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.