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Old 08-02-04, 11:56 AM   #1
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Rock Shox Suspension Seat Post

I am looking for a Rock Shox Suspension Seat Post. Can anyone recommend a web bike shop for the best price??

Also anyone have an opinion this product?? Good or bad.

Keep in mind I'm a big guy about 250 lbs.
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Old 08-02-04, 12:01 PM   #2
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I absolutely HATED my suspension seatpost. I never knew where the seat was. For example, because I am also a big guy, I had the preload set to max. I had to adjust the seat height way high (unsprung) so when I was sitting on the bike it was in the proper position for correct leg extension. If I was descending a hill or a steep chute where I needed to get my weight back over the back of the saddle, the saddle would rise up back to the unsprung position and it made me very uncomfortable. When I would complete the descent and move forward again, the saddle would snag my shorts or I had to make a conscious effort to rise my buttocks to avoid the saddle.

It just made my riding experience a hassle, not a pleasure.

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Old 08-02-04, 12:13 PM   #3
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I've used the R/S sus post in the past and didn't really care much about it. I'm currently using a Brooks Conquest sprung saddle on one of my rigid Mtb's and I'm pretty happy with it. Much more effective in soaking up bumps for my 160lb riding weight.
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Old 08-02-04, 11:15 PM   #4
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In my never-so humble opinion suspension seat posts suck for people of our size (6'4" - 245) they bottom out way to easily and just get in the way like A2 said. Forget about suspension in the seatpost and look at getting a dual susser.
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Old 08-03-04, 12:15 AM   #5
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suspension posts, at least to me, are only good for commuting duty or for roadbikes, etc.

Like one of the folks I know who has a pretty nice mtn bike, older than mine, but his has full saint . He has a solid post/saddle he uses off-road, and a suspension post/more comfy saddle he uses for commuting. makes sense to me...although i would be a bit weary of taking anything with full saint commuting...to get that broken would make me cry
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For actually off road mtbing, a suspension seat post seems pretty stupid to me. How much travel do you get from them and why would you be sitting down while riding over bumps?

The only reason I can think of for needing one would be for general commuting and stiil, you don't really need suspension while commuting.

But hey this is my thought , don't flame me because of it.
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In my never-so humble opinion suspension seat posts suck for people of our size (6'4" - 245) they bottom out way to easily and just get in the way like A2 said. Forget about suspension in the seatpost and look at getting a dual susser.

What he said I had a suspension seat post on my old KHS. It was okay but I have no troubles with my full suspension. I like it more then the seat shock. But then again if your low on funds it might be tough to get a new bike.
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Perhaps an improvement in handling (under certain conditions) is a major factor and reason for riding suspended bikes, whereas suspension posts or saddles are designed mainly for rider comfort and nothing else......
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Comfort was an issue. Just started riding again and my _ss was taking a beating. I got a new seat so the post was just another option. I got a rock shox seat post from the LBS the other day but I'm taking it back because it's not the kind I can adjust. It's the econo model. It botttomed out a couple times but it wasn't too bad. So I figured I would give the adjustable a shot. I have seen it for $68 on the web. So I figure why not if I hate I'll ebay it for more than I paid.
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For suspension seatposts, the Cane Creek Thudbuster is the only way to go. I've had one on my bike for over a year and it's just great. It doesn't flex enough to bob or anything when you're pedalling, but it's just enough to take the edge off those short, sharp bumps. And it even looks kinda cool.
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I was told that the Cane Creek Thudbuster gets lossened up and has a side to side motion and has to be readjusted to often. Especially in my wieght class.
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I originally rode my hardtail MTB without a suspension seatpost and my butt was taking a pretty severe beating on some of the trails I was on. Not hard bumps and drops, of course I stand on those, but for all the constant smaller bumps that add up over miles of trails. My wife's bike had a suspension seat post and she never had the pains I had, so I ordered the nice RS suspension post and could not believe it! It took all those little wacks and turned them into tiny bumps that dont bother me at all. Knowing what I know now I would easily pay $200 or more for another one if it was that or a standard seatpost.

Do note though, these are NOT a replacement for a full suspension bike, and you should NOT sit on drops, over roots, etc as it will not really help. But for washboards and long generally rough trails they are awesome.
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Old 08-03-04, 12:24 PM   #13
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Flea77... what king of seatpost do you have and which do you perfer.
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Old 08-03-04, 12:25 PM   #14
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I was told that the Cane Creek Thudbuster gets lossened up and has a side to side motion and has to be readjusted to often. Especially in my wieght class.
Hm. Never heard that. I put mine on a year ago and haven't given it a second thought since. Totally rock-solid side-to-side.

Oh, and I'm 5'11", 200lb, just for reference.
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I used one for about a month, R.S.. Now it's in the closet.
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I used one for about a month, R.S.. Now it's in the closet.

Give me more. Why? What didn't you like about it?
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I originally rode my hardtail MTB without a suspension seatpost and my butt was taking a pretty severe beating on some of the trails I was on. Not hard bumps and drops, of course I stand on those, but for all the constant smaller bumps that add up over miles of trails. My wife's bike had a suspension seat post and she never had the pains I had, so I ordered the nice RS suspension post and could not believe it! It took all those little wacks and turned them into tiny bumps that dont bother me at all. Knowing what I know now I would easily pay $200 or more for another one if it was that or a standard seatpost.

Do note though, these are NOT a replacement for a full suspension bike, and you should NOT sit on drops, over roots, etc as it will not really help. But for washboards and long generally rough trails they are awesome.
I love my RockShox SSP. I agree it will not turn a HT into FS, but its been a nice upgrade for me.
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If you go for a suspension post, the Cane Creek Thudbuster is LIGHTYEARS ahead of any other out there, though most of these posts were not designed for riders over 200lbs...
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I 2nd the vote for forgetting suspension seatposts and going with a brooks sprung saddle (the conquest or the champion flyer)... they are retro cool and your ass will thank you (most comfy saddle I've ever tried bar none).
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