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    Dropper post on rigid singlespeed?

    Who's doing it, and what are you running? It seems to make a lot of sense, though the luddite in me paused.

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    I know a few who are doing that. I think they are on KS Lev posts. I have a Brand X Ascend II post, but I have not been using it because the remote lever was so horrible. I'll be back on it once I get a better remote. it's heavy, especially compared to my Thomson post. in the meantime, I found that I am still pedal without killing my knees after lowering my saddle about 1 cm, and it gives me a little more room to confidently wrangle the bike. I don't sit and pedal very much anyways.

    my brief experience riding with it so far is that it gives you a ton more confidence on chunky stuff and drops. since you don't have suspension, you are much more free to use your arms and legs to keep the bike upright with the saddle out of the way. I think that rigid riders probably benefit more than HT or FS riders for this reason.

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    yeah have one on my ss fatbike

    it works, I am PR'ing some chunky corners with more speed through them
    and in drop sections. but the downside is if I don't raise it quick enough my
    suds drop wayyyy fast...so timing is super critical on the SS (less on geared)
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    I run one on my SS with a suspension fork and I think it would be even more beneficial with a rigid fork. Mine is just an ultra-cheap ebay mechanical version (TMARS) and it's still an awesome upgrade for my SS.

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    I tried one of the short travel KS posts for a while on my rigid SS. Made a big difference on technical downhills and corners, and overall I think I was faster.

    I stopped using it though because I just didn't enjoy the extra complexity while riding. I don't mind them at all on my FS geared bikes, but I want my singlespeeds to be as simple as possible.

    Droppers are also a lot less compliant than quality carbon posts. There was a drastic difference in comfort when rode the KS carbon dropper and Niner RDO carbon post back to back.

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    Personally I'm less worried about speed than fun, and I am a lot more comfortable in the air with my seat dropped because I've been dropping my saddle for so long on descents.....I'm not sure which is faster, but even in a race I'm happier with a dropper on because I'm not going pro anytime soon (ever).

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    I have a KS Lev in the mail today for my rigid Kona Unit. A couple of my favorite local trails have some very steep, rocky sections that I believe I will really benefit from being able to drop the post. I watch the guys I ride with tackle these areas, and while their suspension does help, being able to get low on the bike is what makes the difference.

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    I was a dropper skeptic for a long time, but after riding one on my hard tail, I started to see the benefits.

    Now I think I'd have a hard time going back (still won't say that I 'need' one though).

    I've got one on my rigid bike and my FS bike and the utility seems equal on both. Funny, a dropper on a rigid bike is similar to suspension in my mind; allowing the rider to absorb more trail and let the bike work under them.

    Edit: forgot to mention that the Race Face Aeffect dropper is awesome. Lever feel can be weird if you set it up per the Race Face instructions. Use the setup process for the X-Fusion Manic (same post basically) and it feels way better.

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    Yep, I've had a KS Crux 27.2 on my rigid SS for a couple years. It's great and I don't miss the old Ti post.

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    Thanks for the input guys. I am perched at the bottom of Walt's waitlist to build a new 29+ SS. I am in the early planning phase and gathering intel for the design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by murphyd View Post
    Thanks for the input guys. I am perched at the bottom of Walt's waitlist to build a new 29+ SS. I am in the early planning phase and gathering intel for the design.
    Well, not to mention that Walt will give you a hell of a deal on a dropper, so no reason why you shouldn't get on that train.
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    I just built up my first SS with this:

    https://www.amazon.com/ExaForm-Speed...ed+up+30.9+200

    It's manual raise and lower, light, cheap, and the lever's under the seat which means no lever on the bars (one the main reasons I chose it). A simple dropper for a simple bike. Plenty of size and drop options, too.

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    I had a T-mars 27.2 dropper. It was just too heavy and poorly made. It is a chinese ebay dropper for under $100, not recommended but there is not a big selection for 27.2 dropper seatpost sizing.

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    Since my seat is always in the wrong position, especially on my SS, yes a droppers a great idea. Anyone use the lever under the seat type?

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    Yo, check like two posts up.

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    Found a deal on a LEV 272 so I pulled the trigger. Haven't installed it yet but looking forward to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dhayes05 View Post
    I had a T-mars 27.2 dropper. It was just too heavy and poorly made. It is a chinese ebay dropper for under $100, not recommended but there is not a big selection for 27.2 dropper seatpost sizing.

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    Something funny about this post is that people talking like they can't drop their seatpost without dropper post. There are of coz advantages of having a more room of movement. But you can also do that with a quickfit. I just converted from dropped post back to quickfit for simplicity. I can still drop my seatpost without stopping the bike, just take some more practise.

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    I've usually got a Thompson dropper on my rigid Gnarvester. I agree with everything said above but the other thing I love on singlespeed that no one else had mentioned is that with infinite adjustment posts like the Thompson you can run your post a little higher than you would normally on a mtb. More like on a CX or road bike which I find much more efficient and comfortable on the ss when on flat sections. I then drop it about 1cm when I hit "normal singletrack" and then fully drop it for gnar. Makes a huge difference for me.

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    I would like to try one mainly because I think it would help climbing in the chunky stuff. Maybe I will...

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    Dropper makes for more fun. I've got a few Thomsons and an X-Fusion. The Thomson's are great, and then they start to sag and need service. X-fusion is super smooth, but the remote is shit, with upgraded remote it's the best setup I've run. It has yet to sag, which is a good thing.
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