by Wil Barrett
April 18, 2017
With a claimed minimum weight of just 335 grams, the Fall Line R dropper post from 9point8 is coming to the market as the lightest dropper post available. Compare that to the current lightest post on offer from KS – the LEV C, which uses a carbon outer post and has a claimed weight of 452-466gm claimed weight. In the case of the Fall Line R however, this bad boy is all-alloy.
Like 9point8’s other dropper posts, the Fall Line R is built in its Ontario facility in Canada.The post is available in either 75mm drop or 125mm drop versions. In order to bring the weight down, the shorter 75mm drop post can be chopped down, just like a regular rigid seatpost. In its shortest possible length, the 75mm travel Fall Line R is claimed to weigh just 335 grams. Add in the remote and cabling, and you’ve got a claimed weight 385 grams.
If you don’t want to cut your new dropper seatpost, you’ll still have a seatpost that only weights 386 grams, or 436 grams once you factor in the remote and cabling. 9point8 claims there is no weight limit with the new Fall Line R dropper post, and that the weight savings have been achieved by more extensive machining of both the internals and externals. Inside, the post still uses 9point8’s mechanical DropLoc™ technology that allows for infinite adjustability of the travel.
“The Fall Line R is just as strong and reliable as all our regular Fall Line droppers. Weight reduction has been achieved through rigorous engineering, careful attention to the architecture of the post, and precision machining. There is no rider weight limit for the Fall Line R. Cross country racing is the obvious application of this new seatpost, but it will perform equally well on trail bikes and enduro; anywhere that reduced weight is desirable.” – 9point8.
9point8 Fall Line R Dropper Post Specifications
- Travel: 75mm (400mm length) or 125mm (375mm length)
- 400x75mm claimed weight: 335gm – 436gm
- 375x125mm claimed weight: 390gm – 440gm
- Available in 30.9 and 31.6mm diameters
- Compatible with the 9point8 ThumB, Trigger, and Digit remotes
- Titanium fasteners, saddle mount with independent fore-aft and angle adjust
- Compatible with carbon oval rail saddles and 7mm round rail saddles
- Availability: Autumn 2017
If the claimed weights are up to scratch, this could very well be the lightest dropper post on the market, though the total weight kinda depends on how much you chop off the bottom of the post. And for the XC racers out there who want some height adjustability without a mega weight penalty, that 75mm drop option could be enough to win them over. Otherwise the 125mm travel version looks ideal for XC and trail riders, and still comes in superlight.
For more information on the 9point8 range, head to the 9point8 website, and we’ll get you more hands-on info when we see the crew at Sea Otter later this week.