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Need a new seatpost

Postby __PG__ » Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:11 am

Snapped the saddle bolt yesterday on the ride home and couldn't find all the parts. I'm just after a cheap(ish) alloy seat post. Currently considering the 3T Palladium Pro or Thomson Elite setback. 3T mainly for aesthetics (as I'll eventually put 3T bars on the bike), but a mate of mine (who races track, cyclocross and road) has Thomson posts on all his bike and swears buy them.

Any suggestions/thoughts/recommendations?
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Re: Need a new seatpost

Postby usernameforme » Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:32 am

I've heard nothing but good things about the Thomson. Great budget option IMO.

Have you seen thevelonews seatpost test? Doesn't have any of the options you've mentioned, but worth a read IMO
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Re: Need a new seatpost

Postby gabrielle260 » Thu Dec 13, 2012 12:04 pm

Ditto on the Thompson but I thought the velonews test included Thompsons and said they transmitted the most bumps (sorry, my words, not theirs!!)
For me it was all about how much setback I could get. The Thompson post only gives 17mm whereas most others give 20 or 25mm
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Re: Need a new seatpost

Postby familyguy » Thu Dec 13, 2012 12:24 pm

Thomson's are 'budget'? Go to your LBS, spend $20, get a true 'budget' cheap seat post. Can you go wrong with 3T or Ritchey setback posts?

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Re: Need a new seatpost

Postby TDC » Thu Dec 13, 2012 12:53 pm

The new Fizik posts look good. They have a nice tilt adjustment mechanism.
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Re: Need a new seatpost

Postby __PG__ » Thu Dec 13, 2012 1:05 pm

familyguy wrote:Thomson's are 'budget'? Go to your LBS, spend $20, get a true 'budget' cheap seat post. Can you go wrong with 3T or Ritchey setback posts?

Jim

Well, budget releative to exotic carbon beasts at > $150.

The bike has a San Marco Rolls saddle so I'm not too worried about 'road buzz'. 3T looks nice but the twin bolt layout on the Dorico looks to be very finiky and difficult to adjust.
Will have to measure the setback on my current post and whereabouts it sat on my rails to get an idea of what is compatible.
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Re: Need a new seatpost

Postby usernameforme » Thu Dec 13, 2012 1:12 pm

familyguy wrote:Thomson's are 'budget'?


I guess its in relation to the other options you can buy. Its one of the cheapest sub 200g seatposts and the durability appears to be really good

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Re: Need a new seatpost

Postby jacks1071 » Fri Dec 14, 2012 11:50 am

familyguy wrote:Thomson's are 'budget'? Go to your LBS, spend $20, get a true 'budget' cheap seat post. Can you go wrong with 3T or Ritchey setback posts?

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I guess everyone has a different idea of what is "budget" :-)
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Re: Need a new seatpost

Postby __PG__ » Tue Jan 08, 2013 2:39 pm

Well after reading the 'Hospitals are boring' thread I decided on the Velo Orange Grand Cru alloy seatpost with 30 mm setback.
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Re: Need a new seatpost

Postby toolonglegs » Tue Jan 08, 2013 6:47 pm

I have Thomson's on my road, cx, Mtb, tt and winter bikes. Never had a failure in 10 years.
Only issue I have with them is over time they either wear or distort a tiny bit around the clamp area... It is very minor but on mtbs and cross bike where you hammer up and down a lot it has a habit of slipping... So I am in the process of running duel clamps on those bikes.
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Re: Need a new seatpost

Postby Ry » Tue Jan 08, 2013 10:17 pm

I have an FSA K-Force SB25 (25mm setback) seatpost. I find it very comfortable, and like the looks. I enjoyed reading that Velonews test which is the first remotely scientific seatpost testing I've come across.
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Re: Need a new seatpost

Postby Nobody » Wed Jan 09, 2013 9:18 pm

usernameforme wrote:I've heard nothing but good things about the Thomson. Great budget option IMO.

Have you seen thevelonews seatpost test? Doesn't have any of the options you've mentioned, but worth a read IMO
Thanks for the link. Too bad they didn't get a Nitto steel post for that test. From the feel of mine, I think one would have done reasonably well.

__PG__ wrote:Well after reading the 'Hospitals are boring' thread I decided on the Velo Orange Grand Cru alloy seatpost with 30 mm setback.
I doubt you'll be disappointed for the price. My two have served me well so far.
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Re: Need a new seatpost

Postby im_no_pro » Thu Jan 10, 2013 8:14 am

__PG__ wrote:Well after reading the 'Hospitals are boring' thread I decided on the Velo Orange Grand Cru alloy seatpost with 30 mm setback.


I'm surprised you didnt decide on a recumbent after reading that thread....
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