Turbo Vado SL - suspension seat posts

Darth Vado SL

New Member
Region
USA
Have my Turbo Vado SL 4 EQ for 6 weeks and it's a great ride.......my only regret (besides not getting the 5 EQ which wasn't in stock) other than the rack is sore butt syndrome. I know it's a matter of personal preference, but curious as to what (lightweight) suspension seat posts others use to cushion things a bit.
 

rochrunner

Well-Known Member
Region
USA
City
Rochester Hills
Redshift Shockstop. I have one on my Vado as well as on my old Crosstrail, which is a hybrid very similar to the SL but without the motor. My wife raves about the one on her Trek Verve+ and when I eventually get my own SL the Vado post will move there. I weigh 160lbs and ride on rough pavement and gravel trails and roads, but not MTB terrain. It's better for things like cracks, bumps, and stones but not chuckholes, rocks, and roots. But then I'm OK about standing up over the really rough stuff. 😁 It has certainly been a back-saver so far!
 

theemartymac

Well-Known Member
Yup those are highly regarded. Thudbusters are a popular choice a tier down.

if you are budget limited, the SR Suntour or Satori options are also pretty well reviewed in the lower bracket. I have 2 of the Suntours, primarily because the Kinekt is obscenely expensive up here in Canada, and it get the job done more than adequately.

I tired to order a Thudbuster LT a few weeks ago for my newer bike, but couldn't find stock anywhere.
 

Deacon Blues

Well-Known Member
If you want the lightest suspension seat post there's the eeSilk, by Cane Creek. The biggest problem with this product, besides it not being cheap, is its presently backordered.
 

Allan47.7339

Active Member
The eeSilk and Redshift have a max rider weight of 250 and 242 lbs respectively. The Kinekt goes up to 320 lbs and the Cane Creek Thudbuster ST (gen 4) goes to 330 lbs. This may be a criteria for some riders.
 

BEC111

Active Member
I bought a Satori Animaris that took two weeks to come from China. I’ve ridden with it two or three times, so far. It still probably needs some adjustments but it does work fairly well. I got it for about $75.

I felt it was a worthwhile purchase it it worked at all. If not good enough but in the right direction I might spring for a better post. if it didn’t make a difference I could live with the relatively inexpensive Satori.

So far it seems to work, but I still need to make some saddle adjustments - forward I think - as my hand position isn’t ideal.

Do something for your ass and your hands hurt. Adjust for your hands and your neck hurts. Glad it’s spring when shorter rides make sense so the various body parts can be accommodated.
 

aage

New Member
Have my Turbo Vado SL 4 EQ for 6 weeks and it's a great ride.......my only regret (besides not getting the 5 EQ which wasn't in stock) other than the rack is sore butt syndrome. I know it's a matter of personal preference, but curious as to what (lightweight) suspension seat posts others use to cushion things a bit.
Thudbuster on my Turbo Vado 3 and my other None electric bike. Gonna buy one for my Turbo Vado 5 SL. Works very well, dependable and not so very expensive.
 

VoltMan99

Well-Known Member
Region
Asia
City
Tokyo
I’ve had the Suntour NCX on my non-electric Bianchi for quite a while, and I don’t recommend it with a slimmer bike seat such as Brooks 19 etc because the front of my seat rails “bottom out” with the NCX’s trapezoidal roller frame because of interference <<~ (my weight in tolerance days). I note though that I now exceed the maximum recommended weight by 15kg so it’s not going to work well these days anyway 😆. You can fix this by moving the seat more forwards but then you lose flexibility in adjusting your body geometry. I’m still debating other options.
 

Dallant

Well-Known Member
I bought a Satori Animaris that took two weeks to come from China. I’ve ridden with it two or three times, so far. It still probably needs some adjustments but it does work fairly well. I got it for about $75.

I felt it was a worthwhile purchase it it worked at all. If not good enough but in the right direction I might spring for a better post. if it didn’t make a difference I could live with the relatively inexpensive Satori.

So far it seems to work, but I still need to make some saddle adjustments - forward I think - as my hand position isn’t ideal.

Do something for your ass and your hands hurt. Adjust for your hands and your neck hurts. Glad it’s spring when shorter rides make sense so the various body parts can be accommodated.
I bought one of these and hope it gets here before the end of June so I can test it with my Allant+7.
 

YYZblues

New Member
Region
Canada
City
Toronto
Hello my first post. I currently have both the Redshift and Kinekt on three of my ebikes. The Redshifts are on my Vado SL and Como. Functionally both work equally well and I love them both. Aesthetically there is no contest. The Redshift is much more pleasing to the eye and minimalist looking. It just doesn't scream suspension from a distance. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
 

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Stefan Mikes

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Region
Europe
City
Brwinów (PL)
Hello my first post. I currently have both the Redshift and Kinekt on three of my ebikes. The Redshifts are on my Vado SL and Como. Functionally both work equally well and I love them both. Aesthetically there is no contest. The Redshift is much more pleasing to the eye and minimalist looking. It just doesn't scream suspension from a distance. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
Thank you for your post. I use Kinekt on full Vado but Redshift looks promising for my future Vado SL. The price of Redshift is currently better, too.
 

kahn

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Region
USA
City
northWET washington
Hello my first post. I currently have both the Redshift and Kinekt on three of my ebikes. The Redshifts are on my Vado SL and Como. Functionally both work equally well and I love them both. Aesthetically there is no contest. The Redshift is much more pleasing to the eye and minimalist looking. It just doesn't scream suspension from a distance. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
Interesting that you seem to have two nice but presumably firm leather saddles. Welcome to the forum.