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Old 05-02-12, 10:06 PM
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Are Those Expensive Seatposts Really Worth It?

I'm looking to get a different post for my bike. I have a shorter AL and a longer Carbon post. The carbon wants to slide if I don't clamp it really tight, which is a PITA raising and lowering my seat while I'm riding. There is someone in the local MTB group selling a Thompson post for $55, or I could just buy a cheap Easton or something for under $20.
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As long as it is the right size, the thomson is worth it.

As far as carbon seatposts, over tightening will cause the seatpost to fail, so if you go the carbon fiber route, use this and a tourque wrench.

http://www.jensonusa.com/Shop-Suppli...und-For-Carbon
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Old 05-03-12, 01:01 AM
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With the price of that carbon paste crap, I may as well go with the Thompson post if I can manage the finances on a "hobby". But is it just the weight that makes the Thompson "worth it" compared to a cheaper AL post, or is it stronger or better in some other way? I don't mind trying to spend more on my MTB for Better parts, but I'm poor and don't really care about weight so I don't want to spend the money on parts just because they're lighter weight.
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A $55 Thomson? Excellent!

Yes, it's worth it. You won't have to think about that part on your bike ever again. I tried a RF Deus...the stupid linkage slippy design just creaked like madd. POS.


In 2004 I bought an inadequate bike. I upgraded early 2005 to a Fisher HKEK. The things that weren't up to par would obviously fail. When I started building my own, I experimented with what I can get away with (weight-wise) and still handle a pounding. If you spend the coin, (and ride it as it was intended) it will pay for itself eventually. My Hope Pro2 EX5.1d wheelset is 5 years old now. I have 2 Easton EA70 bars...1 is 7y.o., the other is 3. My Thomson post on my Komodo shows no sign of failure in the tube or the clamp...thus, I bought one for the Parker. Odi / Lizard skins grips outlast other's I've tried. I've had great luck with XT rear derailleurs. My Hone crankset is not even in production anymore and it is stiffer than my new Raceface. I've never had to adjust my CB or Cane Creek headsets.


All of these things allow me to not even think about them while on the trail. It's worth the money.

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When you said "expensive," I thought you meant "expensive." My dropper posts both cost around $300.

THAT's expensive.
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Well it's not that this one would be expensive to me now, but it was a pretty expensive post when new.
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BF is the dollar store of cycling forums.
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Originally Posted by cryptid01 View Post
BF is the dollar store of cycling forums.
....as in, peddling a whole lot of really cheap crap?
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I hear you about the expensive posts. I bought my Thompson new for about $100 because I needed (really wanted) one quickly... and it was black. Was it worth $70 more than an Easton post? I don't know, but I don't regret buying it. It does a great job at holding the seat up. I have had cheaper seatposts fail on my mountain bike, one one that creaks like crazy no matter how much I grease it.
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I used a $20 SuperGo seatpost for seven years; it was used with two bikes, and outlasted both. It doesn't fit my new bike, and all the other family bikes are already well taken care of. So it's retired.
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I can vouch again for the Thomson seatposts. They are just bomb proof and you really do pay and get that slap it on, never think about it again type product. Same with there stems. Really really nice bit's of kit!
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Originally Posted by 3speed View Post
But is it just the weight that makes the Thompson "worth it" compared to a cheaper AL post, or is it stronger or better in some other way?
All a seatpost does is hold up your arse when you're tired. Strength is a minor issue, because you should be taking bigger bumps and jolts by standing on your pedals and absorbing the force through the bottom-bracket into your legs. Thompson makes very good posts to be sure, but many buy them for the bling factor.

OTOH, $55 for a post is not out of line. However, if you're on a budget then a seatpost is not really a part that I would "stretch" to buy. You won't ride any better with a Thompson than with an Easton.

If you just need a dab of assembly paste, maybe a shop would give you some, or sell you some for a buck or two.
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