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Old 08-23-07, 05:03 PM   #1
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Setback Seatpost Strength

I'm thinking of getting a Thomson Elite Setback seatpost, and have a question for you math/physics wizards. This product description says:

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The Thomson seat post has a clamp, head, and upper tube that are strong enough to withstand 350 foot-lbs of torque. The tube will start to yield and bend at the seat tube clamp at about 250 foot-lbs of torque. All other brand posts we tested flew apart at less than 150 foot-lbs of torque.
I weigh 380. Should I worry? I know they make them stronger, but I also know the setback will make it more likely to bend.

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errr......if I'm not mistaken, torque is a measurement of twisting force, so it really would not technically apply to your particular question. Perhaps Thompson is not using the term in it's true meaning. But, it is one of the strongest posts on the market as far as I know and I wouldn't think you'll have a problem. But, what I would do is periodically inspect the post for any type of deviation from anything but straight. Out of curiosity, does Thompson show any force tests that use "vertical" stresses as a term?
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I wish I could find that info... no luck, though.
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If I had to pick a setback post for you, that would be it. Heck I just bought one myself (no setback).
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errr......if I'm not mistaken, torque is a measurement of twisting force, so it really would not technically apply to your particular question. Perhaps Thompson is not using the term in it's true meaning. But, it is one of the strongest posts on the market as far as I know and I wouldn't think you'll have a problem. But, what I would do is periodically inspect the post for any type of deviation from anything but straight. Out of curiosity, does Thompson show any force tests that use "vertical" stresses as a term?
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No you are generating a torque on the post. The seatclamp will be a couple inches in front of the load, so a rotational force or torque is being applied.

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Assuming something on the order of 4 inches of setback or 1/3 foot, you will be generating 125 ft lbs of torque at a static load. Even with a very big bump, I have trouble believing you would double that, much less triple it.
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you should have no problems with this post.
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Why don't you e mail them and ask.
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Take the bumps by unloading the saddle slightly with your leg muscles. You should do that anyway. That significantlyreduces any lateral or torque stress. I'd say if it bends, just don't mention weight, just try for the warranty.
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No you are generating a torque on the post. The seatclamp will be a couple inches in front of the load, so a rotational force or torque is being applied.

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Assuming something on the order of 4 inches of setback or 1/3 foot, you will be generating 125 ft lbs of torque at a static load. Even with a very big bump, I have trouble believing you would double that, much less triple it.
True...I realize that you can use the moment arm formula and it is technically called torque. And yes, I had to look that up
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True...I realize that you can use the moment arm formula and it is technically called torque. And yes, I had to look that up
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I'm thinking of getting a Thomson Elite Setback seatpost...


... Should I worry?
I don't think so. I've been riding one for almost a year (3,000+ miles) hovering between 330-350. No bend yet, and I have 8" of post exposed!

How much post do you have exposed? Why don't you get one without the setback?

I'd be more concerned riding whatever seatpost you have now.
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I'm not sure how much will be exposed - the one I have now is about 14 cm exposed from clamp to rails, but it's suspension, so it gets mashed down a bit (also keeps slipping! grrrr... how awful would it be to wash all the grease off it and rub some dirt on it to make it stickier?? )

I want to try setback because I keep finding myself trying to scoot back in the seat, and sitting like that, I'm getting all chafed! Ouch! My knees are way out in front of my toes with the pedals @ 3:00, and it's hard to keep the balls of my feet on the pedals. The height's about right (leg extended with heel on the pedal just lifts me off the seat)... so... setback makes sense, right?
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Your bike will bend first, I would bet. The Thomson post is a really well made piece of equipment.
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I can't imagine a better seat post overall.
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Your bike will bend first, I would bet. The Thomson post is a really well made piece of equipment.
+1 I concur. The Thomson Elite is CNC-made from solid aluminum billet. There are few seatposts more significantly overengineered than this particular post. It's extremely well made.
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