Dropper posts are easily one of the best bike inventions ever. If you already ride with one (and use it), try riding without one and see how much you miss it. You’ll never take your dropper post for granted again! On the flip side, if you don’t have a dropper post you’re missing out. They have revolutionized the rider experience and have become standard on most mountain bikes for good reason.
Here are my Top 5 reasons to love (or get) a dropper post.
1) Steeper Steeps
A properly used dropper post allows the seat to get down and completely out of the way when the trail gets steep. This helps eliminate that dreaded crotch vs. seat hang up that can prevent us from getting our weight down and back when we need to the most. With that seat out of the way, we can get our hips down and back to tire-buzzing depths without any seat interference!
2) Better Corners
As you develop your cornering skills, you’ll start to learn more and more about the importance of bike/body separation. No idea what I’m talking about? Join us for the an Intermediate / Advanced Clinic where we go depth into high speed cornering technique! The ability to drop that seat out of the way gives more lateral movement before anything mechanical collides with your legs. This means more lean angle for the bike and more room for you to move your body. Slam that saddle and dig those tire side knobs into the dirt, it’s GO time!
3) Bigger Hops
As you develop a stronger bunny hop, the saddle becomes the limiter to how high you can lift the bike. Get that seat out of the way, and you get several inches more clearance for bringing the bike up. Every bit of height helps when it’s time to fly!
4) Softer Landings
Your legs are the original suspension. Don’t let a tall seatpost lock you out! Dropping that seat gives your body the necessary travel it needs in order to absorb landings when jumping and dropping. Your knees can move deeper, letting you soak up the hits and find your ready position for whatever the trail throws at you next!
5) More Flow
When it comes down to it, the biggest advantage of all, is that a dropper post can allow you to create more flow on the trail when used properly. Gone are the days when we’d stop to lower our posts or get stuck or stalled after getting hung up on our tall seats! Now we can keep our eyes up and hit the lever anytime we see an obstacle approaching. Life is better with more flow and if a piece of equipment can enhance that experience, I’m in. How about you?
He’s a wild man with a wild plan, living the nomad life as a skills instructor and trail builder. With a background in moto and 15 years of mtb experience, he has tips for riders of all levels! You can find him leading Ninja clinics all over the country and on Instagram @vitabrevis
G2 Bike looks forward to many more of these clinics in this area.
Ninja Mountain Bike Skills is a warm and friendly environment to learn new skills and hone ones you already know....
Ninja Mountain Bike Skills
Ninja Mountain Bike Skills is a warm and friendly environment to learn new skills and hone ones you already know. It's a non intimidating environment where mistakes are welcomed so corrections can be made. I own G2 Bike is Aliso Viejo and this clinic has been ran out of the Aliso Woods area and when I interviewed the clients they had all but great things to say. None arrogant instructors and easy to follow steps. The biggest bang for many was meeting new area riders at their skill level, gaining confidence, and getting the bike set up and fit properly. G2 Bike looks forward to many more of these clinics in this area. Thanks Richard for all you do for the MTB community! ~ AJ S.
I’m so glad I made the decision to be part of the Mulberry Gap 3-day clinic.
I'm so glad I made the decision to be part of the Mulberry Gap 3-day clinic. Richard and Randy are...
Ninja Mountain Bike Skills
I'm so glad I made the decision to be part of the Mulberry Gap 3-day clinic. Richard and Randy are really skilled at breaking things down, very patient and kind. They were very attentive to what each of us needed individually while maintaining a no-pressure, fun vibe. The place is beautiful, rustic and offers a great opportunity to unplug. It's the seemingly little things that make a big difference in your riding, and I feel like I gained some useful insight about not only being on the bike, but set-up and nutrition as well. ~Susan Tully
The Ninja team (Richard & Aaron) were great instructors!
The Ninja team (Richard & Aaron) were great instructors! The training was in Soquel Demonstration Forest & being able take...
Ninja Mountain Bike Skills
The Ninja team (Richard & Aaron) were great instructors! The training was in Soquel Demonstration Forest & being able take our time to session sections of Braille & Flow while having experts help fix any dysfunctions in our riding technique was priceless. I know I've always had to brake-check a lot before hitting the corners, but now I actually feel more planted while carrying more speed around the berms just w/ a slight change in hip position. I can't wait to actually hit Flow again at speed just to see how my time has improved. As for Braille, I know I need to session some of the jumps & drops a few more times before I hit them at speed (instead of bypassing around most of them as I have in the past) but now I should have the tools to know what I need to practice. Technical instruction aside, they also talked about efficient uphill pedaling, gearing choices as well as techniques to build up more mitochondria in your body... all stuff I'm interested in since I know I need to build up my climbing legs. ~Carlo F.
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