The easiest way to see how a dropper post will improve your riding is to go out for a ride and try this: Ride a familiar steep or rocky section of trail a few times with your saddle at its normal height and then lower it – just loosen the seat clamp and slide the post into the frame, making a note of its original position. Having the saddle out of the way allows you to position your body for better balance, you will find that that position is usually occupied by your saddle when it is at full height.
The room to confidently move around on the bike changes everything. Suddenly even the most technical obstacles become rideable and you will find your riding even more enjoyable. Being able to lower your saddle for sweeping corners and rock gardens drops your center of gravity significantly and allows you to flow through them quickly and confidently.
The dropper post is being adopted by ever more riders outside of the core trail-riding scene and now marathon and XCO riders are taking advantage of the benefits a dropper post offers as well.
Catharine Pendrel, multiple World Champion, World Cup Winner and Olympic Medallist, says, ‘We can’t really use the weight argument any longer can we? Maja Wloszczowska rode to a Silver medal at the 2016 Olympic Games on her hardtail with a dropper seat post. Julien Absalon resumed his winning ways at World Cups again in 2016 also sporting one. When it comes to performance, execution means more than grams.’
The Rapidé External Cable dropper post comes in a 30.9mm diameter, 125mm drop size and will also fit 31.6mm diameter seat tubes with the available shim making it more flexible for moving between bikes with different seat tube diameters.
Available with an under bar UBRemote™ adjustable remote or an optional over bar remote.
Length: 400mm/Travel 125mm
Diameter: 30.9mm (31.6mm with shim)
Seat Clamp Offset: 0mm
Material: 7075 T651 alloy
Shaft Finish: Hard anodized black
Remote: under bar adjustable, overbar adjustable remotes
Easily serviceable with replaceable hydraulic cartridge, seals and guides
Weight: 610g (125mm), UBRemote and cable: 129g
1 year warranty against manufacturing defects