Most bikes out there still come with the traditional seat post where it is fixed to one position. This kind of seat post is completely OK to use but a new kind of seat post has taken over and it’s here to stay. I present to you the dropper seat post.
Now, dropper posts are relatively a new invention in the mountain bike industry. 10 years ago, droppers were nowhere to be seen. Essentially every bike tailored for the all mountain and enduro riding scene comes equipped with one. In addition, cross country bikes have become more downhill capable than ever and some bike manufacturers are spec’ing their cross country bikes with a dropper as well. Why are these seat posts the new hot thing?
So, what is a dropper post?
A dropper post is a device that replaces your normal seat post. You attach your seat to it and at a push of a lever that’s mounted on your handlebar, the dropper post will go up or down. As you hold the lever down and put weight on the seat, it will go down until you release the lever. When the seat is down and you push the lever, the seat will go up.
Why do almost all mountain bikers have one on their bike?
When going uphill, the saddle height is best left up. Sitting down on a high seat post will increase your leg extension. Leg extension is crucial not only to get the most out of your energy but also to prevent injuries. The correct saddle height for you will increase pedaling efficiency and you will experience less fatigue. Leg extension is imperative as you can benefit from more power to go forward with less effort. This is why most people pedal with their seat in the high position.
Also, it is important to note that there are times when going up that the seat is best left down. When you look at trial riders who do tricks on their bikes. They usually have their saddle very low or will have a lack of one. Look at the amazing bike handling skills these guys have.
As a reminder, when you are going downhill, in order to have more control over your bike, you will be riding in a standing position. You will be shifting your weight onto your pedals. Also, as the trail gets steeper, you will be shifting your weight more and more over your rear wheel. If your seat is set in a low position, you will be able to shift your weight back and lower thus giving you increased bike handling.
Essentially lowering your seat post gives you more room for your body to move. This gives you more room to play with. That’s freedom! Think about it, moving more means you can control your bike more. You can lower your butt, you can lean your bike over more.
Let’s look at the pros and cons of having a dropper post on your bike.
Increased bike handling both up and down the trail
Lower risk of injuries to the genital area
Increased cock pit area on the bike leads to larger body movements
More fun to descend on!
Instant seat post adjustment
Heavier than your normal seat post
More expensive than a normal seat post
Dropper posts require maintenance and installation
Looking back, for me a dropper post is absolutely mandatory. It doesn’t matter if you’re a weekend warrior or a wannabe professional. A dropper makes riding fun again. A dropper post will help you progress your biking skills and it’s much safer to ride with one.
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