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    Seat dropper: first impressions

    I just installed a seat dropper on my bike. I had been told by several friends that I should get one. At first I was a little put off by the price. However, after hours of research I decided to pull the trigger and buy one. Once installed I took my bike to south mountain to try it out. The trail I rode was Mormon/national. I rode the fire road with the seat post fully extended. At the end of the fireroad, I lowered the seat for the initial drop into the creek bed. After making the short climb out of the creek bed, I hit the button and my seat was fully extended once again. This may not seem like a very big deal, but at that moment I was absolutely positive that I had made the right decision to purchase the seat dropper. My only regret is that I did not buy one sooner. Being able to climb with a seat that is fully extended, and then lower it to any position necessary to traverse the terrain, is an awesome experience. This became very apparent on the lower section of National. Being able to ride the technical features with the seat lowered, and then climb up the remainder of the hill, made the ride very enjoyable. If you have not yet tried a seat dropper, I highly recommend one. There are several models available. All have good features as well as limitations. Needless to say I'm pretty stoked.

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    Welcome to 2009, bro

    Just busting your eggs. The dropper is arguably one of the most useful pieces of bike technology to come out in recent years that can actually make you a faster rider.

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    +1 on droppers being one of the biggest impact pieces to come along for quite a while.. A dropper post isnt a "should i or shouldnt it" item any longer.. Its a for sure item on every bike ill forever have..
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    I'm dangerously close to ordering a Kind Shock i900. PricePoint has them for $220. Any reason not to?

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    Which dropper did you go with? I have been looking at them for a while (and praying for a massive price drop somewhere) but they still seem to be up around the $150 - $200 mark.

    Did you go remote activated, or lever under the seat?

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    I got one 2 years ago almost now.....hands down the best money I've ever spent on my bike for our terrain. Get a remote option. I was hesitant to put stuff on my bars but it just works. Fiddling with an under-seat lever is no match for keeping your hands on the bars when needed.

    To Eazy-E. IIRC the 900 is a set-back post where the I950 is a straight post. That's the only thing to consider as far as I know. I have the I950r, did not want a set-back.

    These things ROCK for SoMo type riding... a lot of quick ups and downs. Heck, I think I use my dropper more than my shifter sometimes. The only caveat is that when you have to ride without one you feel like a complete newb. It's like cheating

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eazy_E View Post
    I'm dangerously close to ordering a Kind Shock i900. PricePoint has them for $220. Any reason not to?
    If it has no remote, it is worthless.
    Check my pulse...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5bravobravo View Post
    If it has no remote, it is worthless.
    Agreed. The i900r has the remote, 900...no remote.
    I hope this is what Easy is looking at > Kind Shock I900R Adjustable W/Remote at Price Point

    Still, consider the set back vs. straight when buying. Also the KS remote can take the place of your inboard ODI grip clamp. I don't use it that way but a nice option if you are short on bar space.

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    Game changer. No doubt.

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    82 grams is not too bad either considering the gains you are able to achieve with your riding style.

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    Installed a KS on my FS trail bike. Then decided to go simple and sold the bike off as I'm tired of the maintainence after every ride.

    Now I'm on SS rigid. Simplicity at its best. The only thing that non rigid is my dropper post. Can't live without one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5bravobravo View Post
    If it has no remote, it is worthless.
    I'm sad, I must be worthless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eatdrinkride View Post
    I got one 2 years ago almost now.....hands down the best money I've ever spent on my bike for our terrain. Get a remote option. I was hesitant to put stuff on my bars but it just works. Fiddling with an under-seat lever is no match for keeping your hands on the bars when needed.

    To Eazy-E. IIRC the 900 is a set-back post where the I950 is a straight post. That's the only thing to consider as far as I know. I have the I950r, did not want a set-back.

    These things ROCK for SoMo type riding... a lot of quick ups and downs. Heck, I think I use my dropper more than my shifter sometimes. The only caveat is that when you have to ride without one you feel like a complete newb. It's like cheating
    Good looking out. I'm probably going to go with the i950. Of course, it'll have a remote. I've seen them some places for sub $200. It's just money, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maadjurguer View Post
    Wow!

    Finally...I hate the seat angle adjustments on the available droppers. And the side play is annoying.

    Only $23.75 per point! that's not too bad.
    Check my pulse...

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    Quote Originally Posted by motochick View Post
    I'm sad, I must be worthless.
    hmmmm...come to think of it, my ex had no remote..maybe that was her issue (surely it wasn't me..)...I would have given everything for a simple on/off switch..
    Check my pulse...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blatant View Post
    Welcome to 2009, bro
    Haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eazy_E View Post
    I'm dangerously close to ordering a Kind Shock i900. PricePoint has them for $220. Any reason not to?
    Nope.

    Quote Originally Posted by 5bravobravo View Post
    If it has no remote, it is worthless.
    Yep.

    And, this also deserves a mention... the Kind Shock remotes are designed to be one half of your lock-on grips. This puts the lever as close to your thumb as possible. I just whittled around on a buddy's bike with a Reverb on it this weekend while waiting for the shuttle vehicles. I REALLY did not like having to reach for the lever. With the KS it's easier than shifting.

    And, hands down, the best money you will spend on your bike if you do any technical riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eazy_E View Post
    Good looking out. I'm probably going to go with the i950. Of course, it'll have a remote. I've seen them some places for sub $200. It's just money, right?
    That's what I'm running. Got mine for around 220.00
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    I picked up a Specialized Comand Post in April. Kept putting off getting one because of the cost. Now I can't seem to live without it. Dropper post and tubeless tires are the best two upgrades I've done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by raisingarizona View Post
    Game changer. No doubt.
    exactly. biggest change since going to a fs bike.

    also, i think its worth noting the insanely good customer service that KS has. the cartridge in mine **** the bed after a couple months of sedona riding this winter (constant use)... lost about an inch on the extension (thats what she said). talked to them on the phone & via email... sent it in and had it back in less than a week.

    then i stripped the teeth on the seat angle adjustment... likely because i didnt line it up properly and then cranked it down and it eventually slipped. happened a few times and stripped the hell out of the teeth... mostly my fault although i do think its a ****ty design, though. once again... talked to ron and then sent it in. Again, it was back within a week, free of charge. impressive to say the least.

    no problems since but they do need to work on that angle adjustment, imo.

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    I just ordered one. Can't wait to try it. Thanks for all the persuasive endorsements.

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    the remote is a must have... Its so nice not to have to take my hands off the grips to adjust the seat up or down..

    One of the things i like about the ks lev that i just got is the attachment point for the hose is on a ring at the bottom of the post-- so the hose isnt moving up and down with the seat.. It stays in place.. Also keeps the hose away from you and makes it less likly to get caught by a branch or something like that and ripped out.. I really liked that feature.. Plus the remote seems to be more robust then the reverb i used to have..
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    It's a must have for some people, I like my lever under the seat, KISS....less stuff to worry about, maintain, fail, etc. I guess I am in the minority, and worthless. I am sure I would be a better rider if I had a remote, being mediocre is ok with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by motochick View Post
    It's a must have for some people, I like my lever under the seat, KISS....less stuff to worry about, maintain, fail, etc. I guess I am in the minority, and worthless. I am sure I would be a better rider if I had a remote, being mediocre is ok with me.
    Oh don't poo poo on yourself I know you're just being facetious but it really just comes down to where you ride. If I'm not mistaken you are in Flag. Sure, plenty of opportunity for using the dropper but you have longer sustained climbs and downs so reaching under the seat every so often to make an adjustment is probably no biggie and works out quite well. If you rode National or trails like it weekly you'd feel differently as those trails are a plethora of techie ups followed by techie downs. That's where quickly making the adjustment while keeping your hands on the bars comes in handy.

    Your not worthless!


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    I'm in Sedona, but ride everywhere, even National. I am super comfy and used to taking my hands off the bars from riding dirt bikes for over 20yrs. I guess it adds to the challenge!

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    Quote Originally Posted by eatdrinkride View Post
    If you rode National or trails like it weekly you'd feel differently as those trails are a plethora of techie ups followed by techie downs. That's where quickly making the adjustment while keeping your hands on the bars comes in handy.
    THIS.

    With the trails around here when you need it down many times you aren't in the position to take your hands off the bars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by motochick View Post
    I'm in Sedona, but ride everywhere, even National. I am super comfy and used to taking my hands off the bars from riding dirt bikes for over 20yrs. I guess it adds to the challenge!
    Wow! I been riding dirtbikes for 39 years and I still keep my hands on the bars. Now I feel really useless and decidedly untalented. I never had any real talent though.
    Check my pulse...

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    I use a water pack with a drink hose when I ride, gotta remove a hand to drink! You guys are funny!

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    You seem to be taking it really personally.

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    Dear Santa......

    Is it too early for an Xmas list? Thanks for the input, now I really want one.

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    I use a water pack with a drink hose when I ride, gotta remove a hand to drink! You guys are funny!

    Look, I respect your right to not use a remote but I never drink a half second prior to taking a nasty chunky down...I save that for the flats.

    A remote is not mandatory but I know this. If I rode without a remote and had to reach for the lever it would hinder my comfort level quite a bit compared to with one while riding techie terrain. I'd also bet a lot of money if you had a remote rather than not, it would not deter from your riding in any way. In fact, it just might enhance the experience. Who knows As they say, you don't miss what you never had.

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    About to grab a Reverb when some JackWagon showed me the picture of the Thomson....
    Me to my riding buddy, "Want to ride this afternoon?"
    Him, "I can't. I have to chop this guys foot off at 2".

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    Kronolog. Happy so far.


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    Just got back from my first ride with an i950r.

    Plain and simple, the game, it's changed.

    I think I was a little faster, and I felt more in control on the downhill, but that might just be in my head.

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    As they say, you don't miss what you never had

    TWWNS.....so nice to keep it simple and not get into the expense of full sus and buying everything that comes along to put on your bike. I don't think the fun factor goes up by spending $$$$$$$$$$$ on a bike and add-ons , not to mention it's a lousy investment....but to each their own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Azpilot View Post
    As they say, you don't miss what you never had

    TWWNS.....so nice to keep it simple and not get into the expense of full sus and buying everything that comes along to put on your bike. I don't think the fun factor goes up by spending $$$$$$$$$$$ on a bike and add-ons , not to mention it's a lousy investment....but to each their own.
    9 out of 10 people responding to this thread have an opposite opinion from yours. To each his own is correct, but for the majority it seems to be a winner. Maybe you just don't need or refuse to ever want one, idk??? You've never owned a bike with a suspension fork or a QR seatpost either I suppose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MC SlingBlade View Post
    For many folks mountain biking is a hobby and they have no problem justifying the expense associated with having a good, or better, time out on the trails.

    Be happy with your ride but don't fault others because they can/choose to spend more than you do on their fun.
    Shiite!, my tires cost 60 bucks a pop these days and the rear lasts 3 months or so. My KS cost $219 and I am going on three years now without a single issue other than cable adjustments. What's the better value?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MC SlingBlade View Post
    For many folks mountain biking is a hobby and they have no problem justifying the expense associated with having a good, or better, time out on the trails.

    Be happy with your ride but don't fault others because they can/choose to spend more than you do on their fun.
    Pot calling the kettle black...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MC SlingBlade View Post
    Link that supports your latest crazy claim?

    You seem to be confusing my comments about weight weiners like yourself with how much I've spent on my rides.

    Maybe I'm wrong though.

    Please explain your "reasoning."
    Your kidding right? Why do you care if I feel the need to lower the weight of my bike, it's my ride and my money right?

    Do you live in AZ? We should ride sometime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blatant View Post
    you seem to be taking it really personally.
    f u

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eazy_E View Post
    Just got back from my first ride with an i950r.

    Plain and simple, the game, it's changed.

    I think I was a little faster, and I felt more in control on the downhill, but that might just be in my head.

    No... you WERE faster. It IS a game changer. Kinda like 29'ers. The hype is real

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    Quote Originally Posted by MC SlingBlade View Post
    You didn't answer the question. I "care" about you lowering the weight of your bike because your posts are cheap entertainment. They're funny.

    Where's the link to this alleged "pot, kettle, black" idiocy that you made up?



    No, I don't live in AZ. We should ride sometime though. I enjoy being entertained.

    Which part of "Be happy with your ride but don't fault others because they can/choose to spend more than you do on their fun." are you struggling with?
    Ok, I'm done feeding trolls.

    I'm going to go ride my bike. I suggest you try doing the same some time, that is if you actually own a bike....

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    never mind

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    In other news, 150mm is really long for a dropper post. Ask how I know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eazy_E View Post
    In other news, 150mm is really long for a dropper post. Ask how I know.
    But he can handle it

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    Quote Originally Posted by eatdrinkride View Post
    f u
    Really? How'd that happen?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MC SlingBlade View Post
    LOL!

    How's that "ride" going?

    Classic e-tantruming right there. Pure awesomeness.

    40 minutes ago:
    I was trying to inspire you to go ride and stop worrying about what other people want to discuss on the internet.

    Truth be told, I rode with Easy about 5 or so hours ago on his dropper post maiden voyage. Go ahead, ask him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MC SlingBlade View Post
    p.s. I don't need some random insecure measurebaiter to inspire me to ride. I just dig riding regardless of what goofballs post on the internet.
    Exactly, "goofball" Haters gonna hate

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