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  1. #1
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    Telescoping seat posts

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    I rode with some bikers today that were using the telescoping seat posts.

    How many of you use it and think that it is a great benefit?

    Can you use a saddle bag with the telescoping seat posts?
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    I can raise and lower saddle with a lever on my handlebar. I really love it. The guides on our Crested Butte trip had me lowering and raising my saddle for every major up or down and I decided it made me ride better. So it got included on the new bike. I don't have a seat bag though.

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    "Gravity dropper" is the most common term. I also think that's one of the brands out there but people use the name like "Kleenex".
    I love mine. You'd have to rip it out of my cold,dead hands. They aren't cheap though, if you put them on aftermarket. Figure $300 with install. You cannot use a seat bag with them.
    I've always been a believer in "saddle down" for descending even in XC riding. I wore out two quick releases. And this is soooo much easier. :-) I think it will make you a better rider. Saddle down forces you to use your body correctly as the saddle isn't in the way.
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    A dropper post is on my most wanted list even though where I ride it's not really a necessity.
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    Telescoping seat posts

    You know you want it. :-)
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    very nice information and appreciate you for the help I'll post pics when I get the materials together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thekarens View Post
    A dropper post is on my most wanted list even though where I ride it's not really a necessity.
    Hmmm... I think I can make the argument that it is a necessity It really makes riding downhill much much safer!! Your center of gravity is lower, you can center your weight over your pedals, you can use your legs and arms for shock absorption, there's no seat in the way for you to hit... I could go on... it's a necessity

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    Re: Telescoping seat posts

    Quote Originally Posted by SAMbike View Post
    Hmmm... I think I can make the argument that it is a necessity It really makes riding downhill much much safer!! Your center of gravity is lower, you can center your weight over your pedals, you can use your legs and arms for shock absorption, there's no seat in the way for you to hit... I could go on... it's a necessity
    I like the way you think! :-)
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    Someone has to do it, so I will.

    It is definitely conventional wisdom to use a telescoping seat post for mtn biking. But here are the cons, and to me the cons out weigh the pros.

    They are heavier.

    The bushings wear out and the telescoping system doesn't work smoothly anymore. This can happen in one season of use. When it happens the saddle will not return to the full "up" position when climbing putting more stress on your knees an low back. IMHO, that's a huge minis since most of my cross country riding time is spent climbing, not descending.


    They are freaking expensive for something that could easily not work the way it was intended after one season of use.

    Keep in mind that I am not the typical rider and my opinions are certainly not mainstream. But I have ridden a soft-tail Moots over all kinds of terraine and not bothered to move the saddle a millimeter. In fact, I have out ridden Euro Pros on Roman cobble descents. You can ride well on technical terraine without a gravity dropper seat post.

    Just being the devil's advocate.
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