- Dropper posts on XC bikes ?
Hi – I have used a dropper post for years now and love em – But I fancy doing a bit of more XC type riding next year – and maybe doing a few races , enduros etc – My question for the forum is Do most XC,ers use droppers ? – I ve got my eye on an EPIC for next year – and its a 30.9 seat post diameter – so thats no problem – So that just leaves the weight issue – most “off the peg” XC style bikes dont come specced with droppers – Just wondered if they were frowned upon in the XC world ??Posted 4 years agotonydMember
can have the seat at max efficiency pedalling height but still hit the rough stuff at full pelt
This is why I’ll be fitting one to my current build in progress. I don’t race XC but that’s mostly what I ride these days and the thought of being able to get enough height on the saddle to climb efficiently is what appeals to me.Posted 4 years agoahwilesSubscriber
go-go-gadget seatposts make MORE sense on an XC bike.
hardtails/short travel bikes get bucked around more, the ability to drop the saddle a bit without stopping is ace.
if you’re more a ‘winch and plummet’ kind of rider, you may won’t mind so much stopping at the bottom/top of the hill to set your saddle height the old fashioned way…Posted 4 years agondthorntonMember
A friend of mine recently put a gravity dropper on his carbon Cannondale Lefty equipped whippet bike. I was skeptical about it when he was first talking about it – saying he ought to get a more modern one for that sort of bike. But as it turns out its the only bike Iv ever seen look good with a gravity dropper. The boot on the dropper perfectly matches the boot on his lefty.
Oh and he’s also a lot quicker DH now too 🙂Posted 4 years agogoslowSubscriber
I think dropper posts are more relevant to XC bikes as the gradient changes more frequently. If you’re riding in, say the Alps, where there are long climbs and long descents it’s easy enough to adjust a normal seatpost at the top or bottom.Posted 4 years ago
Go with whatever you fancy.christhetallSubscriber
I’ve got droppers on both my full-suss and my hardtail, and use both for what I regard as XC. Firstly it’s great to be able to drop your saddle with interrupting your ride and so breaking the flow. Secondly it means you can have you saddle a bit higher than you might do normally, knowing that you can drop it a bit when things get tricky.
As others have said, it makes more sense for XC than DHPosted 4 years agosteve_b77Member
I’ve got one that I put on my Anthem 29’er (it also has guides for the cable routing) for general riding, days out and trail centres.
However I don’t race with it, purely as I haven’t come across a course where I think / feel I’d gain an advantage – other than the Dyfi Enduro. That includes racing at Lee Quarry and Cannock (the chase not the trails).
If you want to fit one, go for it.Posted 4 years agojonathanSubscriber
I have a brand new dropper in a box at home. I keep going to fit it to my full sus (not light) bike, pull the seat post out, hold saddle and post in one hand and dropper post in the other… put dropper post back in box 😉
I’ve used droppers a lot and have one on another bike, and I know if it was already on I wouldn’t even think about the weight, but they really are a lump compared to a nice rigid post.Posted 4 years ago
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