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Old 10-26-2012, 11:27 AM   #25711
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Any experience with dropper style seat posts? I feel like I'm a pretty solid mountain biker, and my Giant Reign is one of the best things I've ever purchased. Besides brakes, the only other 'complaint' (can't really call it that) is having to interrupt my 'flow' to get off the bike and lower the seat for downhill sections. I love making use of all 6" ... that's where the bike really shines. And to climb efficiently, I really need to get back off the bike and extend the post higher, otherwise I'm not able to get near my full power to the pedals.

LBS has the giant post for $220+tx... it seems steep but it also seems like an amazing addition to the ride, and I wont buy online... the LBS is amazing with customer support and super nice guys. I also figure I'll always be able to take the seat post with me as I move on to other bikes (eventually). I've heard some negatives of seat play and mechanical failures, but I've also heard they're worth their weight in gold. Thoughts?
My Stumpy came with the Command Post. I rarely use it, as we just don't have extended distances of terrain that benefits its use. I'll run fully extended on fireroads, then, drop it to the middle on the trail. The only problem I've had is that I let someone ride my bike and they didn't understand how to adjust the post and they broke the cable (the post will not release with weight on it). Not a big deal, as I just put in a new cable (takes a shift cable).

BIKE magazine (DH/AM focused) have continual updates on their test posts. So far, they've only recommended the Crank Brothers Kronolog. They've recently received the new Rock Shox Reverb and, so far, say it looks to be an excellent post. Unfortunately, they've have had problems with every other dropper post tested. So, I guess, those would be the two models I'd look at. Though, you may not be happy with their pricetags.
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Old 10-26-2012, 11:28 AM   #25712
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Old 10-26-2012, 11:46 AM   #25713
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I'm told that for hundreds of dollars, I can lighten my 29er from it's current weight of 26 lbs down to 22 lbs. Alternatively, I can rid myself of 4 lbs just by dieting, and it would cost me nothing. So my question is, does taking weight off the bike make more of a difference during the ride than taking an equal amount of weight off the rider?

The best money you can spend to reduce noticeable weight on the bike will be in wheels, tires and secondarily on cranks, cassettes, chains. Essentially, anything that rotates will make a discernible difference. Beyond that, it's all subjective and static weight. It helps tremendously to shed weight from your body and that just takes discipline, the right nutrition and training.

Edit: or you could just man up and switch to a single speed to get rid of all those unnecessary gears, derailleurs, shifters and cables. Then swap out for a light set of wheels with that money you just made to most likely get in the sub-20lb range...

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Old 10-26-2012, 11:53 AM   #25714
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yeah I've read issues with all of the seatposts in one way or another, and no offense but dont particularly trust many of the mags out there who undoubtedly get paid for their 'opinions'. Where I ride, it's constant up/down/up/down and I find myself sacrificing the uphills for the downs, and just keeping my seat lower.
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Old 10-27-2012, 12:24 AM   #25715
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I'd been slacking since I realised my bottom bracket might be going out. Car died tonight after work. Left it, got a ride home from a co worker.

Guess I bike to work this weekend. Bike apathy solved.
So my 13.XX mile bike ride to work was a blistering (for me) 15.9 mph. Best time and average speed for quite a while. And that's factoring in the numerous times I had to slow down for construction, traffic, or traffic signals.

But not counting it against my "route" as the ride to work is all downhill (very slight.) Car started just fine. Bike apathy continues.....
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Old 10-27-2012, 12:25 AM   #25716
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Old 10-27-2012, 02:40 AM   #25717
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Any experience with dropper style seat posts? I feel like I'm a pretty solid mountain biker, and my Giant Reign is one of the best things I've ever purchased. Besides brakes, the only other 'complaint' (can't really call it that) is having to interrupt my 'flow' to get off the bike and lower the seat for downhill sections. I love making use of all 6" ... that's where the bike really shines. And to climb efficiently, I really need to get back off the bike and extend the post higher, otherwise I'm not able to get near my full power to the pedals.

LBS has the giant post for $220+tx... it seems steep but it also seems like an amazing addition to the ride, and I wont buy online... the LBS is amazing with customer support and super nice guys. I also figure I'll always be able to take the seat post with me as I move on to other bikes (eventually). I've heard some negatives of seat play and mechanical failures, but I've also heard they're worth their weight in gold. Thoughts?
I have the Reverb on my Reign. Done about 500kms of riding with it and no issues at all. It's great to be able to drop your seat at will.



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Old 10-27-2012, 06:34 AM   #25718
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no offense but dont particularly trust many of the mags out there who undoubtedly get paid for their 'opinions'.
I wouldn't say that about BIKE magazine(Bicycling - yes). They received three CB Kronolog posts. One had a failure, that CB covered under warranty. They, also, reported exactly what failed in that post (it was a part that wasn't to tolerances; not a design issue). What they had to say about the Specialized Command Post is exactly what I've experienced (finicky cable attachment that can fail).

I don't believe everything I read, either. However, with the cost of these posts, I'd be willing to trust a reputable mag, whose testers ride a lot more and are exposed to a lot more product than I, than I'd trust opinions of forum members. Not being smart, here. It's just that I have a tendency to trust a pool of riders who've seen all the stuff out there and have a collective experience that rivals what you're going to find here.
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Old 10-27-2012, 06:40 AM   #25719
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I wouldn't say that about BIKE magazine(Bicycling - yes). They received three CB Kronolog posts. One had a failure, that CB covered under warranty. They, also, reported exactly what failed in that post (it was a part that wasn't to tolerances; not a design issue). What they had to say about the Specialized Command Post is exactly what I've experienced (finicky cable attachment that can fail).

I don't believe everything I read, either. However, with the cost of these posts, I'd be willing to trust a reputable mag, whose testers ride a lot more and are exposed to a lot more product than I, than I'd trust opinions of forum members. Not being smart, here. It's just that I have a tendency to trust a pool of riders who've seen all the stuff out there and have a collective experience that rivals what you're going to find here.
Yeah I hear ya, I should add I have a pretty big attachment to my LBS... they have been phenonmenal with everything the last year or so, and I'd really prefer to give them business than go elsewhere. That probably explains my preference to go with the Giant Post than the others.
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Old 10-27-2012, 06:55 AM   #25720
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Yeah I hear ya, I should add I have a pretty big attachment to my LBS... they have been phenonmenal with everything the last year or so, and I'd really prefer to give them business than go elsewhere. That probably explains my preference to go with the Giant Post than the others.
No harm. But, when it comes to something like this, which has very limited appeal, I tend to look elsewhere for info. We don't have a huge MTB community, so listening to what some of our shops say is like asking someone on the street for MTB help. BTW, your LBS can get anything available, as I'm sure they order through QBP (Quality Bike Parts). You can use the flip catalog to find the part numbers of what you're after. Dropper posts start here.
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Old 10-27-2012, 07:21 AM   #25721
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I didnt realize that, though I should have with my experience in sales. Thanks man, I'll look around a bit more.
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Old 10-27-2012, 04:59 PM   #25722
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Any experience with dropper style seat posts? I feel like I'm a pretty solid mountain biker, and my Giant Reign is one of the best things I've ever purchased. Besides brakes, the only other 'complaint' (can't really call it that) is having to interrupt my 'flow' to get off the bike and lower the seat for downhill sections. I love making use of all 6" ... that's where the bike really shines. And to climb efficiently, I really need to get back off the bike and extend the post higher, otherwise I'm not able to get near my full power to the pedals.

LBS has the giant post for $220+tx... it seems steep but it also seems like an amazing addition to the ride, and I wont buy online... the LBS is amazing with customer support and super nice guys. I also figure I'll always be able to take the seat post with me as I move on to other bikes (eventually). I've heard some negatives of seat play and mechanical failures, but I've also heard they're worth their weight in gold. Thoughts?
$220??? WOW!!

This was $29.95 BITD:



4+ inches of drop, but you did have to remove a hand from the handlebar. Adds maybe 3 oz to the bike. No play/lost motion and any failure won't stick you in the low position.
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Old 10-27-2012, 06:17 PM   #25723
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QBP[/URL] (Quality Bike Parts). You can use the flip catalog to find the part numbers of what you're after. Dropper posts start here.
the fun part about that QPB onine catalog is finding stuff. clue, go to the LAST page (the >| icon on the bottom), then go BACKWARDS through the pages, the index is on the right margin of the right page. this years catalog, the clothing and accessories section is a lovely pale yellow on light green, almost impossible to read at normal size on my 24" computer monitor, but a half dozen pages before that, the regular components index starts, and its got a orange background and is at semi-readable. once you find a page number, like 333 for cranksets, then type that number into the page number field in the middle bottom and hit Enter, and voila, there you are. click on something to zoom, click again to unzoom, left/right or pageup/pagedown to flip through.
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Old 10-27-2012, 09:32 PM   #25724
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Anyone know a bit about bottom brackets?

Been having issues with mine and realised spinning the pedals loosens them. I thought that was supposed to tighten them?

Maybe my bike was assembled backwards!

I had to tighten the bb again and now it is binding. Maybe it is too wide and bottoming on the cups?

I could get another bb but I would like a set and forget model next time around.
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Old 10-27-2012, 11:58 PM   #25725
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Anyone know a bit about bottom brackets?

Been having issues with mine and realised spinning the pedals loosens them. I thought that was supposed to tighten them?

Maybe my bike was assembled backwards!

I had to tighten the bb again and now it is binding. Maybe it is too wide and bottoming on the cups?

I could get another bb but I would like a set and forget model next time around.
what sort of BB is it? loose ball and cone, square post cranks? you need a spanner and a pin wrench to adjust those properly. a bike shop should have everything they need to do it, on your own, its kinda tricky to get just right.

frankly, if a square post loose ball and cone BB is giving you trouble, I'd replace it with a $25 Shimano UN26 or whatever, needs to be the right length but otherwise, its just plug and play. one side you install a cup that you grease and screw in all the way, then slip in the BB, then the other side is a lock ring, grease it if its metal, but don't grease it if its plastic, and you screw it in fairly tight, the bearings are sealed and preset so they can't loosen up. then grease the posts and install the cranks. oh yeah, you need a BB tool and a crank puller to do that job too, but a LBS should do it for like $30 or something.
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