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School me on droppers?

Full Trucker

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Feb 26, 2003
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Does anyone have any experience with budget droppers, stuff around $100 or under $200 anyways? Looking at picking up maybe a TranzX or KS for our fat bikes.
 

Sandwich

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May 23, 2002
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Does anyone have any experience with budget droppers, stuff around $100 or under $200 anyways? Looking at picking up maybe a TranzX or KS for our fat bikes.
I have heard good things about One-up's V2 ($200) reliability. I have a bontrager line elite dropper which is functionally identical. I had issues with seat wobble but disassembly was a breeze and it turned out that by flipping the keys, I was able to reduce the wobble to "acceptable" levels. The only other issue I faced was that it is occasionally stiff at the first drop. Once through this initial "stiction", it's smooth and easy. I imagine that it will get smoother with break-in, and the keys are like $4 if I decide to replace them.
 

vinny4130

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for cold weather I would give bikeyoke a try they use a hydraulic oil formulated to work better in cold weather, for budget oneUP thats my standard answer for droppers at any price point.
 

canadmos

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Does anyone have any experience with budget droppers, stuff around $100 or under $200 anyways? Looking at picking up maybe a TranzX or KS for our fat bikes.
I got a PNW Cascade post for my fat bike (no internal routing option on my Rocky), I used it a bunch of times in the cold and it did well.

They seem to have a pretty good dealing with warranty too, should it come to that.

Its pretty cheap and came with a tiny bit of wiggle right out of the box, but it feels solid in hand and on the bike. The PNW lever I purchased also feels very nice.

 

canadmos

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my scott spark didn't have internal routing as an option, until i used a drill to add that option.
The external routing of the post was so easy and simple to setup, compared to every other internal post I've had to do. On this bike, I think I prefer it this way..
 

Jm_

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Jan 14, 2002
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Hell, I took a dropper on the Iditarod. Maybe I shouldn't have. But I did.