One of the best things for your mountain bike! I mentioned in my previous post that I’d finally managed to install a dropper post on my hardtail. I’ve had dropper posts before, on my previous and currently full suspension bikes.
For those that don’t know, a dropper post is a seat post that can be raised and lowered at the push of a lever, usually situated on the handlebar. These can be cable or hydraulically operated, depending on which brand you go for. Other options include whether the post is internally or external routed and if your lever attaches to your bars next to, or below your brake lever.
In the past, I’d had a hydraulic one before in the form of a Rockshox Reverb. It worked well, and at the time it was one of the best on the market. However recently, I’ve been using cable operated ones. I have a Fox Transfer Post on my Santa Cruz and a Brand-X Dropper on my Orange hardtail. The cable ones are a lot easier to fit and maintain yourself. That was partly the reason why I chose them.
Like I said before, having a dropper post is one of the best things you can have on your mountain bike. Imagine the scenario. You’re speeding along a dusty single track and you can see it starts to descend ahead of you. The last thing you want to have to do is stop, scrubbing off all the speed you’re currently enjoying, and lower your saddle manually. With a dropper post, you can carry on riding, push the lever on the handlebar, lower the saddle with your bum and keep going.
You’ve probably guessed it by now, but when riding down a decent, you, as a rider, are more stable with a lower centre of gravity. Best way to lower your centre of gravity? Lower your body. Best way to lower your body? Lower your saddle to move it out of the way and create more space for your body to move about. A dropper post simply allows you to do this without stopping and ruining the flow of your ride.
I know they can be quite expensive, it does depend on which brand you go for. The one on my Santa Cruz cost around £250, but the one on my hardtail cost less than £100. But there’s usually a discount code somewhere for places like Chain Reaction Cycles or Wiggle where you’re likely to buy them from.
I’m looking forward to trying out my new one on my hardtail. Don’t worry, I’m planning on writing a review of it and a comparison between a cheap dropper post compared to a more expensive one. I suppose I’d better get out and ride. Thank goodness it’s the weekend.
Have you used a dropper post on your bike?
Until next time.
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