Long Travel CaneCreek Thudbuster. Usually for MTB's, but after using one on each of three road bikes, decided to put one on the touring rig too. Because of the parallel link arrangement with different density elastomers, they can be tuned for rider weight, and desired comfort level.
The piece below the parallel links is a hitch for my trailer.
Yes on the back problems. 5 compression fractures. Not too bad riding leaned forward, but I set up a more upright seating position bike for commuting, and it about wiped me out on ONE ride to work/home! Thus the 'need' for dampening of the worst bumps.
I went for the Long travel (vs Short travel) not so much for the amount of shock absorption, as the range of elastomer adjustability. With four different densities, I can mix and match for what is just right on a certain bike. This one came with the two blue (medium) elastomers, but I have one with one blue, and one gray (soft), for a LITTLE more softness. I have to ride it more (only 40 mi since completion) to decide if I need to change elastomers on this one.
Last edited by badamsjr; 07-02-10 at 10:51 AM.