Do I Need a Dropper Seatpost?
What was exclusive to trail-riders is fast becoming a must-have accessory for MTBers of all genres.
The dropper post is being adopted by even more riders outside of the core trail-riding scene and there are marathon and XC riders who believe that will be the next ‘big thing’ since the wheel-size revolution.
The dropper post was developed so that trail and all-mountain (enduro) bikes could be pedaled up the hill with optimum power transfer (by having the seat higher) and then dropping it out of the way before hitting the downhill trail.
It evolved into a push-button gadget after riders got tired of doing this manually with their quick-release seat clamps.
Today most dropper posts have remote levers on the handlebars, which allow for quick height adjustment. See a rock garden approaching? Quickly lower the saddle and hit it with confidence, then pop the saddle back to climbing height for the next drag.
They allow you to set the perfect seat height for efficient pedaling, then drop the saddle out of the way when you start your descent. This allows you to move the bike underneath you unencumbered, putting your body in a more controlled position to take on whatever the trail throws at you. You can also drop the saddle just slightly from full height for technical pedal sections where you need your bike to be a bit more nimble
With your seat dropped, you can stay centered in the air instead of being forced behind the seat, which can shorten your trajectory by pushing your back wheel down too early.
Whether your bike came with a dropper and you’re wanting to upgrade, or you are adding a dropper post for the first time, it can be challenging to make sure that you have all the right measurements to ensure proper compatibility, performance, and function. Bring your bike to any 7 Bicycle Warehouse stores so our experts can assist with helping you select the proper size and model for your bike and riding style.