Specialized patent reveals radical new suspension seatpost that could be headed for Roubaix

Damper mounted in the top tube could supply rear suspension to work alongside existing Future Shock front damper

A US patent applied for by Specialized has revealed a radical new design for a road bike suspension seatpost.

The patent drawings, discovered by BikeRadar, show a damper mounted in the top tube that allows the seatpost to move between two positions.

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Simon Smythe

Simon Smythe is a hugely experienced cycling tech writer, who has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2003. Until recently he was our senior tech writer. In his cycling career Simon has mostly focused on time trialling with a national medal, a few open wins and his club's 30-mile record in his palmares. These days he spends most of his time testing road bikes, or on a tandem doing the school run with his younger son.