Do I Need A Dropper Seatpost?
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.
HOW TO ADJUST A DROPPER POST
with JESSICA BROUSSEAU, Pro Mechanic for Liv Racing
Everyone loves dropper seat posts on their mountain bikes, but no one loves when they are not working properly. Dropper seat posts are crucial for allowing you to get low to build traction when riding rough downhill terrain, corners, and jumps.
There are two different types of dropper seat posts: cable-actuated and hydraulic. We’ll be going over how to adjust and diagnose cable-actuated dropper seat posts in this tutorial. How do you know if you have a cable-actuated or hydraulic dropper? Take a look at the dropper lever, is there a cable coming out of the end? You can also loosen your seat post collar and pull it out of the frame – can you see a cable coming out of the housing into your dropper post? If you’re still not sure, do a quick search online. All Giant dropper posts are cable-actuated.
What You'll Need
- Allen wrenches
Step by step guide to diagnosing and adjusting your cable-actuated dropper post:
- Is your seat post cable internally routed or externally routed? If it is routed on the outside of the frame, inspect your cable and housing for kinks, frayed cables, and corrosion. If it is routed internally, loosen your seat post collar with an Allen wrench and remove the seat post from your frame to inspect for wear. On smaller frames with internal routing for your dropper, lowering the seat post too far can cause the cable and housing to become kinked.
- If your cable and housing is in good shape, the next step is to check cable tension. Replace your seat post if you removed it and tighten the seat post collar.
- Just like your derailleur cable, over time your cable will settle in to your housing for your dropper seat post which causes the cable to loosen. Also like your derailleur, your dropper seat post will have a barrel adjuster near the lever to help make micro-adjustments to your cable tension.
- If you press the lever of your dropper post and nothing happens (the post either stays up or down), then there is not enough tension on the cable. You’ll want to ADD tension. To do so, turn the barrel adjuster counterclockwise.
- Check the dropper post by pressing the lever. If the dropper post moves slowly, then you can add a little more cable tension by turning the barrel adjuster a couple more turns counterclockwise.
- If your dropper post is moving without pressing the lever (it won’t stay up as you are riding), then you have too much tension on the cable. You’ll want to REMOVE tension. To do so, turn the barrel adjuster clockwise.
- If you’re still having issues with your cable-actuated dropper post, you’ll need to bring it in to your favorite bike mechanic.