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    I demo'd two Devinci's with droppers at the Sedona Festival and they seem useful when you remember to use them on downhill rock gardens.
    Otherwise I just reflexively hang out on steep slopes down without doing anything to the seat.

    One thing for a slightly out of shape person like me is that the early setup of them means you are standing more, so your stamina matters -- you will be outputting more power using a dropper than not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenblur View Post
    If you wanna be fast downhill, you need one. Its not even a debate.

    All the hydraulic posts will eventually fail...you're basically sitting on a locked out fork.

    Mechanical lockup ones are better but each has a flaw:

    Command Post - junk, I don't know a single person who got a reliable one.
    Gravity Dropper - unbreakable but ugly, lever sucks, external routing only(and the routing is goofy).
    Fox DOSS - no longer made, factory serviceable only, heavy
    9Point8 - supposed to be 100% awesome but god damn its $$$$

    I'm looking forward to this one: https://bythehive.com/products/trs-seatpost

    100% mechanical, internally routed, nice lever.
    Yup.. I preordered the E13 last weekend right after my LEV popped again. We'll see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenblur View Post


    I'm looking forward to this one: https://bythehive.com/products/trs-seatpost

    100% mechanical, internally routed, nice lever.
    And I think the four set positions would be better too instead of fiddling trying to find the right height.

    I wonder if it works like gears, "click click, I'm on position two" or, "click click click, I'm all the way down."

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Tip View Post
    And I think the four set positions would be better too instead of fiddling trying to find the right height.

    I wonder if it works like gears, "click click, I'm on position two" or, "click click click, I'm all the way down."
    Nah.. it works like a standard dropper for the most part. Push lever > push down on seat > release lever > seat will spring up and lock into the nearest indexed position. Hold lever and the seat will spring all the way up.
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    My fixed positions are great. I do not have to think or support my weight while dropping to set it at the right height. The only way this works is because there are two separate switches. a company could do it with a repurposed front shifter.

    The fixed positions on the specialized seatpost and others require you to catch the position as you are falling and release the lever.

    One day we will all have droppers that go down or up with the flip of a switch. Dual air chambers with DI2. or it could be doe wit a high pressure chamber with two reservoir and two solenoids. I'd take the weight penalty of this setup to be able to drop the seatpost with a switch while sprinting out of the saddle.

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    Same as many here - late adopter, thought they weren't worth the money, got one, like it a lot. I didn't find it as life changing as some, but on (actual) steep stuff and extended fast sections where you're linking lots of features together, it lets you move the bike around a lot more. My thought on value is that if you've ridden without one for a long time and get one for a deal or on a new bike, you'll probably be happy with it. If you drop like $450+ on one of the ultra-premium models as an aftermarket upgrade, you might be disappointed.

    A note on lengths - I have a bike with a 100mm dropper, and another with a 150mm. I always think the 100mm won't be enough to get the seat out of the way, but it works fine. For me at least, it's a binary seat-is-out-of-the-way / seat-is-not-out-of-the-way thing, so I wouldn't fret too much over 100 v 125 v 150mm, etc.

    I've got a mechanical indexed dropper on one bike, and though it's not as user friendly, it always works. I've got a hydraulic Reverb B1 on another, and after a few months it's got the typical 5+mm of sag that's progressively getting worse (so much for 'new and improved design for increase longevity!'). Will bleed and top off the pressure soon, but yeah, if ultimately reliability is what you're after, mechanical is where it's at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FJsnoozer View Post

    One day we will all have droppers that go down or up with the flip of a switch. Dual air chambers with DI2. or it could be doe wit a high pressure chamber with two reservoir and two solenoids. I'd take the weight penalty of this setup to be able to drop the seatpost with a switch while sprinting out of the saddle.
    This has been my biggest learning curve challenge. I am needing to drop the seat at a point where instinct tells me to stand up. I am having to train my brain to do that one second sit down move prior to standing. It's sort of like the patting your head while rubbing your stomach challenge.

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    been running droppers for 6 + years. had a crank brother joplin on a bike i bought. that post sucked and was always kinda crappy

    bought a KS from someone here on mojo. ran that for 3 years. it worked pretty well. i had to have KS fix it under warranty when it started sagging

    i went for the gusto and got a 9.8 Fall Line about a year ago. its a little finicky in cold weather but overall it works great.

    i cant imagine riding without a dropper. it just allows you to go faster with more confidence. and allows you to position your bodyweight to ride more aggressively with less chance of going OTB.

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    Would never ride a bike without one. Once you go dropper, you can't go back

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    Dammit, now I want one. Thanks for giving me something to argue with my wife about, folks. Singlespeed + dropper seems strange but I am intriuged. Need to save pennies to make that happen. Can't just pull $300-400 bucks out of my ass.

    If you hade to chose between a hardtail with rigid seatpost and a rigid bike with a dropper post, which would you choose?
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    I just had Peddler take that shit off my bike and order me a regular ole Thomson post. Yes, I could have removed it myself and installed my own post, but I just didn't feel like it.

    I'll be Ebaying the barely used KS Lev soon. Not a fan and don't get enough benefit for the added weight & expense.

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    I bought my first KS Lev in the summer of 2013. It is still going strong and has given me absolutely no issues. I use it all the time - downhills, ledges, rock gardens, turns, to get more aero on the big road hills (really does help a lot for this!), and also just to feel like a little kid pedaling down the street with the seat dropped. Like someone else mentioned above it is also useful for getting out of the ideal saddle height for pedaling, which can help with recovery on longer rides for certain muscles.

    I find it funny that some of you say you use one but then try not to because it's some sort of crutch. That's just silly talk to me. If you got it, use it! IMO, it is the one component that has made every bike I've thrown a leg over more fun to ride. I consider it a required component for me on any bike I'll ride on trails. YMMV.
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    I find it interesting how many of us didn't care to try it until we happened to get a bike with one then found them absolutely necessary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    Dammit, now I want one. Thanks for giving me something to argue with my wife about, folks. Singlespeed + dropper seems strange but I am intriuged.

    If you hade to chose between a hardtail with rigid seatpost and a rigid bike with a dropper post, which would you choose?
    My singlespeed has a dropper. Allows me to do BCGB backtrails on a singlespeed.
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    What the hell................let's just all go back to riding fully rigid fixed gear bikes and rocking converse high-tops with cut off blue jeans. No fucking helmets either bitches.

    Otherwise, just go get a dropper, dude. My LEV is 3 years old.....never had a problem. It's another fun little button to push that has paid for itself many times over by lowering hospital bills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    Dammit, now I want one. Thanks for giving me something to argue with my wife about, folks. Singlespeed + dropper seems strange but I am intriuged.

    If you hade to chose between a hardtail with rigid seatpost and a rigid bike with a dropper post, which would you choose?
    I'd rather ride a hardtail with a dropper than a squishy with a fixed post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AFROTHUND3R View Post
    I find it interesting how many of us didn't care to try it until we happened to get a bike with one then found them absolutely necessary.

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    I watched the guys I ride with suddenly going down things without thinking that we used to not really consider. I think Clay Kimsey called the dropper "instant courage" or something like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    ... Singlespeed + dropper seems strange but I am intriuged. Need to save pennies to make that happen...
    dude you saw my bike, rigid SS w/ dropper. The only tech you need (besides the brakes)! You should definitely try it sometime...
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    I'll try it when I can afford it. I've run out of things to sell. Or have I? There's always... nevermind, that's silly.

    I don't even know where to start. I need a 31.6mm post. I have a 410mm post in a medium frame and most of the post is exposed out of the frame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ganderson View Post
    Usually is sagging down a couple of inches off the top under weight. Yesterday though it was only returning partially.. then while cycling it by hand... BAM, something blew and went full pogo stick.
    What are you talking about? Sorry @ 47 Im 15 sometimes

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