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    Do you lower your dropper post when in technical terrain?

    I've started lowering my dropper post when in technical terrain. I've found that it allows me to use my legs more as suspension, and when needed, lower my center of gravity. I'm just wondering if I'm crazy here.

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    Yes, all the time. My dropper is constantly moving up/down as I transition between tech and short, simple climbs and flat spots.



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    I lower my dropper whenever I don't want to worry about my seat getting in the way. Downhill, tech, steep uphill, corners. No sense in not using it

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    Lower whenever beneficial

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    It's a riser post. I only raise it when beneficial.

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    Of course. Thatís what itís for.

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    Wait...seriously?

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    Quote Originally Posted by squeakymcgillicuddy View Post
    It's a riser post. I only raise it when beneficial.
    Exactly

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishwiz View Post
    Yes, all the time. My dropper is constantly moving up/down as I transition between tech and short, simple climbs and flat spots.
    ^ this

    Quote Originally Posted by Bacon Fat View Post
    I lower my dropper whenever I don't want to worry about my seat getting in the way. Downhill, tech, steep uphill, corners. No sense in not using it
    No wait, ^ this

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    +1 Lower whenever beneficial
    Yeah, ^ this

    Quote Originally Posted by squeakymcgillicuddy View Post
    It's a riser post. I only raise it when beneficial.
    Oh dammit, I take back everything I said. ^ this.

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    I only lower mine when i come to stoplights so i dont have to tippy toe.
    Of course i lower it in tech terrain, thats the whole point!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pufferjumper View Post
    I've started lowering my dropper post when in technical terrain. I've found that it allows me to use my legs more as suspension, and when needed, lower my center of gravity. I'm just wondering if I'm crazy here.
    Ascending, or descending? Descending, always. Ascending, maybe.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nat View Post
    Of course. Thatís what itís for.
    It took 6 posts to come up with dropper defined. Although many use it for many different situations the reason they were ever created was for downhill technical terrain. Lowering it to give the rider better body position by getting the riders azz behind the seat to prevent weight to far forward which helps the rider from going over the bars.
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Do you lower your dropper post when in technical terrain?

    A while back I watched a GMBN YouTube video discussing dropper use.
    One line that stuck with me was something to the effect of:
    ďDonít wonder Ďshould I drop my seat for this?
    You should have it down and ask ďDo I need my post up for this?Ē


    I thought it was silly at first, but I started riding my singlespeed with my 110mm dropper (Damn 27.2 diameter!!) down, and really only raising it when I figured Iíd be sitting for a while and not soft-pedaling. 110mm drop is enough to keep it slammed and still pedal OK. It can make a big difference in the tech, but doesnít feel like Iím sitting BMX-style. Itís crazy how helpful a dropped seat is when climbing tech on a SS.

    My new FS bike has a 150 on it (with room for a 180, coming soon) and Iím pretty much riding it the same way- itís depressed most of the way- probably 120 mm for most trails, knowing I have more to drop if the trail gets spicy, or I can let it up if Iím spinning.

    Basically I think of a dropper like a car cruise control- itís off (down) for active driving, and on (up) for cruise-mode.


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    I find it pretty nice to be have it lowered on steep rocky climbs and quick punchy uphills as well. It allows me to shift my weight around to get more traction on either the rear wheel if itís slipping or weight the front if turning all while staying nice and low.

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    I run a 200m dropper and still like to lower it on the steeps...

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    yes. that's why I have a dropper post. what other purpose would it have?

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    Quote Originally Posted by squeakymcgillicuddy View Post
    It's a riser post. I only raise it when beneficial.
    This lightbulb went on for me a few weeks ago.

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    FWIW, I've only recently started using my brakes when I want to slow down. I find it beneficial and less painful than ploughing into a tree.

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    Yes. It's the most used lever on my bike. In addition to typical DHs, any sort of tech feature or significant turn and it goes down. Steep, sketchy climb where a sideways fall is possible...down. Not only has it (a) made me a better rider and (b) allowed me to utilize techniques to become a better rider, it's made riding much safer as the chance of a sideways tumble down a slope (cliff?) is much reduced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldsbar View Post
    Yes. It's the most used lever on my bike.
    More than your brake or shifter levers? Amazing!
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    More than your brake or shifter levers? Amazing!
    I definitely use my dropper post more than my shifter. Probably not too much less than my brakes.

    After the obvious descending benefits, I drop mine in every corner and find it has a huge benefit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    More than your brake or shifter levers? Amazing!
    more than my brakes, no ó but definitely more than my "shifters."

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    Imagine this post in a cooking context.

    "Hey guys, i've just started using the microwave to heat things up.... how about you guys?"

    I think the award for captain obvious goes too......

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    I am the only captain here eh

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    Quote Originally Posted by Picard View Post
    I am the only captain here eh

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    Hey don't you ride with a dropper post without a saddle? How's it working out?
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    I drop my post when riding skinnies. The lower COG makes definitely increases balance and control.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    yes. that's why I have a dropper post. what other purpose would it have?
    I feel like there's a common misconception that a dropper is only beneficial for big, dangerous, 'steep' stuff.

    Dropping the seat for rough and tech, but FLAT stuff is not inherently understood by many. Techy climbing while standing over a dropped post is even less intuitive, but IMO just as important.

    How many posts do you see on this forum where someone goes "I live in [Florida, Kansas, other 'flat' state]. I don't need a dropper post because I don't have mountains." ??

    Kudos to the OP for using the tools and advancing his skills for better technique.
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    I have mine set up at seated pedaling height when fully dropped rather than fully extended. I extend it when I need to eject myself from the bike.
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    No. I only use my dropper for when I am going fast down hill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Battery View Post
    Hey don't you ride with a dropper post without a saddle? How's it working out?
    I can tell you which parts are getting the work out.

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    Absolutely. If nothing else, with the dropper lowered and my new flat pedals, its easier to bail if necessary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Picard View Post
    I am the only captain here eh

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    Quote Originally Posted by Battery View Post
    Hey don't you ride with a dropper post without a saddle? How's it working out?
    It has been great. My thigh muscles get good workout along with butt muscles

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    I've been using a dropper since 2006 and never use it on the trail. Only on steep parts of the race course. I think it's old school technique ingrained. I'm used to using the inside of my thighs to control the bike.
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    The dropper only goes down if keeping it up will eject me from the bike or limit movement in the air.




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    It depends on the conditions and how much I need to move around.

    For me there is no 'definitive' yes or know based on the term technical. I will do it on non technical terrain if needed and I may not during technical work. It all just depends.

    The only right answer is, if you feel comfortable then you're doing it right. If that makes you crazy, well maybe you really are crazy.

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    I found that pedaling works really well to get up hills.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Picard View Post
    It has been great. My thigh muscles get good workout along with butt muscles

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    Great! I will keep that in mind next time I head out to the trail.
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