Cane Creek Thudbuster Suspension Seatpost

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Thudbuster Suspension Post

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[Aug 25, 2019]
Heist30


OVERALL
RATING
5
Strength:

Bought the LT Thudbuster due to persistent lower back soreness and sciatica from the rigid seatpost on my hardtail. The LT performs extremely well adsorbing the terrain and has eliminated my back soreness caused from riding. The dual elastomers make easily work for dialing in the support for your weight. Keep the pivots lubricated for smooth service and to prevent creaking.

Weakness:

None to note

Price Paid:
125
Purchased:
New  
Model Year:
2017
[Aug 21, 2019]
linguinee


OVERALL
RATING
5
Strength:

Yes it works; no it's not the same as a full suspension. This you should know before buying. For years a Thudbuster LT was installed on an old 90s HT MTB; when I decided to convert the relic for utility riding and commuting I liked the Thudbuster so much it made the transition to road riding too. Overkill it may seem, but the TB is also quite at home on the road if you regularly traverse long distances over broken tarmac. Well built it's virtually maintenance free; the neoprene cover is recommended. Adjustable preload and different elastomers enable a wide range of compliance.

Weakness:

Novices will have to get used to their center of gravity shifting with the TB's arc of motion and the pogo effect engendered by a lack of rebound dampening. If you ride with a normal saddlebag for tools it'll have to go or involve some MacGyvering.

Purchased:
New  
[Dec 22, 2018]
epicmtb


OVERALL
RATING
5
Strength:

Seldom does a product live up the the advertising hype, but the thudbuster LT DOES! I bought one for my rigid fatbike. Effectively smooths out the snow bumps, post holes, grooves, etc. Mine also fits my Stache 29+ hardtail, which I ride gravel on. Even more amazing! No more washboard bouncing, pothole swerving, embedded rock avoiding. Smooth as butter. Adjustable pre-load makes it easy to dial in for conditions & rider weight. After about a mile, you'll forget it's there and just find yourself enjoying the ride more than ever before. AAA+++

Weakness:

None so far :)

Purchased:
New  
[Oct 21, 2017]
WinnipegXCRider
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

I have mostly used when commuting and it really has taken out the hits from the expansion joints on poorly maintained roads in our frost beaten roads. It has been jumped off of a lot of curbs and saved my spine effectively. Supplying six matched weight specific elastomer parts is a good idea since I carry a lot more weight on my back now that I commute the bike. The heavy elastomers easily handled me and additional weight totalling ~220 lbs.
I did not find any issues with pedal efficiency - I have never experienced noticeable rear suspension like bobbing on long commutes maybe because I chose a stiffer setting of the elastomer bushings - I still found that with relatively stiff setting that the bumps were smoothed decently and the kick was manageable.

Weakness:

You really need to watch the big hits. Because the elastomer suspension is basically a spring with instant rebound, you need to learn to time when to be in/out saddle or it will buck like a horse. Having said this I have never had an accident due to the kick back and the learning curve is not too steep.
After years of dropping off curbs (in my commutes) it has finally worn out and I don't think that it is serviceable since it wore out where the seat post itself if pressed into the (beautifully CNC machined) head of the suspension .
So it is now wobbly at that press fit and I will retire it rather than risking being impaled in a most painful way on the seat post.
Full disclosure: To give more "cockpit" room I pushed the seat as far back on the rails as possible, causing more stress on the seat post than most installations likely would.

This is a poor man's full suspension and as such it helps little for rear wheel hop on roots - however if used as I intended it did an admirable job at cushioning the ride.
I bought it at a bargain, it lasted more curb drops than my XC rims so I am not upset with lifespan of the part.
I just found a cheap Mountain Equipment Co-op (Canada) seat post that I will try before deciding whether to invest in another Thudbuster.

[Jan 26, 2017]
Brad
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Makes rough terrain easy to handle

Weakness:

Absolutely None

Figured I'd write a newer review. Bought the thudbuster long travel because of all the great reviews. The reviews as good as they are don't do it justice. I was hoping for the best and figured I could always sell it if I did not like it. It far exceeded my expectations. It is on my Diamondback El Oso fat bike. I been riding a new place by me which is 80% rock covered. And not small stones these are more like small boulders. A great place to test the thudbuster. I can't believe how smooth it makes the trails , really you don't even notice the seat moving . Been using it for about 6 weeks which where I've been riding is enough time to say Wow just Wow. This thing is amazing. It you have a hard tail old rigid this is a must have. One note . Because of the part that has the elastomers and moves it is 5 inches so if your short the seat will not go all the way down. So account for that 5 inches. I have a commuter bike but I need the seat all the way down to the frame so I can't use the thudbuster for that. That's a bummer.to sum up don't wait go buy one now! Oh and I think it's kinda cool looking on the bike and yes very light weight .

[Dec 18, 2015]
pelts79
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Mellows out the trail, keeps the saddle to pedal height the same, easy to change elastomers, and built well.

Weakness:

Get some rebound over big hits, adds a little weight, looks kinda funky (comfort over fashion)

Takes the edge out of rough terrain. It will not turn your ride into a full suspension, but it really does a very good job at what it is designed for. I put one on my rigid fat bike and really like how it functions. It took me a little while to set things up right for my cock pit as the Thudbuster moves rearward when seated and compressing. I also went with a little shorter stem. Bike set up feels spot on and a lot less jolts to the body. Really a good product.

[Jul 09, 2013]
Ken Christensen

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Do not know of strengths, I ordered from Thudbuster and did not receive product!

Weakness:

I ordered the seat post and they emailed me a receipt. After a month I still have not received anything. All of my calls go to voice mail and emails are not acknowledged. Are they still in business?

No customer service at this company. Many calls and emails never returned. Cancelling credit card charge.

[Feb 12, 2013]
Oldslowhurt

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Sturdy. I have 2 and have been using them a few times a week for about 6 years (from April to Nov) with no maintenance except for an occasional greasing or oiling of all moveable parts.

Weakness:

Not as good as full suspension but as close to it as you can get.

I have used Long Travel Thudbusters, Rockshox, White Bros Air, and Nitropro Gas, and none give the travel or the smooth ride of a TB LT in the rough stuff. Yeah they have kickback, but we are cleated in so that really isn't an issue. 2 friends also use them on their carbon fiber hardtails which they race.

Similar Products Used:

Rockshox, White Bros Air, and Nitropro Gas

[Sep 03, 2012]
rich

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Fantastic product. Makes your butt float. Nice and buttery

Weakness:

Heavy

I bought this for my hardtail and it is amazing! It's like butter. I have more control when sitting because my butt is not bouncing off the seat when I pedal. I can ride better too because I don't have to worry about protecting my back, which no longer hurts when I am done riding.

[Jul 11, 2012]
Marc

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Does what is says it'll do
Well built

Weakness:

A bit pricey but WELL worth it

I have had a Thudbuster LT one at least one of my bikes for over a decade now....EXCELLENT product. Traditional suspension seat posts don't compare due to sticktion and the fact that your body positon moves closer, then farther away, from the pedal. Thudbuster keep your body the same distance from the pedals.

I've found that using a slightly softer elastomer combination than recommended yields the best result. At 215 lbs, I should be using one black and one blue, but I use two of the softer blue ones. You can then dial in the suspension by a) tightening the preload, and/or b) move your seat slightly forward, giving your body less leverage to move the elastomer. I agree with an earlier comment that you may want to shorten your stem slightly for optimal geometry, but this is by no means a requirement.

For reference: most of my trail riding on this post was with a carbon hardtail. The combination is awesome. I've since bought a Niner RIP full suspension for most of my mouintain stuff (I'm 48 now) but have moved my still fully functionning (after 11 years) Thudbuster to my city bike.....a fisther ziggurate aluminum frame paired with a rock shox reba fork and thin 700c Mavic Speedcity wheels all sitting under the thudbuster and an all leather 'pre-aged' brooks leather saddle. WOW!

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