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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 07-15-11, 05:01 PM   #1
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Good seat post?

I snapped my stock bontrager carbon post this morning half way through my morning commute (23.5 miles each way)...Anyway was thinking of replacing it with the Thomson Elite...Couple of questions:

1. Is this post sturdy enough for 250lbs + 25 (pack) of goodness?
2. There's a setback version...Should I just use standard, it'll be on my Trek SLR that I use for commuting/training...I don't feel my hamstrings being used much, but my quads are sore all the time
3. Is there something better at the same price range?

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Old 07-15-11, 05:33 PM   #2
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Thomson. It's milled from billet aluminum, and Clydeworthy as all get out.
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Old 07-15-11, 06:17 PM   #3
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The Easton EA30 2-bolt is sturdy, too... and at 1/3 the price of the Thomson. I've got both, and I have the EA30 on my CX race bike. No problems.
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The Easton EA30 2-bolt is sturdy, too... and at 1/3 the price of the Thomson. I've got both, and I have the EA30 on my CX race bike. No problems.
+1 Just got one on of the easton EA30 this summer. Works well and a lot cheaper. The Thomson is real nice (I have one of them also) but its too expensive.

Is the Easton better for cheaper? no, is the easton as good for cheaper, yes. I weigh 230ish and have a seatpost rack and trunk bag on it. No problems yet but I have only been riding it about a month this year.
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i have thomson on all 3 bikes. and i'm 300 lbs. currently.
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The best of the best of non-carbon is the Thompson brand..
http://bikethomson.com/seatposts/
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The best of the best of non-carbon is the Thompson brand..
http://bikethomson.com/seatposts/
Aside from the strength, a big selling point of the Thomson post is the light weight. The EA30 I mentioned is about 70g heavier than the Thomson Elite in an equivalent length. However, both are internally ovalized and should provide similar strength.
I do CX re-mounts on mine, which involves jumping onto the bike and landing on the saddle after a running start. I'll give a full report of how parts fare after race season, but in training I haven't damaged the post beyond scuffing the finish with the straps from my seat wedge.
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Old 07-16-11, 01:10 AM   #8
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Ah nice, the bike shop next to my work gave me a loaner post for a few days and I've got a thomson elite on order with them, was a bit worried about my commute weight, but looks like it should be a non-issue. Thanks all
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+1 with the Thomson, also had good luck with the FSA SL-280 seatposts..
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