I’ve been enjoying the Cane Creek eeSilk for a while now, including on our rough and bumpy trip through Colombia last year. However, there’s no arguing that the $290 price tag was a little hard to swallow. Those who were on the fence about it will be happy to know that the new version unveiled today knocks about 30% off the original price. In addition, Cane Creek also made both 27.2 and 31.6mm options and made them 25mm longer (375mm) to accommodate bikes with a lower top tube. Plus, they also announced a carbon version. Read on for details and their launch video.
The new eeSilk has the same 20mm of travel as its predecessor, but to reduce the price, Cane Creek replaced the titanium hardware and thumbwheel on the aluminum model with stainless hardware and a stainless hex bolt (the carbon eeSilk retains the Ti hardware). The axles on both posts have been upgraded from hollow aluminum to solid 300-series stainless steel and the bushings have been moved from the seatpost arms to inside the seatpost head and cradle. These changes make for a harder-wearing and quieter pivot design. The arms have also been redesigned to create a lower profile and provide an even longer-lasting suspension mechanism. Even though also it’s 25mm longer, all of those small tweaks only add up to about 50 grams of additional weight over the original—the old 27.2 eeSilk weighed 295 grams and the new one tips the scales at 345g. The 27.2mm carbon version is 350mm long and weighs 295g. The 31.6mm aluminum and carbon options are 350 and 305 grams, respectively.
The new eeSilk ($199) and eeSilk Carbon ($299) are available to order now through Cane Creek retailers and distributors or factory-direct at CaneCreek.com. You can find my original long-term review of the eeSilk here. And be sure to check out our full gear index of suspension seat posts here.
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