By applying a simple bend into the standard Elite seatpost, Thomson came up with a clever way of giving riders 16mm worth of setback. The design of the clamps also allows the post to be rotated forward for 16mm of "set-forward" if so desired All else remains the same as the classic Elite post.
The clamp design is simple, reliable and easy to adjust. It consists of an upper and lower clamp that is held to the post with two screws. The screws lace through holes that are machined into the head of the shaft, then through the clamps and thread into bolts that rest in the upper clamp plate. It's that simple.
The shaft itself is made from elliptically extruded, machined and anodized 7000 series alloy. The clamp plates are forged and anodized. The plates are 41mm long so they prevent seat rail bending from impact loads. Bolts are steel while the washer and nuts are brass which help inhibited rust and corrosion.
Cosmetically, the Elite is a beauty. The shaft has a micro ribbed texture and etched Thomson graphics on each side of the post. You can get them in either silver or black with many lengths and diameters to choose from. Weights range depending on the post. A 27.2x250mm weights in at 193 grams while the 31.6x367 comes in at a very respectable 227 grams.
The best, I have four bikes with them on, TT bike, Road bike, and 2 Mt Bikes, never an issue. Carbon posts are expensive, break and minimal wt savings or non at all. Go with the best Thomson. Never a worry and very light!
The best seatposts and stems on the market! Light, strong and they look great. Never a minutes problem.
I have both the setback and non-setback version of the Elite. Thomson makes a very good seatpost. Its light, strong. The micro adjust tilt allows perfect tilt, its parts are replaceable, it looks nice. However the setback version does not allow for a lot of setback. You have to have a saddle height of 80cm before the setback takes effect, so it works best for a long legged rider. I have to push my Selle Italia Saddle all the way back on its rails in order to get back far enough (my saddle height is exactly 80cm). With other traditional seatposts I can place my saddle in the middle of its rails. I also have a c.f seatpost and I like the Thomson better. I did have problems with slippage and I made a shim out of a pop can to solve it.