Round up: 2016’s six most exciting dropper posts

Highlights include longer travel, electronic actuation, lower prices

Components
With 25mm of drop, the new KS Zeta dropper is the perfect addition to a cross country or cyclocross bike.

With 25mm of drop, the new KS Zeta dropper is the perfect addition to a cross country or cyclocross bike (click to enlarge).

KS Zeta

Enduro is cool and all, but Grinduro is the new race format everyone is raving about. It combines the relaxed vibe of non-timed transfer stages, with several timed segments that feature tough descents and brutal climbs. Depending on the course, the best race rig would have either drop bars or front suspension. Whichever you choose, the 25mm Zeta dropper post from KS could be the perfect secret weapon. The internals of the post are housed at the bottom, so the Zeta looks normal when installed. To adjust the height of the post, you must remove the seatpost mast and trim the actual post. The seatpost mast itself has up to 8mm of adjustment built in. The aluminum version of the Zeta weighs 486 grams, while the carbon model cuts weight down to 422 grams. They will be available for 30.9mm and 31.8mm seat tubes and will ship next year. Learn more at kssuspension.com.

One charge of the Vyron is good for about 400 actuations or 40 hours, claims Magura.

One charge of the Vyron is good for about 400 actuations or 40 hours, claims Magura (click to enlarge).

Magura Vyron

Having proven the reliability of electronic systems in its suspension products, Magura used that expertise to develop the electronic actuated Vyron dropper post. Set to be released next year, the 150mm post weighs 595 grams and has enough battery capacity for 400 activations per charge. The post communicates wirelessly with a handlebar mounted remote so it can easily be swapped between bikes (of the same seatpost diameter), which makes the $460 price tag a little more palatable. To learn more about all of the technology, check out our full coverage here and visit www.magura.com.

Originally available with only 125mm of drop, Thomson is now expanding its dropper post lineup.

Originally available with only 125mm of drop, Thomson is now expanding its dropper post lineup (click to enlarge).

Thomson

Thomson didn’t make any updates this year to its dropper post line-up, but the company did release a new 100mm version, and are finalizing testing on a 150mm model. Also of note, Thomson is launching a new setback post. Instead of the familiar kinked look, the new post will have a 25mm setback built into the head. The post will be available in 27.2mm, 30.9mm, and 31.6mm sizes in 330mm and 367mm lengths. Learn more at www.lhthomson.com.


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