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Old 09-06-06, 09:29 AM   #1
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Suspension seatpost

I have a bad back and thought I would need a suspension post for long tours, but it didn't turn out to be a problem running fat tires. Still I may try one someday just to see what the ride is like, my current bike does not have the clearance for one, but my old mountain frame does.

Does anyone make a quality version of a suspension post?
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Old 09-06-06, 04:37 PM   #2
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I've had back surgery, so i've tried them all, thudbuster, rockshox, use...
I think the thudbuster had the nicest feel, however it's rearward movement will strech out the spine, and my back didn't like that.
Currently i use a post called NitroPro. It has twice the travel and plushness of the other pogo-style posts, but has no pogo or bouncy feel at all. Actually it's just the opposite, after it absorbs a bump it feels like it gets stuck and takes a while to get back to it's neutral (uncompressed) position. But that doesn't bother me, so it's what i use most.
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Old 09-08-06, 10:57 PM   #3
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Thank you for the review!

Which Thudbuster did you have, they have one with less travel and minimum height, that doesn't move back as much, was that the one you used, or the banjo sized one?

The nitro pro does sound good, a little spendy, but what the heck.
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Old 09-09-06, 11:02 AM   #4
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Thudbusters are the greatest thing since "sliced bread". I'm on my second one (the long travel). They don't wear out, they are very adjustable and they really take the edge off the bumps.
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Thudbusters are the greatest thing since "sliced bread". I'm on my second one (the long travel). They don't wear out, they are very adjustable and they really take the edge off the bumps.
Care to try that again?
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LOL.

Two bikes, theft, upgrade to longer travel, decorator preference...
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Old 09-10-06, 05:45 PM   #7
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Nope! Thudbuster offered the new model with better role pins and bushings for $75.00 (if you gave up on your old model) I'm 300 pounds and had been boncing around on mine for thousands of Klics so I thought it was a good idea. I have purchased many toys (too many just ask my wife) for my bikes and the Thudbuster is the best upgrade yet. Ted
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How about a sprung saddle?
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How about a sprung saddle?
Agreed.

I purchased a Brooks Champion Flyer and the springs work just as good as my suspension seat post. What really makes the difference is the saddle. I'm able to ride longer distances without pain on a hard leather saddle with springs than my Terry Liberator with a suspension seat post! Go figure.
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Thudbusters are the greatest thing since "sliced bread". I'm on my second one (the long travel). They don't wear out, they are very adjustable and they really take the edge off the bumps.
I'm going to get on of these Thudbusters but I've gotten good results from cheap suspension seat posts. I really don't mind the pogo bounce too much but what I'm looking for is a seat post that pushes itself backup up without me having to lift off the saddle. Maybe I'm asking too much but after the seat post bottoms out, you have to lift off the saddle to get it back up again for the next bump. It's not too bad since I really like to move around in the saddle.
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That's a good idea since I like my brooks. I guess the reason I don't think that way is because there is a tendancy to design the sprung saddles for upright postures. On drops one could ride the correct posture saddle and yet have a sophisticated, weight adjustible, modulated shock with the seatpost suspension. I'll have to look into that.
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I have a Brooks Champion Flyer that I just toured on for the last three months but once I got home and jumped on my other bike, equipped with a Thudbuster LT 3G, the feel was so much more plush than the sprung saddle was. Still, I'd call the Thudbuster overkill for regular road riding but if you're going off-road or are going to be riding somewhere with really nasty roads, then it might be worth looking at.
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