Cane Creek 3G Thudbuster Short Travel Seatpost, 27.2
|Price:||$144.04 - $164.99|
- Patented Parallel-Linkage Technology
- Versatile Tunability
- Reliable Durability
- Easy Serviceability
- Widespread range of application
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Top Customer Reviews
I tried everything. Got fit to my bike, adjust saddle height, ISM Adamo Typhoon seat. It helped, went from 700x25c to 700x32c tires. All this helped, but nothing could stop the punishment. I started standing in the saddle more, but this simply isn't an option over long sections of crap road. It doesn't work, and anyone who tells you stand out of the saddle more has poor form. Most of your work should be done while seated.
Enter the Thudbuster ST. This seatpost ROCKS. I will never go back to a fully rigid bike. I'm young (24 y/o) but I could not take 150 miles of commuting punishment week after week. Now, I stay seated through all but the most punishing of terrain. I weigh 210 lbs and am fairly fit (6'4" rider here) and I use the #7 hard block. It has enough give to take the edge off, but I am considering dropping down to a softer block. When I sit in the saddle it does sag a tad, so adjust your seatpost height accordingly. I cannot feel the actuation of the post while riding, except when I hit the hardest stuff.Read more ›
I began using the ST after 1½ years on the previous generation long travel Thud. And while the LT offers about 3" of rearward arcing travel sprung and damped through two neoprene elastomers, which are selected & installed to match the rider's weight, the ST travel has been reduced to about 1.3 inches and uses a single large elastomer block.
There are a lot of pro's with Cane Creek's design:
* Both 3G models allow the user to adjust for any pivot slop that develops.
* The head of the post (base of the parallelogram) is machined from the same extrusion as the shaft, not bonded on.
* The saddle rail clamp uses a strong, micro-adjustable two-bolt design.
* The ST (and the LT) offers 15mm of setback. (This, obviously, it only a "pro" if you need it -- but I think this is a benefit to most riders).
I always felt the parallelogram Thudbusters did exactly what they were claimed to. Due to the rearward arcing path the travel follows, the posts respond appropriately to bump forces imparted by the rear wheel. This is in contrast to telescoping type designs where the bump force acts somewhere in the neighborhood of 50°' to the travel of the post. The result is a very low stiction, responsive "seat of the pants" suspension system.
Additionally, the linkage design very effectively combats rotational slop.
Where the ST comes in is taking the edge off sharp impacts, without being nearly as "cush" as its longer-travel sibling.Read more ›
The suspension effect is not as 'obvious' as the 'long travel' (LT) version, therefore, if you're after a really 'comfy' ride, go for the long travel.
But note that size limitation applies. For example, at certain rider's height, you can only extend a certain length suitable for yourself. With my height and my bike (a 26" Montague Paratrooper folding bike), only the Short Travel (ST) thudbuster is suitable. However, I have experience the ride of LT version with my 20" bike, and it's a very 'cushy' ride, too much so for my liking, but my wife really appreciates it, as my 20" is a non suspension bike at both ends.
For the ST version, it's effective enough, but definitely won't replace a fully suspended bike. Suitable for riders who does weekend leisure rides, now and then cross country, or even just around town.I would prefer it to be below $100 USD. But given the alternatives, this is a much more elegant and effective solution. Despite the price, I still rate this 4/5 as it is a better solution compare with the alternatives (albeit more expensive). There is a noticeable difference to your ride experience, especially if you take long rides (say about 1 hour or 15 km at a time). BUT, if you're only doing very short rides, and only occasional does so, then I'll wouldn't recommend it. As you probably won't be able to appreciate or feel the effect.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It works, simple, effective, reduces the bone jarring long days in the saddle offroad. I use it for MTB and offload touring dragging my bob trailer loaded with the kitchen sink to... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Brett T. Wolfe
I had it for 3 months before I decided to install it start using it. I had been using this seat-post suspension for about 6 months, and it was working pretty well. Read morePublished 21 days ago by michael shara
It's a little expensive but quality stuff always is. It takes the edge off of small bumps. Swapping the bushings was easy as was installing the seat. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Heath
Purchased this smaller size Thudbuster for my '97 Bianchi Boardwalk hybrid for street, paved trail and very light off road riding. Had to get the 25. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robbster
It loses a star because it's a bit expensive, but it is WONDERFUL!! It absorbs all of the road bumps, saving my low back from a lot of punishment. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mark Kurowski
Smooths out the wrinkles in the road. Mounted on my Stromer E-Bike and makes the ride easier.Published 1 month ago by Dr. H. T. Shempp
Love it that it doesn't bounce up and down while pedaling, but when there is huge bump, it definitely takes the shock and provide a good suspension support on my spine. Read morePublished 2 months ago by michael
Very high quality item. The negative for me is that I'm a 200lbs guy, and sitting on the sea, the elastomer is already about 95% compressed. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Atown
Could not ride without it at this point. Makes the "fat boy" very comfortable over the roots and rock et al.Published 3 months ago by Kyle