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The “Magura Vyron MDS V3” stands for Magura Dropper Seatpost Version 3. I’m afraid I’ve not really taken to the Magura Vyron experience. Read on…
- Brand: Magura
- Product: Vyron MDS V3
- From: Magura
- Price: £499
- Tested by: Benji for 4 months
- Remote is really, really nice
- Cheaper than rival wireless droppers
- Easy to swap between bikes
- Still slow to respond
- Long insertion depth
A no-wires dropper post to rival the RockShox Reverb AXS? This is the third incarnation of a wireless dropper from Magura. The Vyron MDS V.3 dispenses with a rechargeable battery, instead there’s a CR2 lithium battery with a sealed battery cover. The neat remote has a CR2032 battery. General speed of response and the drop/raise have been improved apparently. Waterproof to IP-67 rating (“dust and brief immersion in water”).
We did a deep dive on the Magura Vyron MDS V3 post last September, so feel free to revisit that for the full explanation of the what/where/why/who of this dropper. This review is going to straight into the performance of the Vyron.
To cut to the chase, it’s not bad. It’s not great either. Personally I’m not sold on any wireless dropper posts (cable actuated posts wipe the floor with them in my experience) but even just judging this post against other wireless droppers, the Vyron isn’t quite as good.
FWIW I’m a big fan of wireless drivetrains. I think they are objectively better than cable actuated drivetrains. I’m not anti-wireless.
I mean, if you really want a wireless post (multiple bike ownership, desire for neater cockpit) then the Magura Vyron MDS V3 does work and it is impressively cheaper than the market leading wireless dropper (current deals hover around the £400 mark). But for me, I don’t think the actual performance is quite there yet. The two big niggles (biggles?) I had with it were laggy response and poor insertion depth.
Despite being significantly quicker to react than previous Vyron droppers, it is still laggy. Maybe some riders can live with this. Riders who just ride binary fully-up or fully-down saddle heights. But I like to set my saddle at whim to varying heights depending on terrain, tiredness or even just mood. I just found it annoyingly tricky to set the saddle where I wanted it.
Perhaps the more universal issue if the relatively long er, length of the post. The insertion depth is 280mm. This is around 15-20mm longer than regular dropper posts with similar travel amounts (including the RockShox Reverb AXS). The Vyron didn’t fit a few test bikes because of this insertion length. Test bikes with admittedly rather lofty seat tube lengths. But the insertion depth is still an issue I feel.
I also experienced a number of occasions when – after being compressed longer durations of time – the post wouldn’t raise up without a helping hand giving it a yank. I checked the PSI pressure inside the post and all was as it should be, so that wasn’t the issue.
On to more positive aspects.
Setting it up (pairing etc) was very straightforward. The whole thing is nicely made. The remote is really, really, really nice. Great design that. There’s not much rotation play in the shaft of the post. I didn’t really have a problem with having to turn it on at the start of every ride. It’s easy to take apart.
On the whole though, I’ve not really taken to the Magura Vyron experience. If Magura can improve the post’s reaction times, hack an inch off the insertion depth (and maybe offer a 200mm travel version) it would be a much better proposition. Even then though, I think a good cable-actuated post is just… better. Having said that, if your life would be made better by having a dropper without cabling – owner’s of multiple mountain bikes – the Vyron is keenly priced.
Magura Vyron MDS V3 Specifications
- Diamaters: 30.9 and 31.6mm
- Travel variants: 100, 125, 150 and 175 mm (downwards adjustable by 25mm)
- Weight: post 700g, remote 40g
- Overall post length: 379mm (100mm travel) to 499mm (175mm)
|Vyron MDS V3
|by Benji for 4 months