Cane Creek Thudbuster LT Suspension Seatpost
Does anyone have used the Thudbuster suspension seatpost? How it do/does feel? Does it make the ride significantly more comfort? Is it worth the cost?
Last edited by Elusor; 05-13-07 at 09:25 PM.
We have one for the back of our tandem. It replaces an older Tamer telescoping seatpost. My wife says that it feels significantly better than the Tamer which, admittedly, was worn out. I like it better than the parallogram Tamers because it has larger pivot bushings. Broken pivot bushings have been a problem for our friends who have parallogram Tamers.
I had one for a few months. Then i sold it. Simply, felt too wierd. Sorta like being on one of those inchworms, you had as a kid. I much prefer a plain ol seatpost and will never have one again.
Call me The Breeze
The way I see it you're standing off the saddle on the bumps anyhow, and then you'd just be wasting energy when you're pedaling while on the saddle.
IMO, while suspension does sometimes make the ride more "comfy" the actual intended function of it is to keep the wheel in contact with the ground.
I put one on my wife's K2 mtb. It helps some, but it does have a strange action to it when going over bumps. I think it's good for a hardtail or rigid bike for commuting, but I don't think I would bother with it for trail riding.
Thudbuster + hardtail = good
A Thudbuster allows you to stay seated over things aptly described as "chatter". This allows you to pedal more efficiently (seated) and save energy. Yes, of course one has to get out of the saddle for the big stuff.
Originally Posted by I_bRAD
On a hardtail, I consider a Thudbuster indespensible.
I have heard other people report that the do not the sensation of the saddle moving idependently of the bottom bracket. I kinda like it as it lets me get even farther behind the pedals where there is more leverage. On seated climbs it has the added benefit of shifting your weight further over the rear wheel adding a little bit of traction (provided you know to react by leaning forward a bit to keep from the wheelie). I also think it stretches out my back in a way that makes it feel better after the ride than when I started.
Originally Posted by Portis
In any case, the Thudbuster has an avid following. If you would like to add a little bit of "ass suspension" to your hardtail, there is nothing that compares to the Thudbuster in terms of quality. Costwise, it is about the same as Thompson seatpost and it is a match for durability (at least the 3G models are).
I'd say go for it. If the travel is too much you can always just swap out to stronger elastomers.
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I still think it's poor form. I really can't imagine doing a fast technical downhill remaining seated on a hardtail. You're just asking to endo when it starts to get hairy all of the sudden.
Originally Posted by willtsmith_nwi
sounds good thanks
i think i will go for it