Uppy downy seatposts: is there one worth me buying yet?
I like the idea of a remotely droppable seatpost. I can see how useful it would be. I have been considering getting one for a long time but still haven’t taken the plunge. The reasons for this are as follows:
1) Price – they are **** expensive for what they are
2) My bikes take a 30 seatpost. Most makes of post are 30.9!
3) Play – I don’t want any play in the saddle. I know people say you don’t notice it but I will know it is there and I will notice it. Besides for the dollars they are asking I expect no play.
Now I am about to get a redundancy cheque so I can overcome point 1. Is there anything out there that overcomes points 2 and 3?
The only post I can find in 30 is the Rase one – but that definitely has play and seems pretty primitive in looks and functionality especially for the price?
What about the new KS 27.2 with a shim? Anyone any experience? And where would I get a shim to take it to 30?
Any suggestions or am I stuck with a quick release for the time being?Posted 7 years agoGary_CMember
+1 for the gravity dropper.
Bought one in 2007, ultra reliable, serviced it just twice in that time.
Mine is the one with the remote lever, & up until earlier this year, when I bought a new frame, I was on the original cable. Replaced the inner & outer cable, as I was routeing it differently, & it made a world of difference to the lever action.
A bit like new mech cables, you never notice how they deteriorate, until you fit new ones!Posted 7 years agoAmosMember
I am very particular about things being right, going against my better judgement I bought a Joplin, and yes the saddle does move in a yaw type action but I can honestly say you do not notice in the slightest actually is more comfortable as the Wadlow moves with you! Weird I know but I really was happy with it.Posted 7 years ago
Finally some replies!
The Rockshox one is gonna be 30.9 only I believe – might be worth waiting if that’s wrong?
A mate had the gravity dropper and I fixed it for him when it stopped working. I wasn’t impressed with it and he has swapped it for a KS900 now too.
I have ridden a Joplin and it had more slop than a whores draws at knocking off time! I definitely noticed it and again the mate that had it has now got rid.
The two current favourites would have to be the Rase or the new KS i7…..
So where would I get a shim for 27.2 to 30?Posted 7 years agobazzerMember
I have had a GD for about 3 years and its been flawless, but it is damn ugly !!!
I have just bought a Hustler frame to build up and noticed this morning that the seat post is a rather daft 30mm too.
I am trying to decide what post to go for, looks like it will deffo need a shim as no one seems to do a 30mm upy downy post.
Half of my says to try somthing different, but the other half just says get another GD as they do exactly what they say on the tin.
Yes there is a little bit of movement on the saddle, but as others have pointed out, you do not notice it at all when sat on it.
The KS ones do look nice and I like the idea of the control build into the lock on clamp.
BazzerPosted 7 years agonasherMember
I have used the KS one for 9 months guiding in Italy so used on a daily basis…I havent touched it and works faultlessy.
This is an aera where there is virtually no bad weather… when I went to the UK for a couple of weeks in august the cable just constantly seized up with grit…. even with anew cable in it.Posted 7 years agoJunkyardMember
My 3 year old GD has almost no play after extensive use and still works faultlessly. Lifetime guaranteee that they do actually honour. If relaibaility was the main concern I would go GD. Used a amaverick without issue if yoiu are willing ot serve it often nad replace guideblocksPosted 7 years agobig_scot_nannySubscriber
I have a feeling that the remote cable’s, whilst nice, do add to the problems. It certainly didn’t help my specialized command post at all.
Now have a joplin (3″ drop) with the under saddle lever and seems to be holding up well.
I now find them utterly indispensible, but unfortunately for this priece of kit, do treat them as a little expendable.
As long as you go into it fully appreciating the benefits, and that it will break and will ahve to be fixed and then replaced, your laguhing.
FWIW, i think the i900/950 are about the best out there.
KevPosted 7 years agoagentdagnamitMember
2Pure just replaced my troublesome Joplin 1 with a Joplin 4 – far less play. I did notice the movement previously, but cant say it was a problem.
I rate the remote kits, I wasnt really happy reaching down between my legs and taking a hand off the bars at points in trails that really needed 2 hands and a good look ahead. But, I have ripped it out a couple of times on crashing. There’s a little grub screw that pinches the gear cable underneath the saddle, I dont think it’s really man enough for the job.
If you get one, consider using a boot or old piece of inner tube in the winter, the seals arent all that.Posted 7 years agoalaricMember
I have had a GD since early 2008, and recently got a KS i7. The GD has been very reliable in operation, but the inner post has snapped twice at the bolt hole. That said GD have replace the inner section and serviced the post on both occasions with a very quick turnaround.
The i7 was for one of my other bikes, and had it’s first outing on my recent trip to Scotland. After the second day it had 1/2″ downward movement when locked up – so it’s already gone back for repair/replacement- I’m waiting for it now.
The GD has a remote, the i7 doesn’t and I missed it – having the control on the bar is much better if you plan to get the most from the post on rapidly changing terrain – I plan to get the remote kit for the i7 asap.
The GD is very easy to service, BTW – don’t know about the i7 yet.
Alaric.Posted 7 years agoben1979Member
i900 R here, Post has been no problem for about 10months now, remote control has been a pain though, i have the 10MY red version. The problem is the little red lever under the saddle getting mud under it, there is then not enough return spring force to retract the cable. There is a gap under the lever, i now fill this area with grease and have had no problems since, come mud or shinePosted 7 years ago
rudedog – Member
“I’d probably get a gravity dropper if it didn’t look like it had been designed and built by the A-Team whilst they’d been locked in a shed with limited resources.”
Yup, instead you should buy one of the ones that looks nice but doesn’t work as well and seizes up if you show it a photo of some mudPosted 7 years ago
Ah now to be fair… I just bought a new inner post for my gravity dropper, with the 2 inch multi drop- they’re not expensive and they come with new shims fitted so I thought why not? Fitted it, and it had absolutely tons of play- it turned out the shims were fitted wrongly. They offered to take it back and fix it, but I got them to send new shims instead rather than post it back to the states, but if they can screw it up in a seperate inner post they can certainly screw it up in a whole post.
So… Gravity Droppers do work but there’s space there for them to not work. But they’re good at sorting it should it happen.Posted 7 years agoel_boufadorSubscriber
Gravity dropper turbo multis on both my bikes, mainly due to reliability and service should things go wrong. You can adjust out most of the play with the lockring at the top of the outer post, but I think there will always be a bit of play. The play really doesn’t bother me one bit.
GDs are great.Posted 7 years ago
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