no dropper for me... yet!

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by 45acpguy, Jul 12, 2018.

  1. 45acpguy

    45acpguy Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Granada Hills, CA
    Name:
    Dave
    Current Bike:
    2007 Specialized S-Works
    Well, in lieu of dropping $$ for a dropper, I’ll be sporting a Thomson Elite paired with a Hope QR clamp... at least for awhile. I was able to cut a good 4.5” off the post, keeping an appropriate length for minimal insertion while still giving me plenty “drop” for decents.

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  2. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer MTB Addict

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Salsa/Trek/Kona
    Great seatpost! :thumbsup:

    But it hurts me to think of how scratched up it's going to get as you drop and raise it during rides. :bang:
     
  3. 45acpguy

    45acpguy Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Granada Hills, CA
    Name:
    Dave
    Current Bike:
    2007 Specialized S-Works
    I have a few cans of Krylon laying aroumd my shop somewhere... lol
     
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  4. mike

    mike MTB Addict

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    Guerrilla Gravity Smash
  5. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist MTB Addict

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
    When you can, spring for a dropper... they're great!
     
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  6. Marty657

    Marty657 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Upland
    Name:
    Marty
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz TB2C
    Nice! When you are ready for a dropper Thomson make a great one. Mine is 4yrs old with thousands of miles with no issues and no maintenance required.
     
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  7. Faust29

    Faust29 MTB Addict

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon & Highball C
    Zen Trail in Utah... I broke my dropper through sheer mechanical incompetence. During the race, I hopped off at the top, and manually slammed it as low as it would go. Got some funny looks on the few flat sections going down, but it worked. :D

    I'm not quick to drop the dropper, but this would have been nuts to try without one:
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  8. Sidewalk

    Sidewalk MTB Addict

    Location:
    Unknown
    Name:
    Josh
    Current Bike:
    N+1
    A dropper is like a full suspension bike. You don't need it...but...

    Only MTB bikes I'll ride without a dropper are XC and DH, the two extremes.
     
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  9. rossage

    rossage MTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    Yeah, I was riding my rigid bike today, without a dropper. I missed the dropper more than I missed having a suspension fork...
     
  10. 45acpguy

    45acpguy Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Granada Hills, CA
    Name:
    Dave
    Current Bike:
    2007 Specialized S-Works
    Im sure I will. Once Im back at full strength with my shoulder and I’m able to ride a bit harder/faster, I’m sure that’s the direction I’ll go...
     
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  11. Sasquatch9billion

    Sasquatch9billion Well-Known Member

    Name:
    trinidad j. mendez
    The best non-dropper money can buy and everything Hope is rad!
     
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  12. bvader

    bvader Well-Known Member

    Location:
    HB
    Name:
    Stephen
    That's the combo I rode pre-dropper...

    Sadly I am a dropper addict now... Not sure how well I could ride without one.
     
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  13. mike

    mike MTB Addict

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    Guerrilla Gravity Smash
    You’d surprise yourself. We all did just fine before there were droppers.

    Just think about a seat bag under you, keeping you from getting behind the saddle at all. Makes ya realize that you can do almost anything behind a rigid post. :geek:
     
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  14. rossage

    rossage MTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    You gotta get used to having a saddle in the gut once in a while. Or, for extended downhills, just drop the post and grunt the climbs.

    I get bored with doing the same trails over and over so to make them more interesting I started going backwards, equipment-wize.
    Hardtail with susp. fork and dropper: definitely fun
    Hardtail with rigid fork and dropper: definitely fun, lessons in choosing lines, amazement at what can be done without suspension
    Rigid hardtail without dropper: definitely fun, lessons in using your center of gravity, choosing lines, amazement at what can be done without suspension

    Rigid hardtail without dropper is now my go to, but I will be getting a new dropper in the near future. They are addictive.
     
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  15. HBkites

    HBkites Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Huntington Beach
    Name:
    Sharone
    Current Bike:
    Why Cycles S7
    I can't wait to go back.... and search for some Zen.
     
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  16. mtbMike

    mtbMike Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Oceanside
    Name:
    Mike
    Current Bike:
    Intense Tracer & Primer
    Love the Zen Trail. It used to be our day one ride after driving into town but then guys started complaining about working so hard on ride one so now we usually ride Guacamole or Church Rocks instead.
     
  17. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist MTB Addict

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
    Yeah, learning to work with whatcha' have is pretty fun. Doing everything on a CX bike is a lot of fun as well.
     
  18. Sidewalk

    Sidewalk MTB Addict

    Location:
    Unknown
    Name:
    Josh
    Current Bike:
    N+1
    I rode without a dropper last night, I borrowed an '18 Epic FS for the night. It sucks, don't do it (the dropper part). Unless you are all about super weight weenie, there is no reason to be riding a modern MTB without a dropper!

    Exploration on a CX...not much fun. Or SART. Or, anywhere with rocks, just not 33mm friendly!

    Might do a few fun laps at Skypark with it though, see how that works :)
     
  19. mike

    mike MTB Addict

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    Guerrilla Gravity Smash
    Sure there is. Maybe you want a flexy or sus post. Maybe you run a seat bag. Maybe you don’t want to spend the money. Maybe you don’t want dropper failure in BFE. Some long rides require one or two seat height adjustments; hard to justify a dropper on those circuits.

    Lots of different kinds of outings, terrain and riders out there, and for sure they aren’t all improved with a dropper. But, to each his own :)
     
  20. DangerDirtyD

    DangerDirtyD MTB Addict

    Location:
    La Verne, CA
    Name:
    Dennis (AKA Dio)
    Current Bike:
    2013 Trek Slash 9 (26er)
    I’m riding my backup bike without a dropper. I miss my dropper. I want my dropper. I don’t need my dropper to ride the P-lines. I need my saddle lower to avoid the P-lines. Hence my yearning for the dropper.
     
  21. dustyyoungblood

    dustyyoungblood MTB Addict

    Location:
    Ladera Ranch
    Name:
    Dustan Baker
    Current Bike:
    Foes Mixer Trail
    Those hope clamps are the best ever made. I’ve had one on every bike since 2006
     
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