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Seatpost Options for Technical Riding


Old 03-16-19, 06:37 PM
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Seatpost Options for Technical Riding

So I intended on using my fat bike for riding street and mtb trails once the weather picks up, and I was going to get a dropper seatpost however my bike doesn't have routing for one unless I go 1x (which I won't and is non-negotiable atm) or if I do some funky external routing. I was put off by this when I saw that some posts had weight limits and since I'm ~360lbs I didn't want to take that risk and opted for getting a seatpost collar with a QR lever. Unfortunately it didn't last long as the seatpost began to twist even when it was tightened to the max, and I bent the lever when I attempted to over tighten it. I tried my original collar and tightened to 5nm and it's solid so that's not an issue.

I can get away with stopping to adjust the seatpost so I don't need a dropper post with a remote lever (that seems more like a luxury than a necessity), but I did come across Dropper posts with integrated levers in the seatpost which seems like it would work perfectly for my type of riding. I'm still uncertain due to the weight thing but if I *could* get a dropper post I'd also need a shock pump since I don't run suspension. Or I can just cut my losses and invest in a portable torque wrench for my seatpost (shrug).

What would you all recommend?
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If you want to run a dropper with external cable routing but donít have extra cable guides available, just use something like Problem Solvers Stick On Cable Guides - they can zip tied as well.

Donít know about the weight limits on the droppers though.

Having a remote for the dropper is key, IMO.
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KS eTen Lever. Sealed, non-adjustable, cheap.
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External dropper is perfectly fine. Seeing the cable or not seeing the cable does not change the riding experience one single bit.
I have a PNW cascade and it has a coil spring, so don't need a shock pump.

TBH, all the added features like hydraulic lever, air spring etc. will add more complexity. droppers are sensitive as they are, and kind of are long time wear items. Unless you have the $, a regular dropper will be fine.

I don't know about weight limits, but I doubt many manufacturers will officially state 360 lb is OK. Most bikes have 300 lb weight limits. So you just have to live with the fact it will wear out faster. Again, get one that is less complex and expensive and be prepared to replace it.

I really recommend a remote lever on the handlebar. Most better ones have one anyway and you will see you will adjust constantly. On some technical terrain i use it almost as often as my shifter (infinite adjustment)
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