Cane Creek Thudbuster LT Suspension Seatpost

5/5 (6 Reviews)
MSRP : $220.99

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Product Description

3G -The 3rd generation ofThudbuster seatposts from Cane Creek. A full 3 inches ofTravel with a preload adjustable,Two-stage elastomer shock. Quality construction with an aluminum mast and links.The 3G features a forged linkage with wider-spaced bushingsTo increase lateral stiffness and a micro-adjust seat clamp. Split link arms enable ease of disassembly inThe field, and simple bushing replacement. Lusting after a full-suspension ride, but just can't afford it right now?TheThudbuster is a great

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Simon Redman

Date Reviewed: December 10, 2014

Strengths:    Relatively light for what it does - about 300g more than a regular post.

Weaknesses:    Heavy - 300g more than a regular post.You will not believe how heavy it is when you first pick up the box.Having said that, it weighs what they say it weighs - about 580g.I'd be interested to see one in fancier metals, if they could keep the price down - but I guess they've thought of that.

Expensive - especially in the UK where the $ price is pretty much translated directly into £. And that's not including the Crudbuster, of course. Rebuild kits are expensive for what they are, too...

Ugly? Doesn't really suit the looks of a super-sparse hardtail. Neither do I, though.

Bottom Line:   
I've been using these since 2008, when the play in my RockShox suspension post became unacceptably sloppy and I ran out of spares. RockShox in their infinite wisdom stopped producing the post - and also stopped supporting the product. So thanks for that, guys, I'll remember you in future when it comes to loyalty.

The Thudbuster LT is a great addition to a hardtail and works very well, especially over longer distances. I think that's been documented here well enough in many reviews. One issue: if you think it tends to eject you off the saddle on a major bump, you probably should have been standing up - a regular post would have got jammed right up your Khyber Pass.

Just a few points, though. First, the price: if they really are $220 now, that's probably out of the reach of those who think that it will help turn a HT into an FS. It won't - it would make more economic sense to trade-in and get an FS. So I guess the target audience now is for people who really love HTs - who may have tried FS and come back but don't enjoy the beating.

The elastomers are now all black, so they won't clash with your colour scheme or demonstrate to all-and-sundry that you're a fatty or a stick person. The weight is shown by a number on the side. Cane Creek haven't done a very good job of publicizing this, though, to be fair. Also, I've found it more practical to go 'up' a size from the weight I need - the extra stiffness isn't unwelcome, and recent elastomers seem to have been splitting more quickly.

The Lizard Skins Crudbuster looks almost as nerdy as using a rear mudguard, but it does help protect the pivots - apart from the rearward top one, which is always left poking out. Yes, I have got it on the right way around.

I rebuilt my 2008 LT recently and noticed that one, and only one, of the pivots was able to move in and out of the arm. I contacted Cane Creek who informed me that this was not normal - and that they would send me a new one. So thanks to Peter Gilbert and Gary Maltby of Cane Creek for service above and beyond. The post was well out of its warranty period, and they even clearly marked the box as a warranty replacement so that the local postal authorities (in my nameless SE Asian country) would not attempt to extort me.

Overall, it would be nice to see it a little lighter, perhaps in Ti, and possibly with a spring rather than elastomers. I'm guessing Cane Creek thought of that long ago, though. It's not cheap, but it adds a lot to a HT, so four steaming chillies would be mean, and it does work very well - and keeps on working.

So, a fine product, and excellent customer support, too. RockShox - I hope you're listening.

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Duration Product Used:   6 years

Similar Products Used:   RockShox suspension seatpost, a couple of generic Taiwanese TranzX posts.

Bike Setup:   Ti hardtail

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Chris a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: August 27, 2013

Strengths:    Comfort

Weaknesses:    Price

Bottom Line:   
Just rode for first time on Thudbuster LT, makes hardtail a lot smoother and comfortable. Don't regret it at all. Ordered directly from Thudbuster and received it in 4 days with the elastomers I needed. Pricey but I think it will be worth it. Ordered another for my wife I liked it so much.

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Bike Setup:   GT Zaskar Elite

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Peter a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: May 5, 2013

Strengths:    Just got my first ride with Thudbuster. With my Giant Roam 2 have amazing comfort ride on single track. Like in a back seat of limo. Even nasty roots and stones trail you still seating. Completely invert all my MTB expirience.

Weaknesses:    Not yet

Bottom Line:   
Highly recommended.

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Favorite Trail:   Six Miles Run, NJ

Duration Product Used:   just got

Purchased At:   Mr C's Cycle

Bike Setup:   Giant Roam 2 Hybrid

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Tim a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: November 12, 2012

Strengths:    It just plain works as promised, and as well as I'd hoped. Easy to adjust to individual's needs/tastes. Extra bushings included. Seat clamp abnormally easy to use (but also potential weakness, see below). Nicely made. Crushes pre-purchase reservations.

Weaknesses:    A tad pricey. A tad heavy. A tad ugly. Seat clamp may not be the most secure for some- one bolt is harder to to get to due to the suspension linkage so it has ring for hand-tightening. That said, it was plenty secure enough for me.

Bottom Line:   
Purchased to soften my transition from 26er soft tail to 29er hard tail. I gather many Thudbuster buyers are doing the same? The one trade-off that I was not literally comfortable with was in-the saddle abuse on fire roads, non-technical singe track, etc. Happy to say the seatpost restores practically all the comfort of full-suspension.

I'm 178 lbs and at the upper range of the stock medium bushings, and for my tastes It did get a little springy over rougher stuff. Thankfully Cane Creek supplies extra bushings to tune it one's weight and preferences. Pre-load is also adjustable. One will notice the seat rotating back and down when the trail gets choppy. There's no effect on pedaling per se, it just seems to feel that way. Otherwise, over average trail conditions it performs almost invisibly.

Thank the God this thing exists otherwise I might still be machinating over my switch to a hardtail.

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Price Paid:    $159.00

Purchased At:

Similar Products Used:   None tried.

Bike Setup:   Stock '12 Trek X-Caliber.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Harry

Date Reviewed: November 3, 2012

Strengths:    Takes the extra abuse off my low back which kept me OFF my bike for years.

Weaknesses:    None for me.

Bottom Line:   
The Thudbuster LT has been the difference between riding my hardtail or not. Due to low back issues, I'd basically given up on something I've loved for many years, riding. This post provides just enough 'give' to keep me out there on my bike without major pain i'd previously experienced. I've always had reasonable skills and tend to stand up over difficult/technicial terrain anyway, but when your 'gassed, or just want to cruise on level sections, it's great to be able to enjoy an FS ride feel on my HT and not give be forced to give up my favorite ride for a FS if I dont want to.
DO GET the elastomer Kit, I found that my acceptable Cush was with a lighter set of elastomers, be prepared to play with this as well as the preload to correctly dial this in.
Many have suggested the 'weight penalty', once I established my ride height I cut off all excess except to have it hang about an inch below my TT, which is just about where the 'minimum line' bottomed out if installed in the tallest position, so I assumed the rest was weighty excess. So cut off what you dont need!
The only thing I had a small issue with is the supplied Crudbuster is direction specific, meaning if you put it on backwards the top pivot tends to stick out. The velcro should be in the front on the LT, you'll know when installing, one way it just 'drops' right on. I think this is a fantastic product for anyone experiencing back pain that may keep them away from their bike. 5 Chilis for Me!!

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Favorite Trail:   Rocky Point, Suffolk L.I., N.Y.

Bike Setup:   '97 Specialized Stumpjumper M2 Comp Hardtail

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Adam

Date Reviewed: May 4, 2012

Strengths:    very comfortable easy to install and change elastomer for weight specific setup

Weaknesses:    a little on the ugly side

Bottom Line:   
I read many reviews about the thudbuster before I bought one and everyone has been spot on. I ride a HT 29er and it made all the difference in the world for how I ride. I can stay in the saddle longer with more comfort which keeps my legs fresh for the tougher parts of the trail. I feel like I can turn more laps with less effort now. Some people posted the weight increase was a problem but unless you are riding a full carbon top of the line bike I seriously doubt you will notice it. I think I climb better now because I can save my legs for the climbs. I would say if you are thinking about getting one just do it. It is well worth the price.

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