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the best mountain bike dropper seatposts of 2014

[splitpost intro="true"]It's crazy to think that only a few years ago if you mentioned the idea of running a dropper post to someone they'd have laughed in your face. Pointless, waste of time...those were just some of the things that would have been said in response to your ludicrous suggestion. 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.

Of course there a still a few riders out there who claim that they are an unnecessary waste of time, but I've yet to find someone who thinks that after actually riding with one. We genuinely feel that dropper seatposts are one of the most significant developments in mountain biking, and we now wouldn't want to be without one on our trail bikes. Not all dropper posts are equal though, there's definitely been plenty of chaff in with the wheat over the years, but thankfully there's now some healthy competition going on, with three models in particular standing out for us.

So, without further ado, here are our dropper seatpost recommendations for 2014.

[part title="THOMSON ELITE DROPPER SEATPOST"]

Thomson Elite Dropper Seatpost from 2014 Dirt 100.
Thomson Elite Dropper Seatpost from 2014 Dirt 100.

THOMSON ELITE DROPPER SEATPOST

Over the years Thomson have become synonymous with stems and seatposts that are of the very highest quality, and so when we first heard that they would be releasing a dropper post we had a strong feeling that it too would follow suit. They certainly took their time to release it, but you can’t rush quality and Thomson knew that if they were ever going to sell one of these things it had to be worthy of carrying their name. So, it really came as little surprise to find that this dropper post is a seriously good bit of kit, and it’s one that feels like it’s going to last for years. With both a ‘stealth’ and 27.2mm version about to hit the shops its appeal grows even further, plus it’s the lightest in its class. This one was definitely worth the wait.

Price: £349.99

I-RIDE 01444 243 000

WWW.BIKETHOMSON.COM

 

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[part title="KS LEV"]

KS LEV from 2014 Dirt 100.
KS LEV from 2014 Dirt 100.

KS LEV

Gravity Dropper might have been the first company to produce a dropper seatpost, but it wasn’t really until KS entered the scene several years later that the whole idea really started to take off. It took off because KS gave us a glimpse of just how good these things could be. Yes their first posts weren’t perfect, but they were a huge step in the right direction. Since then they have come under some serious fire from RockShox in particular, but we think their latest LEV post definitely gives the Reverb a run for its money. We love that the cable attaches at the bottom of the post so the cable never moves or bunches up, plus the remote lever is incredibly neat too. Reliability has also been great and whilst the already neat cable mounting means the new ‘stealth’ version isn’t too important, there will be a lot of riders who will love that this post comes in a 27.2mm version.

Price: £300.00 – £345.00

JUNGLE PRODUCTS 01423 780 088

WWW.KSSUSPENSION.COM

 

see also

9POINT8 FALL LINE DROPPER SEATPOST

 

[part title="ROCKSHOX REVERB"]

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ROCKSHOX REVERB

When RockShox first released the Reverb it really marked the point at which everyone (including the dropper doubters) knew that dropper seatposts weren’t just here to stay, they were going to be THE new thing to have. The big guns had officially arrived, and overnight the Reverb became the benchmark product. The early versions might have had their faults, and to be fair the Reverb still isn’t faultless in terms of reliability, but it has always managed to win us over thanks to the beauty of its operation. A Reverb is just a joy to use, it’s as simple as that. RockShox were also the first to introduce a ‘stealth’ post with a remote release that enters the very bottom of the post, making an already ‘slick’ post look and function even better. Occasional bleeding issues aside, this is a phenomenal bit of kit.

PRICE: £299.99 – £349.99

FISHER OUTDOOR LEISURE 01727 798 340

WWW.SRAM.COM

Photos by Andy Lloyd - www.alpictures.co.uk

 

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RSP PLUMMET | THE CHEAPEST DROPPER SEATPOST WE’VE EVER SEEN, AND IT WORKS!