A stupendously high-quality non-setback seatpost that sets the standard for saddle adjustability and overall precision. The post and cradle are machined from one piece of 7000-series aluminum. Uses a 2-bolt design that allows you to nose your saddle up or down through adjustments to the bolts. 41mm seat rail grip. At 180g it rivals the lightness of carbon posts that cost twice as much.
25 mm, 25.4 mm, 26.6 mm, 26.8 mm, 27 mm, 27.2 mm, 27.4 mm, 28.6 mm, 29.4 mm, 29.8 mm, 30 mm, 30.8 mm, 30.9 mm, 31.6 mm, 32.4 mm
250 mm, 287 mm, 330 mm, 367 mm, 410 mm
Black, 27.2/330mm: 202g
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I bought two of these, one for my mtb and one for my road bike. I read tons of other reviews and forum postings before I purchased, but seeing them in person really sells the quality. On my mtb, the Thomson replaced a Truvativ Stylo, not a bad post, but I wanted zero offset and wanted to try the Thomson. The Thomson, in the hand, is noticeably lighter. On my road bike, it replaced an oem post. The Thomson, like many other posts, is turned on lathe or some kind of similar machine. Unlike most other posts though, you can actually feel the tiny grooves, kind of like the edge of a fine file. Looking inside the open end of the tube, you can see the tapered walls where the front and rear sides are thicker and the left and right sides are thinner. This saves weight while retaining strength and stiffness. The clamp is longer where it holds the saddle rails and feels like a vise on the bike. The saddle flexes much less than on other posts. The adjustment screws are a much finer thread than what I'm used to, which I'm finding is not a bad thing. I can make very fine adjustments and the saddle angle doesn't change several more degrees when I torque the bolts down. I have found that often times you get what you pay for. This is definitely one of those products, except, I'm not sure why you would want to pay any more for a seatpost unless you want the Masterpiece model. I see carbon posts that cost several times as much as the Thomson Elite that are marginally lighter at best and not nearly as strong. I now see what the hype is all about and I will put these posts on every bike I own from now on.
Won't break, infinitely adjustable, and available in straight and setback options. Oh, and it's lighter than the Easton EC70 post. And just 12 grams heavier than the EC90 post. It's incredibly stiff. Putting anything else on your bike is just delaying the inevitable.
I have no idea if I can actually tell the difference with any of my seatposts, but this one looks really sweet and is american made, which I really like. It seems light but solid.
Also, I was pleased to discover that the bag it comes in is pretty much perfect for a carrying an avalanche probe, which is kind of handy and makes stuffing it in my backpack a little easier. Obviously that has nothing to do with cycling, but thought I'd share it if anyone was wondering what to do with that little bag.
Here's the deal. I ride a Jet-9 which has a bit more of a offset on the seat-tube that others that i've ridden, combining this with the Fizik Gobi saddle and you'll run into a problem. You need to tilt it all the way forward, and the the stops for the barrel nuts but up against the base of the adjustment mount.
Where the thompson post has right around 20 degrees of adjustability, the saddle/seat-tube counteract that and you only get about 8 degrees of forward tilt and ultimately a saddle you wind up sliding off the back of becaue this combo is barely level at that point.
I had mine at its limits and ultimatley lost the rear adjustment screw, t was comfortable for a moment, but then my ride got cut short! Oh well, still an awesome seatpost for the right frame/saddle setup. Just make sure you do the math.
This is the only post I use. I had a different brand bend on me once, so I just went back to this one. This is simply a mount and forget about it product. No slipping down into the seatpost, ever. Lightweight--you can get lighter, but not more durable for this weight.
I want to buy the Thomson Elite seatpost for my son for his Surly Steamroller - can anyone recommend which size he'll need? If it helps, he's 6'3"; ridges about 14 mi each day commuting in the city. Thanks!
From what I can tell, the Steamroller uses a 27.2mm diameter seatpost. Lengthwise, it's usually pretty smart to opt for the longest version and cut the excess off, but at 6'3", he may not need to. What a great gift, can I put you in touch with my mom so you can coach her a bit?