X-Fusion Hilo 27.2 dropper post

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Dropper seatposts. They’re hailed by some as utterly vital; others really can’t see what the fuss is about. If you’re in the former camp, and you run a bike with a 27.2mm seat tube, your choices are limited, partly as a result of having to cram all the springy droppy gubbins down a narrow pipe.

The 410mm-long Hilo from X-Fusion is sold in 27.2mm, as well as 30.9 and 31.6mm sizes. It is air powered, has a 100mm drop, and comes with a handlebar mount as well as a post-mounted lever – a nice touch. The remote lever requires an extremely firm press to activate and needs careful setup, although it works reliably. It’s easy to swop to the post-mounted lever if you’d rather, and you don’t mind performing Michael Jackson-style crotch grabs every time you want to raise or lower your saddle. There was creditably little sideways slop in the post for the duration of the test.

I had to torque the clamp bolts up rather tight after using the recommended anti-slip compound to prevent slipping, and initially, when I raised the post it topped out about an inch too short. The website suggests checking your seat clamp, but I suspect the issue was due to the very tight fit generally in my seat tube. The problem was eventually remedied by increasing the air pressure, which had the added effect of spanking me lightly on the arse occasionally. I quite liked it…

Overall: If you’ve got a 27.2mm frame and want a dropper post, this is one of the few options open to you. Thankfully it’s well worth investigating.

Review Info

Brand: Upgrade
Product: X-Fusion Hilo 27.2 dropper post
From: Upgrade, upgradebikes.co.uk
Price: £199
Tested: by Barney for Three months.

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