Redshift, The people who brought you the Suspension Stem (for this century anyway…) now have something else for you to puzzle over, desire, or simply shake your head sadly at. It’s a (prototype) suspension seatpost. That’s also a dropper post at the same time.
Redshift Shockdrop Seatpost
Some riders, especially long distance racers, gravel riders and even tandem stokers like a bit of a suspension seatpost. Redshift makes one of those right now, which gives 35mm of parallelogram travel with a steel spring. (Apparently steel gives a smoother ride than elastomers in this situation, it uses elastomers for its suspension stem…)
But what of the Redshift Shockdrop Seatpost? It comes in three sizes: 27.2mm and 30.9 and 31.6mm. All are internal routing only. The 27.2mm post, which will probably see service on older road bikes and perhaps the odd Cannondale tandem, gets a 60mm drop in addition to the 35mm of suspension spring. The larger sizes get a longer drop – 100mm in these cases. Redshift reckons that the ‘minimal design blends seamlessly with the aesthetic of modern bikes’. The suspension post is tunable for spring rate and stiffness, while the dropper post bit of it works with a standard thumb remote lever.
However, some riders like that, but they also want to be able to drop their saddles. Why would they do that? How about a long XC ride/race that has a technical section at the end? Or
The only commercially successful parallelogram seatpost has been the Cane Creek Thudbuster, and even then, it’s only really been seen on some comfort bikes and a fair few tandems. The advantage of the Redshift seatpost parallelogram design over an inline one is that the saddle-to-cranks length doesn’t change, so there’s no change of effective saddle height. Though, really, there aren’t that many currently around, so whatever they do will be a novel improvement at what’s out there.
Redshift Kitchen Sink Bar
And then finally, we have the Kitchen Sink handlebar. Unlike the ShockDropper or whatever it wants to call itself, this should be out this summer, and at reasonable prices too. The Kitchen Sink bar features a very profiled and flared drop handlebar for big adventures. There are inbuilt aero bars and a flared, wide stance to make it good for gravel bikes and off road drop bar riders alike.
We have to applaud Redshift’s challenging of the suspension, dropper and handlebar quo and look forward to seeing where it all ends up.
In the meantime, visit https://redshiftsports.com