A 27.2mm dropper for the value conscious…
I wouldn’t dismiss the Ebay cheapos out of hand, they’re basically a gravity dropper clone for quarter of the price. If you search on here for ‘cheap dropper’ or ‘tmars’ you’ll see some reviews. I’ve had one since September, it took some adjustment to get it working right and the saddle has now developed some side to side waggle, but for the money I’m happy.
There’s a more expensive Gravity clone from RSP here http://singletrackworld.com/2013/11/rsp-releases-sub-100-dropper-post/Posted 3 years agomasterwatson2000Subscriber
I’m looking for a dropper post for my On One 456 Evo (27.2mm seat tube). I don’t have an unlimited budget, but I realise the choice in this size category is relatively limited anyway. As far as I’m aware there are various offerings by KS but with limited UK support, the X Fusion Hilo, the Gravity Dropper, and the Thomson Elite. Also as a curveball, there are a few suspect looking ‘reverse engineered’ gravity dropper type posts available on eBay for silly money…
Opinions, suggestions, experiences and thoughts on my various options plus any I might have missed would be greatly appreciated. Looking forward to your responses!Posted 3 years agobillybouldersMember
My Tmars was rubbish. It cracked around one of the holes the locating pin goes into after about 20 hours use. Luckily because it wouldn’t stay in position I stripped it down and saw the cracks before it failed catastrophically. I also had a nightmare getting a refund out of the ebay seller. The second hand gravity dropper I replaced it with has been fine. Lesson learned, gravity dropper is where my money would go, not a cheaply made inferior knock off.Posted 3 years agomasterwatson2000Subscriber
Lots of positives for the Tmars which is surprising, although a few negatives also, it looks a bit flimsy, and I tend to break things… Otherwise, the Gravity Dropper looks like the leader so far. I’ll be looking out for a deal, and may post a WTD ad. I like the idea of limited fuss, and an easy to strip and rebuild system gains points for when I inevitably break something and need to put it back together!
I am interested by the RSP version though, not sure why it should be any more stable than any of the other reworked versions of the GD, but for some reason buying from Raleigh just seems like the right thing to do…?Posted 3 years agoNormal ManSubscriber
RSP would be what I’d try. I guess its the back up from buying from Raleigh rather than just off EBay, etc that would be why.Posted 3 years agobooktownmanSubscriber
You’ll find horror stories about £300 Reverbs if you look for them, there’s not much to go wrong with those Tmars posts. I agree with the point above about stripping out the grease and replacing with a lighter oil. Cable replacement is a good idea too.
@ botanybay – where did you get your bushings from? Mine need doing, been quoted £14.Posted 3 years agobotanybayMember
booktownman (Wigtown?), I got the bushes off ebay from a seller in Israel, but not sure if he’s still selling them. 15 odd quid sound alright if you need a set though. Still miles cheaper than any other seatpost anyone has mentioned here.
People come along and say their reverb is ace, but it should be, as it costs 3 times more than my post, even when on special offer.
50 odd quid.Posted 3 years agodoncorleoniMember
+1 on rsp dropper (or Sorata zoom it’s the same thing)
See my post herePosted 3 years ago
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