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    Default Quick dropper post poll

    Looking to order dropper post next week.
    Done plenty of reading from the usual suspects.
    Narrowed it down to a shortlist...but need help picking the winner .
    Going into a Trance 650B XL frame.
    I'm just shy of 6'3" with very long inseam.


    E-thirteen TRS
    Pros: Good price, best serviceability, nice simple mechanical guts that I can easily maintain (this really appeals to me). Great looking lever.
    Cons: Heavy! Not infinite travel. 150mm max. It's their first dropper I think...

    Bike Yoke Revive
    EDIT:
    Pros: Carefully designed by a company that may or may not have had a casual relationship with a German.
    Revive function is very clever.
    Longer travels options could seal the deal
    Cons: Farkin' pricey. No track record yet.
    What happens when revive valve doesn't fix it anymore?

    X-Fusion Manic
    Pros: Great value. Good features. Cheap cartridges. X-Fusion is not new to the post market, so should be very reliable?
    Cons: I don't think there's more than 150mm travel.

    Brand-X
    Pros: Extreme value! Good warranty. Almost no negative reviews anywhere.
    Could buy 2 for the price of the BikeYoke.
    Cons: 150mm max travel. Could be cheap junk?? Lever looks flimsy.

    Other honourable mentions:
    Crank Bros Highline.
    PRO Koryak (Shimano)

    So who owns what?

    (Don't bother with recommendations for Reverb/Transfer/LEV. Not interested.)



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    I haven't used any of those, but if money isn't an issue, then I'd go with the most travel you can get, which is the Revive. They're meant to be very reliable as well and seem to have good warranty and an Aussie service centre if something goes wrong.

    I'm pretty much the same size as you and have a 150mm dropper on the hardtail and the dually.

    It's not as much of an issue on the hardtail, but I find I'm compromising on both ends (pedaling and getting the seat out of the way) on the dually and have to set the post somewhere in the middle which isn't ideal.

    Hopefully by the time I kill this post the price of the longer travel droppers comes down a bit.

    Conclusion, get the biggest drop you can afford!

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    Do you have a minimum travel requirement? If you choose that 150mm is too short, decisions are easier to make.


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    Quote Originally Posted by wkkie View Post
    but I find I'm compromising on both ends (pedaling and getting the seat out of the way) on the dually and have to set the post somewhere in the middle which isn't ideal.

    Conclusion, get the biggest drop you can afford!
    Hmm.... yeah I wondering about length...
    Good to 'ear from a tall bloke (or lady)



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    Quote Originally Posted by hifiandmtb View Post
    Do you have a minimum travel requirement? If you choose that 150mm is too short, decisions are easier to make.


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    TBH I don't know how much drop I need?
    Not long ago 150mm seemed to be a lot...but as previous reply says, 150mm isn't quite enough for a tall person?


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    I’ve got the Crank Bros and I’ve been really impressed with it. Feels solid, high quality finish. They’re going cheap from the Germans as well.

    Negatives? Well it’s a bit slower than my reverb. Long term reliability is always going to be a question but they’ve got a good warranty.

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    Default 9point8 fall line

    I've got a 9point8 Fall line 150mm internally routed post, have had it a bit over a year

    Pros
    - haven't stripped it down to service yet but it still works fine, apparently this isn't too hard to do
    - no side to side play at all
    - seems to work really well
    - when you want to remove the post from the bike you just unscrew the post from the cable via a nifty threaded mechanism, screw it back and you're good to go

    Cons
    - maybe harder to get hold of in Aus?
    - had some issues with the internal ?clutch mechanism where the post would not stay in the down position - to rectify this is simple, unbolt lever and push to extent of travel and hold for a couple of seconds - this has now gone away anyway
    - cable is fiddly to set up initially

    Would definitely get another one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe_MTB View Post
    I’ve got the Crank Bros and I’ve been really impressed with it. Feels solid, high quality finish. They’re going cheap from the Germans as well.

    Negatives? Well it’s a bit slower than my reverb. Long term reliability is always going to be a question but they’ve got a good warranty.
    160mm travel ??



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    +1 for Revive.

    Completely user serviceable, mtb direct has all the spares available for order. It might be a bit pricier up front, but will be cheaper in the long run if you're handy.

    Now comes in 185mm travel, and the remote lever is pretty good too
    I wish my body was as old as my brain thinks it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hairy1 View Post
    I've got a 9point8 Fall line 150mm internally routed post, have had it a bit over a year

    Pros
    - haven't stripped it down to service yet but it still works fine, apparently this isn't too hard to do
    - no side to side play at all
    - seems to work really well
    - when you want to remove the post from the bike you just unscrew the post from the cable via a nifty threaded mechanism, screw it back and you're good to go

    Cons
    - maybe harder to get hold of in Aus?
    - had some issues with the internal ?clutch mechanism where the post would not stay in the down position - to rectify this is simple, unbolt lever and push to extent of travel and hold for a couple of seconds - this has now gone away anyway
    - cable is fiddly to set up initially

    Would definitely get another one.
    Yeah I looked at these a while ago but couldn't find a local retailer....and what prices I could find seemed very high.
    I guess I could get the Canadian side of my family to send one over...?
    Cheers for the info.


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