X-Fusion Hilo 100 Review

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Here is a short video that MTBR.com’s Francis Cebedo did on the HILO:

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Bottom Line
The X-Fusion HILO is a nice infinitely adjustable hydraulic seatpost, and it provided very smooth operation throughout its 100mm of travel. The HILO seemed more applicable to X-Country than All Mountain riding, due to the height limitation of its travel and viscosity (slowness) of the movement. The seat lever system worked extremely well, especially on easy to moderate terrain, and it provided excellent operation and precision in its usage, and made the post swappable between bikes. The remote worked adequately, but was stiff and awkward to use. When the HILO was lowered, and you grabbed the saddle, it would rise to the highest position, and made a hike-a-bike portaging more difficult.

Strengths

  • Seat lever system was simple, easy to use and made it swappable between bikes
  • Tight
  • Smooth operation

Weaknesses

  • Remote system was stiff and awkward
  • Needs more sizes – 125mm and maybe 80mm
  • Saddle clamp can slip
  • Raises in lowered positions when the saddle is grabbed
  • Viscous (slow) in movement

MSRP: $250

Overall Rating: 3.5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers


X-Fusion Company HILO 100 Specs and Features:
Adjustments height seatposts are improving the way that mountain bikers ride everywhere. All riders can benefit from moving the seat down for added stability on descents or increasing the seat height for climbing. X-Fusion has been manufacturing hydraulic systems for over 10 years so it was natural for us to jump into this emerging product segment. Our goal is to create the most durable, most reliable adjustable height seatpost on the market.

  • Visit the X-Fusion HILO 100 website
  • Hydraulic design allows for smooth adjustability
  • Double key-way design prevents lateral twisting
  • Passes CEN testing for fatigue and impact
  • Wide range of seatpost angle adjustment
  • Optional handlebar remote
  • Easily convertible from lever-actuation to remote handlebar actuation or vice-versa
  • Travel – 100mm
  • Weight – 620g
  • OD – 27.2 / 30.9 / 31.6 mm
  • Options – Seat Post Angle Adjustable Infinitive Travel Adjustable Remote Control
  • Colors – mat silver, black

About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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  • Rodney says:

    It looks exactly like the Maverick Speedball / Crank Brothers Joplin posts. Probably licensed from Crank Brothers because it’s already offers 100mm instead of the original Speedball’s 75mm. Exactly the same (small) annoyances as the original version. Does not seem to offer any advantage to the original one, similar price, but heavier.

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