Cane Creek Thudbuster LT Seat Post
Cane Creek Thudbuster LT Seat Post
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The most efficient suspension upgrade for hardtails. By adding the Thudbuster rear suspension, you'll ride faster, longer and stronger with better traction, more control and less fatigue.
Top Features of the Cane Creek Thudbuster LT Seat Post
- Post: Forged aluminium
- Linkage: Machined aluminium
- Pivots: Stainless steel axles with Teflon coated bushings
- Elastomers: Twin urethane stack with various spring rates
- Travel: 3 inches (76mm)
- Length: 400mm regular, 450mm XL
- Weight: 540g-570g
- Extension: (From seat tube to center of saddle rails) minimum 144mm - maximum 296mm
There performance, relative low weight, and simplicity make it the best suspension upgrade you can make to your hardtail. Based on a patented parallel-linkage design, the Thudbuster LT provides up to 3 inches of active stiction to overcome - the suspension mechanism works in the direct path of the natural travel of the rear wheel. The elastomers provide the compression and rebound damping and can be easily exchanged to tune the suspension.
Bump response: The design enables the post to respond to all bumps. Unlike telescoping suspension seatposts, there is no initial stiction to overcome.
Travel: The Thudbuster LT provides nearly three inches of plush travel more than any telescoping seatpost - and continually absorbs impacts big and small.
Durability: The linkage rides on widely spaced bushings to increase lateral stiffness and deliver solid performance.
Serviceability: Split linkage arms enable ease of disassembly in the field and simple bushing replacement.
Tunability: Match the suspension to your weight and riding style by changing the elastomers. Simple.
Experience: The Thudbuster was one of the first suspension seatposts and has proven itself as suspension that works. It's also been confirmed in competition by winning racers on the National and World Cup mountain bike circuit.
Please note that the Dahon version is 650mm in length.
About Seat Posts
A good quality seat post will save weight and hold your saddle securely. Seatposts are made in various materials, alloy and carbon being the two most common, alloy posts are lightweight, durable and cost efficient, while carbon posts are the popular choice for top end machines. Seat posts vary in where they hold the saddle relative to their own centre line so make sure you have enough adjustment on your saddle rails to allow for this or you could end up with your saddle too far forwards. A seat post needs to fit your frame exactly and are measured by as little as 0.2mm. When choosing a new one, either read off the measurement from your old seat post or measure it carefully with a vernier calliper. Make sure you lubricate the frame (unless they're carbon fibre) before insertion or you'll struggle to get it out again.
About the Cane Creek brand
Cane Creek components have been ridden to numerous wins in world-class events. Professional racing teams that have used Cane Creek components include: Mountain Bike Racing,3D Racing, DEVO, Haro, Honda/Turner, Michal Prokop/Author Racing, Rocky Mountain, Subaru/Fisher, Trek/Volkswagen. Cane Creek started in 1995. Their first product line had brakes, headsets, hubs, and shocks. Their original air-shock design gradually won over a suspension universe that was in thrall to coil shocks. While they have continued to assert their leadership all their product categories, they have expanded into other areas that can benefit from a dose of their "technology that makes sense." In 1999 they acquired the Thudbuster suspension seat post and have since upgraded its patented design to provide what has been called the "ultimate upgrade for hardtails."
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Magazine reviews for Cane Creek Thudbuster LT Seat Post
Review from Bikeradar
Cane Creek's Thudbuster is a departure from all the other designs on test. Rather than using a telescopic mechanism, it uses a sprung parallelogram, with elastomers at the heart of it. This means that rather than moving in a vertical line, the saddle moves backwards and down in a smooth curve. The end result is that the rider's saddle-to-pedal distance remains exactly the same from one end of the travel to the other.
The feel of the suspension action was initially pretty weird - akin to having a super-soft rear tyre - and it requires you to accommodate a constantly shifting bar/saddle distance, but we quickly adapted to it, particularly once the super-plush three inches of travel started soaking up the trail.
The seatclamp is a bit of a fiddle. A 3mm hex bolt and a grooved thumbwheel deal with micro-adjusting the saddle angle, but we baulked at putting the usual amount of torque onto a bolt so small and soft. Longevity is likely to be a little reduced when compared to telescopic designs too, because the four pivots of the linkage and their brass bushings are relatively exposed to the elements, rather than tucked away inside the post. However, our test version showed no untimely signs of wear, despite some pretty heavy use.
This post works so well that we found ourselves forgetting that we weren't on a full suspension bike. It soaks up small-to-medium hits without complaint, and it's only when you stand up and are suddenly plonked back on your hardtail again without any arse-saving squish that you appreciate exactly how well this post works on the trail.
Pricey, but well worth the outlay as it performs beautifully
Review from MBUK
The Thudbuster seatpost doesn't try to emulate a rear suspension bike but it offers similar comfort...does it work? Well yes, and our Tech ed runs one and gets on well with it, however the movement of the parallelogram in compression is downwards and rearward, moving you backwards away from the bar.
Rearward action's disconcerting but the post works
Review from What MTB
When Steve started raving about the heavy, odd-looking Thudbuster years ago, we thought it was just a phase he was going through. He's right though.
If you're looking for almost full suspension betweeen you and your bike then nothing comes close to this well-proven parallelogram post design.
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