Thomson knows there are a lot of 27.2mm seatpost bikes out there that could benefit from an externally-routed dropper post. That’s why they developed their new Black Gravel Dropper with 125mm travel, 27.2 diameter, remote actuator, and cable kit included. These sleek and minimal droppers retail for $479.95 and are in stock now at Thomson.
Back in the day, if you were a racer who was looking to lighten up your bike, you broke out a drill press. The process of drilling holes in various bike components is called drillium and long gone are those days. Now companies simply engineer lighter components without drilling holes to lighten them up. Easier said than done though!
At 128 grams (25%!) lighter than the regular Transfer posts, the new Transfer SL (super light) is the lightest mainstream dropper post on the market. With lever options for flat bars, drop bars, and 1x and 2x drivetrains, these new Transfer SL posts are at home on all bikes, from 27.2mm clamp to 31.6mm.
See more at Fox! … and how cool is that drillium post they made for this ad?
There are a lot of dropper posts on the market, yet very few that retail for $199, and hardly any that allow for travel adjustment, or customizable color hits. The PNW Components Loam dropper does all that, allowing for up to 30mm of travel adjustment in 5mm increments. Why is that important? It ensures you get the most travel from your dropper based on your sizing. For instance, if your bike can fit a 200mm travel dropper but your resultant saddle height is 5mm too high, this allows you to lower the dropper height and still gain the full travel to your seat tube collar. On top of this nifty advancement, PNW Components offers colored collar bands, allowing you to customize a small color hit.
Head to PNW Components for more!
Earlier this year, the Fox Transfer Dropper posts got an overhaul. They got lighter, smoother, and now, with a 200mm travel option, longer. These droppers are only available in 30.9mm or 31.6mm clamp diameter and come in Factory (pictured) or Performance (black) package. Head to Fox to read all about the Transfer and your local shop to order one.
Oh and don’t worry, we’ve got a review of John’s Pumpkin Spice Starling Murmur build kit coming soon…
The Highline is a new dropper post from Crankbrothers, marketed towards gravel bikes and XC racing mountain bikes. These 27.2mm posts come in a variety of lengths and feature an optional drop-bar dropper remote. The Highline comes backed with a 4-year warranty, is supplied with Jagwire cable and housing, uses a two-bolt standard head, is linear-pull, and is for internal routing.
HIGHLINE XC/GRAVEL FEATURES:
-60mm short & long / 80mm / 100mm / 125mm of infinite travel adjustment
-insertion lengths: 174mm short & 264mm long / 264mm / 264mm / 264mm (bottom of collar to bottom of actuator)
-weights: 369g & 410g / 434g / 459g / 467g
-60mm minimum stack height
See more at Crankbrothers.
People balked at the price of the DT Swiss carbon D 232 dropper and well, we called it. The tech of the D 232 is now available as an alloy option. At 416g, compared to the D 232 One with a 369g claimed weight and a $566 price tag, the D 232 is the alloy alternative with a more affordable pricepoint of $369.
While marketed towards XC racing, these inverted droppers look to be a great option for those tired of hassling with saddle packs and dropper posts since the stanchion is inverted. DT Swiss calls this “Upside Drop”. To top it off, the D 232 is fully mechanical and offers 60mm of travel, which would be perfect for a loaded bike, across all size runs. Intrigued? Yes.
See more at DT Swiss.
Droppers on gravel bikes aren’t anything new but one brand that has been supplying brands with OE product just went consumer direct. TranzX’s Hot Lap dropper has 50mm of travel and comes in 27.2, 30.9, and 31.6mm diameters. 50mm of travel might not seem like much, but shorter-travel posts are lighter than longer-travel posts, ensure a variety of riders will be able to use them and from personal experience is plenty of added room when descending.
For those looking to save a few bucks while recycling gently-used products, check out the PNW Cycled program, offering discounts on dropper posts, while being conscious of reuse. These posts start at $107, saving you big bucks! Check out all the info at PNW Components.
About a year ago, Paul Component Engineering launched their nifty dropper post remote for MTB bars but what about droppers on drop bar bikes? Well, on Friday they announced a 31.8 clamp dropper remote, which nests nicely on your stem clamp area. These dropper remotes are made in Chico, California and are in stock now at Paul!
With Crankbrother’s new Highline 3 Dropper line ranging from 60mm to 170mm travel, diameters ranging from 27.2mm for gravel bikes up to 34.9mm for mountain bikes, at a $199 price point, and the Highline 7 Dropper line ranging from 100mm to 170mm and a $299 price point, there is literally a dropper for everyone. These posts and remotes come with a 3-year warranty and are in stock at your local Crankbrothers dealers. Head to Crankbrothers to see more specs and information.
Your RockShox Reverb dropper is going to need service at some point and with the new Stealth Reverb design it’s easier than ever. With RockShox’s new Reverb Stealth port design, you can now remove the saddle, depress the valve, compress the post and reset. The result is the air is channeled back into the chamber leaving the oil where it is supposed to be. The Reverb Stealth post body is now shorter too. Head on over to RockShox to see more.
Check out full specs and pricing at Ritchey.