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Any other mountain bikers on here with experience of dropper posts?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by warren_S5, Oct 16, 2012.

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    old bmxs are SO cool
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    And so it's arrived...

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    In usual SRAM style they don't include any instructions, so when you want to trim the hydraulic pipes you have to go to their internet site for instructions, but on the whole she feels OK.

    535g of weight for the dropper vs. 280g for the post it replaces. So nearly 300g up, so now I'm off on a weight saving mission! Got some intel on Thomson post that it's not a great effort so saves me waiting until March 2013 when it arrives.
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    cool!
    you will have to post a little vid of it in action warren! :rolleyes:
    oh, and how much dude?
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    I'm planning to give it some grief tomorrow so I'll do a vid.

    Unfortunately it was nigh on £300 which I think is pretty much extortion, but I did get 10% as a Leisure Lakes VIP customer. When you think a seat post is barely equivalent to a single stanchion on a suspension fork, why it should cost the same as a set of forks is beyond me. Supposedly the handlebar switch is £50 if I bust it, so I'll be riding like a gimp to make sure I don't bust it!
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    ok so just to clarify warren because i is a bit thick :ninja:
    does this post, adjusted by the lever, adjust the height of the post remotely or the rebound of the shock etc, or both?
    also, i am with you on the vague sram instructions etc, not a patch on shimano imo! i use shimano as much as possible, be it fishing or bikes! i love the brand!
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    I love Shimano but this bike came with none :-(

    Infinitely adjustable via hydraulic switch. (Whilst sitting on it) press it a little bit and it drops a little, press a bit more it drops some more. As soon as you let go of switch it locks. To put it back to high get out if the saddle and press the switch and it rises back up. Only ever solid, never suspension, just enables you to get the post down quick for down hill or drop offs without getting off the bike and dropping it by hand (so its a lazy mans post really!). As I'm planning to do low rent races it will save me some time/effort!
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    Oh....i've already got one of them

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    Ain't that the truth! Ironic the gas strut in that chair probably costs about a fiver and as soon as you attach the acronym MTB they add about 10,000% to the price!
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    pmsl :haha:

    well it is the same i suppose but it would be able to adjust from the desk!
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    whats even more ironic is my desk chair actually has suspension too!

    Anyway, dug out a few of my ride today, I fitted some XT disc brakes this year but haven't really been out much as I just haven't had the time this year. She's not so flash and probably 5 years old I think. I'm tempted to get a new one but I think my next bike investment will be to upgrade my road bike.

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    nice bike nick. i love easton stuff.

    and im a SRAM guy for gearing, it ****ing rules.
    shimano saint brakes and cranksets are sexual though.
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    Tis a very tidy bike, and looks light too (esp. hope /mavic wheelset - bet they ride well). My Specialized has Easton Monkey bars on it and I'm tempted to try their carbon bars on the new rig.
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    Its quite light, I actually got rid of a full susser to get it as I wanted something lean to ride x-country. Just about every part of the bike has been replaced thinking about it, in fact everything except for the chainset and the frame! The wheels are nice to ride, but the rear Hope hub drives me nuts with the noise of its pawl, its really loud. I think I might get an XT chainset soon, just to finish off the set, then it's a complete groupset.

    I've seen pictures of some nasty accidents involving carbon handle bars, I think if you plan on anything other than x-country then steer clear of them. I think id have them, but i'd be wary of any heavy drops or jumping about.
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    Know what you mean, I had some Lendl carbon 99g bars on my Zaskar and they started to de-laminate so I binned them. Been back on alu ever since. Like wide bars and not many carbons are that wide, but new carbon weaving technology in recent few years have meant they are much stronger than they used to be.

    I have XT chainset on the Specialized, and with the hollowtech BB it saved a shed load of weight. The SRAM GXP unit on the Cube doesn't look great, but the XO carbon cranks are way over £300 so I'll be leaving that for some time. May even change back to Shimano XT from SRAM as whilst the shifts are positive it lacks finesse of higher end Shimano stuff.

    Good thing about loud hub click is that pedestrians get some forewarning if you freewheel a bit. I have Shimano XT wheels on the Spec and they're silent, preferred my old Hope / Mavics!
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    well made/weaver carbon is stronger than steel. id like to think in this case you get what you pay for with carbon parts.
    i dont have any carbon myself though.

    i loved having hope hubs for the sound of the freehub lol, i swithed to mavic deemax tho and theyre quite quiet, but the reputation of those wheels is the freehub mech wears out, and iv'e never rebuilt mine :(
    why dont you get a chris king hub, theyre cheap :whistle2:lol. they dont click they actually hum or buzz along, sound weird
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    Nah, I'm going to go retro and get some 90's classics....

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