Thudbuster on sale at Amazon

Scarecrow

Member
The Thudbuster Seat Post is on sale at Amazon: $97.67
Any thoughts on that brand vs. Kinect 2.1?
Let me add that I currently weigh 265 Lbs (I know, I know... right?). The Thudbuster only seems to go to 250 on their charts. Some versions of the Kinect go higher. Wondering how much this matters?

Anybody know the Post Size for the new Evelo Aurora Limited Edition? Uhhh... I think I just found the answer at Evelo - 27.2, I believe.

Any reason to avoid the Long version vs. Short (which they include in their Comfort Package)?
 
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AHicks

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I bought a Thudbuster on Amazon not long ago (27.2mm long version). While shopping, I noticed a "used" one for sale at a VERY attractive price. Checking further, I found that it was owned by Amazon and they had received it as a return. So I rolled the dice. It showed up a couple of days later. There wasn't a scratch on it, but it was the wrong size! Disappointed, I went back to Amazon, processed the return, and Amazon offered me another used one, with a price that had been reduced ANOTHER 10% for my inconvenience! That one showed up and was perfect as well.

I'm 300 lbs, so I went with a #7 and an optional #9 too see how they would work. Turns out they work perfect for my purposes, which was to dampen some of the high frequency type chatter you get on rough pavement, expansion cracks, etc. Bigger stuff, like dropping down off a curb, or unaviodable pot holes, still require me to get up off my butt/transfer my weight, or most of it depending, to my feet. Maybe 200 miles so far, and it's working exactly as I hoped. I have no reason not to recommend it, as long as your expectations are reasonable.

Wife is getting one for Christmas... -Al
 

Scarecrow

Member
That sounds good. Another question on the Cloud 9 Seat replacement...
I did not realize there were several versions. Some with Suspension. Does the Suspension model work on a bike equipped with Thudbuster or Kinect posts?
 

6zfshdb

Well-Known Member
I'm 260 and have had great luck with the Thudbuster LT. Like AHicks, I use a #7 and #9 elastomer. It compresses about an inch when I sit on it which leaves a full 2 inches of travel to absorb shock. The LT requires 3" of seatpost space though so make sure you have that much post showing on your bike.

I have the heavyweight version of the Kinekt as well. It's a great suspension seatpost but It has just 1.5" of travel and occasionally bottoms out. In my case, I find the cheaper Thudbuster LT to be slightly more comfortable.

I also have the Thudbuster ST which, due to lack of clearance, I use occasionally on one of my MTB's. With the stiffest elastomer, it works marginally well for my weight but I find the ride to be rougher.

I have the Cloud 9 Suspension Cruiser Saddle mounted on a Thudbuster LT and it works fine. I haven't tried it but I see no reason it wouldn't work on the Thudbuster ST or Kinekt posts.
 
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smorgasbord

Active Member
Note that the Kinekt uses springs, and in addition to swapping out springs for a given weight range, there's a preload adjustment so you can vary resistance within a spring set. The Thudbuster uses a single elastomer thing for a spring, so the only adjustment available is to swap elastomers. If you're at the high-end, or over, the weight range, you'll get more initial sag and so won't have as much effective travel. That might steer one towards the long travel (LT) version. And, the Long Travel Thudbuster is truly a long travel - longest on the market I think. The LT takes up more vertical space, so you need to be tall enough to have enough room between seat and seatclamp.

Both Thudbuster and Kinekt have their fans, so you won't go wrong with either. What works best for you probably depends more on you and how and where you ride than any actual quality differences.

As for seat, the way real long distance riders do it is to get their sit bones measured and then choose a saddle that's designed for that width. SQLabs will send you a free kit (corrugated cardboard sheet with instructions) to measure your sit bones. It's not just about the cushion, it's about where your pressure points are in relation to the support of the saddle.
 

Scarecrow

Member
Thanks all for the input. I went ahead and ordered the Cloud 9 that was at such a nice discount. I will look into the seatpost further. There must be a reason why Evelo offers the Thudbuster, but they are quite a bit under my weight range, and take up a lot of room under the seat. The answer I got back from Evelo was "We cannot recommend a Thudbuster for any rider that exceeds their stated limits, no matter how many inserts might be used." I kind of agree with their thinking. It's just that the Kinekt is so much more expensive -- oy!!
 

AHicks

Well-Known Member
Note that the Kinekt uses springs, and in addition to swapping out springs for a given weight range, there's a preload adjustment so you can vary resistance within a spring set. The Thudbuster uses a single elastomer thing for a spring, so the only adjustment available is to swap elastomers. If you're at the high-end, or over, the weight range, you'll get more initial sag and so won't have as much effective travel. That might steer one towards the long travel (LT) version. And, the Long Travel Thudbuster is truly a long travel - longest on the market I think. The LT takes up more vertical space, so you need to be tall enough to have enough room between seat and seatclamp.

Both Thudbuster and Kinekt have their fans, so you won't go wrong with either. What works best for you probably depends more on you and how and where you ride than any actual quality differences.

As for seat, the way real long distance riders do it is to get their sit bones measured and then choose a saddle that's designed for that width. SQLabs will send you a free kit (corrugated cardboard sheet with instructions) to measure your sit bones. It's not just about the cushion, it's about where your pressure points are in relation to the support of the saddle.
To clarify a little maybe, theThudbuster LT uses 2 elastomers (take your pick, mix or match from available hardness), and there is a preload setting.
 

Scarecrow

Member
Since I do not have my Aurora, yet, which version of the Thudbuster should I order?
Rather than pay well over $230 for the Kinekt, I think I will try one since Evelo just told me that my weight should still work functionally okay (just not the Warranty).
I am...
265 Lbs
5'-10" Tall
30" Inseam, thereabouts.
My sense of humor far surpasses my lack of dashing good looks.
I do like long ebike rides on the beach...
(just sayin', ladies...) :cool:

I will be riding street and flat trails, mostly.
No mountain rough-riding for me.
 

6zfshdb

Well-Known Member
I would wait until you get your bike. Adjust the seat height for comfortable riding then make sure there is at least 3" of seat post showing above the seat tube clamp. If not, the Thudbuster may not work.
 

AHicks

Well-Known Member
Agreed, the bike will be delivered soon enough.

One note on the Cloud9 seat though. It sits on a pair of very heavy wire rails, and whoever built the seats, or designed them, made those rails a little too far apart. Not too big a deal, we're talking less than 1/4". That could have been the reason for the return. In any case, a pair of channel lock pliers will pull those 2 rails together while clamping the seat down. Sounds worse than it is really. Just realize they're all that way.... -Al
 

fisherman

New Member
They have 15% off all accessories today. Bought the comfort package. The Thudbuster folks have 20% off today. Bought the #9 elastomer.

2020 Ltd on order.
 

FlatSix911

Active Member
The Thudbuster Seat Post is on sale at Amazon: $97.67
Any thoughts on that brand vs. Kinect 2.1?
Let me add that I currently weigh 265 Lbs (I know, I know... right?). The Thudbuster only seems to go to 250 on their charts. Some versions of the Kinect go higher. Wondering how much this matters?

Anybody know the Post Size for the new Evelo Aurora Limited Edition? Uhhh... I think I just found the answer at Evelo - 27.2, I believe.

Any reason to avoid the Long version vs. Short (which they include in their Comfort Package)?
Nice deal... thanks for posting.