Ok, admit it. You are a gadget person. Neat stuff, these handlebar remotes. You want to easily change your bike at the press of a button. Kinda like Speed Racer could in the Mach 5.
But why do you need a dropper post? One word. Control. that’s right, you can control your bike better when you have dropper. Why? Cause it’s easier to pilot your bike if you are on the bike, and without sliding your butt off the back of the seat. So, if you can drop the level of your seat 4 or 5 inches while you are riding, you don’t have to completely change the position of your body. Changing your body geometry causes you to have too much weight behind the bike, not centered over the two wheels. Being centered over the two wheels, over your cranks, is pretty optimal for control.
So, recently I bought a Kindshock Lev post for my bike. I had installed more than a few on bikes in the past, but now I wanted one. What I like about this post is the handlebar remote, the super cool way that you can adjust the collar and where the cable attaches to the post, the fact that it is air controlled, not hydraulic fluid, and the seat mount system. You can turn the post so the cable mounting tab is out of the way. The seat mount adjusts 360 degrees so you can turn the post. Super slick. The remote lever is very easy to operate, and pretty durable looking. The cable is a standard shifter cable, so it is easy to obtain if you have an issue. The package looks and feel good right out of the box. However, the housing that covers the cable is not optimal. I immediately ditched it in favor of regular Jagwire cable housing. More flexible, easier to get the kinks out of the housing.
On downhill runs, just flick the handlebar lever while seated, and the seat drops. And, you don’t have to drop it the entire amount of travel. This puppy will stop wherever you want. I drop mine an inch or two for jumpy, flowy sections. That way, the seat doesn’t hit me in the butt when I pull the bike up for lift off. When going down bigger stuff, like stairs and drops, I depress the lever, and it drops the whole 5 inches and you can lower your center of gravity for nasty sections, like Burnt Mountain at DuPont.
When you get to the bottom, lift out of the seat, hit the lever, and the post extends to max height in a slow and controlled way. Now, you are back at optimal cross country height for pedaling efficiency. So sweet!
Flatlanders might scoff at the idea of a dropper, but I’m telling you, the ability to drop the seat out of the way, even a little bit, helps. On every technical section at Santos, Alafia, or Boyette you are scooting back behind the saddle to lower your body weight. Now you don’t have to compromise your natural balance on the bike to make your bike more maneuverable.
So, you have a cable that controls the drop. Not a hose full of hydraulic fluid. And, the cable doesn’t move. Some droppers have the cable routed to the top of the seatpost, and when you hit the button, the cable and housing move the amount of travel. So, when you drop the seat level, you get this big belly of cable which can get hung up on stuff. And no bleeding the post (like brakes) when it stops working.
The post comes in 3 different amounts of drop, from 4 to 5 to 6 inches. The diameter of the post comes in 3 sizes, from 27.2 to 30.9 to 31.6. There are external cable options, or internal options (the Lev integra) for frames that have internal cable routing.
Check them out, then order one through Bryson City Bicycles. We have some in stock and can get the rest. While not cheap, as always, nothing this cool is ever free. But, it’s still less than some of the competition.