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Suspension seat posts: Opinions?(6 posts)

Suspension seat posts: Opinions?bburgoyne26
Jun 30, 2003 3:13 PM
I'm not a speed demon and I'm getting older, so I am more concerned about comfort than shaving off an ounce here or there. I do like to ride the longer rides on the weekend tours, say 100K and up. What opinions are there out there on suspension seat posts? What brands are favored? Not too expensive(<$100). How about Rock Shox or Specialized?

Thanks in advance for not giving me a hard time...
tried oneDougSloan
Jun 30, 2003 3:48 PM
I tried a USE Alien suspension post on a bike I had set up for the FC508 bad road sections. I didn't like it, though, as it felt squirelly to me.

I'd first try a QR seat cover and/or fatter tires, like 28 mm or larger, depending upon what your frame can handle, with pressures maybe around 100 psi instead of the usual 120 or so.

Bigger tires?Kerry Irons
Jun 30, 2003 4:01 PM
A possibly better solution would be larger section tires inflated to lower pressure. This might be better in that it would cost nothing (you'd have to replace tires anyway), it would weigh very little (20-30 gm extra for next larger size), and would not result in lost energy (from pogo effect).
Just took one off my Atlantis--it was fine, not wonderfulcory
Jun 30, 2003 4:06 PM
When I got a Thudbuster for my old hardtail mountain bike, I put its cheap Poste Moderne on my Atlantis to see how much difference it made. Rode it that way over the winter, probably 800-1000 miles on all terrain, including some fire trails.
A suspension post--that one, anyway--is best at taking out little buzzies and vibrations, not at eating up big hits. Since I run 35mm tires at 75-80 psi on that bike most of the time anyway, those are already well handled. I did do most of a century with skinnier tires pumped to 105, and it was a noticeable improvement then.
I noticed no disadvantages, and was happy with it--I took it off mainly to try it on my singlespeed, not for performance reasons.
For what it's worth, the Thudbuster (cost twice as much and has three times the travel) works pretty well on my MB--I can sit over most things I used to stand for, and it reduces fatigue in long rides. Again, no disadvantages. There's a little rotational play in the post, but I'm not aware of it when I'm riding.
After long experimentation, I've concluded thatOldEdScott
Jul 1, 2003 5:05 AM
suspension seatposts work OK for the intended purpose, but a spung Brooks actually does a better job. I've used both on my hardtail -- the U.S.E. Shokpost (I think that's what it's called; it's a U.S.E., anyway) and the Brooks Champion Flyer. The Champion Flyer wins hands down.

If you think a sprung saddle is too geeky, though, the suspension post will definitely help keep your butt comfy. But check out the Brooks and read the user comments here:
Thanks for the inputbburgoyne26
Jul 2, 2003 7:06 PM
Well, Bicycles, Inc. had a Specialized suspension post for $59 so I figured I'd just try that. We'll see how much of a difference it makes for the Firecracker 100k this Saturday in Stephenville, TX. Anybody else here from TX? It's gonna be a hot one.