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

Manufacturer: Thomson

Rating (1-10): 9 of 10

Pros: Bomb-proof, solid feel, easy to adjust

Cons: None

Configuration: 30.9mm straight seatpost

Verdict: There is no finer seatpost

Website:  http://bikethomson.com/seatposts/elite-seatpost-series/%20

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.