Gravity Dropper Turbo LP

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  • 12-13-2012
    dustyduke22
    Gravity Dropper Turbo LP
    Hey everyone,

    Been eyeing one of these babies. Its just an updated version of the Turbo thats a little stronger.

    They are offered in a multi-position 125mm drop with 30.0 and larger posts. Here is where the question lies.

    You can get them with an initial 1" drop or 2.5" drop and was wondering what you guy's preference is. When I had a GD years ago, I had a 1" drop and it seemed to suit my needs but would appreciate any thoughts of the 2.5" initial drop :)

    Thanks in advance.

    *Ended up going with the Gravity Dropper. Been running one ever since then and have zero issues with it. Super easy to maintain and it just keeps on performing. There is something to be said about low maintenance dependability*
  • 12-13-2012
    ebeer
    duplicate post
  • 12-13-2012
    ebeer
    I had the GD Turbo with 1" on 3" and loved it. I've since moved to a new bike with a Command Post at 5", with the first drop at 35mm or 1.377". I really like this setting with the longer travel post.

    That said, if choosing b/t the 1" an 2.5" from GD, I'd go 1" as I think the 2.5" would be less "pedalable". I find if I want to pedal through through some techie parts I use the 1st drop...and anything else down that's fast/steep/air I've got the seat full down.

    I have read in past threads that GD will do custom positions.
  • 12-13-2012
    acfsportsfan
    I have a GD with two drop positions , 2" & 4"
    For me, it's a perfect combo. All the way up for climbing grades, 2" drop for trail riding and drop another 2" for decent's. I can't imagine riding without one now.
  • 12-13-2012
    michaelsnead
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dustyduke22 View Post
    Hey everyone,

    Been eyeing one of these babies. Its just an updated version of the Turbo thats a little stronger.

    They are offered in a multi-position 125mm drop with 30.0 and larger posts. Here is where the question lies.

    You can get them with an initial 1" drop or 2.5" drop and was wondering what you guy's preference is. When I had a GD years ago, I had a 1" drop and it seemed to suit my needs but would appreciate any thoughts of the 2.5" initial drop :)

    Thanks in advance.

    Hi Mr. dustyduke22,

    I have a GD 4" post w/a 1" drop on one of my bikes and a GD 5" post w/a 2.5" drop on another of my bikes. I got my first GD dropper post back in 2005 so I've been using this product for some time. I was initially hesitant about getting the 2.5" drop but immediately found that I prefer it over the 1" drop. I especially appreciate the 2.5" drop on wheelie practice sessions!

    Good luck with your purchase!

    Michael:thumbsup:
  • 12-13-2012
    b-kul
    hopefully you dudes can help me out. im in the market for an adjustable seatpost and i have y eye on the gd but im a bit leary of the designated positions. i had a reverb and really liked it. will i get used to the gd or is it better to go with something infinitely adjustable?
  • 12-13-2012
    michaelsnead
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by b-kul View Post
    hopefully you dudes can help me out. im in the market for an adjustable seatpost and i have y eye on the gd but im a bit leary of the designated positions. i had a reverb and really liked it. will i get used to the gd or is it better to go with something infinitely adjustable?

    Hi Mr. b-kul,

    Of all the design features of a adjustable seatpost I feel the value of a fixed position vs. adjustable position is entirely personal preference. I prefer the fixed position because I know exactly how the bike will preform in each position. I'm never a little too low or a little too high on a particular shift.

    With the GD you can choose the amount of drop and I've come to appreciate the 2.5" drop the best. On my various bikes I have three different GDs in all their models. I have 3", 4" and 5" posts with both a 1" as well as the 2.5" drop. My favorite is a 5" post with a 2.5" drop. As many others have said it's a reliable product that works well and is backed by a company that will give you fantastic customer service should you ever need it. I highly recommend both the product and the company!

    Good luck with your purchase!

    Michael:thumbsup:
  • 12-13-2012
    dustyduke22
    GD or DOSS
    Sorry to throw this into the mix, but it seems like you can get both the DOSS from Fox and the Gravity Dropper Turbo for the same price. Both offer 3 positions and 5 inches of drop.


    Which one would you choose?
  • 12-13-2012
    b-kul
    well the gd is lighter and proven. uglier but hey.
  • 12-13-2012
    SprungShoulders
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dustyduke22 View Post
    Sorry to throw this into the mix, but it seems like you can get both the DOSS from Fox and the Gravity Dropper Turbo for the same price. Both offer 3 positions and 5 inches of drop.

    Which one would you choose?

    GD. Hands down.

    I've owned one - and now three - for seven years running and have never had a problem. They've operated in every type of environment, from the mud and wet of BC, to the sands of Moab, to sub-zero blizzard conditions near Jackson (winter fat biking).

    Their design is proven, extra reliable, efficient, and it's one of a very few bits on my bike(s) that I never worry about.

    GD's customer service is also something Fox could only dream about.
  • 12-13-2012
    watti
    You know how your bike moves under you with fixed saddle height.So GD
  • 12-15-2012
    tudor
    Hi there

    I've had a new LP version of the GD turbo for a few weeks now. Initially I bought it with just a two position (4" drop, no middle increments) thinking that 4" wouldn't make much difference. I was so wrong! I actually found the drop too much and hated it. Thought I'd really messed and bought something that was useless.

    However, I was stoked to discover that GD sell inside tube sections with a variety of different drop setting for only $30 so you don't have to buy an entirely new post if you feel you've got the wrong drop option(s).

    I've a 2" / 4" drop section on the way and can't wait to give it a go!

    Hope this helps
  • 12-15-2012
    dustyduke22
    Then there is the new Thomson post that comes out next year. That's the only post I think I might consider instead of the GD now
  • 12-15-2012
    mtnmark
    I am jealous of all you guys who don't yet have dropper posts- Your world is about to get rocked.

    Here are my experiences having ridden and owned a number of them:

    Fixed or infinite: Fixed- You get used to it, with infinite I always wondered if it should be a little higher or lower.

    1 or 2+ inch drop: 1 I've had both and find 1 is best for me. You can still sit and pedal on a flowy descent, whereas 2+ felt too low to sit and pedal with, so if standing, why not drop it all the way?

    Hydraulic vs mechanical: Mechanical hands down- Have heard or experienced breakage with every hydraulic post on the market. Best hydraulic I have used was the Fox, but even it was starting to have issues with going from the 2in down to full extension and was 1 mo old. Other posts I have seen even worse, with catastrophic failures on the trail, or at best having to pedal home with a low (or spongy) post.

    With an easy clean and lube my gravity droppers feel good as new every time. I clean mine every spring (lasts till fall), and usually once or twice each winter depending on how much mud it sees. Takes 5 mins each time, no tools required.

    So far my 2 gravity droppers have outlasted all the other posts I have owned or been better than those I have tried. Whatever you end up with will change your life as long as it is in good working order.

    Good luck and have fun!
  • 12-15-2012
    D3NN15M
    Wasn't considering GD until this LP. Looks like they have multiple diameter and drop options now without having to use shims. IMO it looks better without the boot, as long as that doesn't mess with the operation / reliabilty. Anyone knows when the new ergo remote comes out?
  • 12-15-2012
    Miker J
    The GD is bomb proof. I've been riding them since they first came out, but I also have 2 Spec Command posts I also like ' cause I prefer set back posts.

    As far as varible drop - no brainer - go with the 1" and the full drop. Pedaling anything more than a 1" drop is really tough, IMO.
  • 12-16-2012
    D3NN15M
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by tudor View Post
    Hi there

    I've had a new LP version of the GD turbo for a few weeks now. Initially I bought it with just a two position (4" drop, no middle increments) thinking that 4" wouldn't make much difference. I was so wrong! I actually found the drop too much and hated it. Thought I'd really messed and bought something that was useless.

    However, I was stoked to discover that GD sell inside tube sections with a variety of different drop setting for only $30 so you don't have to buy an entirely new post if you feel you've got the wrong drop option(s).

    I've a 2" / 4" drop section on the way and can't wait to give it a go!

    Hope this helps

    Any pics of your setup? Just curious how "low profile" it looks now. Apparently, the LP is designed to run backwards. I assume that refers to the cable out from the post and also has something to do with the reliabilty. Thanks!
  • 12-16-2012
    inter


    Gd looks better without the boot. Mine is 1" and 4". Perfect.
  • 12-16-2012
    inter
    I even rarely clean it. Very reliable. Its been more than 2 yrs, pretty much problem free until i snapped the cable. So installed cable noodle as seen on the pic. I just replaced the inner shim, bushing and seal, cost me $6, becoz the play had become too much. Now is solid again like new, with little play.
  • 12-20-2012
    sancycling
    I like most reviews of the GD Turbo LP. I like the reliability and don't care about looks.
    One thing that I don't like about GD is the control lever. I heard or read that GD was working on a new ergonomic lever. Anyone have any details?

    I know I could use a KS, CrankBrother or other lever, but I want to avoid additional cost and trouble of getting it.
  • 12-20-2012
    jgusta
    iQUOTE=sancycling;9991871]I like most reviews of the GD Turbo LP. I like the reliability and don't care about looks.
    One thing that I don't like about GD is the control lever. I heard or read that GD was working on a new ergonomic lever. Anyone have any details?

    I know I could use a KS, CrankBrother or other lever, but I want to avoid additional cost and trouble of getting it.[/QUOTE]

    GD posts are definitely the most reliable adjustable posts on market as I have owned many of them over the years. Just wish they made a 6" post as that is what I require. The only thing going against them is that they will eventually wiggle to all heck at seat clamp and not the most aesthetically pleasing of course, but the most functional, easiest to rebuild and best custy service for posts out there, oh an USA made as well :thumbsup:
  • 12-20-2012
    D3NN15M
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by sancycling View Post
    I like most reviews of the GD Turbo LP. I like the reliability and don't care about looks.
    One thing that I don't like about GD is the control lever. I heard or read that GD was working on a new ergonomic lever. Anyone have any details?

    I know I could use a KS, CrankBrother or other lever, but I want to avoid additional cost and trouble of getting it.

    I sent them an email asking about the new remote as well. I'll let you know what they say if/when they reply.
  • 12-26-2012
    trap121
    I emailed them about the new lever as well. Was told it will be avaiable late 2013.

    Can anyone comment if running it without the boot has caused any problems?
  • 12-26-2012
    inter
    Most dropper post has no boot. The problem they have are not external, I mean, not the dirt sticking on the post, but the problem with the design or internal. How much dirt can stick on the post? I run it without the boot, and on Christmas day, I rode on a muddy trail, GD still work even with some dirt on it. The seal is pretty good. :thumbsup:

    A friend of mine kept the boot on, when she opened it, lots of dirt in it. But her GD has been working perfectly even with dirt inside the boot. It can be a dirt trap somehow. Now she runs it without the boot.:)
  • 12-29-2012
    acfsportsfan
    I never thought about cutting the boot off till I read your ^^^ reply. Yesterday I went ahead and did it and it does look much better. I also noticed that it seems a bit easier to come down, but that could just be in my head. Thanks :thumbsup:
  • 01-28-2013
    702Biff
    I just installed the GD Turbo LP on my bike. Wow...what a difference. Now I don't have to compromise with seat hieght anymore. I don't see all the fuss about the boot, it works. The switch could use improvement and I'll wait for the new one to come from GD. Get one...you won't regret.
  • 01-29-2013
    JHANguyen
    If anyone is interested in trading a 31.6 GD LP for a 31.6 Reverb Stealth, shoot me a PM!
  • 01-29-2013
    masterofnone
    I'll throw in my recommendation for the GD. I just bought my third one for a new bike, my oldest one has never been touched in the 7 years I've had it. The other one which I left on the bike I sold was 3 years old and had one issue, GD fixed it n/c even though it was two years past the warranty date. My new one has the 1" down feature which is perfect for pedaling through those uber technical sections without dropping all the way down. Yeah, they're somewhat "low tech" compared to the new posts on the market but their simplicity is why they're so reliable. I've often thought about trying their competitors but the reliability is hit or miss on most of them, it's one more component I don't have time to mess with. For disclosure sake it takes a little practice to find the middle detent on the multi position posts but there's no leaking seals, no bleeding or changing shock oil weight for the temperatures, no creeping up or down.
  • 02-03-2013
    colin1
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by tudor View Post
    I was stoked to discover that GD sell inside tube sections with a variety of different drop setting for only $30 so you don't have to buy an entirely new post if you feel you've got the wrong drop option(s).


    Hope this helps

    It does help - I've been thinking my 2" initial drop is too much, and I've wanted to try out 1" instead. Thank you,
    Colin
  • 03-19-2013
    Cope
    Considering getting the Turbo LP with multiposition 2/5 drop. My question to you guys using the multiposition is easy is it to find the 2" position? Majority of use will probably between fully up and mid position, occasionally full 5" drop. Thx
  • 03-19-2013
    michaelsnead
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Cope View Post
    Considering getting the Turbo LP with multiposition 2/5 drop. My question to you guys using the multiposition is easy is it to find the 2" position? Majority of use will probably between fully up and mid position, occasionally full 5" drop. Thx

    Hey Mr. Cope,

    I have the 2" / 5" drop on my AM bike and don't have any problems finding the mid position. That said I'm old, don't race and do everything at a deliberate, if enthusiastic, pace.;)

    Good luck with your purchase!

    Michael:thumbsup:
  • 03-20-2013
    dustyduke22
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Cope View Post
    Considering getting the Turbo LP with multiposition 2/5 drop. My question to you guys using the multiposition is easy is it to find the 2" position? Majority of use will probably between fully up and mid position, occasionally full 5" drop. Thx

    I personally found the 2 inch drop to be a little too much drop to be able to get the power through the techy section.s I ended up getting the 1 inch drop and am much more happy.

    If the 2 inch drop is anything like the 1 inch, its super easy to get into that dropped position
  • 03-20-2013
    Cope
    Thanks for the input guys, much appreciated!!
  • 03-22-2013
    trap121
    Got mine two weeks ago. Multi 4 in, up, 1 down and down. Couldent be happier with it. The 1 inch drop is perfect for me, I would imagine the 2 would be a pain to pedal.
  • 03-22-2013
    Miker J
    I wish they made the GD in a set-back post.
  • 03-26-2013
    sancycling
    I just installed a GD Turbo LP, multiposition 1" and 4". I really like how it operates, it might not be the smoothest but just seems to work. I'm glad I got the 1" drop as it is great to pedal on flowy decents and on very technical climbs. I think 2" would be too much for me. I'm still getting used to the 4" drop, but I'm feeling more comfortable every ride.

    The only thing that I don't like is that installing the cable facing backwards (as the manual specifies) makes it rub against the tire when the suspension is fully compressed. Any suggestions?
  • 03-26-2013
    masterofnone
    Ive got the classic and run it "backwards" from the website pics which makes no difference in operation. On my bike it's just a cleaner cable routing, as long as cable and housing are properly set it shouldntnt matter. Is flipping the post the other direction an option?
  • 03-26-2013
    michaelsnead
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    Quote:

    Originally Posted by sancycling View Post
    I just installed a GD Turbo LP, multiposition 1" and 4". I really like how it operates, it might not be the smoothest but just seems to work. I'm glad I got the 1" drop as it is great to pedal on flowy decents and on very technical climbs. I think 2" would be too much for me. I'm still getting used to the 4" drop, but I'm feeling more comfortable every ride.

    The only thing that I don't like is that installing the cable facing backwards (as the manual specifies) makes it rub against the tire when the suspension is fully compressed. Any suggestions?

    Hi Mr. sancycling,

    Gravity Dropper has a "noodle" that you can purchase from them for a few dollars that will fix that problem. You can see it on the picture of my bike:

    Attachment 784757

    Good luck with your new purchase!

    Michael:thumbsup:
  • 03-26-2013
    sancycling
    That noodle might help in my case. I'll contact GD. Thanks for the suggestion.
  • 03-26-2013
    inter
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by sancycling View Post
    That noodle might help in my case. I'll contact GD. Thanks for the suggestion.

    you can searh ebay for "v brake noodle" . and can take off the boot too, looks better.
  • 03-28-2013
    Cope
    I had a 3" GD Classic years ago. It had a little play in it, nothing too bad. Are any of you guys having issues with play on the longer drop GD Turbo's?
  • 03-28-2013
    Jeff in Bend
    GD, the AK-47 of dropper posts.
  • 03-28-2013
    trap121
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Cope View Post
    I had a 3" GD Classic years ago. It had a little play in it, nothing too bad. Are any of you guys having issues with play on the longer drop GD Turbo's?

    None, but mine is 4 weeks old
  • 04-07-2013
    colin1
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by masterofnone View Post
    Is flipping the post the other direction an option?

    It is, but I've read that the post is more likely to snap if you run the cable coming out of the front
  • 04-07-2013
    masterofnone
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by colin1 View Post
    It is, but I've read that the post is more likely to snap if you run the cable coming out of the front

    I dont know where that info came from but I wouldnt believe it for a second. On their website it specifically says you can run it facing either direction.
  • 04-07-2013
    colin1
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by masterofnone View Post
    I dont know where that info came from but I wouldnt believe it for a second. On their website it specifically says you can run it facing either direction.

    Peep this post from Stripes and you'll see what I mean - I didn't want to take that chance with my ass, yadadadig?

    http://forums.mtbr.com/all-mountain/...es-788047.html

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Stripes View Post
    The cable is facing forward here. If you run the post with the cable backwards, this doesn't happen.

    I snapped a new post in less than a year because I ran the cable facing forward. GD doesn't document it, but when I called them to warranty the post (no problems, btw), they said run it with the cable facing forward.

    My previous GD (27.2) was run forward facing for years with zero problems.

  • 04-07-2013
    markymark
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by masterofnone View Post
    I dont know where that info came from but I wouldnt believe it for a second. On their website it specifically says you can run it facing either direction.

    It's stated on their website that running the holes at the back is better for clydes. Of course it is stronger to have the holes on the side that doesn't have all the pulling stresses from the riders weight. It's what I've been doing for 5 months, 260lb no problems. Got a shimano brake noodle too, work perfectly. No boot either.
  • 04-09-2013
    B-RAY
    Mine is 5yrs old still have no problems with it at all.
  • 04-15-2013
    vincent66
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    Quote:

    Originally Posted by sancycling View Post
    One thing that I don't like about GD is the control lever. I heard or read that GD was working on a new ergonomic lever.

    Just in case you don't know the trick :

    Attachment 790788

    Use a right lever on the left side of the bar (or vice-versa).
    You can action it with your thumb, and it's protected when you fall.
  • 04-17-2013
    Cope
    Picked up a GD LP Turbo last week from Universal Cycles. With the VIP15 coupon code it was $256 shipped. Really happy with it, works great. Lots of options out there now with dropper posts, but still hard to beat the old school GD!