Anyone use these? If so, what's your take on 'em? I can see advantages for their use where there's a lot of steep climbs and descents, but was wondering if anyone's having any luck using them in this area where things aren't extremely gnarly.
To be honest, I've been shopping them just because I'm tired of removing my seat just so I can load the bike into my car. Would be great to just drop it, load it and go. No worries with marring the post or having to readjust after reinstalling after unloading. Kind of a pricey item just for a hauling convenience, so I was wondering if there were any more pros to using them in this area where I will be doing 99% of my riding.
Dropper posts are that latest greatest must-have items if you read a lot of the magazines. But they're expensive, heavy, and none seem to be reliable. I think you would wear them out faster than normal around here since you'd be adjusting saddle heigh so often, it's not like we have hour long climbs and 15 minute brake scorching downhills like they do in the mountains...it's constant up and down up and down.
I'd be interested in trying one, but have no desire to buy one. A lot of folks do seem to live them though.
Yep, just kidding about the Hite Rite, but I think it's a pretty cool old school piece of hardware.
But ..... I did place an order for a KS Lev. I've been wanting to give the drop post thing a shot for a while now, but have held off for all the reasons that you stated. Pretty much figured to just go ahead and take a leap of faith and give it a shot. Seems that a lot of people are really enjoying using them, even with all of the problems that are being experienced, as well as in a lot of different types of terrain. So what the heck, there's always Ebay if it doesn't work out. LOL!
Lev should be here by Tuesday, fingers crossed.
Had it down to being either this or the CB Kronolog. Really loved the simplicity of the CB post, but not fond of how the steel lock mech seems to be causing damage to the softer aluminum post where it clamps it. Found a few different reviews that all found the same issue.
The Lev impresses me with it's design also. I like the stationary cable at the bottom of the post, the simple method of removing the cable so the post can be removed, and the locking roller bearing design (I have a screwdriver that uses similar tech). However, it does use hydraulic damping, and I've read that there have been seal problems in the past with other KS posts. Supposedly there's been improvements in that area with the LEV, but it's such a new product, only time will tell on that, so we'll see how it goes.
Cool. Be sure and let us know what you think after you get some miles on it.
Thomson has a dropper post in the works. Very interested in seeing what they come out with.
Also, even though I've ordered a Lev, I'm still interested in hearing from others regarding their experiences with adjustable posts in this neck of the woods, so please put forth your two pennies if you're using one. Thanks.
Got the Lev yesterday, installed on the bike today after work. Having rain the next day or two here, so it'll most likely be this weekend at least before it gets used on the trails.
So far, I love it! The integration of the remote with my ODI grips is really sweet, and I'm absolutely loving the fact that the bike fits in the car now without having to remove the seat or slide it all the way down into the seat tube requiring readjustment every time I go riding.
More pics here, including a short video of it in operation:
Gave the seatpost a try today on Brown Wave. Although I didn't drop it very often (but more often than actually needed I'm sure ...LOL), there were a few times that I felt that it was a benefit. In the past some of the faster downhill rollers have caught me off guard with my weight too far forward and I've nearly endoed. With the seat dropped, I didn't have any problems keeping my weight back, and low, allowing for more control.
Need to make a few minor adjustments, mainly repositioning the control lever, and just get used to using it. It's different for sure, but the learning curve doesn't seem like it will be too steep.