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  • Premier Icon fathomer
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    Not sure how much you want to spend, but my Hilo works pretty well.

    clubber
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    I’d quite like a new Hilo (as my 27.2 one works well) so could you buy one, Hora? I’ll buy it off you in a couple of weeks. Tenner ok? 🙂

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    Spose it depends on budget. The Hilo is probably the best, but my Tmars goes up and down when I push the lever and that was only £70. Tmars is the same as the Ice V8 thingy which you can get in the uk for about £50 more.

    Premier Icon composite
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    Second hand gravity dropper.

    twang
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    Hi-lo, Hi-lo its off to wiggle you go, with a trum-li-lee-laa… etc

    Premier Icon christhetall
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    I’ve been very unimpressed with my Hilo, but only had it for a week before I had a bit of a crash so haven’t had chance to cheek it out properly

    It slips down of it’s own accord, so every 20 mins or so you have to hit the release button to get it back up to full height.

    Plus when you do want to drop it, it’s slow and makes a scrapping noise

    I’m guessing it might need more air and lubrication, but it’s a disappointment compared to the reverb on my other bike

    Premier Icon nickjb
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    I put a Tmars on the wife’s bike. It was only £57 direct from Taiwan and the warranty isn’t an issue as I’ve modified it a bit anyway. If it fails I’ll try a different one but it’s survived a week in Alps so OK so far.

    Well chuffed with my HiLo. Replaced the cable twice becasue they get sticky quite easily, but 18 months of faultless operation in the crappy Argyll climate 🙂

    jamesoz
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    If you’re heavy, avoid the gravity dropper style ones (TMars etc) as the holes in the shaft that the pin locks into are a weak point and they can crack. Learnt that one the hard way.
    Hilo for me now for that reason. The seat clamp isn’t ideal but it does mean the saddle will move before the post bends.

    Premier Icon christhetall
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    Looking through the comments on Wiggle and a lot of people have sent them back. Screeching noise is a common problem.

    Another problem I would add is that saddle is held by a single bolt, making it difficult to adjust to your desired angle. I also had it slip on me on one ride

    Premier Icon BillOddie
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    Not overly impressed with my Hilo as it lowers itself of it’s own accord. It’s manageable round my way as it’s constantly being raised and lowered. And on long climbs I don’t sit and spin the whole time i stand up every minute or so so I just have to remember to hit the button when I stand up.

    I quite like the fact you don’t have to “bum tap” it like my old TMARS one though.

    It’s better than a “normal post” but probably not worth the extra over a TMARS type.

    I have heard of TMARS posts cracking and snapping too.

    nwgiles
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    Thomson are supposed to be bringing out a 27.2.

    I have started saving

    fd3chris
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    I’ve just got myself a lev second hand off eBay.i wanted a 30.9 but it’s a 27.2 although I guess I can shim it. Will be interesting to see how good they are.

    hora
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    UK-sourced (so I can have a warranty) though.

    Premier Icon jam bo
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    I was watching that. not a bad price in the end.

    Premier Icon kimbers
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    s/h gravity dropper

    because they will do a full rebuild for you for 20 quid posted they are good for years and loads of spares available too

    also light, easy to service and ime v reliable

    jamesoz
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    [/quote]Looking through the comments on Wiggle and a lot of people have sent them back. Screeching noise is a common problem.

    Another problem I would add is that saddle is held by a single bolt, making it difficult to adjust to your desired angle. I also had it slip on me on one ride [/quote]

    Lube the seal.

    Not sure how much easier it could be to adjust the seat angle? Slacken the bolt, move seat, tighten bolt.

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    fd3chris – if it doesn’t work out give me a shout – I’d be interested in that.

    fd3chris
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    Will do mate.

    Premier Icon BoardinBob
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    HiLo can squeak on lowering but a wee drop of lube around the collar cures it

    rondo101
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    My Hilo developed a leak from the main seal within 6 weeks of use, where oil would migrate (in fairly significant volume) on to the outer surface, and then down the seat tube & seat stays, whilst in use. It’s back with Wiggle to see if they believe me or not. Hopefully they’ll replace it & we’ll see how the replacement does.

    Am separately saving for a Thomson though, just in case.

    Premier Icon Simon
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    What Kimbers said

    clubber
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    Yes, that’s fair comment – mine will squeak if it’s not lubed. I reckon it’s just the rubber seal doing that though as it doesn’t actually seem to affect the function. I just tend to put a drop of lube on it before a ride.

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    Not sure how much easier it could be to adjust the seat angle? Slacken the bolt, move seat, tighten bolt.

    Yep, easy to change, but a pain to get at the right angle as it’s difficult to do small adjustments – the rail holders on each side have to be moved the same amount. Lubing them up helped, but that may increase the risk of them slipping again. Admittedly I do like to have my saddle as far back as possible, which obviously makes it more prone to tipping up, but try to avoid saddles with a single bolt adjustment.

    Thanks for the advice on stopping the screeching – will give it a go when I’m able to get back on the bike !

    hora
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    s/h gravity dropper & hilo- will keep a lookout for them ta 🙂

    khani
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    I’ve had a HiLo that needed the oil topping up from new, a KSi7r that arrived broken from new, and a gravity dropper that just worked and worked and worked…

    So what Kimbers said +2

    rj
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    I’ve got a Hi-Lo. I put a bit of grease on it before each ride and it’s been faultless. Not had a problem with the seat clamp or cable although it can occasionally be a bit slow to go up, but I’m quite happy to live with that for the price.

    ianfitz
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    I’ve heard (and seen) good things about the Tmars bought via ebay. Seem to be working well for a few people I know. They are V cheap!

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