Longterm Review | FSA Flowtron Dropper Post

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After six months of testing, James Vincent delivers us his verdict of the FSA Flowtron dropper post

Which has revolutionised trail riding more; 1x drivetrains or dropper posts?

Now there’s a question.

Sure, 1x drivetrains have made gear shifts easier, cockpits less complicated and given frame designers free reign over suspension layout, but I’d argue that it’s the humble dropper post that’s done more to make day-to-day trail riding a more enjoyable experience.

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Dropper posts are one of the best things that’s happened to modern mountain bikes.

There’s nothing that makes riding easier than dropping your saddle out of the way to let you move around on the bike more. Even weight-conscious World Cup XC athletes are getting in on the action lately, proving that the extra grams a dropper post brings to their superlight carbon race machines are worth the trade-off.

Droppers have been made that much more appealing now that most are all pretty mature designs. Gone are the days of the clunky but reliable Gravity Dropper, or the original Rockshox Reverb with its tangle of hose sticking out from the head of the post playing havoc with your cable routing.

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FSA gives us a completely new design in the latest Flowtron.

We’re well into a golden age of refinement, where it’s expected that a modern dropper post will be as integrated as possible and just work. There’s no room in the marketplace anymore for a saggy post, or excess play at the saddle. Even Crank Brothers have nailed it and delivered one of the greatest posts of all time with the Highline I tested recently.

All of which makes the job of reviewing them that much harder – we all know that 9 times out of 10 a dropper post will work out the box, but what’s less obvious and arguably more important is how it’ll work after nearly a year of being used and abused with minimal maintenance and jet washed with gay abandon.

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Inside are three vertically-placed brass keyways that stop the stanchion from rotating inside the outer shaft.

Fortunately, you’ll be pleased to know that the FSA Flowtron Dropper Post I’ve got here on test excels in every way. It hasn’t skipped a beat, goes down when I need it out the way, and comes back up again when I need to sit down. It has a socking great lever (with a tuneable feel) that you just can’t fail to hit with your thumb no matter how rough the trail, and there’s minimal wobble at the saddle after more than 6 months heavy use.

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Comments (1)

    Is this another Brand X post for extra $$$$?

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