Dropper seat posts – questions!
New 5 spot is on its way (yeeeeeeeeeee-ha!) and want to put a gravity dropper seat post on it.
What are peoples experiences? What should I look out for if buying second hand, what should I avoid etc etc.
The new 5 spot post dia is 30.9 if that helps at all.
Cheers!Posted 8 years agochimpymcchimpSubscriber
I got one of those cheapo 850i posts from leisure lakes and took it to the Alps. Was quite useful, seemed to work well once you get used to the position you need to drop it. There's no slop, but I did find the 'suspension' action a bit weird at times, kept checking to see if I had a flat.Posted 8 years ago
I don't think I'd spend any more on one, they would be great for big enduro races or something when you don't want to stop but in reality it's pretty easy to just use a QR.ahwilesSubscriber
i've got a gravity dropper in a 30.9 seat-tube. you can do marvellous things with shims these days…
it IS a bit rattly, and less bling than other go-go-gadget seatposts, but when it stops working, i can strip it, clean it, and have it working againg in about 10 mins.Posted 8 years agohughjayteensMember
I have just fitted a Maverick Speedball R seatpost to my ML7/5 and absolutely love it. The small amount of play isn't at all noticeable when you ride and the handlebar remote is a nice touch.
I actually bought a new i900 (with the new seals) before I got this so I'll be putting that up for sale if anyone is interested?!
30.9, 400mm long and 5" of drop. All black version.Posted 8 years agoTheArtistFormerlyKnownAsSTRSubscriber
Graham, the Joplin is only a 3" drop, whilst still managing to be as crap as all the others.
By all accounts the ones that seem to get the higher plaudits and less disaster stories are the Gravity Dropper now they sem less prone to snapping (bless it's looks only it's creator could love) and the rather expensive Spesh Command post, now they've sorted some initial problems – it's only available in 30.9 too.Posted 8 years agoJunkyardMember
spares are available for joplin
but not cheap.Posted 8 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
I've got on very well with my gravity dropper… it has a fair amount of play/slop in the dropped position but barely any when raised, I need to feel for it to be aware of it really. Sure, it's fugly and it's a bit heavy but on the other hand, it actually works, which makes it batter than a lot of the competition. I stupidly got a Descender though, Turbo is the way to go 🙁
I like this pic, sums up its reliability well for me… I wouldn't want to hang a bike off a fort william gondola by an i900!
Posted 8 years agojontyphotoSubscriber
I had the Joplin R which was very sloppy after a few months riding and then it developed the annoying habit of sinking down when I was sitting on it and rising alarmingly when I was descending something very steep. I sent it back twice to Chain Reaction who sent it to Crank Bros who serviced it and told me there was nothing wrong with it. I sold it and now have a non remote non sloppy easy to maintain KS Pure i900 with 5" of drop – its fantastic. I do use an inner tube as a gator to keep out the majority of crud and have only had to service it once which took all of 5 minutes. I am aware there are batch problems so I must be one of the lucky ones but based on my experience of riding it twice a week in one of the wettest places in the country in mud and grit I'd recommend it.Posted 8 years agoTazSubscriber
I have both the GD and the i900 (Both remote)
I don't have a picture but I did hang my bike off the FW gondola using the i900. I would happily get either again though in all honesty would opt for the i900 first. It has a small amount of 'slop' but you don't notice it at all and the 5 inches of drop is absolutely perfect for riding up hill through to full on DH tracks. That said all accounts would suggest the GD is the more reliable product. I may have been lucky with my i900.
BTW – it is fine shimming with a GD.Posted 8 years agoTazSubscriber
Should have added
I only got mine for the mega avalanche. Was not convinced I 'needed' one in the UK.
I can honestly say it has transformed my riding. You drop the saddle so much more than you would have if it required a stop. I also have my saddle slightly higher for climbing. As a result I climb and descend better.
Agree the prices are just stupid. I also seem to have been lucky on the reliability front 😀Posted 8 years ago
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