Of course in the midst of making a number of purchases, I caught on on a product I had almost forgotten about... but had previously planned to purchase some form of one when I finally built an ebike. What I'm referring to, is a a suspension seat post. The bike I am converting has only front suspension, and I plan to be doing a substantial amount of my riding on city streets, with more potholes than I want to think about right now.
About a year ago when I first started looking at these, I remember essentially having boiled down my options to 2 different brands (each with a couple of options of their own). It was with the Cane Creek Thudbuster ST or LT... or if I wanted to spend considerably more, the Cirrus Cycles BodyFloat... which seemed liek ti had potential, but seemed way too expensive, and possibly also too bouncy.
Well, now that I've done some additional reading... there seems to be a 3rd choice that not only has been getting some really good reviews... but is also the cheapest. The Suntour SP12 NCX. Seems like it's priced a little higher on this side of the pond in general... I've been seeing in the $90-$120 range, and actually was having trouble finding the smaller diameter (which is what I need) 27.2mm. All the US vendors I found either didn't have stock of that size, or were charging way more than they should be (I'm not sure if I even found one in the US that had stock). Almost accidentally, I found it available, with every possible size and color options, not to mention with a free cover, on aliexpresss... for $76.57 shipped to the US. Will likely take 3-4 weeks to arrive (tho I order from aliexpress quite a bit, and have had things come surprisingly fast, and some take quite a while... usually faster than you expect). https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Suntour ... 13295.html
My only concern is the added weight. Given this post doesn't seem like it will weigh too much... it's a combination of aluminum and steel (where the extra strength is needed)... but in my case.. it would be replacing a super light carbon fiber seat post. And, as I mentioned before, my building does not have an elevator, and I have to carry the bike up and down a flight of stairs (well down and then up) each time I use it... so trying to keep the weight as low as I can to make it an easy task (the commercial ebike I got a really good deal on has only been used 2 times in a few months since it's totally not worth lugging the 100+ lb beast up and down the stairs for most occasions that an ebike would usually be convenient... ie. going say 5 blocks away to pick up food... easier to walk than carry that thing both ways. But hoping this bike does not have that issue. This does seem like it could be a very useful upgrade when it comes to comfort... and at such a low price and such high reviews... I think I might pull the trigger, extra weight or not.