|Stem and seat post weight questions||Dark Sonix|
Aug 1, 2002 10:43 AM
|I currently ride a Klein Quantum Race and want to replace the stock stem and post (Trek branded ICON).
I have had good experiences with Thomson products off road but have heard that they are "heavier" than stems and posts made by traditional road cycling manufacturers.
The Thomson stem weights 198g (-5 X 110mm) and the post 184g (setback 31.6 X 287mm).
Are these considered "heavy"? Are there stems/posts out there with the same reputation of reliability but are lighter?
And for those who have replaced stock Trek/Klein parts with Thomson, are the ICON parts heavier than Thomson and worth upgrading?
|Thomson parts are strong and of excellent construction.||Alex-in-Evanston|
Aug 1, 2002 11:06 AM
|But there are lighter parts on the market. I would recommend Thomson stems and posts without hesitation for mtb use. For road, if weight is a serious issure, you can buy lighter equipment that will probably never fail.
|Weight is an issue insofar as...||Dark Sonix|
Aug 1, 2002 11:12 AM
|I want to lose some by replacing the orginial ICON parts. I dont want scary light, but wouldn't mind trimming some excess.
In general, is the weight penalty of Thomson parts significant when compared to say, Deda Newton, or other top-end stems?
|Weight is an issue insofar as...||collinsc|
Aug 1, 2002 11:23 AM
|not much as far as the seatpost is concerned. The stem on the other hand, as compared to something like a Newton, is quite heavy. It is however, extremely burly and stiff, so weight is the price you pay.
The thomson stem is somewhere around 200g
|re: Stem and seat post weight questions||weiwentg|
Aug 1, 2002 4:49 PM
|>Are these considered "heavy"? Are there stems/posts out there with the same reputation of reliability but are lighter?
stem, yes. post, not really; there are sick light posts (USE alien ti is ~50g lighter).
> Are there stems/posts out there with the same reputation of reliability but are lighter?
stem: Deda Newton ... just kidding. try the 3T Zepp. actually, even my Cinelli Groove is lighter (supposedly ~150g), and I really don't see that one breaking.
seatpost: just use the bloody Thomson unless you weigh 120lbs ... which I do. I coughed up for a USE Alien (Thomson's going on the MTB).
|I use both a Thomson stem and seat post||Tig|
Aug 1, 2002 7:46 PM
|I didn't mind gaining a gew grams for the sake of a well designed, safe stem. Thomson's method of gripping the steerer tube has got to be the safest for carbon steerers available, IMO. The next best for not damaging carbon steerers would have to be Ritchey's WCS stem.
The Thomson seat post is a well made, strong design that is easy to adjust. I also like the Easton CT2 carbon seatpost, which has got to be the best product for the dollar (ColoradoCyclists.com for $79.99. I'd take it over the U.S.E. Alien any day for adjustability, strength, and value.