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    SEAT suspension

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

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    Seatpost Suspension is what i guess its called

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    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.

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    I've heard good things about these.


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    Quote Originally Posted by turtlemilk View Post
    i noticed some seats have a suspension? under them? do these work? or do they suck?
    The sprung Brooks Saddles work pretty well.
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    Suspension seatposts alter leg extension that many riders dislike.
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    Yeah, they work fairly well on the street.

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    The sprung Brooks Saddles work pretty well.
    I prefer this alternative.

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamDZ View Post
    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.

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    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.
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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JackTheLadd View Post
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mijome07 View Post
    I've heard good things about these.

    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mijome07 View Post
    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).

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    Quote Originally Posted by stapfam View Post
    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?

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    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...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tundra_Man View Post
    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mijome07 View Post
    I've heard good things about these.

    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JackTheLadd View Post
    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.
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    I love my Thud Buster, pricey but that's often the case for something well designed & well made.

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    tag, may look into those thudbuster seat posts

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    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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