I never really gave much thought to my seatpost, then one day I was out at Rocky Hill and Ryan snapped his. We were pretty close to the furthest spot out from the start, and that made it a really long ride back. The beauty of a Thomson Elite is that it just works. Solidly. Forever.
Product: Thomson Elite Seatpost
Rating (1-10): 9 of 10
Pros: Bomb-proof, solid feel, easy to adjust
Configuration: 30.9mm straight seatpost
Verdict: There is no finer seatpost
Review: I never really gave much thought to my seatpost, then one day I was out at Rocky Hill and Ryan snapped his. We were pretty close to the furthest spot out from the start, and that made it a really long ride back. The beauty of a Thomson Elite is that it just works. Solidly. Forever.
I had one on my original Hammerhead, and while I went through tons of components, I never really had any issue with either the seatpost or the stem. They just worked.
When I went to the Blur, I needed to buy a new seatpost but knew that I was also getting a dropper post, so I was hesitant to spend a lot on the rigid post knowing that it was a backup. I went with a KS-i950R dropper and decided to bite the bullet and get a Thomson again as a backup. When after 18 months the KS bit the bullet and I had to send it back for warranty work I was a bit concerned about going back to a rigid post now that I had been “spoiled” by a dropper. But tossing the Thomson back on the bike showed me what I was missing. Better for climbing, more solid (no play in the saddle) and no thinking about where my seat was. It makes descending a bit more difficult over a dropper, but not having to think about your seat actually makes you a better rider. As does having to pick your line. With a dropper too often I just bomb down whatever I want. Without a dropper you have to be a little more judicious about where you point your bike.
If I could create one universal bike part it would be the universal mount. Getting a saddle onto a seatpost is a complete pain. The Thomson is easier than most, and once it is on the rails, adjusting the angle is so much more straightforward than other seatposts.
While this is a pricey option, I recommend it heartily. It is money well spent and you’ll never have a problem. I did have a problem once with my Thomson stem’s faceplate cracking and they were quick to send a replacement out to me.