Thomson Thomson Masterpiece Setback Seat Post
lightweight and easy to adjust
Replaced a manufacturers carbon seat post, this was lighter and allowed correct saddle adjustment. Instructions are good and finish is reassuring.
Will definitely get again if needed on another bike.
03 June 2011
Strong, light and reliable
After suffering with a slipping seat post for a couple of years, I resolved to buy a seat post that above else was reliable. I was pleasantly surprised that this post is not only reliable but is also light, beautifully made, and reasonably priced as well.
10 January 2016
Love this post
I bought this to replace my carbon/alloy post that came with my bike. This post is high quality and improved the ride quality of my bike. If your looking for a strong durable seat post that is as comfy as a carbon post look no further.
28 November 2013
Incredible, but be careful
Incredibly light, so light that it feels fragile in your hand.
Beautifully designed and made. Has my favourite type of clamp (two bolt rocker).
But - for a "setback" post it only gives 16mm of setback (according to Thompson website) (although I measured it at 20mm).
04 October 2013
Second to none
Strongest post ever, original design, light weight (can be tuned further), easy to adjust. -Thomson Posts on all My bikes !
01 October 2013
expensive but in a class of its own
Extremely light, and still less expensive than some heavier carbon options, and I also like that I don't need to be as careful with it as a carbon post.
The only problem that the setback angle means I have little room to adjust my seat nose down further.
19 July 2013
I needed a layback seat post as I was feeling slightly cramped on my road bike, kept pushing off back of saddle when putting max effort through cranks. This seatpost has solved that problem and the quality of the product is evident as soon as you take it out of its bag. Looks beautiful and feels great on the bike, dampens road buzz nicely.
14 May 2013
Not what the picture suggests
Great post but you should know the set back seat post is actually a layback seat post. the Wiggle pictur for the Masterpiece setback post is wrong. it's a layback design not inline.
16 June 2012
Very impressed with the quality and engineering of this product. Adjustment to seat angle is easy and extremely accurate. Just nip 2 allen bolts up and it is adjusted. This is a massive step up from the seat post that was supplied with my bike. Also looks good.
28 April 2012
Does the job
The Thompson Masterpiece Setback seat post gives me a little more reach and, being aluminium, it should be stronger than the previous carbon post I had that snapped during cyclocrossing
14 June 2011
A real masterpiece
I was looking for a lightweight seatpost that accepted the slightly elliptical rails of my Selle Italia SLR Fibra saddle (a lot of seatposts are not compatible) and after a lot of research settled on the Thomson Masterpiece. As usual I had very fast delivery (next day) from Wiggle.
Upon opening the box the seatpost was enclosed in a nice Thomson bag and included full instructions. I was immediately impressed with the engineering work that has gone into this post. It has a slightly ridged machined finish to the exterior which helps the post get a decent grip on the seattube without worrying about having to overtighten the seat clamp.
The seatpost was very easy to fit and adjust to the correct angle - the two bolt clamp mechanism is one of the best I have ever seen and is beautifully constructed. The cradle supports the saddle rails very well indeed and I have zero worries of cracking the saddle rails.
I chose the setback model SP-M102SB (27.2 x 240) for my C'dale CAAD9 and it weighed in at 154g on my scales vs the 158g claimed by Thomson - always nice to see genuine weights quoted by a manufacturer. Further weight tuning should be easily be possible by replacing the bolts with titanium equivalents
I used a small amount of copper-slip to cope with the alu-alu contact with the frame and a KCNC SC9 seatclamp - I didn't need to worry about overtightening the seatclamp bolt as everything held together nicely even with only light pressure applied.
I know what you're thinking - alu post and alu frame = bone crunching ride? WRONG. This post rides the same as any other post I've used, carbon included. Tyres and tyre pressures have more effect in ride quality. I have completed 500 miles on this seatpost and saddle now and have no complaints at all, the saddle is the most comfortable one I have ever ridden actually.
Yes, this seatpost is expensive. Is it worth it over the Elite? If you are searching for some weight savings then yes - definitely. I will be buying another for my MTB soon. Highly recommended.
15 April 2011