with minimal gear, the Terra Carbon should perform just fine, and be nice and light. This post weighed in at 233 grams which is also competitive with some metal posts, but with the claimed flex and vibration absorbing qualities, this seat post could prove to be just the thing to make your ride that much more buttery-smooth. I thoroughly enjoyed the ride quality of this seat post and I would not want to return to a more rigid type of post after having experienced the Terra Carbon. With the right rider, bike, and expectations, this post could prove to be a winner. It does what Roval claims it should do.

For more details on this seat post see the webpage here: https://rovalcomponents.com/products/terra-seat-post#

Note: Roval Components sent over the Roval Terra Carbon Post for test and review at no charge to Riding Gravel. We were not bribed,nor paid, to do this review and we always strive to give our honest thoughts and opinions throughout.

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Guitar Ted hails from Iowa. Home of over 70,000 miles of gravel and back roads. Co-creator of Trans Iowa in late 2004, he has been at the forefront of the growth of gravel events and riding since then. Creator of Gravel Grinder News in 2008, he produced the premier calendar of gravel and backroad events. GT joined forces with Riding Gravel in late 2014.

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2 thoughts on “Roval Terra Carbon Post: At The Finish

  1. I would avoid this post, I have the older S-works pave sl with the same 1 bolt clamping mechanism, every time I mis-clip in, the saddle angle would slip down 10 degrees even when I have torqued it 2 Nm over the max value. The only thing holding the saddle angle is the fraction between the clamp and the round post hole, there are no teeth to stop the saddle nose from move downwards when met with force. Switched to 2 bolt front and back style, no issue ever since.

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