Thomson seat posts – why?
“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 8 years agomboySubscriber
Forgot to mention (and nobody else has mentioned this yet either!), but one thing that Thomson seatposts (and to a lesser extent their stems) have over the competition, is that very elusive phoenomenon (sp?) in Mountain Biking called “resale value”…
Now I’m not one to let a few quid come in the way of having fun on a bike, but it always gives me a warm feeling inside when I know that some bits I can buy for my bike I will get most of what I paid for said item back in however long a time. Thomson seatposts epitomise this. Never paid more than £40 for one, even brand new, and never sold one for less than £35!
They’re priced so consistently even 2nd hand that they’re like mountain bike currency. Certainly, if anyone wanted to buy something I was selling for £200 and he said “i’ll give you 5 new Thomson seatposts for that”, I’d not hesitate to swap, as selling a Thomson is the easiest thing in the world!Posted 8 years agoChristowkidMember
Geoffj:Posted 8 years ago
Good question, one i was thinking of asking too!
‘ cos they match your stem….’ hmmmm.
Just bought a Hope stem because I liked in in preference to Thompson, so as I’m in no hurry to change my cheap and cheerful seatpost, I’ll wait til the Hope one is produced and then see.
I’ve seen the Hope version on the STW site’s preview of one of the trade shows in October-ish, and emailed Hope. Apparently it is on it’s way, but no details yet.
Might be worth the wait ( or not! ) if you’re not in a hurry or want another alternative?
richc – Member
I too don’t get how people break ’em
Jumps and drops, if you are a wheels on the ground rider, and don’t have a mile of seatpost sticking out then I guess the cheaper ones should be fine.
Surely if your jumping or dropping and you’re landing with you arse anywhere near the saddle you are doing something very very wrong.
I understand the possibility of breaking one in a crash, but surely bad technique would lead to breaking one while tackling a drop off.Posted 8 years agostufieldSubscriber
I’ve never broken a seatpost, everything else but never a seatpost, I’m a heavyweight but have always either had Race Face XO – sadly not made anymore 🙁 as loved the head on that one or Thomson.
I have appalling technique and can only guess that from all the comments above, the only reason i haven’t been skewered by a snapped piece of metal is because I’ve been buying decent seatpostsPosted 8 years agopetefromearthMember
they’re really well made and they are light by design, not by using silly materials or really thin wall sections. nice simple clamp and good use of material
basically anyone who says otherwise doesn’t appreciate a well engineered product and is clearly a sucker for ‘stuff with flames on’ or other such gimmicks
that said i don’t like using a QR seat clamp with one, but i don’t feel the need to move my seat that oftenPosted 8 years agoReluctantMember
Because Thomson don’t use a clamp assembly which is bonded into the tube like most manufacturers. The bonded interface of most is the most likely point of failure, even if they don’t de-bond, they often end up creaking. Thomson is a good design, once you get over the initial fiddley set up. I’ve never owned a Tommy, but I do think they’re good.Posted 8 years ago
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