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Old 06-21-23, 08:48 AM
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Seat dropper with good price/ratio for cargo bike?

Hello,

Someone I know rides a two-wheel front loader, a.k.a. a bakfiets.

Due to a problem with her left ankle, she can't extend her foot, which means she currently rides with the seat all the way down… and being 6 feet tall, she can't apply much power to the pedals.

Provided a dropper would help so she can raise/lower the seat in a flash, what model provides a good price/performance ratio? She prefers those with a lever on the handlebar.

It's for use for short rides in the city, not on an MTB, so there's no need for a high-end, heavy-dutry product.

For instance, I noticed this dropper from Red (Bikester's own brand) and this one from XLC.

Thank you.
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Originally Posted by Winfried
Provided a dropper would help so she can raise/lower the seat in a flash, what model provides a good price/performance ratio? She prefers those with a lever on the handlebar.
The cheapest one you can get that fits, with external cable routing and enough drop. They seem to start from €50-60 for which you'll get something that isn't necessarily the smoothest and may have clicks and rattles but will do the job for a while, at least until she can figure out if it's going to be useful. For more money you get lighter, smoother, fewer rattles. Internal cabling probably isn't an option without frame modification or clever hacks. But none of this applies if the bike has a seat post diameter less than 27.2 mm (larger than that you can use shims for odd sizes).
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Thanks.

I don't understand that part: "But none of this applies if the bike has a seat post diameter less than 27.2 mm (larger than that you can use shims for odd sizes)."

What's the connection between those features ("lighter, smoother, fewer rattles") and a smaller diameter?

And why does a cheap dropper make clicks and rattles?
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Originally Posted by Winfried
Thanks.

I don't understand that part: "But none of this applies if the bike has a seat post diameter less than 27.2 mm (larger than that you can use shims for odd sizes)."

What's the connection between those features ("lighter, smoother, fewer rattles") and a smaller diameter?

And why does a cheap dropper make clicks and rattles?
"cheaper" means lower manufacturing standards and junk materials....and junk "performance", AKA: loose, clicking, rattles, and creaking... much like my aging skeleton..

as to size.. Droppers come in 27.2mm, then jump to 30.9mm and 31.6mm... anything smaller is not an option... anything between 27.2 and 30.9 is going to need a shim.

smh.
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My favorite price/performance droppers are TranzX, which are OEM on a lot of bike brands, and appear to do manufacturing for other brands. They aren't the absolute cheapest, particularly compared to some web based brands, but they are well made and service parts for them are fairly easy to source.

One small distinction is that I really prefer when externally routed posts have the cable housing at the collar instead of the head. This makes cable routing easier, looks better, and the housing at the head tends to get caught on stuff and messed up.

Make sure you get the diameter right. Most cheaper posts have relatively short drop (50-120mm). Generally speaking, more drop is better up until its actually too long. Do make sure that the post isn't too long, or inserts deeper into the frame than can be accomodated.
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I really prefer when externally routed posts have the cable housing at the collar instead of the head. This makes cable routing easier, looks better, and the housing at the head tends to get caught on stuff and messed up.
Is the "collar" version on the left, and the "head" version on the right?



Originally Posted by cpach
Do make sure that the post isn't too long, or inserts deeper into the frame than can be accomodated.
Is it easy for someone not mechanical to check this before ordering? Her hubby is a bit more experienced with bikes, but not much.

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Edit: "I like the one's that have the cable connection at the "collar" of the post, instead of attaching up near the saddle. That way the cable doesn't move up and down when you actuate the post." (Souce)


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