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Thomson’s Svelte New Seat Post Collar

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Some folks may argue that it’s ridiculous to get excited about something as mundane as a seat post collar, but we know better.  We all drool over beautiful little objects and fancy the little touches that make our bikes unique and pretty.  LH Thomson’s understated design essence has carried over to a new seat collar that’s immediately desireable.  Are you going to shave grams?  Probably not.  Go faster?  Unlikely.  Look good? Indubitably.

The collars use the same bolt and barrel nut as in their seatposts and, being the proud owner of three of their seatposts, you’re not likely to break one. This design allows the bolt to “float” on either side, eliminating side stresses that can arise as you tighten the bolts on fixed position designs. MSRP is $29.95, and they’re available in both Black and Silver.  34.9 and 31.8 are available now, and the 28.6 and 29.8 should start shipping next week.  Claimed weights range from 26g to 27g.

Quick release version is being considered for the future, but cycling marketing manager David Parrett says they’re looking at a ratchet mechanism similar to DT Swiss’ RWS skewers rather than a standard cam.  Standard cams can wear out over time, forcing you to tighten the bolt more and more, which isn’t necessarily good for the frame.

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