I just upgraded from a hybrid to a gravel bicycle (Fuji Jari 2.3). My hybrid (a 2000 Giant Cyprus) had a hydraulic suspension seat post and a generously-padded comfort gel saddle. I have a weakened lower spine due to recent surgery on the vertebrae (L4-S1) so I want the ride to be kind to it. I have found the gravel bike to really hurt my butt and back when I go over bumps, so I put on the Thudbuster ST. However, I've found that its instant rebound makes the bumps hurt just as much, if not more. Anyone found that?
It has me wondering whether a reasonable alternative is to just put back the rigid seat post the bike came with but use another generously-padded comfort gel saddle. I'm going to use the gravel bike for longer distances on roads than I ever did with the hybrid, but in my town, there are a lot of tiny pot holes and cracks and bad repairs on the roads, hence the need to smooth out the bumps.