Sea Otter 2017: 9Point8 New XC Dropper Post

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9Point8 has been developing a dropper post for XC racers, ‘cross riders and riders with teeny frames.

The new Fall Line post has a 75mm drop and a 400mm length, of which 135mm is cuttable to save a little weight (or to clear seat tube obstructions.) The untrimmed post weighs in at 390g, which is lighter than the KS Lev Carbon Post we just got. There’s also a 125mm drop version of the post that doesn’t have the trimmable option.

The 125mm, the untrimmed 75mm post and a trimmed one
Cut here…
The post needs stealth routing but we can see ‘cross racers making this work
The family
9Point8 get Wolf Tooth to make their thumb lever
Or there’s this lever that will also do over the bar operation.
The Trigger works like a chicken lever on a ‘cross bike
‘It seemed so simple but took ages’ – a new clamp for oval rail saddles…


Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

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