Currently I ride a hard tail (Giant Rainier) with a Marzocchi Bomber suspension. The rest of my family all have full suspension bikes. The thing I love about my bike is the ability to climb much easier than my brother and parents full suspension counterparts. However, I do feel the abuse of a hardtail doing mainly downhill trails.
We are planning a trip to Whistler in a couple weeks where I'll spend most of my time doing downhill trails so was looking into seatpost suspensions. I haven't heard anything good about the telescope type seat suspensions, but I stumbled across this Cane Creek Thudbuster seatpost suspension system and had a few questions for anyone who might have heard about or used it.
1.) Basically, are you happy with it (or have you heard from people who are happy with it) ?
2.) The information from the company said that it would provide a softer ride, but won't ruin what's right about hard tails. This true?
3.) When climbing on my family's full suspsensions, I've noticed that the suspension can absorb some of your power, will I notice the same thing with the Thudbuster on my hardtail?
4.) Personally, less than 25% of my riding is strickly downhill. Would something like this be worth the effort of switching out (should the answer to question 3 be 'yes') ?
Any addtional info on this product would be apperciated.