Weird saddle clamp/post mix-up, help appreciated

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  • I'm struggling to get my head round a seatpost I've just bought on here, any help would be great.

    Option 1 (as in photo): Will work technically, markings wrong, hole unsafe?
    The only way I can get this seatpost to work is with the post height markings to the front (right in the photo) so that the angle of the saddle clamp cradle is down to the front allowing the saddle to be horizontal when the post is tilted back inside the bike. To hold the bolts, the cradle has 1 hole (now to the rear) and 1 open collar (to the front).

    Option 2 (reversed): Won't work technically (unless I'm doing something really stupid), markings correct, hole safer?
    Now reversed, with the seatpost height markings to the back (as they should be?), inclines the cradle the wrong way and the clamp bottoms out on the front preventing the saddle from making it to horizontal. The hole rather than collar is now at the front which seems safer (not much evidence for this, so could make no difference).

    Any thoughts? Are the markings etc just painted the wrong way round? Is that open collar to the front ok?

  • This is the same design and has the cradle tilting down to the front too:

    Suggests the markings are wrong, above. Has 2 holes, rather than hole + collar though...

  • Is it a fake ritchey post?
    Looks like the decals are just on backwards

  • Yes, should have said. Thanks, backwards decals seems right, right? Not a big problem but now I've done some digging, I can't find any other example of forward facing collars, not even on the original Ritcheys so got me wondering whether I should just buy a Thomson and appreciate the safety, psychological or otherwise....

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Weird saddle clamp/post mix-up, help appreciated

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