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Old 12-14-04, 11:38 AM
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Suspension Seatposts

My Trek 1000c came with one. Last night I took it off. Today, on my 12.5 mile commute I seemed to have easier time holding my desired pace, and my bum seems to be no worse off for it.

Do those things really work?
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they work for cruisers and casual riders.

I rode my mtb when my roadie was in the shop and never once got into any groove.

You sound too serious/interested for a 1000c, so why'd ya buy it?
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I like the frame geometry, the larger tires (for commuting) the tektro brake levers, and the larger seat. These are things that I would have had to replace/purchase for any road bike. It also has rack braze-ons, a deal breaker for me.

I also replace the stem, for which my LBS gave me a nice credit.
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It seems to me that as soon as you sit on the seat the suspension goes all the way down and then your on a regular seat post? Thats the way it was on my girl friends treck hybrid.
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there is an adjustment screw to preload the tension. I didn't have one until I started riding powercranks and could no longer raise my kiester when going over bumps etc. I robbed my wife's hybrid bike (a 1999 trek 7500) to get the suspension seatpost since she doesn't ride much, and I doubt she'll even notice its gone. I preloaded the thing so that it doesn't give very much at all when I sit on it, and have found that it does help quite a bit. However, in my experience there is a bigger difference in ride comfort from larger tires than there is from the suspension seatpost.
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Originally Posted by MrCjolsen
I like the frame geometry, the larger tires (for commuting) the tektro brake levers, and the larger seat. These are things that I would have had to replace/purchase for any road bike. It also has rack braze-ons, a deal breaker for me.
cool! Sounds like you got the right bike for you that just needs a bit of customizing.

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It seems to me that as soon as you sit on the seat the suspension goes all the way down and then your on a regular seat post? Thats the way it was on my girl friends treck hybrid.
She a big girl?


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If it goes all the way down, most likely the seatpost sucks. Or you weigh too much.
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The seatpost I had didn't seem to have any kind of adustment. I would have like it firmer.
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I think a suspension seat post is critical for bikes where the rider is sitting straight up (beach cruiser, Electra Townie) Bikes with this type of geometry practically force you to sit down during bumps and pot holes (because standing on the peddals requires lifting your whole body) which is why you need a suspension seat post.

As with all things, you get what you paid for when it comes to a suspension seat post. The best ones cost over $100.00 dollars but most bike shops install cheap ones costing $20.00 dollars or less which is why they go all the way down once you get on the saddle. The best suspension seat post is the Thudbuster but I would not put that on a road bike unless you're really in pain. I would certainly put one (Thudbuster) on a folding bike where the smaller wheel gives a much rougher ride. Another option would be a Brooks Champion flyer but this would be overkill on a road bike.

Most of the discomfort comes from buying a bike with a hard alloy alike alu. I find that no suspension seat post is required on a steel road bike.
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Originally Posted by LordOpie
cool! Sounds like you got the right bike for you that just needs a bit of customizing.


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No she's not a hefer. Thin fit and quite lovely...

I guess it's a cheap post I never would have guesed they made them in the $100 range?
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This seatpost is a pretty good one. It only went down about 3/4 of an inch, and had another 2" left to fall. And I weigh just over 200 lbs.

I think when I swapped it out, I also tweaked my seat adjustment in a good way so that I was actually more comfortable.
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Originally Posted by jfmckenna
I guess it's a cheap post I never would have guesed they made them in the $100 range?
I have a RockShox post for my mtb that retails for $100 and I got brand new from pricepoint for $50. If you have a ht mtb and can't afford a full-squish, I totally recommend this post or spending more on a thudbuster.

so yeah, they make 'em good -and- cheap.
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Do yourself a favor. Take it off immediatly. Just take it off and save us the grief brought by the knowledge that a road bike has one. Im gonna go cry now.
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Do yourself a favor. Take it off immediatly. Just take it off and save us the grief brought by the knowledge that a road bike has one. Im gonna go cry now.
who has one on a road bike?
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LOL
yea really? on a road bike? Seriouslly I cant imagine even in the workable top dollar price range.


I just can't...

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