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    Which dropper? PNW, Brand X, RF, Funn or other?

    I am looking at 4 different budget droppers or other suggestions. I am over 220lb and am looking for something strong and not concerned with weight. Also, something that is reliable and easy to maintain/rebuild.

    Any thoughts on the below options would be appreciated. Thanks!

    PNW Rainier Gen 2
    https://www.jensonusa.com/PNW-Rainie...2-Dropper-Post

    Race Face Aeffect
    https://www.jensonusa.com/Race-Face-...opper-Seatpost

    Brand-x Ascend XL
    https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/.../rp-prod159172

    Funn updown
    https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/.../rp-prod188525
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    Quote Originally Posted by singletrackmack View Post
    I am looking at 4 different budget droppers or other suggestions. I am over 220lb and am looking for something strong and not concerned with weight. Also, something that is reliable and easy to maintain/rebuild.

    Any thoughts on the below options would be appreciated. Thanks!

    PNW Rainier Gen 2
    https://www.jensonusa.com/PNW-Rainie...2-Dropper-Post

    Race Face Aeffect
    https://www.jensonusa.com/Race-Face-...opper-Seatpost

    Brand-x Ascend XL
    https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/.../rp-prod159172

    Funn updown
    https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/.../rp-prod188525
    Of the four you have listed I would go with the pnw or the brand-x ascend xl.

    I currently have the ascend on my spare bike and it's a great post , but the lever sucked (I disposed of the lever and modified a front shifter to actuate it instead).

    The pnw remotes are awesome so if it makes sense to purchase the post and the lever together then the PNW for sure.

    Another great budget post to consider would be from one-up.

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    I've owned the PNW and RF, would not recommend the RF. For a bit more, I paid $170 shipped, the OneUp is my favorite all time post and is dead simple to service. I prefer it over a popular post that cost over double that.

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    I just put a OneUp V2 dropper on my bike a couple of days ago and I love it so far. It's solidly build, simplistic and easy to install... well worth the money!

    https://www.jensonusa.com/OneUp-Comp...=oneup+dropper

    On the other hand, PNW Components have made me a big fan by being so environmentally conscious and their products look solid as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 006_007 View Post
    Of the four you have listed I would go with the pnw or the brand-x ascend xl.

    I currently have the ascend on my spare bike and it's a great post , but the lever sucked (I disposed of the lever and modified a front shifter to actuate it instead).

    The pnw remotes are awesome so if it makes sense to purchase the post and the lever together then the PNW for sure...
    Thinking I am going to go with the PNW as I am trying t keep the price down. I do have a KS dropper, but it won’t fit my new bike.

    I am thinking the lever from my KS dropper would work with the PNW in the meantime. It is just a simple cable actuated lever. I also have a spare parts bin with plenary of front dear shifters I could try to modify like you did if needed.
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    Pnw makes great stuff. I have bachelor posts on both if my bikes. I intend on putting their droppers on all of my future bikes. Splurge and get the loam lever too. It is worth it.


    I had that raceface one on an old bike and it was complete junk! Always felt sloppy and shortly after I sold the bike the dropper died.


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    Quote Originally Posted by singletrackmack View Post
    I am looking at 4 different budget droppers or other suggestions. I am over 220lb and am looking for something strong and not concerned with weight. Also, something that is reliable and easy to maintain/rebuild.

    Any thoughts on the below options would be appreciated. Thanks!

    PNW Rainier Gen 2
    https://www.jensonusa.com/PNW-Rainie...2-Dropper-Post

    Race Face Aeffect
    https://www.jensonusa.com/Race-Face-...opper-Seatpost

    Brand-x Ascend XL
    https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/.../rp-prod159172

    Funn updown
    https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/.../rp-prod188525
    Pick the cheapest one I guess. The top three on that list are the same post with different laser markings.

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    Brand-x is usually the cheapest.

    They're all rebadged tranzx posts anyway.

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    I'm currently at around 230-240lbs.
    I have a PNW Bachelor. No issues with it.
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    I just installed a Brand-X today. It's a bit grittier feeling than my Giant Contact dropper. I gave it a couple drops of WPL Forkboost and that smoothen things out a little. No problems with it on the trails. It would be nice if it made a more audible "clunk" noise when it is fully up but for the price, can't go wrong.

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    Bike Yoke. Best dropper on the market. My son replaced his crappy RF with a PNW and loves it. The PNW would be my second choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToYZiLLa View Post
    Bike Yoke. Best dropper on the market. My son replaced his crappy RF with a PNW and loves it. The PNW would be my second choice.
    Agreed that with $$$ being no consideration the bikeyoke is at the top of the pile,and I love mine. But the OP is looking for a budget solution......

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    I prefer the action on my OneUp over my bikeyolk. Less than half the cost and heaps easier to service. Infact I have a brand new bikeyolk in my parts bin I'll most likely just sell.

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