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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 2:17 am 

Joined: Mon May 16, 2011 8:14 pm
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Subject says it all! I've been out of Mtn biking for a while, and what I currently have (Thompson Elite Setback) needs to be replaced with a zero, or smaller setback post. I also want something black to match my frame (Sworks aluminum). I've looked at a few different options - crank brothers cobalt 3, easton EC90, raceface Next, and none seem to be that great. I could always order another Thomson in black, with 0 setback, but the thing just looks so boring. Any other good options out there? I'm 195 lbs, so super light weight need not apply. I also will probably use a quick release, so I'm mildly concerned about torquing a carbon post properly - not even sure if this is an issue these days or not.


PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 4:30 am 
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Whats wrong with the ec90? I had a 30.9 zero offset at one time and iirc it was like 180g with ti hardware. Pretty light and adds some comfort to the ride

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 4:53 am 

Joined: Sat Dec 18, 2010 1:12 am
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The Thompson is the lightest strongest post you can buy. Black is boring full stop.

PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 7:43 am 

Joined: Fri Jul 25, 2008 7:18 pm
Posts: 93
Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Thomson Masterpiece or if you want carbon - Easton EC90.


PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:47 am 

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Well, I really liked the EC90 too, then I looked at reviews here and there; on MTBR specifically. There were a few that said the clamp was poor, and that the post slipped under "proper torque" rates. You guys obviously don't have those issues? What about using a QR with a carbon post. Anything to really worry about? I mean you dial in that QR tension once, and hopefully every time you loosen/tighten, its the same torque.

PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 3:35 pm 

Joined: Wed Mar 28, 2012 3:16 pm
Posts: 205
Location: Utah, USA
I'm a big fan of carbon seat posts. The little bit of flex they offer feels great on a hardtail.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 4:22 pm 

Joined: Sat Apr 26, 2008 10:44 pm
Posts: 143
Location: Holland/Belgium
Have a look at the smud-carbon seatpost.
you can get it build for your exact weight.

PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2012 2:04 pm 

Joined: Thu Nov 25, 2004 7:54 pm
Posts: 417
Location: Italy
Easton EC90...with KCNC seatpost yokes instead of the original heavy plate you can save a lot of weight, even 70 gr 8)

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2012 11:44 pm 

Joined: Tue Mar 15, 2011 2:38 am
Posts: 73
I've been using a KCNC Scandium Ti pro lite Seatpost for about a year now (around 5000km offload) and it has performed well. 148g for my 30.9mm version uncut.

PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 12:50 pm 

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Thomson or Thomson.

PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 2:03 pm 

Joined: Tue Jul 12, 2011 4:41 am
Posts: 31
The cycle king new ultimate is nice, 188grams for $70 shipped. Carbon post with ti head and hardware. The full carbon version is $100 and 140 grams. Weights for 30.9 400mm.

PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 5:51 pm 

Joined: Tue Dec 05, 2006 6:07 pm
Posts: 34
Location: Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK
Thompson Elite on my FS trail bike - as it gets hammered, EC90s on my FS Race bike, & 29er HT.

All my bikes are carbon - I've never had any issue with any carbon seatposts or anything else.

The Thompson is a nightmare to change saddles on, the EC90 is 2 mins.

I've never tried the Thompson Masterpiece. Is it better/lighter than the Elite ?

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