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If you search Ebay there are a few listed at about $115.
SP-E110SB 31.6 x 287mm 194 grams $ 85.95
SP-E109SB 31.6 x 367mm 223 grams $ 85.95
SP-E116SB 31.6 x 410mm 247 grams $ 85.95
Not laid back Elite 31.6mm post in three lengths
SP-E110 31.6 x 287mm 194 grams $ 79.95
SP-E109 31.6 x 367mm 223 grams $ 79.95
SP-E116 31.6 x 410mm 247 grams $ 85.95
I'd think 287mm would be plenty long for a conventional road frame. Not too 'exotic', easy to get, reasonably priced.
They make a 31.6mm in the Masterpiece but it isn't Setback.
SP-M107 31.6 x 350mm 205 grams $ 139.95
simonali wrote:Thomson setback their posts by bending them in the middle, which looks pants! I'd rather have one that's properly designed.
Well....what do you recommend then? Name a post that's 'properly designed'. IMO there is nothing wrong with Thomson's design. The guy asked for non-exotic setback 31.6mm posts. That's what I gave him.
Thomson bends the post after it's machined to get the laid back geometry....yeah.....so what. As long as they use the proper technique for bending tubing then there isn't an issue. And I believe that they do it correctly. There are plenty of other posts out there that do the same thing. This is a non-issue.
drjones96 wrote:This is a non-issue.
For a non-issue, you seem to be pursuing it quite doggedly!
I think for quite a few people, myself included, looks are an issue and having a part on my bike that makes it look like it's had an elephant riding it is a big no-no. When I said properly designed, I meant a proper offset clamp. The Thomson bend is just way of getting a few more sales out their existing design without having to re-design and re-tool.
And it still looks pants! [/i]
I'm still waiting on you to give the guy recommendation for another post instead of trashing the Thomson post.
(A British guy that I work with explained the term "Pants" to me just now in the context that you used it. I moved to Thomson from a post that had a single allen bolt on an offset clamp. It was totally "pants" and slipped all the time nearly resulting in my demise on several occations. Since I switched I haven't had any issues with it slipping so you aren't going to hear me complain about a good thing.)
Not liking the look of a part is fine, but it doesn't mean the design is bad. I think that they do it their way because it is the lightest and strongest way to make the seatpost.
Tube bending, when done appropriatly is an acceptable method of manufacturing. And as I said before the Thomson post is a very sound post (straight or setback).
and check out their engineering services. Thomson is a world class machine shop that also make stems and posts.
I have an X2 stem and master piece setback seat post on the way. I'll put up some pictures
Below is an email correspondence between myself and Thomson:
From: Bikes [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tue 2/1/2005 1:27 PM
To: Jones, Brian L
Subject: Re: Setback Posts
You are correct. After machining but before anodize the posts are cold bent in a tube bender we built.
At 01:02 PM 2/1/05, you wrote:
I was curious about how your setback seatposts are manufactured. It seems to me that they are machined first and then bent to give them the setback geometry. Is this correct? If not please enlighten me.
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