A Gift from the Gods – MTB Dropper Seatposts

Last year I went for a ride with this guy who had a mountain bike dropper seatpost. The gadget was hydraulic and the piece he pressed to initiate it looked like an extra brake lever with a cable attached to the seatpost. When he wanted to raise his seat, he pushed the lever and it popped up. When he wanted to lower it, he pushed the lever, weighted the seat and it dropped down. I decided that he was a stereotypical bike shop technician gear head. I had no need for something that refined. I was hardcore and dropper seatposts were for sissies. I didn’t mind jumping off my bike to lower and raise my seat; after all I only rode trails that had one big up and one big down. It wasn’t until later I realized this was a symptom of my deficit.

Fast-forward to a year later. I’m in Salida, Colorado, renting a Kona Satori with a Crank Brothers Kronolog dropper seatpost. As much I didn’t want to admit it, I was kind of psyched to try it out. Eight hours later I was hooked. At first it felt awkward like kissing my father-in-law, but once I experimented with it for an hour or so on a rolling trail, I knew I couldn’t live without it. My ride became more fluid as I anticipated the next roll down immediately to climb back up with no strain. To top it off, the seat held a twelve pack of PBR quite nicely for the ride back to the hotel. Just place the rack between your legs and drop. Try one out, but only if you can afford it.

Fox Racing Shox DOSS

MSRP: $339

Travel: 4 in, 5 in

Pro: two levers to set personal height, good looking

Con: two levers to search for when dropping, play when you pop it up






Thompson Elite

Price: $399

Travel: 5 in/125 mm

Pro: variable height, quiet, adjustable rise by lever

Con: lever shape, cost






Rockshox Reverb Stealth

MSRP: $415

Travel: 100 mm, 125 mm, 150 mm

Pro: smooth lever adjustment, cable inside the frame, variable height

Con: play in the saddle, cost





Gravity Dropper Turbo LP

MSRP: $325

Travel: 2 in, 3 in, 4 in, 5 in

Pro: trustworthy, retro spring loading, tight interface

Con: only 3 positions, not pretty






Crank Brothers Kronolog

MSRP: $300

Travel: 5 in/125 mm

Pro: Variable height, slow rise  

Con: Little bit of play in the saddle