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Old 05-20-10, 06:14 PM
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In the market for a new seatpost...

Here is a picture of my current seat post.



When trying to find out setback I know it is the center of the tube to the center of the clamp. This one looks like it is around 30mm after measurement. The seat post I am looking at buying is this one https://www.competitivecyclist.com/ro...-337.34.1.html
It only has 16mm of setback however I think that will be perfect because look how far I had to push my seat on the rails to get perfect position. What do you guys think? If you have any reccomendations for a different 27.2mm seat post please let me know. Thanks...
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I think you're right on, and the Thomson is an excellent seatpost.
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Thomson is the way to go. I don't even know why people consider other seatposts unless its an odd shape.
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Excuse my ignorance, but with the saddle that far back, wouldn't a zero setback post be better? That way the rails would be more centered?
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Originally Posted by Waves77
Excuse my ignorance, but with the saddle that far back, wouldn't a zero setback post be better? That way the rails would be more centered?
Kinda what I was thinking.
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Thomson. Yes.
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Love my Thompson setback. Think carefully before you go zero setback.
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Originally Posted by bostongarden
Love my Thompson setback. Think carefully before you go zero setback.
Can you explain why?
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Based on the position of the saddle... I'd go zero. You have it all goofy above.
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I went from a similar position as OP to a zero setback thomson masterpiece. One of the best things I have ever purchased.
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I have 2 Thomson Elites; can't go wrong with Thomson.
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Originally Posted by Waves77
Can you explain why?
In general, one item to consider is where the rails will be relative to the clamp. The OP's image suggests that a zero setback might move the clamp to be near the front of the rails. This might bring about something less than desired.
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Originally Posted by bostongarden
In general, one item to consider is where the rails will be relative to the clamp. The OP's image suggests that a zero setback might move the clamp to be near the front of the rails. This might bring about something less than desired.
thanks for the explantion!

Is a zero setback usually an indication of a frame that's too big, or is a matter of longer torso vs. longer legs?
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Originally Posted by Waves77
Can you explain why?
nevermind
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Originally Posted by urbanknight
I think you're right on, and the Thomson is an excellent seatpost.
+1 the seat post of choice for many including myself.
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Originally Posted by Waves77
thanks for the explantion!

Is a zero setback usually an indication of a frame that's too big, or is a matter of longer torso vs. longer legs?
Not sure, I don't think of it that way. It's helpful -- I wouldn't say necessarily critical -- to have the clamp in a reasonable spot on the rails. Whatever seatpost does that, then use it; although, seriously consider making it a Thomson!
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Originally Posted by SalsaPodio
Thomson is the way to go. I don't even know why people consider other seatposts unless its an odd shape.
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Originally Posted by MR6690
I went from a similar position as OP to a zero setback thomson masterpiece. One of the best things I have ever purchased.
just got the 158g version of the masterpiece.

nothing comes close to thomson.
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Am I the only one thinking, "What am I missing here? It's a pipe with a clamp on the end"?
Seriously, I've been riding for 40 years, probably owned at least 25 bikes, and never given my seatpost a thought other than, "Hope this sucker doesn't break." is there something to like or not like that I've never considered?
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Originally Posted by SalsaPodio
I don't even know why people consider other seatposts unless its an odd shape.
I need more than 16mm of setback. If they made a 25-30mm version, I would be riding it.
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I'm wondering that myself. I have a Thomson on my MTB, but I still dont know what makes a Thomson so great. Anyone care to elucidate?

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Originally Posted by vkalia
I'm wondering that myself. I have a Thomson on my MTB, but I still dont know what makes a Thomson so great. Anyone care to elucidate?

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it has very precise and easy to set tilt adjustment. it doesn't slip easily. it is easy to make little changes incrementally. Of the 3 posts I've used, it is the most user friendly. i never gave much thought to seat post before i got the thomson.
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Originally Posted by coasting
it has very precise and easy to set tilt adjustment. it doesn't slip easily. it is easy to make little changes incrementally. Of the 3 posts I've used, it is the most user friendly. i never gave much thought to seat post before i got the thomson.
In addition to that, Thomson seatposts are stronger and, in some cases, lighter than carbon seatposts. Plus they look good.
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Aren't zero setback posts indicative of a shorter torso? For example my current seatpost is a setback seatpost but my saddle is sitting at the back of the rails. Since the OP's situation looks exactly like mine wouldn't the zero setback be better since the saddle would sit in the middle of the rails?
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