Thomson Masterpiece Seatpost

4.93/5 (28 Reviews)
Weight : 193 grams MSRP : $149.95


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Product Description

The serious cyclist will want to own the Thomson Masterpiece Seatpost.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by minh

Date Reviewed: October 12, 2012

Strengths:    light, strong, thomson quality.

Weaknesses:    price.

Bottom Line:   
I've used thomson elite posts on all of my bikes since 1998. I picked up a masterpiece because it was a good deal (picked one up for the price of an elite).

aesthetics: from a few feet away it is hard to tell any difference between the two. upon closer inspection one can appreciate the extra machining on the masterpiece. it really makes the elite look unfinished.

for the weight weenies: total weight actually came in a few grams less than claimed. the weight difference between the clamp assemblies is only 3 grams. the difference between the actual posts is 38g. complete masterpiece 41g less than complete elite (27.2 x 330mm).

geek out: one of the best things about thomson is they are very specific in their instructions regarding installation. i.e., grease only the threads, not the bolt or washer. torque requirements in BOLD, etc. I do wish they would have torque information printed on the clamps like they do on their stems and seat collars.

riding: can't "feel" a difference between masterpiece and elite. and if I did I would be skeptical of data like that subjective and unfree from bias.

conclusion: elite slightly better value but masterpiece if you can get a good deal on one. at this level diminishing returns.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by jadis3 a Cross Country Rider from Irkutsk, Russia

Date Reviewed: July 22, 2011

Strengths:    Does't slip into seattube.
Accepts carbon saddle rails.


Weaknesses:    Such a high level post should carry insert lenght scale.
Saddle angle adjusting bolts are not convenient to reach.
Uncomfortable in HT due to the its main strength - stiffnes.


Bottom Line:   
Due to weakness of this American legend I switched for seatposts with simple adjusting fastens like ti Kent Ericksen, Carbon Use Sumo and now Hope Eternity for FS bikes.

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Favorite Trail:   Elsewhere

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $140.00

Purchased At:   Somewhere online

Similar Products Used:   Several carbon, titanium and alu.

Bike Setup:   Titus RacerX and Fireline, Pivot 4&429, Niner Air&MCR etc.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by dlongto a Weekend Warrior from Golden, CO

Date Reviewed: June 20, 2011

Strengths:    Bomber, lite

Weaknesses:    $$

Bottom Line:   
Tompson is all i will use for MTB. Other crap is OK for the road.

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Favorite Trail:   Mary's Loop

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $120.00

Purchased At:   bikeparts.com here i

Similar Products Used:   Tompson Elite, various Campy, Various

Bike Setup:   Mountain

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by jellytronics a Weekend Warrior from Baltimore, MD, USA

Date Reviewed: May 16, 2011

Strengths:    Lightweight, durable, large contact surface area between saddle rails and rail clamp, solid 2-bolt adjustment/grip.

Weaknesses:    This may be less a weakness and more user error. But I believe that the area which sits at the seatpost clamp within the seat tube has actually been slightly deformed frmo over tightening the seatpost clamp (also thomson). Perhaps it is only the Thomson seatpost clamp which can damage the Masterpiece? Otherwise indestructible.

Bottom Line:   
Last seatpost you will ever buy. The Porsche of seatposts.

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Favorite Trail:   Loch Raven

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $62.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Thomson Elite

Bike Setup:   32x20 SS Outcast 29er

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Helmetless a Weekend Warrior from Santiago, Chile

Date Reviewed: April 11, 2011

Strengths:    Nice, great details, light, durable so far

Weaknesses:    expensive if you're buying it new

Bottom Line:   
The best i have on my bike. At 190grs is not the lightest post I have had, but the more durable. And pretty. This is the Louis Vuitton of Mountain Bike

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Favorite Trail:   none yet ;)

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $120.00

Purchased At:   friend

Similar Products Used:   elite and a lot of race face posts

Bike Setup:   a great bike

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tzvia a Weekend Warrior from Woodland Hills CA USA

Date Reviewed: March 7, 2010

Strengths:    Strong. I don't want to worry about it and this fits the bill.
Light. Not silly light, mind you. Again, no worries.
Well made. Bike came with a single bolt Race-Face that I yanked real quick and replaced with this. Did I say that I did not want to worry about the seatpost?
It's icing that it is so easy to adjust, with the proven two bolt design, and beautiful machining.


Weaknesses:    I won't rag on the price. You get what you pay for with this post. Sorry, can't find a weakness.

Bottom Line:   
Buy it, sit down and don't worry 'bout it. Let the weight weenies deal with the lighter posts and their issues. This is light enough, comes in many sizes and lengths, is beautiful in its simple functional design and will keep the seat where it needs to be. If price is an issue, get the Elite; it weighs a little more but has the same build design and quality.

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Favorite Trail:   Sedona/Flag/Bend

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Syncros TI, Campy, Race-Face, Control-Tec, Thomson Elite, Specialized, Easton.

Bike Setup:   Giant Anthem W w/XT and XTR.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by hardmtnbiker a Cross Country Rider from Pasadena

Date Reviewed: March 5, 2010

Strengths:    light,pretty and strong

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
I bought the straight post and after using it I realized I needed a setback One call to Thompson and they replaced it with the setback. This is a stand up company that makes a great product. I wanna buy more bikes just to buy more of their stems and post. They never look old or used and stay in place.

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Favorite Trail:   Mt Wilson

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $129.00

Purchased At:   Pasadena Cyclery

Similar Products Used:   OE on my first Trek

Bike Setup:   The Masterpiece is on my SS. But my other bikes have the Elite

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by vodkalime79 a Weekend Warrior from Singapore

Date Reviewed: December 10, 2009

Strengths:    Strong and stiff!

Weaknesses:    Abit expensive..

Bottom Line:   
Incredibly light and strong seatpost....Might still be heavier than carbon but definitely can take more abuse than carbon ones.....Get one!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $139.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Thomson Elite, Easton EC90

Bike Setup:   2006 Specialized Epic Frame, 2009 Fox Talas RLC, Chrisking wheelset, XTR drivetrain........etc

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Spokaned a Cross Country Rider from Spokane, WA. US

Date Reviewed: September 15, 2009

Strengths:    Great looking, lightweight, slip resistant, micro adjustable, and very well made.

Weaknesses:    None so far.

Bottom Line:   
I had a straight Masterpiece on my '07 Blur XC and loved it. My recently purchased Enduro SL PRO CARBON came stock with a Thomson Elite setback post. It was very good, but I opted for the Masterpiece. I'm not overly tough on seatposts, especially with 6" travel. No regrets.

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Favorite Trail:   Porcupine Rim

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Thomson Elite

Bike Setup:   '08 Specialized Enduro SL PRO CARBON with SRAM XO drivetrain and lots of good stuff.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Vegard a Cross Country Rider from Norðwegr

Date Reviewed: August 23, 2009

Strengths:    ~Lightweight
~Great Quality
~Easy to adjust
~Lots of different size options to suit any need.


Weaknesses:    ~There's only room for one on my bike..


Bottom Line:   
The bottom line is that I love this product, it feels sturdy yet lightweight and it has never made me feel unsafe while riding like other posts have. (CF posts cracking)

Thomson has a customer for life with me, I will have one of their masterpieces on every bike I get.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $119.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   ~Cdale C3, "the baton".
~KCNC TI
~Different carbon posts


Bike Setup:   Upgraded Cdale F6

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by pktrain a Racer from Boulder, CO

Date Reviewed: July 2, 2009

Strengths:    Strong, light, holds the saddle well, relatively inexpensive

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
This is the Chris King of seatposts. It's not that expensive relative to the other carbon posts out there. This seatpost is strong, light, and holds the saddle in place well. What more can you ask for? This is the best seatpost money can buy, period.

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Favorite Trail:   White Ranch

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Bontrager carbon

Bike Setup:   Trek fuel 98, XTR, Fox suspension

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Joe_Jitsu a Cross Country Rider from Portland, OR

Date Reviewed: April 27, 2009

Strengths:    Strong, light

Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
Let me join the chorus; this is a stong, light seatpost that has my complete confidence. I use it on a hardtail, and have not had one single problem with it since day one. No slips, no creaks, no nothing.

I would buy this product again without reservation.

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Favorite Trail:   A long one...

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Thomson Elite

Bike Setup:   Quiring Singlespeed 29er

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ski_n_Bike a Cross Country Rider from Manhattan, KS

Date Reviewed: October 20, 2008

Strengths:    Weight
Ribbed to prevent slippage


Weaknesses:    None, it's a Thomson

Bottom Line:   
Great Seatpost, never slips, strong and crazy light. If it's like any other Thomson product I've ever used, it will last forever.

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Favorite Trail:   Brown Mtn, Korea

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $110.00

Purchased At:   Speedgoat

Similar Products Used:   Thomson Elite

Bike Setup:   Titus Fireline Ti, Puro Oro, RF Next XC, Chris King Everything, Fox F100 RLC

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by midbunchlurker a Racer from Cape Town, South Africa

Date Reviewed: October 14, 2008

Strengths:    Strong
Light
Superb finish


Weaknesses:    Price

Bottom Line:   
Lightweight, strong, cheap: choose 2. The masterpiece delivers the lightest strongest post out there, unfortunately at a price. Hopefully I never need to buy another seatpost in my lifetime.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   USE Alien
Raceface Next
Kalloy


Bike Setup:   Giant Anthem X1

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Zachariah a Cross Country Rider from Palm Desert, CA

Date Reviewed: July 3, 2008

Strengths:    Light as carbon, but 10x as strong; ribbed post prevents sliding and slippage; machined from a single piece of 7000 series aluminum; set-and-forget adjustment; looks stunning, in silver

Weaknesses:    None.....not even price.

Bottom Line:   
Strong like bull, and the last seatpost your bike will ever need. Thomson also makes landing gears, for jet airliners- talk about SAFE! From now on- I buy my frames to fit the seatpost. Get one if you can afford it!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Hurkey Creek Park(24hrs/Adrenalin course)

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $110.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   Deda Elementi Black Stick carbon, USE Alien aluminum, Cannondale Wind carbon, Easton EC70 carbon.....none compared to the Thomson Masterpiece

Bike Setup:   2005 Cannondale F2000SL Optimo; Ultra Fatty Headshok 80mm; Mavic XC717/DT Swiss 240s wheelset; Avid BB7 brakeset; Specialized Phenom SL saddle, SRAM X-0 rear derailleur; SRAM X-7 trigger shifters; Shimano XTR M952 front derailleur; Ritchey WCS Carbon flat bar; Crank Bros. Candy 4ti clipless pedals......equals a 20lb XC racer.

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