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    How many of you are running a dropper?

    Dropper posts. Love them? Hate them? Indifferent? Got one and didn't know how you rode without one?

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    Love them, can't live without them... mine blew up on brushy today and will be replaced immediately


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    Have one, 90% of the time I forgot to use it, took it off.

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    Just got a new ride with one and it is an amazing improvement. I can't wait to use it on something with more DH. I feel like around here they get a lot of wear and probably need maintenance quite a bit but still well worth it.

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    Blew mine up on brushy last week. Must have.
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    Wow brushy ate up 2 droppers in a week?

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    Never had one. Never felt the need. Don't know what I'm missing.
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    Before having one, I never thought I needed one and did just fine without. Then I got one... I will never ride serious trail without one again. Being able to move the center of gravity not only front and back but also up and down with ease using the push of a lever opens up new lines. Plus my nuts have a much better quality of life. I'm mad I didn't get one sooner!
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    I run droppers on my 29ers and love them but don't run one on the 26er because the frame is small enough that I can easily hang off the back although I do occasionally take a shot from the seat on some drops.

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    Yes.

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    Smart phone-esque. Thought they were REALLY dumb, and then, well...

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    I have one on my FS and one on my singlespeed. I think they have a dramatic impact on how you ride. For the FS it allowed me to have way more confidence in places like City Park or trails like Brushy where I am less familiar with the terrain.

    For the singlespeed I put that on so that I could ride the SS on almost any trail (except CP and Lakeway.)

    Now that I am used to using it, the real personal challenge for me is to ride without actually using it. I think of it like training wheels: it helps to raise your skills initially but the real benefit is being able to ride without it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JMR View Post
    Never had one. Never felt the need. Don't know what I'm missing.
    Same.

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    Reminds me of when I got my first 29" bike back in 2004 and then got back on my 26". It just felt dangerous, limited, and weird. The dropper changed my perception of what's ridable very quickly. I've also found it to be awesome for carrying the bike in some situations, transporting the bike and even just having an alternative height for the latter portions of the EB can be a lifesaver as it works some other muscles that may have a little extra left in them.

    Or not. I know some of you like long stems, narrow bars, no gears, and no suspension, so to each their own.

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    I read that droppers are great but prone to failure. I got one, but I never really got the hang of it before it failed. Later, I bought a new bike that had a dropper. It lasted longer and I started to like it, but then it failed.

    For me, right now ... I'm not looking for a finicky component that pushes me to ride trail features that bring me just a little bit closer to an orthopedic surgeon.

    That said, N+1 will probably come with a dropper and I'll give it another go ... with my trusty Thompson in my Camelbak.

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    I've only had two rides on mine but I'm a total convert. I hope it lasts a while though.

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    Good topic!!

    To the one's that had broke / failed.... may I ask which model you had?


    As for me, I got one installed finally, but yet to really use it (forget its there). I did drop it once and went down the hill and it felt weird, but thats the last time I used it.... only once . I just need to remember I have one.
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    The bike I bought used for a really great deal has a Thomson dropper. Hopefully it last cause if it fails I'll never be able to afford a new one of those. However i really like to drop mine mid range for the technical flats and climbs. It really really helps to lower my center of gravity in those kind of situations being 6'5. Also it was awesome to raise it to roadie height and hammer out the easier sections of trail.

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    This was probably the most single confidence inspiring piece of equipment I've had for MTB'ing. Although, for most of the trails that I ride on a daily basis, I don't use it very often. I find that I use it to work on obstacles that I've never attempted, then once I have accomplished the obstacle, I try to wean myself off of using the dropper.

    Great topic!
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    Sounds like I really need to try out a dropper post. When these fail, what typically happens? Is the seat stuck in its lowest position? Is there a dropper post that people would recommend over others?

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