pThey're not carbon fiber, and they don't have a complex single-bolt adjustment, but the Thomson Elite seatpost is the go-to seatpost when you just want something that works.p
pI've used multiple Elites for many years and never been disappointed. Moreoever, I've sold Thomson Elite seatposts for a whole lot of years and have really only ever seen one warranty claim-and even that resulted from someone driving the bike into the side of a house while it was on the roof of his car. They're quite strong.p
pMy own unscientific testing involved clamping one of those half-bikes for pulling kids to a Thomson Elite, then attaching a trailer pulling two more kids to the half bike and doing a 20-mile ride that included some small but steep climbs and descents. Never, ever do this, by the way.p
pI towed this Train From Hell multiple times, usually with the 'cross bike, but always with a Thomson Elite. I would never have even tried it with another seatpost.p
Have had one for 15 years. Got the original set back. Upgraded another bike to the masterpiece version.
No issues. No loosening. Just about the most solid part of the whole bike. Per dollar, superb value.
I use the Thomson Elite seat post on my mountain bike and cross bikes. It works well and is easy to adjust for saddle positions. Nothing fancy about it, but the design is flawless and it competes in weight with many carbon posts.
Purchased the Thomson Elite Seatpost on a whim. I read the reviews and looked at various seatposts. Just to clarify, I am a recreational rider 100 or more miles per week. Actually was excited to get it. When it arrived, compared it with my stock seatpost and of course, no comparison. The weight difference was noticeable and the look is so classy. Goes great with my Brooks saddle.
I think I may be a bike freak or geek.
Good-looking, light enough and strong. Thomson got it right the first time. I don't even bother thinking about it New bikes get Thomson stems and posts and King headsets. Move along, nothing to see here....
This is among the best seatposts on the market. Hasn't changed in 10 years or so, still strong, still light, and comparable in weight/stiffness to most high-end carbon posts out there-but cheaper and more durable.
The lack of setback will mess with your position a little bit if you're used to a post with a setback (i.e. most road posts), and the clamp is a little different from most styles of clamp, but I actually prefer it-the two-bolt design makes it really easy to adjust your saddle fore-aft without losing your level.
This is the 3rd of of these that I've purchased (including one in 2002), and they're all in great shape, the other two posts I've used in that time have had all sorts of weird issues. Thompson Elite FTW, again.
For those of you carbon fanboys who think you need a carbon seatpost, think again. This is light, stiff, strong and one of the easiest posts to adjust on the planet. It's really okay to use alloy parts, I promise.
I use Thomson posts on my road and 'cross bikes because they're as lightweight as you can get without risking durability, and they keep your saddle in place without slippage. The Masterpiece version is even lighter, but for the money, the Elite is hard to beat...Setup was not easy the first time I used a Thomson post, but gets easier once you learn how to adjust them.
I use this post on my mountain bike and my road bike. I love the heavy duty performance that it gives in both applications, while being so light and beautiful. There is nothing unpleasant to say about this seatpost. Five stars says it all. Buy it!
I bought the Elite because I needed a zero-setback seatpost. Great American-made seatpost - quality build and not too heavy. I had a problem at first with it squeaking, or actually clicking, against the seat tube, but I applied a little grease and the noise vanished. Highly recommended, and a good price as well.
I can't find anything bad about the Thompson Elite seat post except I think I prefer a single bolt tightening rather than the two-bolt system, which I realize gives you much finer adjustment of the seat angle.
This post replaced a stock carbon post on my road bike, and actually weighs less than the carbon- first plus.
The two-bolt adjustment makes it very easy to get the saddle to my exact position for a comfortable ride-second plus.
The clamping length is about 15mm longer than my old post, which holds the saddle rails much better-third plus.
The clamp works with the oval carbon rails on my Selle Italia saddle- fourth plus.
And if all that is not enough, the clamp and bolts are replaceable.
It's not the cheapest post, but for my needs it is the best.
Does aluminum transfer more road vibration than carbon? Not that I can tell.
Bottom line great post, stylish, worth every penny.