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setspeedsetspeed Posts: 141
edited August 2009 in MTB buying advice
I've tried searching but the search function doesn't seem to work :-(

What do people think about suspension seatposts? And which ones have you tried, are they any good, are there any cheapish decent ones?

Thanks!

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  • Andy BAndy B Posts: 8,115
    cheap ones are generally rubbish, heavy & lots of lateral play

    Cane Creek Thudbuster is probably the best option.
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  • RealManRealMan Posts: 2,166
    I think theyre a pretty pointless invention. If its for a hardtail, stop being lazy and sitting down for everything, and if its for a full sus, youve already got rear travel, so whats the point..?
  • setspeedsetspeed Posts: 141
    Andy_B wrote:
    cheap ones are generally rubbish, heavy & lots of lateral play

    Cane Creek Thudbuster is probably the best option.

    Just looked that up - it's horrendous looking! Don't reckon I could put it on my beautiful bike!

    Is this no good then?
    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/USE_S ... 110000405/
  • ride_wheneverride_whenever Posts: 13,279
    Generally buy a proper full suss or run bigger tyres softer!
  • setspeedsetspeed Posts: 141
    RealMan wrote:
    I think theyre a pretty pointless invention. If its for a hardtail, stop being lazy and sitting down for everything, and if its for a full sus, youve already got rear travel, so whats the point..?

    I'm just getting into the sport and my fitness levels aren't there yet... I'm not lazy, promise!
    Just want something to take the edge off the bumps when I need a rest and can't stand on the pedals any more! It's for a hardtail btw.
  • setspeedsetspeed Posts: 141
    Generally buy a proper full suss or run bigger tyres softer!

    Well the full susser is out of the question for me, don't have the money for that :-(
    Maybe massive tyres are the way forward. Probably a good idea as I'm nearly 16 stone, so the bike can probably do with any protection is can get from my heavy weight/censored handling skills!

    Is there no-one here who uses a sus seatpost? I suppose that tells me something....
  • ride_wheneverride_whenever Posts: 13,279
    They really are not a solution.

    Try lower instensity rides to build your base fitness a little first, being able to sit down will just give you really sloppy habits for when your fitness improves.
  • ride_wheneverride_whenever Posts: 13,279
    Some people who really don't want a FS bike but really suffer from lower back trouble have them, but it's the exception.

    As for the tyres, just be careful they don't rub the frame!
  • setspeedsetspeed Posts: 141
    They really are not a solution.

    Try lower instensity rides to build your base fitness a little first, being able to sit down will just give you really sloppy habits for when your fitness improves.

    Point taken :-)
  • setspeedsetspeed Posts: 141
    Thanks all for your feedback, I guess I'll bin the idea for now!
  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    RealMan wrote:
    I think theyre a pretty pointless invention. If its for a hardtail, stop being lazy and sitting down for everything, and if its for a full sus, youve already got rear travel, so whats the point..?

    Shut up.

    They work well for many people - can provide added comfort on a hardtail when sat over rough terrain.

    To the op - try one, and make your own mind up.
  • setspeedsetspeed Posts: 141
    supersonic wrote:
    RealMan wrote:
    I think theyre a pretty pointless invention. If its for a hardtail, stop being lazy and sitting down for everything, and if its for a full sus, youve already got rear travel, so whats the point..?

    Shut up.

    They work well for many people - can provide added comfort on a hardtail when sat over rough terrain.

    To the op - try one, and make your own mind up.

    Thanks everyone for your opinions. Is there anyone else who actually uses one?
    I must admit I've never seen anyone riding a bike with one, so I gather they're not really that popular!
  • Thudbuster Short Travel looks good to me: http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/ ... r-st-32163

    Lighter and less bukly than the full 3" travel version. Looks like it will take the sting out of a hardtail ride but not feel like a flat tyre.

    May consider one myself if my back pain becomes more of an issue.
    Less internal organs, same supertwisted great taste.
  • largephillargephil Posts: 358
    I had a Thudbuster on my HT. Deffo took the edge off the bumps for me and although its not like a proper full sus, it did a good job. The only issue was the 'launch effect' it gave going over bumps (like tree roots ect) at slow speed, but I soon got used to it.
  • hooliohoolio Posts: 139
    I've got a post moderne suspension post on an old rigid mountain bike which seems to work pretty well, but since I started riding trails on a cx bike I now wonder why I ever thought I needed a suspension seat post. Over time as your fitness improves and you both toughen up and react to the bumps without thinking about it, you might not feel the need for it.
    I've got a hard tail as well, and don't have a suspension seat post on that either.
  • Daz555Daz555 Posts: 3,976
    supersonic wrote:
    To the op - try one, and make your own mind up.
    +1
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  • NorthwindNorthwind Posts: 14,675
    I used some nasty old elastomer thing, a USE I think, back in the old days, it wasn't very good but I still loved it in the days of stiff frames and skinny tyres. I wouldn't bother these days, with a decent volume rear tyre and a nice sensibly compliant rear triangle, but I can certainly see why some folks would. (also had a flexstem on that bike... Those were the days.)

    (If it's a fitness/comfort issue, a big tyre might not be the answer since they're often (not always) slower and heavier, so what you gain in comfort you can lose in increased effort.)
    Uncompromising extremist
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