Previously, it was never occurred to me that I ever need a dropper post. It was for 2 reasons: -
- It is expensive,
- I can easily make do without it with butt-behind-the-saddle technique.
For what a dropper post worth for, it lower your seatpost without the hassle of unclamping seatpost clamp whenever you are tackling a tough descend.
Lucky me, I was presented with a rare opportunity of getting my hands on it for mere a fraction of the cost. The catch are, it is 4 years old and without remote trigger.
My conclusion in a word = AWESOME
In a sentence = My second best upgrade after longer travel fork.
The function of a dropper post is a no-brainer but the ability to lower the seatpost in a fraction of time helps me to enjoy the trail more.
Benefits of lowered seatpost as oppose to butt-behind-the-saddle is a better control of handlebar. Butt-behind-the-saddle has a drawback of extended arms and torso that cause limited navigation of the handlebar. While is wasn't much of a problem for a short stretch of descend, prolonging the extended arms and torso on longer descend can caused fatigue.