Thomson Elite Seatpost

The first bike part I ever broke was a seatpost. I was 15 and probably weighed 120 pounds. The post in question was an Ofmega on my Bianchi Nuovo Racing (this was probably around 1984). I replaced the Ofmega with a Campagnolo Record post. The Campy post was beautiful but it was a bit tricky to fine tune your position with the one-bolt design. A few years later I got a Suntour XC post with a great two-bolt design (and I still have it-great seatpost). A few years after that I got a Syncros post, with another two-bolt design. But the Syncos cracked, becoming only the second bike part I had ever broken.

Thomson entered the bike scene in the mid-90s, having already established themselves as a top notch machine shop back in the late 1960s. They produce everything in their facility in Macon, Georgia. The first time I tried a Thomson Elite I knew I had I winner. Super solid, super easy to adjust. And after many years and miles, I still haven’t managed to break one. I now have them on most of my bikes–I have them in 26.8 for the Bontragers and 28.6 for the Ibises and 27.2 for everyone else. I have them in straight and laid-back, silver and black. They somehow manage to look modern and classic at the same time.

Check out a silver setback Thomson Elite on my Soulcraft and a black zero setback on my Ibis Mojo after the jump!


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King Stainless Steel Bottle Cages

Without a doubt the best water bottle cages money can buy are made in Durango, Colorado by Ron Andrews of King Cage. He started building bottle cages out of titanium back in 1991 while working for One Off Titanium. He introduced the stainless steel cages in 1996 and I run them on most of my bikes (pictured on my Ritchey and Soulcraft in the pics below). Get a King cage next time you need bottle cages–they are $18 for stainless and $60 if you want to splurge for ti–shipped right from Ron’s garage, where he welds about 100 per day. They look great, won’t mark up your bottles and they last forever.


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