Things I Like: Thomson Stems & Seatposts

While it may sound like a cliche, the best components are the ones that you don’t notice. These components are not unremarkable because they don’t meet our expectations, but rather, they excel because they outperform lesser parts that require frequent adjustment and maintenance. For me, nothing epitomizes set-and-forget status like Thomson‘s stems and seatposts.

Stems and seatposts may lack the sex appeal of 11-speed drivetrains or aero wheels, but they’re essential pieces of the bike-fitting puzzle. Many of Thomson’s competitors offer only a handful of sizes. Not Thomson, though. Need a 25.4mm seatpost? They’ve got you covered. With stems that range from 50mm to 130mm in length, chances are there’s one that’s right for your particular setup.

Other companies may offer a similar range of stem lengths and seatpost sizes, but few–if any–can match the reliability and performance of the Georgia-based company’s products. Thomson’s stems and seatposts don’t slip, are easy to adjust, and remain silent without the aid of anti-slip goop or cheater bars.¬†While beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, Thomson has elevated the industrial aesthetic to high art. If the monochromatic thing isn’t your style, you can add some bling to your X4 stem with the company’s Dress Up Kit.

Because I spend a significant amount of time evaluating and reviewing components, I place a very high value on parts that don’t require any additional babysitting. Thomson’s stems and seatposts are two items that I can count on to be trouble-free, freeing up more time for enjoying the ride.

2 thoughts on “Things I Like: Thomson Stems & Seatposts

  1. I have always loved Thomson stems and seat posts, until they changed the design to two bolt. I switched to the TTT ARX Team stem and love it.

  2. This brings up a great point. I’ve used cheap and expensive stems and seat-posts throughout my cycling career and i’ve never noticed a difference between any of them. Likely because they are such a simple component that there is little that can go wrong. To me, this just reinforces the fact that I should be spending real money on components that are constantly in motion like tires, hubs, drivetrain and brakes and go as cheap as possible on the components that more or less sit stationary like stems and seat-posts.

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