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    Man my dropper gives me some serious........blank.
    It's just a seatpost people. it's a nice cosmetic. Settle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    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.
    Ive got a DNM 31.6 you can have if you can rebuild it and make it work. right now it is a "riser" and always returns immediately.
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    Figured after 4 pgs of replies I'd chime in to side with the tiny minority who doesn't use them. In fact, my new bike came with one and after riding it for 2 mos, I've removed it and plan to sell it. For my personal use-case I just simply don't need it. Last Saturday I rode some of the steepest and most technically challenging stuff I've been on in years....all with a full XC saddle height.

    Don't get me wrong though, I do understand the use for most people and I'm not against their existence. I just have a tendency (developed over the past 20+ yrs) of using the placement of my saddle as an extra "leverage" position between my legs. [insert funny joke here] But I pinch my saddle with my thighs and use it to maneuver the bike around on stuff. Additionally when I'm so far behind my saddle that its touching my ribcage, it lets me know to adjust my braking & turning style to accommodate that level of riding (in the moment). To further exemplify this: When I went and participated in the Angel Fire 12hr Final Decent endurance DH event, my very first practice run I'd dropped my saddle (no dropper) all the way down. It completely messed up my technical riding on a variety of levels. Thus on the rest of my runs I had to actually raise my saddle up so that I could pinch and contact it (as that reference point) between my legs. Now, it was still much lower than regular XC height, but it was also a good bit higher than all the other 'new school kids' that were out there for the event.

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    Lev rebuild tonight.. gotta keep it running until the E.13 gets here.



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    Quote Originally Posted by FJsnoozer View Post
    Ive got a DNM 31.6 you can have if you can rebuild it and make it work. right now it is a "riser" and always returns immediately.
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    rigid ss with a dropper post?!...C'mon diff strokes for diff folks but that's a little ironyish haha salsa flip lock + rigid post on rigid ss

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    Quote Originally Posted by CBaron View Post
    Figured after 4 pgs of replies I'd chime in to side with the tiny minority who doesn't use them. <snip>

    Don't get me wrong though, I do understand the use for most people and I'm not against their existence. I just have a tendency (developed over the past 20+ yrs) of using the placement of my saddle as an extra "leverage" position between my legs. [insert funny joke here] But I pinch my saddle with my thighs and use it to maneuver the bike around on stuff. <snip>

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    I agree with Cody. While I have one on my bike and I do not plan to uninstall it, I don't use it much. I use the seat as an extra contact point with my legs when i'm riding technical terrain, and lowering that doesn't allow the contact I'm accustomed to. I understand their purpose but don't need it to ride technical terrain.

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    Makes sense when a) you ride long stretches of steep up & down hills - BMX-style clearance downhill, good climbing position uphill or b) you ride 60+ miles at a time (+/- 1/2" makes a lot of difference in which parts of your muscle you're using).
    The downsides: weight and reliability. Used to have a CB kronolog: Loved it, broke it, live without it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron View Post
    rigid ss with a dropper post?!...C'mon diff strokes for diff folks but that's a little ironyish haha salsa flip lock + rigid post on rigid ss
    I think UM has plus tires or at least a plus front and a soft crabon fork, so his "rigid" bike has a bit of cush.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CBaron View Post
    Figured after 4 pgs of replies I'd chime in to side with the tiny minority who doesn't use them. In fact, my new bike came with one and after riding it for 2 mos, I've removed it and plan to sell it. For my personal use-case I just simply don't need it. Last Saturday I rode some of the steepest and most technically challenging stuff I've been on in years....all with a full XC saddle height.

    Don't get me wrong though, I do understand the use for most people and I'm not against their existence. I just have a tendency (developed over the past 20+ yrs) of using the placement of my saddle as an extra "leverage" position between my legs. [insert funny joke here] But I pinch my saddle with my thighs and use it to maneuver the bike around on stuff. Additionally when I'm so far behind my saddle that its touching my ribcage, it lets me know to adjust my braking & turning style to accommodate that level of riding (in the moment). To further exemplify this: When I went and participated in the Angel Fire 12hr Final Decent endurance DH event, my very first practice run I'd dropped my saddle (no dropper) all the way down. It completely messed up my technical riding on a variety of levels. Thus on the rest of my runs I had to actually raise my saddle up so that I could pinch and contact it (as that reference point) between my legs. Now, it was still much lower than regular XC height, but it was also a good bit higher than all the other 'new school kids' that were out there for the event.

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    So, just wondering . . . how much higher than your handlebars do you run your seat?

    There are DH riders who run their seat a little above bars:



    It seems like you can't really be wearing baggy shorts and get behind the seat like this . . .

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    I put a dropper on my bike several years back. Then I rode with a bunch of guys (without droppers) that would ride sick drops that I wouldn't even attempt. Made me realize I didn't need the dropper, I just needed to get better. Got rid of the dropper because of the added weight and complexity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmc View Post
    So, just wondering . . . how much higher than your handlebars do you run your seat?
    I run a pretty good drop to my bars. Probably around 3-4 inches. A bit reason for this besides (that I like it) is that I've got long legs. Thus my saddle height is 775 mm's from BB to top of saddle.

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    This photo is almost 10 yrs old now, but its some evidence of technical riding with a fully extended post. And to be fair, if I ever do go back and do shuttle runs at a bike park or resort, I would lower my seat a bit. I'm guessing it would go down about 4'ish inches.



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    I'm 8yrs old again with a dropper.
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    I, for one, cringe when I see photos like that. I can get behind the seat like that, even with my shortish legs and relatively chunky thighs. But I see zero payoff in it. It's uncomfortable, not fun, and massively reduces any margin for error. I can (kinda) understand why racers do it, and definitely understand those with limited budget, but everyone else: I think you're nuts.
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    Broke my dropper and my frame. I'm fing fat!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CBaron View Post
    I run a pretty good drop to my bars. Probably around 3-4 inches. A bit reason for this besides (that I like it) is that I've got long legs. Thus my saddle height is 775 mm's from BB to top of saddle.
    Cody, this is nice and all, but there are things that are done at speed on a dropper that are inconceivably wreckless on a full XC height post. The risk of bending a seat rail alone is cause for the dropper.

    I understand your POV because I am running a rigid for the TMBRA season.

    Hucking Hospital hill - No biggie.

    Hucking the triple drop on the final decent of Upper loop- Dropper shenanigans

    The 40MM drop point works wonders for me. Full drop is a rarity.


    If it matters, I run a 400mm with 20mm left to go until minimum insertion.
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    I've been out of the country for the last week not checking mojo. 4 pages of "dropper or not" talk??? I would have sworn this thread was resurrected from 2014. I thought droppers were standard equipment for all but the fringe weirdos.

    Where's the new "29ers are just a fad" thread?
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    I was riding at deception yesterday and I kept on forgetting to use my damn dropper. As of yet, I didn't use it... but I will admit I didn't react fast enough to drop the dropper. Oh well f'ed it!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by notyal View Post
    Where's the new "29ers + are just a fad" thread?
    fixed it

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