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    Cheap Suspension Seatpost or No?

    So, I have two more parts to buy, a seat post and a seat post clamp. If SheldonBrown.com is correct, it looks like I can transfer these parts over from my old frame to my new frame if I need to, BUT...I'm considering ordering a suspension seat post. I've seen some online for about $25, the best one of which appears to be a Zoom brand. Worth it or not?

    Also, on color scheme, I've got a red frame with white rims and white handlebars. Would getting a white seatpost and or clamp be overkill on the white? Opinions please!
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    No..................................not worth it.
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    no, those things are ridiculously heavy and don't provide much benefit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by getagrip View Post
    ...I'm considering ordering a suspension seat post. I've seen some online for about $25, the best one of which appears to be a Zoom brand.
    No. Just don't.

    FWIW, I recently scored a take-off, Specialized-brand suspension post on eBay. I threw it on a new build just for the heck of it. The result was that my butt would bounce up and down with every pedal stroke. Seat height was changing mid-stroke. It was awful. I threw the post in a drawer and put on a rigid post instead.

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    No.

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    Even the best suspension seatposts are terrible but that Zoom one is absolutely horrific.
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    Suspension seat post are not that bad but it's heavy. My GF's Jamis has suspension saddle and whenever I test ride it they are okay. I think a good saddle with proper cushion would much be better. Customization of color is base on your personal preference but remember if u get a reflector and brake lights the clamp is black and it will stand out.

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    ^^^
    Do you ride off-road?

    OP - I agree with everybody else. Those things suck.
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    Rode it on flat hard packed and single track trails. it was okay for those conditions but I would image it to be bad on rough trails.

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    Thudbuster is the most trail worthy among the rest because it move back not up/down but it still sucks. If you are doing any kind of serious riding go with reg post or adjustable post.

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