Specialized seeks patent for dropper that auto-adjusts seat angle

Level for the climbs, angled for the descents

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Specialized Dropper Post Adjustable Saddle Angle

When the dropper is raised, the saddle sits level.

Our friends at Vital MTB recently uncovered a new patent by Specialized for a dropper with an auto-adjusting saddle angle based on seat height.

When the dropper post is extended, the saddle sits level. When slammed, the nose of the saddle would automatically be angled upwards slightly. A level saddle is ideal for climbing, but most downhillers (and dirt jumpers) prefer to angle their seats slightly. This helps improve control and makes it easier to hang off the back and control the bike with the thighs.

Specialized Enduro 2017 Red

Why does the new Enduro have a 34.9mm seat tube?

How far out is the new tech? We can only speculate, but we do find it interesting that the new Specialized Enduro ships with a 34.9 seat tube. Specialized does not offer a 34.9 dropper, so the existing bikes ship with a shimmed post.

For more info, check out the patent filing here.

Are you interested in a dropper post that has an adjustable saddle angle? Let us know in the comments.

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  • joules says:

    Seems gimmicky to me, and I’m sure it’s not going to improve the post’s reliability. Maybe if they were starting from regular up-down posts that lasted as long as a frame without failure or maintenance, but given the state of the art on droppers right now it just seems like a gimmick to differentiate theirs in a sea of mostly the same droppers.

  • mike says:

    when I read the headline, I thought it was the other way around. That the dropper post automatically raised and lowered based on the seat angle. aka, no need for a lever to adjust the post. So, somebody take this idea and run with it and put out another product that I wont buy.

  • Travis Provin says:

    Solution in search of a problem…

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