Roval Terra Carbon Post: Checkpoint

Roval Terra Carbon Post: Checkpoint – by Guitar Ted

Seat posts like the Roval Carbon Terra have been around a good while now. These seat posts that have a certain amount of flex which can make a bicycle feel smoother on rough roads. This is a passive form of suspension that is different from vibration reduction. As rough road/gravel riders, it is the vibration reduction part that matters the most.

Close up of the Roval Terra Carbon seat post
The Roval Terra Carbon seat post has flex and vibration reduction qualities for the gravel rider.

The Terra Carbon post from Roval, which we introduced previously here, has a claimed vibration reduction. It also has a claimed 18mm of ‘travel’ to help reduce rider fatigue and smooth out the ride. In this post I try to separate that flex from what the Terra Carbon might be doing to reduce vibrations.

Ride Performance: I’ve had many hours now on this seat post and I will say that, while I don’t know the exact amount of travel, that there is noticeable relief from bumps and sharp edged features which you might find on gravel or back roads. I’ve ridden the Specialized CGR post a fair bit right before this Terra Carbon post was installed and there is a similar smoothing out of bumps with it compared to the Terra Carbon. So, if you’ve been on a CGR post, you could expect similar results, depending upon how much seat post extension you have.

The Noble Bikes GX5 with the Terra Carbon post installed

Vibration reduction is another thing altogether. Does the Terra Carbon have anything to offer there? In my opinion, it does, yes. I have noted less vibrations coming through the saddle now with this post than I have with some others. In fact, it edges out my previous favorite post, the PRO brand Carbon Discover post which I also reviewed.

There is a bit of a gremlin I have been chasing down with this seat post. That would be an occasional creak when I am putting down the power going up hills, as an example. Re-torquing fasteners has helped almost eliminate the noise, but this is not 100% resolved yet. It should also be noted that it may have nothing to do with this seat post. Hopefully by the next update I will have determined exactly what this is.

Detail of the Roval Terra Carbon seat post

So Far… The Roval Terra Carbon post has a definite smoothing effect upon the ride, if you have a fair amount of seat post extension with the bicycle you install it in. The compliance is there, but so is a perceptible amount of vibration reduction coming up through the saddle. There is a bit of a creaking issue I have been tracking down but a tightening of fasteners on the clamp for the saddle rails seems to have taken most of that away. I’ll report back in my final update dubbed “At The Finish” soon.

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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Author: Guitar Ted

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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6 thoughts on “Roval Terra Carbon Post: Checkpoint

  1. Do you generally have good luck with ‘barrel’ type saddle clamps? This and the PRO have them while the whisky has the two-bolt that I’ve leaned towards since a bad experience with unintended saddle tilt with the other variety.

    1. @32c20 – I have not had any problems at all related to slipping saddle tilt position with the cylindrical clamps of late. As long as they are torqued to specs that is. Following torque spec and using a torque wrench that is accurate is key here.

  2. Looking forward to your final thoughts. Definitely in the market for a new post. The $250 price tag is hard to get over though.

  3. How many centimeters of exposed seatpost did you have Mark? Got this post OEM on a new Diverge (21.5cm exposed post). Feels wonderful. Wondering if it would be worth the “exchange” on a CruX (19cm exposed post). Completely understand two extremely different frames. Was riding the CruX as primary gravel rig before getting the Diverge in February but it still has a healthy place in my stable of bikes as a comfy road bike. From one Europa employee Alum to another. Cheers!

    1. @Thadeus Paisar- Hey Thad! Good to hear from you. I hope all is well. On that seat post, (which I am still running, by the way) I have 19cm of exposed post, so about like what you have there with that Crux.

      Hope that helps! Be well!!

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