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turtlemilk 01-07-10 08:02 PM

SEAT suspension
 
i noticed some seats have a suspension? under them? do these work? or do they suck?

RonH 01-07-10 08:03 PM

suck

turtlemilk 01-07-10 08:13 PM

Seatpost Suspension is what i guess its called

Arcanum 01-07-10 08:31 PM

I have it on my commuter hybrid. It's nothing compared to the real thing, but it helps even out the bumps and such of urban and suburban riding. It's purely a comfort thing.

mijome07 01-07-10 08:44 PM

I've heard good things about these.

http://www.canecreek.com/images/seatposts/thud_home.jpg

Sirrus Rider 01-07-10 09:28 PM

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Originally Posted by turtlemilk (Post 10240378)
i noticed some seats have a suspension? under them? do these work? or do they suck?

The sprung Brooks Saddles work pretty well.

DieselDan 01-07-10 09:32 PM

Suspension seatposts alter leg extension that many riders dislike.

HauntedMyst 01-08-10 01:16 AM

Yeah, they work fairly well on the street.

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Originally Posted by Sirrus Rider (Post 10240661)
The sprung Brooks Saddles work pretty well.

I prefer this alternative.

AdamDZ 01-08-10 10:23 AM

I tired. Didn't like the changing saddle height, I found it annoying.

Adam

Arcanum 01-08-10 10:59 AM

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Originally Posted by AdamDZ (Post 10242273)
I tired. Didn't like the changing saddle height, I found it annoying.

I wonder if this is impacted by riding style.

I tend to be on the saddle practically all the time, even going up hills. I position my saddle so that when I put my weight on it I have a normal or slightly longer than normal leg extension at the bottom of a stroke. As a result the saddle stays at a pretty constant height except when I'm going over a significant bump.

On the other hand, I could see the saddle height changing a lot more and getting annoying if your style has you out of the saddle a lot more.

JackTheLadd 01-08-10 11:13 AM

It depends
 
I have a Cane Creek Thudbuster on my hardtail MTB, and I wouldn't ride without it. It keeps the saddle-to-BB distance fairly constant by arching back-and-down in response to bumps, rather than pogoing up-and-down as most of the other suspension seat posts do. I don't even notice it moving at this stage, except in that I don't get kicked around anymore by root and rocks on the trails I ride. Good for the lower back, too! :)

The downside to it is greater weight than a standard post, but the advantages it brings in comfort, and improved riding technique (being able to sit more on technical climbs/descents, etc.) is more than worth it.

Tundra_Man 01-08-10 11:51 AM

My wife has one on her bike and loves it. She rides < 50 miles per year.

I don't want one on my bike. I ride much > 50 miles per year.

mijome07 01-08-10 01:09 PM

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Originally Posted by JackTheLadd (Post 10242515)
I have a Cane Creek Thudbuster on my hardtail MTB, and I wouldn't ride without it. It keeps the saddle-to-BB distance fairly constant by arching back-and-down in response to bumps, rather than pogoing up-and-down as most of the other suspension seat posts do. I don't even notice it moving at this stage, except in that I don't get kicked around anymore by root and rocks on the trails I ride. Good for the lower back, too! :)

The downside to it is greater weight than a standard post, but the advantages it brings in comfort, and improved riding technique (being able to sit more on technical climbs/descents, etc.) is more than worth it.

Do you have the ST or LT model? I ask because some MTB riders rock the ST. I'm considering on getting one (ST model) for my 'cross bike that I use for everything except racing.

stapfam 01-08-10 01:10 PM

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Originally Posted by mijome07 (Post 10240509)

The cane creek is virtually standard fitment for stokers on offroad Tandems. It does not alter leg length with movement and is one of the very few that works. Only problem is that for most of us without a Tandem to put it on- A better set of wheels would work better and be cheaper.

JackTheLadd 01-08-10 04:40 PM

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Originally Posted by mijome07 (Post 10243081)
Do you have the ST or LT model? I ask because some MTB riders rock the ST. I'm considering on getting one (ST model) for my 'cross bike that I use for everything except racing.

I have the LT model, and it works brilliantly for me (YMMV). :thumb:

JackTheLadd 01-08-10 04:43 PM

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Originally Posted by stapfam (Post 10243091)
The cane creek is virtually standard fitment for stokers on offroad Tandems. It does not alter leg length with movement and is one of the very few that works. Only problem is that for most of us without a Tandem to put it on- A better set of wheels would work better and be cheaper.

Interesting about the off-road tandem usage of this post, I didn't know that (don't ride an off-road tandem ;) ).

I was wondering what you meant by the "better set of wheels" point, do you mean a different (full-sus?) bike, or literally a different wheelset?

Ware 01-08-10 05:08 PM

My Trek Hybrid from a few years back came stock with a cheap suspension seatpost. Its great if you like the feeling of being ejected out of the saddle after a sizeable bump. You're better off pulling out of the saddle momentarily for the big stuff...

caloso 01-08-10 05:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Tundra_Man (Post 10242728)
My wife has one on her bike and loves it. She rides < 50 miles per year.

I don't want one on my bike. I ride much > 50 miles per year.

Same deal as my house.

iforgotmename 01-09-10 09:17 AM

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Originally Posted by mijome07 (Post 10240509)

I have the thudbuster ST and it is nice. I have to say it is a little pricey but really smoothes out the ride without pedal bob.

stapfam 01-09-10 02:24 PM

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Originally Posted by JackTheLadd (Post 10244151)
Interesting about the off-road tandem usage of this post, I didn't know that (don't ride an off-road tandem ;) ).

I was wondering what you meant by the "better set of wheels" point, do you mean a different (full-sus?) bike, or literally a different wheelset?

If you have a very stiff set of wheels- Normally in the Bling bracket with straight pull spokes--You will find that you will have a very stiff and often jarring ride. The quality ones do perform well but it can take a lot out of you in riding them.

Just a simple change to quality wheels with the spokes arranged in a cross pattern will still give you a stiff wheel laterrally (Side to side)- but the give in the wheel vertically will give you a far more comfortable ride.

And a lot of road tandem stoker use the LT Thudbuster just to take the sting out of the potholes that the pilot forgets to warn them about. As I ride offroad and the hits are bigger- I use the HT version.

Freewheeler 01-10-10 02:37 PM

I love my Thud Buster, pricey but that's often the case for something well designed & well made.

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ost&highlight=

arej00dazed 01-11-10 06:11 AM

tag, may look into those thudbuster seat posts

DX-MAN 01-13-10 06:31 PM

I've been looking at the Thudbuster for awhile now; in the interim, I'll have to settle for the pogo stick for my SS project.


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