Bicycle thread

Discussion in 'Sports' started by Zodiac, Jul 10, 2006.

  1. rbrsddn

    rbrsddn 3banger

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    Thomson are real good quality, with a solid seat clamp. I have their stem and seatpost on my Fat. You don't want to go cheap on those 2 points of contact.
  2. championsound

    championsound Adventurer

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    Thomson machines their seatposts to very tight tolerances, they're light, and they work. They were also one of the first companies to popularize the 2 bolt jacking system (even though they ripped the idea off of Syncros). The problem with Syncros posts was that weren't milled out of 1 piece of stock, the heads were bonded and eventually broke off. At least for me.
  3. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    The only way I could rationalize the purchase would be to sell all my other bikes, which combined might be worth tend grand. The S-works is SO good that it could easily fill all their roles. I actually started to think about that during the test ride, which is when I decided to return it before I did something crazy. :D
  4. rbrsddn

    rbrsddn 3banger

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    My bike had the Syncros post and stem from new in '99. I had a lot of hours on them, and after reading about the breakage, decided to go with Thomson a couple of years ago.
  5. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    My buddy just experienced the joy of Specialized brain death. I'll let you know the $ damage.:lol3
  6. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Humph. I've still got 1 on a bike and 2 backup Syncros posts. Never had issue one. (knocking on wood).

    M
  7. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    So far, ours haven't. My intent is to send them back to Fox, to have the services done.

    Thomson are made in the USA and built to aerospace standards, as that's their primary business.
  8. rbrsddn

    rbrsddn 3banger

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    If I remember correctly, the hinged face plate of the stem cracked, and I couldn't have mismatched parts on such an iconic bike. So I went to the Thomson...:1drink

    Alright, I admit it! I had upgraditis! My conflicting stories just don't add up... My bike is so cool!!!:1drink
  9. mud

    mud I just wander.....

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    No. It is just an inertia valve, a well tuned one though.
    It is patented, and we all now how specialized is about their patents.:eek1 They sued Stratos out of existence over "the brain".....
  10. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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  11. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    With some trepidation I took the carbon hacksaw blade to the seatmast of my Giant.

    Chopped off 5mm and :fingerscrossed have the seat height right.

    It measures out, but...

    M
  12. Mr Head

    Mr Head PowerPoint ADV

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    Reminds me of: "I've cut it off threee times and it's still too short.":lol3

    :cry

  13. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Yeah, that's what I'm skeered of.

    ...but...

    I've got the shortest saddle (top to bottom) I own on there now and I have spacers coming. If anything, I think its still a mm or so high, but I'm pretty sure I can live with that.

    M
  14. vfr700

    vfr700 172S

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    As much as I'd like to, I can't hang with the integrated seat post.
  15. Mr Head

    Mr Head PowerPoint ADV

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    My first car cost $3,200 or so after the dust settled. I paid the two year note off in 8 months.
    My first real racing bicycle was the Pinarello. the retail on the frame and fork were about $1,400.
    I didn't spend that much on the complete bike. (team deals).
    The Roubaix was $3,300 before taxes. But, the last used car for the wife was almost ten times that.
    I sure like to be able to afford to drop thirty grand on a bicycle. But, I'm pretty sure that ain't in the cards.:lol3

    I got a test spin on a full zoot S-Works stumpie once. Yikes!
    I still don't get the whole 29'er thing.

    QUOTE=Aurelius;20670936]I've heard it's all about the rider, not the bike. :augie :amazon

    :nod My first car cost me about $7800, brand new. I just can't see spending thousands more than that on a bicycle, no matter how nice it is.[/QUOTE]
  16. championsound

    championsound Adventurer

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    1mm =

    [​IMG]

    Just go slow cause you can take off a lot of material accidentally.
  17. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    This is my first.

    We'll see.

    re that one mm: tell that to my legs. If I wear different socks things feel strange. :norton

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  18. Mr Head

    Mr Head PowerPoint ADV

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    1mm = 0.03937 in. or about ten hairs-worth. give or take.:lol3
  19. zouch

    zouch part-time wanderer

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    (psst! it's 'Thomson', actually,...)

    one of the strongest for their weight; in part because of the elliptical internal profile that leaves them strong where they need to be without any extra weight where it isn't needed, and the integrated head.
    and, they're not made in Asia,...

    that, and their customer support is first-rate in my experience; i once had one of the pivot bolts break, and a phone call put 4 new ones in my mail box for free. (story went that they had a supplier issue on a small batch with that part years ago.)



  20. zouch

    zouch part-time wanderer

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    wow; glad none of my Syncros seatposts ever read those comments,... :lol3
    for example, i've got a long Ti post that i've had on the main trail bike for over a decade, and it survived being thrown away on the trail bike that i had before that back when i was first learning Trials.
    but i've had mine since they were new, and made in Canada.