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    Best setback post?

    I weigh about 170lb and ride a Salsa Caballero which needs a post with setback / layback. I currently have a Thomson elite, I realise there are lighter posts, but I do like the reliability and confidence of the Thomson, however I rarely jump.

    What are the other options, I noticed the Eason EC70 does not have good reviews on this site.

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    I had the Easton EC-70 but it had a massive amount of setback which was too much for my bike. Also the adjustability in contrast to the Thompson is not comparable in my opinion.

    I now have a Thompson Elite Setback post and sure there are lighter posts out there, but I don't think there is anything that compares with the Thompson with regards to adjustment, reliability, stiffness and strength.

    I'd encourage you to keep the Thompson.
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    Yes, I have a Thomson at the moment but the straight one. As I have just built a new bike, my old straight one was also 27.2 it worked, but doesn't feel right. Thanks for the help!

    By the way, how do you get your picture profile to appear, mine won't work! Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryan123
    Yes, I have a Thomson at the moment but the straight one. As I have just built a new bike, my old straight one was also 27.2 it worked, but doesn't feel right. Thanks for the help!

    By the way, how do you get your picture profile to appear, mine won't work! Thanks
    The Thompson setback is great. It provides just the right amount. Its not too little and definatley not too much setback.

    As for the avitar you need to make sure it is under a certain file size and of a certain size (Pixels x Pixels)... Just post away the issues you are having and I'll try to help.

    Perhaps PM me!
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    if you want to lose weight but like the strength, reliabitly and adjustability of the thomson elite then i'd investigate a thomson masterpiece. they lose about 30 grams from the elite i think. they're very pricy but a lovely bit of kit. i reckon it'd be the last seatpost you ever buy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryan123
    What are the other options,
    What about a Moots titanium like mine?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike T.
    What about a Moots titanium like mine?
    Where can you get one online? Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryan123
    Where can you get one online? Thanks
    Right from Moots -

    http://www.moots.com

    Mine's a work of art.
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    Thomson Setback porn

    Quote Originally Posted by ryan123
    I weigh about 170lb and ride a Salsa Caballero which needs a post with setback / layback. I currently have a Thomson elite, I realise there are lighter posts, but I do like the reliability and confidence of the Thomson, however I rarely jump.

    What are the other options, I noticed the Eason EC70 does not have good reviews on this site.
    I second the Thomson Setback seatposts. I realized I had the same problem with my straight Thomson, but they didn't make it in a 26.8 size until about a year ago. I grabbed the first one I could find and I couldn't be happier.

    Have you considered the Salsa Shaft seatpost? I got a buddy with one of those and he liked his.
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    I wound up with a USE Alien Carbon post on my new ride - It's nice, light, comfy, has a little bit of setback, and wasn't too bad to get setup - nowhere near as easy as the two bolt style clamps, but 15-20 minutes of playing around & I was done. The carbon post can be a bit pricey, but they also have an aluminum version that is a little cheaper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Paul Proteus
    I wound up with a USE Alien Carbon post on my new ride - It's nice, light, comfy, has a little bit of setback, and wasn't too bad to get setup - nowhere near as easy as the two bolt style clamps, but 15-20 minutes of playing around & I was done. The carbon post can be a bit pricey, but they also have an aluminum version that is a little cheaper.
    I always thought of that post as a straight post. It has next to no setback on it.
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    I would definately go with the Thompson. I had the EC-70 for about 5 hours once. It came on a bike that one of my old sponsors provided me so I figured that I would use it. I built the bike up on Wednesday then went to the Norba 24 hour nationals. On my fourth lap, I heard a loud bang and realized that my seat was no longer attached to my bike. The carbon snapped about 1/2" above where it was clamped. I was still in the "safe clamping zone" of the post. Since I was a little weary of the carbon post, I had only tightened it up the minimum that was necessary to hold it it place. It is possible that when I was trying to find the sweet spot of tension that the seat post may of been damaged when it moved during the test ride. I was pretty careful about inspecting it during my first setup ride. After that and the ensuing 9 mile ride back to the pit without a seat, I've sworn off carbon seatposts. I do still ride their bars though. I've never had trouble with my Thompson, it has been bullet proof.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trevor!
    I always thought of that post as a straight post. It has next to no setback on it.
    Not a whole lot of setback, but usually enough. Here's a pic of mine that I just snapped, the center of the clamp is just in front of the back of the post. I'd guess maybe 1/2" of setback. The clamp also isn't all that big, so you might be able to get your seat back even more if you wish. The photo of the Thomson above appears to have the center of the clamp roughly in line to just behind the back of the post, I think I've heard 5/8" setback for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Paul Proteus
    Not a whole lot of setback, but usually enough. Here's a pic of mine that I just snapped, the center of the clamp is just in front of the back of the post. I'd guess maybe 1/2" of setback. The clamp also isn't all that big, so you might be able to get your seat back even more if you wish. The photo of the Thomson above appears to have the center of the clamp roughly in line to just behind the back of the post, I think I've heard 5/8" setback for it.

    I have a USE Alien carbon on my road bike, but I don't think I'd use one on a MTB. They are a bit "delicate" for MTB use.

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