The last update I did on the Trek Fuel EX 9.9 indicated that I really didn’t use the dropper post much. That was then. This is now.
Now, I can’t imagine riding without it. It’s truly a game-changer.
Extend it to full height and pedal, climb, cruise with maximum efficiency. But when the trail turns technical or heads downhill, drop the saddle a few inches and confidence soars. Your center of gravity lowers, your ability to move in front of or behind the saddle–to move anywhere on the bike–is greatly increased. It’s a whole different ballgame.
I wasn’t really using the dropper until a friend of mine explained the significant advantages. I figured what the heck–and gave it a shot. I’m glad I listened. It makes a HUGE difference in your ability to control the bike, and in your confidence going quickly through difficult terrain. I LOVE the ability to go up and down with the handlebar-mounted control. Increasing confidence means increasing speed, which means pedaling less, which means going further, faster, with less effort. Win, win, win.
Well…a year in, my Reverb has about a 1/4″ at the top of the travel where it feels soft. It goes all the way up, but when you sit, it settles just a smidge. I need to spend some quality time with it and try to figure that out.
My other criticism is really more of a wishlist. I wish it had 2 positions: fully extended, and a ‘down’ position. In a perfect world, you could hit a button and have it drop to the drop setting (without having to weight it), then hit it again and have it fully extend. That would be a very complicated system, and isn’t likely to happen anytime soon…but it would be magical. I think I’d prefer to have a shorter travel dropper, so you could drop through all the travel and hit your ‘down’ position quickly. As it is, when I’m dropping, I sometimes overshoot and then end up with the saddle too low…and then you’re either riding super-low, or trying to raise it up a smidge while cruising hard terrain.
In any event…at one time I was talking about just putting a standard post on the bike. I’m incredibly glad I didn’t. The dropper post makes a huge difference, and I highly recommend it. If I was getting one, I’d look at the Thomson one, and I’d look to see what Crank Brothers is coming out with. Ideally, it would be cable controlled, rather than hydraulic…as I suspect that my soft spot is a hydro issue. There will probably be an upgrade in my future, at some point.