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    Smile Looking for a seatpost

    I currently have a Easton EA 50 seatpost on my Rocky Mountain Element 50 that is slightly bent. I'm looking to replace it with a Thomson Elite, but had some questions.

    Will the Thomson hold up to a 220lb rider? And will a setback seatpost have an adverse effect on handling (I wouldn't mind the extra room in the cockpit)? I'm mostly a cross country rider with no drops or jumps. Any help would be appreciated.

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    ...quick and easy...

    Thomson is THE seatopost for fatties...i'm 300# and haven't had a problem with mine... the wider clamp area is a nice touch to help keep your saddle rails from bending to much...

    for setback... MOST seatposts have some setback... they just put it all up at the top clamp area... the way tompson clamps it's right inline with the post itself... so if you already have a setback (which you prob do) it'll fit you just fine... but if you have your saddle way up on the frame you may want to go with the straight post

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    A friend of mine who weighs about 220lbs. runs a Thomson Elite on his Ellsworth downhill bike without any problems. He does some pretty goes over some pretty decent drops, too. I have Thomsons on my mountain and road bike and love 'em. They are even lighter than some carbon posts. My two cents: Thomson Elites are the bomb!
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    Thomson, period. I'm 260ish. They are on my big squish and SS. Strong as hell.

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    Thomson....have one on a ss almost maxed out at height....210 w/ gear and it handles it w/ strength to spare.

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    I was once 230lb and did just fine- with my 191g Thomson Masterpiece. I'm now down to 165...and it still ain't budging! The LAST seatpost your bike will ever need. I took mine to a career machinist, and he took off all his eyewear....just to scrutinize the work of art I handed him. His words were, "how much did this cost?" ...lol

    Thomson also makes the landing gear struts, for the 747 Jumbo Jet. If Boeing can entrust 500+ lives to Thomson......you sure can trust them with your jewels!
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    It looks like the route I need to take is pretty clear. Thanks for the input. Now if all this damn snow would melt up here in the Pacific NW I can get back on the dirt!

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    though i do love the thomson seatpost i do feel that they are over priced. because of this i have been riding Truvative team seatpost and i have never have a problem with one of them. i have had about 6 now for different bikes and i have even clean ripped a saddle off one and it was still fine. also they are very inexpensive and are damn light. at least give it a look. also i'm 260 w/o gear and hit some pretty big stuff

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    I have a Tomson layback, and I weigh 230lbs. I never worry about my seatpost, and I would never use a different one.

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    The key to Thomsons strength is the secret extrusion process. You will notice the tube is ovalized on the inside. I have one that is almost ten years old.
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    yup the ovalized bit is neat... makes it strong like a thick tube... but light weight by removing material where it isn't needed and putting more where the high stress portions are.... it's also subtle but still bling ;-)
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    btw most every high end post is oval in the inside. actually even the $15 kalloys uno ones are

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    Thomson. Period. It'll outlive you and me. . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velofreak
    Thomson. Period. It'll outlive you and me. . .
    Roger that. It will outlive mankind.
    Last edited by Cayenne_Pepa; 02-22-2009 at 01:31 AM.
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    Outlive mankind? Mine lived less than a week before I put a nice 20 degree bend in it (on a bad huck landing, admitedly). I run a Titec El Norte now, no problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fungazi
    Outlive mankind? Mine lived less than a week before I put a nice 20 degree bend in it (on a bad huck landing, admitedly). I run a Titec El Norte now, no problems.
    +1 for the El Norte

    I haven't try Thomson thou, maybe if this one breaks
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    Agree. THOMSON. no doubt. period.

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    I've been pretty happy with my Easton Vise, and Easton Havoc posts. I have them on several bikes.

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    Thomson for me.Have always used them and never had any problems.230lbs and dropping

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    i have used thomson many times, and usually went with a 410 length so to have the adjustability. with my new build I realize I don't need the extra length and could measure for the shorter. I am curious though if the extra length in the seat tube helps spread the forces with a heavier rider. So, is there a reason to get the longer seatpost even though the length isn't needed for height?

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    depends on the frame... some bikes are butted to where the seat post section is thicker then the bottom of the tube... I see no reason to not have the 410 outside of the posibilty of it fitting far enough down (bent seat tubes and such)... gives you the option for plenty of post in the future or whatnot... not like those 20g are going to make you go faster... lol
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    yeah, I am definitely not concerned about the extra weight of the post, just wondering if my going for that little extra actually aids in strength or dispersion of rider weight.
    It does seem true that the only reason not to go long if weight is not a concern is whether or not there is a bend in the seat tube.
    I guess it will be a 410 once again. I wish I didn't sell my 30.9 during the last build, oh well.

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    In addition to the Thomson - the BIG winner in this thread - here are the other seatposts mentioned:

    • Titec El Norte
    • Truvativ Team
    • Easton Vice
    • Easton Havoc

    Have any of my fellow clydes had success with any of the Race Face seatposts? In particular, the Diabolus DH post or the Deus?

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    I have a RF Evolve DH on my AM bike. No issues to report yet.

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    More seatpost alternatives? 26.8mm x 400mm

    Thanks crbrocket.

    So, here's my predicament: Bent my stock seatpost and need a new one. It's an odd size (26.8mm) and I need a post that is 400mm or longer with setback. My options seem to be limited to two posts:

    • Thomson
    • Race Face Deus

    If I am indeed limited to these two posts (please, please, correct me if I'm wrong...), the obvious answer is to go with the Thomson over the XC Deus, right?

    So, here's where vanity kicks in - I just don't like the look of the Thomson setback. I know, I know... it's silly. Ridiculous, even.

    In the end, I know I need to go with the Thomson. But, I'm still holding out hope that someone can point me in the direction of another seatpost alternative that meets by needs (26.8mmx400mm with setback).

    Any ideas?

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    26.8 is just an older size...

    i know the redline monocog uses one that size... but not that long i don't think
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    Yeah, I wish I could go with a 350mm length; that would really open things up for me, relatively speaking, but minimum insertion points are killing me.

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    The real question is do you need setback?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leethal
    The real question is do you need setback?
    Unfortunately, yes. I have a long torso and relatively long arms; even with the setback of the stock seatpost (roughly .5"), the saddle is on the verge of sitting too far forward on the rails.

    As part of the changes related to my position on the bike, I'll also be going from a 105mm stem and .5" low-riser bars to a flat bar and 115-125mm stem.

    Should I try something else? I'm open to suggestions... (the cheaper, the better!)

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    just search the forum and spot the 100 times this question has been asked and every answer was thomson

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    for stem I don't think it's as important... i'm using some generic (and heavy) OEM stem and have been just fine... i'll eventualy goto a better stem... but right now i've got other things to spend money on.
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    er side note... few other seatpost options... both in your size and length needs

    the kalloy is only $20... and prob overweight enough that it's reasonably strong (had a kalloy uno at one point and worked just fine
    http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...8&category=616
    http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...3&category=616
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    Thanks on both counts, donalson. Options really are limited in the 26.8mm/400+mm size, arent' they?! It's interesting to me that GT would choose that particular size.

    With such limited options, I know I just need to get over it and spring for the Thomson setback...

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    There's nothing quite like understanding the needs of your market!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dog.gone
    Have any of my fellow clydes had success with any of the Race Face seatposts? In particular, the Diabolus DH post or the Deus?
    I have a Diabolus post on my hardtail, it's biggest issue is it has one of those idiotic serrated saddle clamps, the ones that get gripped between two sets of teeth and supposedly don't budge.

    Yeah, well a few cocked up landings and it'll budge alright.

    The strength of the post itself is great, but as soon as I can replace it with my old Thompson the better (the Thompson is too big a diameter since it came off my FS trail bike, but I'm upgrading the HT frame soon and will put the Thompson on as soon as I do that).
    Due to a lack of interest, tomorrow has been canceled

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    Quote Originally Posted by dog.gone
    Unfortunately, yes. I have a long torso and relatively long arms; even with the setback of the stock seatpost (roughly .5"), the saddle is on the verge of sitting too far forward on the rails.

    As part of the changes related to my position on the bike, I'll also be going from a 105mm stem and .5" low-riser bars to a flat bar and 115-125mm stem.

    Should I try something else? I'm open to suggestions... (the cheaper, the better!)
    I just wanted to follow-up on my solution:


    The post had just enough length that I don't have to worry about the minimum insertion point and the Death Grip locks the post in place nicely. The extra setback was a nice bonus and has helped smooth out my cockpit position.

    I paid full retail for both pieces (which I normally would never, *ever* do...), but Phillip of Cayuse Cycles REALLY helped me out and took the time to research my options, discuss them with me and even let me use his tools to install the post in his shop. He's a rock star!

    /rave

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyoseki
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    Yeah, well a few cocked up landings and it'll budge alright.
    I appreciate this insight. The clamping mechanism is certainly interesting. If I have the same problem, I will be sure to post back here.

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