It’s crazy to think that only a few years ago if you mentioned the idea of running a dropper post on your mountain bike to someone they’d have laughed in your face. “Pointless”, “waste of time”.
Then, thanks to the combination of some decent dropper seatposts offerings and events like the Megavalanche, the dropper post suddenly started to become less ridiculed. At first people thought you might just use one for a specialist race like the Mega but then take it off for regular riding, but it wasn’t too much longer before we all started to realise how much better they could make almost any ride, and now we are at the point where many riders consider them indispensable.
Originally there wasn’t a huge deal of competition for the class leading RockShox Reverb but we’re now seeing offerings from a load of big and small brands all vying for a seat at the table of the biggest mountain biking innovation in years.
There’s still a huge deal of variation in the dropper post market. They should just work, season-in, season-out, to the point where you forget they’re there but reliability is still a huge issue for this new technology. We’ve had to battle against sticky stanchions, useless remotes and mechanisms that rattle themselves loose within a few miles in our search for the best post but we’re now approaching the time when we’re happy to recommend a quartet of reliable and efficient posts.
So push that lever, drop your saddle and prepare to drop into four our favourite dropper seatposts: