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Thomson stems and seat posts....

Old 09-07-11, 06:09 PM
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Thomson stems and seat posts....

I have a thomson seat post and matching stem. I think they look great, clean and simple and strong as hell. Are these machined thomson products considered a weight weenie no no?? I would assume these are considered HEAVY compared to some of the other options?

I'm not a weight weenie, but I'd like to see my bike around 15lbs. Last time i weighed it was before my boyd wheel upgrade and i was sitting at 15.8 fully loaded
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Old 09-07-11, 06:22 PM
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Far from weight weenie.
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Old 09-07-11, 06:52 PM
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Allow me to shock the uninformed . . .

I ride a 2011 Specialized S-Works Tarmac. With the HEAVIER of the two Thomson seatposts (Thomson Elite), my Tarmac weighs in at 14.99 pounds, with cages, computer mount and pedals included. I could save between 30g and 50g by switching to a Thomson Masterpiece (in part, because the Masterpiece is 10mm shorter).

Now for the real shocker: My S-Works frameset came complete with the top-of-the-line all-carbon S-Works SL Carbon FACT two-bolt seatpost. I assumed (as, I think, most people would) that the Thomson would be much heavier than the S-Works. Before assembling my bike, I weighed the bling-worthy S-Works post and my old Thomson Elite, just to see how much lighter the high-dollar S-Works post might be. Including the bolts, the S-Works post weighed 220g. Including the bolts, my old, heavy Thomson Elite weighed 210g. I sold the S-Works. Kept the Elite. Kept Thomson reliability and saved 10g.

In time, if a weight weenie breeze blows through, I may trade it in on a Masterpiece -- and have all the benefits of an aluminum post AND 40g to 60g LESS weight than the all-carbon post.
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Old 09-07-11, 07:10 PM
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I Think my masterpiece 27.2mm setback seatpost weighs about 180g. That's pretty weight weenie-ish as far as I'm concerned.
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Old 09-07-11, 07:20 PM
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holy crap! well thats something to think about then!
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Thomson is smexy as hell imo. If i ever need a new stem or seatost, im saving for a thomson
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Old 09-07-11, 09:05 PM
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The seatposts are definitely worth it, but I dunno if I'd shell out for one of the stems. They do look nice though. They also have seatpost binder clamps but they're relatively heavy and expensive.
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The Masterpiece is a b-itchin seatpost and is on par with some of the lighter carbon posts with regards to weight. You can reduce it another 10g by getting titanium bolts. To top it off, their microadjust head is one of the best designs out there IMO. Very easy to adjust...and strong.

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Originally Posted by mazdaspeed View Post
The seatposts are definitely worth it, but I dunno if I'd shell out for one of the stems. They do look nice though. They also have seatpost binder clamps but they're relatively heavy and expensive.
Yeah, but the stem has to match the seatpost...
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Old 09-07-11, 09:57 PM
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I would very much regret swapping out my Thomson stem or post for anything else. The non - Thomsoned bikes I own blush and don't like being in the same room as my Thomsoned bike.
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Yah, they're just as light. I use the Ritchey WCS posts because they're so easy to adjust. All the graphics wear off too, so I can go stealth.
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Thomson seatposts rule. I have an Elite. At the LBS, the staff often comment about my seatpost and then ask what kind of Allez I have. They are often surprised that it's a low-end model with such a high end seatpost installed.
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Old 09-08-11, 01:33 AM
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If you can get by ugliness, they are great!
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The masterpiece is a great post if you are skin and bones... 200 pound weight limit, and they are not kidding.
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Old 09-08-11, 07:26 AM
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Wow. I'm 175 and I've never seen myself as skin and bones. I'm the heaviest guy in our bike club by 20 pounds!
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Old 09-08-11, 07:34 AM
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Originally Posted by whooosshhh... View Post
if you can get by ugliness, they are great!

you bite your tongue!!!!
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Old 09-08-11, 07:51 AM
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I like that Thomson makes the seatposts in many lengths.. easy way to save weight.

I have the shortest 31.6mm post they make and it's plenty due to my frame design and fitment.
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Originally Posted by igknighted View Post
Yeah, but the stem has to match the seatpost...
Haha!

I absolutely can not build a bike where the stem and seatpost don't match. Whenever I'm looking around at these components, I always consider them as a set.
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I really like the masterpiece seat post. I think it looks good and is light enough.
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Originally Posted by bobonker View Post
You can reduce it another 10g by getting titanium bolts.
That and cutting off all the excess, keeping only the minimum insertion length. I think I got my elite (27.2) down to like 170gm that way.
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Had a masterpiece post (greatest post ever) and stem on a GURU that I sold last year. 14.6lbs. Still have a Masterpiece post.
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Old 09-08-11, 11:26 AM
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When I think Thomson...I think mountain bike.

I got their stem and post on my mtb.
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Originally Posted by 41ants View Post
The masterpiece is a great post if you are skin and bones... 200 pound weight limit, and they are not kidding.
Not my experience... I've been on my masterpiece for a year and a half now and after dropping 30 lbs, I'm still at 207.
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