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Old 10-11-14, 06:53 PM
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Seat height opposing opinions?

I see some people say lower the seat on downhill and raise for climbing. That has been the stance I had adopoted and in fact was thinking of cutting a couple inches off my seat post to get it to go a tad lower in the frame. But I have been reading that some people say to leave it high and use the seat between the knees or legs to gain more control on downhill and on turns. I can appreciate that opinion as well as it actually makes sense. Is this all it is, opinions? Or is there a right way and wrong way when it comes to this subject?

....It would be nice to not have to constantly raise and lower the seat and also to not spend 100+ bucks on a dropper post. I like simplicity.....
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Old 10-12-14, 12:17 PM
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I considered getting a drop post at one point but eventually rejected the idea. I keep my seatpost at the highest possible climbing position now. I learned that previously my fixation with a drop post was the result of a bad setup including inadequate reach and bar drop. I ended up putting drop bars on my full-squishy MTB to get the bars very low and now I love it. On steep descents I just hang my ass way out over the back and keep my stomach on the saddle. With my low slung position on the bike I feel safe but am also ready to jump off the back if the front tire goes into an unmanageable slide. On steep ascents I sometimes wish my drop bars were even lower. I just ride XC in a conservative style with no jumps and minimal hopping. My theory now is that a too-upright position on the bike is what makes one feel precarious and in need of a drop seatpost. Maybe they're useful for a more aggressive riding style but I have no desire to ride that way.

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Old 10-12-14, 03:56 PM
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Yea I really don't want to buy a dropper either. I would use one if someone gave it to me lol but my money can be spent better on other things for my purposes.
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