- Thomson seat posts – why?
They are lots of dosh, but the 2 other alloy posts ive had looked scruffy very fast, still functional but scruffy, The Thomson still looks new (ish) a couple of years on. Likewise stems, other alloy ones the finish just seems to tarnish my Thompson was 2nd hand and still looks new..Posted 9 years agoIHNMember
I spent 2 * £20 on cheaper posts, and they both bent, so I spent £35 on a Thompson one from the classifieds and its still straight. So, in my case, it was buy cheap, buy thrice.
If you’re long in the leg and/or have a lot of post showing, theyre money well spent (esp. second hand)Posted 9 years agomboySubscriber
Got a Thomson on 2 out of 3 of my bikes, and the other will probably soon have one too. No need to spend £60 on them when you can usually pick up an “as new” one for £35 to £40 from the classifieds on here or on ebay.
Why a Thomson? Well cos nothing else comes close in terms of the fabled light/cheap/strong “pick two” mantra. Thomson’s ain’t the lightest (though they are pretty light), they ain’t the cheapest (though they’re a lot cheaper than some posts!), but they’re pretty well near the strongest. They’re also very well made, look good in an understated and un-showy way, and will outlast just about anything else on the bike. Anyone ever seen a bent one? I haven’t, and I’ve seen just about any other type of post, even ones claiming to be built for heavy duty use, end up bent!
IMO they are one of those bits of kit that despite not being cheap, easily justifies their price tag. Though again, like I said, no need to buy brand new for RRP.Posted 9 years agoB.A.NanaMember
I had one and they are very good, as others have said strong and light, well made, stay looking nice etc. I recently bought a new frame and had to buy a new post for it, so bought a ‘going cheap’ Race Face evolve XC on the grounds that they are just simply seatposts, right?!! Well, the RF post is a load of crap by comparison, a waste of money. So I’m now looking for a Thomson post again.Posted 9 years agosolamandaMember
I’ve broken several posts in crashes or hard use, thomson is the only post that seems to last for me and isn’t that expensive once you’re looking above the ‘cheap’ posts that seem much more fragile. No one would ever accuse me as going for bling, especially on my cobbled together bikes. Purely for function only.Posted 9 years agojackthedogMember
Thomson are just the definitive choice. Same with the stems, wouldn’t use anything else. Does the job, fit and forget, lasts for ever and doesn’t look flashy.
Anyone ever seen a bent one?
Apart from every layback post they’ve ever made which I think look bloody dreadful.Posted 9 years agomossmanedMember
Most of the benefits derived from expensive mtb kit (or any luxury item) are mostly intangible. Its the same as a the difference between a Timex watch and a Tag Heur watch -they both do the same thing (tell time and date) but the intangible benefits of a Tag Heur considerably add value. I think it would be highly unlikely, given the size of the mtb industry and the amount of seat posts available in a highly competitive market, that one could not find another branded seatpost with the same tangible benefits as a Thomson.Posted 9 years agonickcSubscriber
Mostly because they last, and still look good. £60 may seem like an outlay, but I’ve a post from 2000, that’s still bright, hasn’t lost any anodizing, hasn’t got rusted bolts, and I can still get spares (as the design hasn’t needed updating).
Seems expensive, but look at the price of posts on CRC, and actually all Thomson stuff is mid priced.Posted 9 years agoclubberMember
I’ve bent a Thomson!
That said, I don’t think that there’s any brand that I’ve not managed that on and my Thomson (and Race Face XY and Syncros ones) has only bent a teeny amount – not even enough to stop it sliding down into the seat tube if I want. For £35-£40 second hand, that makes sense to me.Posted 9 years agojohnnersMember
“They are internally ovalised so more material is placed in line with the main bending forces / less material is used where strength is not needed. The same as Ritchey seat post in around 1991 but for some reason no-one else seems to use the idea”
The Marin OEM seatposts used to be internally ovalised, maybe they still are – Ovation I think they’re calledPosted 9 years ago
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