First Look: Easton Haven and Race Face Turbine dropper post

A welcome new player enters the dropper post market

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Race Face and Easton dropper post  is set here on ice to illustrate its all weather reliability.

Race Face and Easton dropper post is set here on ice to illustrate its all weather reliability (click to enlarge).

In our opinion, the dropper post is the biggest, underserved category in the market. With its continued, unbridled growth, there seems to be limited choices out there for consumers. The RockShox Reverb and the the KS Lev are the top dogs in the category and they are indeed great products but this category can use more choices.

As a result, there are many dropper post hold-outs out there as cyclists are thwarted either by price or reliability concerns. Or what is usually the case is there is one or two bikes in the stable with dropper posts but the older bikes are left with rigid posts even as the rider could really benefit from having droppers on most/all of their bikes.

So this news from Easton and Race Face is very welcome indeed. They are entering the market with a full fledged effort, one post marketed under two different brands.

The lever is a traditional bar mount, push down style.

The lever is a traditional bar mount, push down style (click to enlarge).

It’s a mechanically activated lever with a fluid lever stroke and infinite adjustability on this Easton Haven dropper post. Unobtrusive looks outside are complemented by a patented hydraulic locking technology that is inspired by mountain bike disc brakes from the Canadian firm 9point8. The Haven dropper utilizes lower air pressures and static seals allowing Easton to tackle head-on the reliability issues plaguing current dropper posts to create reliable performance in all weather conditions. Users will appreciate that the remote utilizes standard shifter cable and housing and best of all, the Quick Connector feature allows tool-free easy disconnection from internal cable routing without losing tension settings, making it easy to remove the post or share between two bikes.

The Easton dropper is available in all popular travel lengths from 100mm to 150mm.

The Easton dropper is available in all popular travel lengths from 100mm to 150mm (click to enlarge).

Available in 4-, 5-, and 6-inch drops in four lengths; there is a Haven dropper post for every bike, from small- to extra-large- sized frames.

It ships with a small handlebar down-actuated lever but a trigger style lever mimic-ing the front shifter is available.

Continue to page 2 for specs, pricing and our impressions »

About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.


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  • SuperficialDorkOnBike says:

    So at $470, there are still few options under $400. Gravity Dropper leads the under $400 pack. Oddly enough, it’s one of the most reliable dropper posts out there. It’s major issue is that boot that makes it butt ugly. I love mine, and have since 2009…….as long as I don’t look at it.

  • bryan says:

    Hmmm, IMHO there are plenty of choices for dropper posts. And this one is one of the highest priced ones off the bat, so how is this supposed to bring prices down??? I thought I was going to read about something revolutionary and less expensive compared with the many other posts solidly established in the market. Yaaaaawn…

  • somewhere in ohio says:

    i get paid over 87 dollars per hour working from home and i still can’t afford that dropper seatpost, Maybe I need two jobs…

  • duder says:

    When you can purchase a Thomson Covert for under $400 with minimal internet shopping, hard to even consider anything else.

  • Don says:

    Heck, you can purchase a Reverb for about $325 with minimal searching. New.

    This is heavier, more expensive, and unproven. I’m not sure what the draw is? Perhaps the knee-poker remote?

  • Tony Lapinskas says:

    Sometimes big corps just get it wrong. Hey make a good, solid reliable $199.99 dropper post and sell thousands or be satisfied selling 35 of your way overpriced posts. Think that company needs fresh management.

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