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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 2:17 am 
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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.

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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 
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The Thompson is the lightest strongest post you can buy. Black is boring full stop.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 7:43 am 
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Thomson Masterpiece or if you want carbon - Easton EC90.

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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.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 3:35 pm 
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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 
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Have a look at the smud-carbon seatpost.
you can get it build for your exact weight.


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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 
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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.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 12:50 pm 
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Thomson or Thomson.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 2:03 pm 
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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.


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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 5:51 pm 
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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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