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Old 04-21-22, 03:00 PM
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Dropper Seat Post on Road Bike

I understand that currently a round seat tube is required in order to install a "dropper" seat post on a road bike - does anyone have any experience or insight into these posts being used on a road bike - pros & cons ??
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You would determining factor whether it is a benefit for you. I think for normal riding, the rarity of needing a different seat height during a single ride would make it a waste and the added weight a detraction.

In my case, I have a neck issue that requires me to have to lower my seat often to lessen how "up" I have to look while riding so a dropper post is a benefit to me, even on a road bike. Also, I never care about how much my bike weighs, so that doesn't factor in for me.
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One pro I can see is when someone has a fear of falling at slow speed/stopping and wants to be able to touch the ground with his/her foot. So instead of riding with the seat too low, it is “possible” to drop the seat when coming to a stop.

A negative aspect to this is not learning how to slide off the saddle, get a foot off the pedal, and on the ground “instinctively”. Relying on dropping the seat first is a recipe for failure because a situation will arise where the rider cannot, or doesn’t react, and then he or she will fall over. Not the end of the world, unless there is an injury.

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pros have tried them recently so they can drop to a more aerodynamic position on down hills

I personally don't see any value for a road bike other than that, which is on the extreme.

dropping seat height is going to decrease pedaling efficiency and dropping to put your foot down is silly IMHO, just slide off the seat and keep it simple

keeping it simple is the beauty of road bikes
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I love my dropper on my mountain bike, but for me, it's for technical terrain -- drops, ledges, jumps, and twisty bermed singletrack. I've never once wished I had one for gravel or road, and would rarely if ever use it. Plus, they look kind of kludgy on those bikes, IMO.
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I have long legs and my seat is high for that reason but I've lost flexibility as I get older and the mount/dismount has gotten tougher - I figured the "dropper" seat post could be a solution and the benefits of riding outweigh the extra weight .
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Originally Posted by blinky View Post
I have long legs and my seat is high for that reason but I've lost flexibility as I get older and the mount/dismount has gotten tougher - I figured the "dropper" seat post could be a solution and the benefits of riding outweigh the extra weight .
I say you should give it a shot. Like I said, the invention of dropper posts made it possible for me to ride more often and for longer distances. If you think it will get you a safer and more enjoyable ride, that's a great reason to install one.
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Dropping the seat height will improve the bike's stability and handling during cornering and braking and guarantees shorter braking distances. The lowered CoG when you dropped seat does that and improving handling by lowering CoG is one of the basic concepts in vehicle dynamics. A better handling bike is a safer bike so it's not entirely a waste on a road bike even if you never intend to use it as dismount aid.

I don't use dropper post on my road bike but I do adjust the seatpost and drop the seat before going down a long downhill. I've seen enough silly videos of roadies falling flat on the pavement during a fast descent because they're unable to brake for anything because the high seat would make them tumble over or lose control of the bike.
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I would have equipped my road bike with dropper post but my road bike is not compatible with dropper post.
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