Paul Tall & Handsome Seatpost
Now, before anyone else says it, I’ll point out the irony in the fact that I am using a product called tall and handsome. No, I’m not so much referring to my physical stature or the fact that I’ve got looks suited for AM radio. No, the irony is that I typically run very, very short seatposts, thank you very much! But the fact of the matter is, I found myself in need of a post with a generous amount of setback, and at 26mm, Paul became the man to talk to.
The Paul Tall & Handsome seatpost is certainly an apt name. It’s 360 mm of 2024 aluminum, machined with love in Chico, CA. The head is screwed and bonded to the shaft, and features a two-bolt, micro-adjust mechanism that allows for approximately 15° of adjustment.
Paul chose 2024 aluminum over 6000 or 7000 series alloys which are much more common in the bicycle world. In his own words, “2024 is about twice as strong as 6061, so you can run a thinner wall and make a lighter post. 7075 is stronger too but a little bit brittle. 7075 tubing is also not a stock item in the size we needed so it was ruled out because the cost of a special tubing size was prohibitive.”
As you might expect, the post works perfectly and looks great while doing so. Paul’s finishing and attention to detail are unmatched. The micro-adjust mechanism works so smoothly that you might worry the clamp will let the saddle rails slip. That certainly hasn’t been the case. Shorter folks may find that they need to shorten the shaft in order to run the Tall & Handsome in their frame, which is fine as long as the same minimum insertion depth is maintained.
The Tall & Handsome comes in 27.2 mm diameter only and retails for $102 in black or silver anodized finish. A high polished silver post will set you back $107. Visit www.paulcomp.com for more info.