So why does it seem that everyone is in such a rush to make them extinct?
The advantages of a built-in clamp are few, and questionable:
- You might be able to run your seat lower.
- It might be a few grams lighter.
- You need one fewer part.
- It looks smoother.
- More welds.
- Way easier to overtighten.
- If the bolt breaks off, it's a major hassle.
- If it's really low, and something cracks, you're fucked.
Save the seatpost clamp!