Ordered some new parts, got a question...

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by Thatperson, May 10, 2009.

  1. Thatperson

    Thatperson Member

  2. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    A few people here sing the praises of suspension seat posts. I figure I'll give it a try sometime, but I haven't gotten around to it yet.

    But I doubt if you've made a mistake. I'll bet you'll like it.
  3. azbill

    azbill Active Member

    I had one of those..
    it worked adequately
    that's a good price, I think I paid 25
  4. Thatperson

    Thatperson Member

    I don't expect it to be like riding a full suspension bike, I'm just looking for a little bit smoother ride.
  5. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    should do that

    should do that

    ones that I know who have them on their bikes
    seem to like them

    anyTHING that helps a little can't hurt a whole lot

    as we ride those THINGS
  6. darwin

    darwin Well-Known Member

    Every lil bit helps with a bicycle and going over bumps you definately notice the seat post giving way, plus with suspension forks your getting the best you can do in the suspension dept.
  7. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    I have one like it (mine's from Nashbar), on my Trek. I'm not impressed, but perhaps I just don't have enough body weight.
  8. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    Everybody knows there is an Allen's head adjustment at the bottom of the post, correct?

    There is no way to stop the slight swivel on a suspension seat post, its is barely noticeable.

    But combined with the 12" Cloud Nine saddle I like it. On my bike I have the saddle pushed back on the post as far as possible. I adjust that Allen's adjustment about 3/4 "soft/counterclockwise" most of the time.

    I was thinking about splurging on the air shock (Amazon says $51 plus shipping, my bikeshop says $45 plus tax):


    Until I read the review under the item description:

    So I think I'll pass on that, let some other MBer be the guinea pig.
    Last edited: May 11, 2009
  9. fetor56

    fetor56 Guest

    Test a few from a bike stores before u buy over the internet....some are better that others(and cost less)
    A friends is much more expensive than mine yet doesn't feel as good,& has a horrible twisting sensation from excess swivel.
  10. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    I had never heard of the "swivel" factor before. Maybe I could live with it if it were minor.

    But it sounds like a drag.

    I'm glad I'm reading this thread. One more example of how helpful discussion can be.
  11. darwin

    darwin Well-Known Member

    I dont know the brand of my seat post because it came with the bike new but theres no swivel in it at all, its spring loaded and can be adjusted as far as the tension of the spring. Its not a cure all but it helps and I weigh 210 lbs.
  12. jg767

    jg767 Member

    I just bought a similar susp. post for 14.99, it is possibly the same one. It seems very durable, I will install it tomorrow and test it. I had considered the Thudbuster but the steep price has held me back. I just hope this cheapie will hold me up LOL....
  13. jg767

    jg767 Member

    Darwin, how long have you been using it?
  14. darwin

    darwin Well-Known Member

    1 year JG.
  15. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    I think I'd better clear up the "swivel", what the shock absorber seat posts have is maybe 1/8"-1/4" inch of left/right play, while the regular standard seat post (when everything is torqued) doesn't.

    That's what I've experienced with brand new Comfort bikes, which have the shock as standard.

    It's NO biggie, just a different feel. Tighten all the nuts on the saddle and quick release, and it is minimized.
  16. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    solid is a good feeling !!

    they have caught my eye way more than once
    but I don't think I want any movement in seat post area
    not up and down and for sure not side to side

    at the least all bicycles already have so as to help with bumps
    air in the tires -- adjusting air pressure makes big differences in ride
    soft big spring loaded seats -- nice on the rear end THING

    and some have shocks

    solid is a good feeling !!!

    as we ride that MB thing
  17. loquin

    loquin Active Member

    A slight swivel to the one's I've used. It's a matter of getting used to it.

    There's not a lot of improvement with short trips, but, the longer the trip, the more it helps! You can ride longer and be less tired.

    And, the area where it's helped me the most, has been in reduced back strain/pain.
  18. Thatperson

    Thatperson Member

    I got my seat post today and it's great! I really smoothed out the bumps. There is a little swivel to it, but it's not that bad.

    But I now have a blown rear bearing and have to go to the shop tomorrow and get a new one. Good thing it happened while slowing down for an intersection. The wheel just started dragging and then just locked. Oh well... things happen.