Best pipe ever
I bought two of these, one for my mtb and one for my road bike. I read tons of other reviews and forum postings before I purchased, but seeing them in person really sells the quality. On my mtb, the Thomson replaced a Truvativ Stylo, not a bad post, but I wanted zero offset and wanted to try the Thomson. The Thomson, in the hand, is noticeably lighter. On my road bike, it replaced an oem post. The Thomson, like many other posts, is turned on lathe or some kind of similar machine. Unlike most other posts though, you can actually feel the tiny grooves, kind of like the edge of a fine file. Looking inside the open end of the tube, you can see the tapered walls where the front and rear sides are thicker and the left and right sides are thinner. This saves weight while retaining strength and stiffness. The clamp is longer where it holds the saddle rails and feels like a vise on the bike. The saddle flexes much less than on other posts. The adjustment screws are a much finer thread than what I'm used to, which I'm finding is not a bad thing. I can make very fine adjustments and the saddle angle doesn't change several more degrees when I torque the bolts down. I have found that often times you get what you pay for. This is definitely one of those products, except, I'm not sure why you would want to pay any more for a seatpost unless you want the Masterpiece model. I see carbon posts that cost several times as much as the Thomson Elite that are marginally lighter at best and not nearly as strong. I now see what the hype is all about and I will put these posts on every bike I own from now on.