The Best Dropper Post In 2020

Looking to replace your sagging dropper? These are the best dropper seatposts on the market

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The best dropper post for your mountain bike should be reliable and affordable.

In our opinion, the dropper seatpost is the single most important innovation in mountain biking. It’s certainly the component we don’t want to ride without. A dropper seatpost is also the number one upgrade we recommend for new mountain bikers. Having the ability to drop your saddle can improve cornering ability, boost rider confidence, and make your time on the trail more fun.

There are dozens of different dropper seatposts on the market. Unlike a few short years ago, most dropper posts are pretty reliable these days. Like any good bicycle component, a quality dropper should function without you thinking about it. The best dropper post for your mountain bike is the one that performs reliably, with little to no maintenance, and balances performance with price.

Here’s a look at the best dropper posts currently on the market. Think we missed one? Let us know in the comments below.

The Best Dropper Post In 2020

BikeYoke Revive 

Best Dropper Post: Bike Yoke Revive

Of all the dropper seatposts we’ve ridden the Revive has the smoothest action. The silky drop and return makes this dropper feel like a premium component, with very little side-to-side play. We’ve tested this post extensively. It’s incredibly reliable but does need a bit of quick and easy maintenance now and again. Occasionally, (and usually only after lifting the bike the saddle with the seatpost lowered, which you should avoid doing) the post will sag a few millimeters. Thankfully, Bike Yoke makes it easy to remove air trapped in the dropper’s hydraulic circuit. Resetting—or reviving—this seatpost just a matter of actuating the bleed port lever and compressing the post to allow air to escape. This can be accomplished on the trail in less than 10 seconds. The Revive comes in a wide range of lengths and diameters to fit virtually any modern mountain bike.

Price: $375-$450 (depending on length)

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OneUp Components Dropper V2

Best Dropper Post: OneUp Components Dropper V2

As the name suggests, this is the second version of OneUp’s dropper post. The V2 is available in 120, 150, 180, and 210mm lengths and can all be shimmed down in travel by 10 or 20mm. The ability to fine-tune travel with the included travel shims, along with this post’s category-leading low stack height (shortest total length per travel size), lets rider run the longest possible dropper for their saddle height. This is a huge advantage for shorter riders who want to run 150mm or even 180mm droppers on small and medium-sized frames. What else is there to like? Well, the price is really, really good.

Price: $199-$209 (depending on length)

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PNW Components Rainier V3

PNW Components - Rainier IR V3 Dropper Seatpost - Black

 

The PNW Component’s Rainier stands out from the crowd of dropper seatposts with a great price,  short stack height, and tool-free system to adjust the amount of seatpost drop. The travel of the Rainier can be reduced by up to 30mm, in 5mm increments. If you need more adjustment than that, the Rainier is offering in versions with 120, 150, 170 and 200mm of adjustable seatpost drop.

Price: $179

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Fox Transfer Performance 2020

Best Dropper Post: Fox Transfer Performance 2020

 

The Fox Transfer sets the bar for set-and-forget performance. One of our test droppers is going on its fourth season of hard riding without the slightest amount of maintenance. It comes in the gold, Kashima-coated version that will add bling to your bike as well as a standard black version that will keep more money in your wallet. For the 2021 model year, Fox has introduced an updated version of the Transfer. We don’t have enough time on it to confirm that the new version can go the distance, but the 2020 version is still in stock at retailers at a discounted price.

Price: $263.99

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PNW Pine

Best Dropper Post: PNW Pine

Almost all dropper posts are internally-routed on modern mountain bike frames, but there’s still a demand for externally-routed droppers among riders looking to bring their older bikes up to speed. If you have an older mountain bike—or even a gravel bike—that uses a narrower, 27.2mm seapost, PNW’s Pine dropper is your best bet. It comes in versions with 90 or 120mm of travel. This externally-routed dropper has a smooth action, performs reliably, and comes with a wallet-friendly price tag.

Price: $199

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Comments:

  • Arn Saknussen says:

    I can confirm that the Bike Yoke IS in fact ‘thee’ best not electronic post made hands down. I can say this because I have tried every single one made…including SDG…which was ‘thee’ worst even if cheap. However, the electronic Rockshox post is just as good as the Bike Yoke in terms of reliability and actuation / smooth function, though it does cost more of course, it has allowed me to remove yet another cable…which is very nice as I am now down to just two brake line cables on my Evil. ..For whatever reason, the NON electronic Rockshox post was not even close to how nice the electronic version is…and it also failed on trail a handful of times. But the electronic version is flawless and works incredibly well and is also very very smooth just like the Bike Yolk. If you have the money I highly recommend the electronic Rockshox post over the Bike Yolk, especially if you are considering going with electronic shifting in the future, as they will use the same battery, so it’s like having a spare with you at all times. Never thought I would be all electronic on my MTB but I have to say it is fantastic, especially the preciseness of the shifting and lack of cable and need for dickering with cable tension and replacement which is a real pain in the ass unless you replace your cable every–single–year.

    • James Hoyle says:

      I have been running the Bike Yoke for a couple of years now and it has performed flawlessly. The rarely needed bleed is super easy and only takes a minute, if that.
      Every other dropper that I have used have had some sort of reliability issues. Not the Bike Yoke.

  • Josh Patterson says:

    Thanks for the feedback, Arn! I’m glad to read you’re loving the BikeYoke Revive.

    The Reverb AXS is a very cool dropper, but it didn’t make the cut because it’s prohibitively expensive for most mountain bikers and it’s not as easy to bleed air from the system on the trail as the BikeYoke.

    Ride on!

    Josh

    • tdc says:

      Just wondering how you can say the “best” if you don’t include all comers. At least in the Enduro MTB article on the same topic, they didn’t leave out a player because of cost. Value is to be determined by the end user.

      • Josh Patterson says:

        By “all comers” I assume you mean RockShox in this instance. Value is part of the assessment in any test. If a brand is going to charge a premium for a product, it better back it up with outstanding performance. When compared to the Revive, which is arguably the Reverb’s closest competitor in terms of price and features, the Reverb (both electronic and hydraulically-actuated) requires more maintenance and is not as easy to service on the trail. Neither version of the Reverb has a vent valve that’s as quick to use as the Revive. The Reverb AXS requires to you remove your seatpost from the frame to access the vent valve, while the standard Reverb required you to remove the saddle. We’re not saying the Reverb is a bad product, but price+reliability+servicabilty makes the Reverb a hard sell against the latest crop of droppers.

        • tdc says:

          just using my words here: the title of your article is “the best.” it didnt say “the best value.” value is determined by the end user and what is important to them, making it highly subjective. exclusion of something based on price has zero reflection on its performance…turning this list into a subjective rather than objective piece. I’d like to see some reliability data regarding the electronic versions, otherwise it is an unsubstantiated claim. i am not saying anything is better or worse, however, i suspect that the one that is not the “best value,” does not fall to number 6 in this list based off of performance and reliability.

          • Josh Patterson says:

            I clearly laid out the shortcomings of the aforementioned posts and why they didn’t make the cut in my previous comment. As always, you’re welcome to choose the product that best fits your needs (and budget).

        • tdc says:

          Just using your words here: The title is “The best,” Not “The best VALUE.” “Prohibitively expensive” is an opinion and has zero to do with performance, reliability or serviceability. For those that do not find it “prohibitively expensive,” your decision to exclude it has lead those readers astray. Teasing out the opinion piece, where does it fall amongst this list?

  • Mike says:

    I am a bit confused on the bikeyoke revive process as described in this article. My Revive has a lever just below the seat to “bleed” the post, there is no screw to remove or replace. Its very simple and requires no tools unless you lose or break the lever, then you use a 4mm allen key from your multitool to reset.

    You can reset it while riding.

    • Joe T says:

      Mike, you’re not confused. I don’t believe any BikeYoke droppers have a screw to remove ~ just the lever as you state. I have the 185 and 160 Revive and they are super smooth, easy to service and great in cold temperatures as well. I’ve used mine down to about 5 degrees f without any issues.

    • Josh Patterson says:

      Initially, BikeYoke’s dropper relied on a 4mm allen to bleed. Since then they’ve started offering the Revive with an integrated mini-reset lever, so you don’t even need a tool anymore. The mini lever is retrofittable and owners of the original Revive can purchase it on-line.)

  • bill says:

    Understand your logic for limiting to five but feedback shows this is too narrow a range. With all of the dropper posts out there it seems you could have at least 10 on your list.
    For the record I am totally satified with my Thomson dropper after 2 years hard use in Moab summers. Wolf tooth lever is an essential option.

    • Josh Patterson says:

      Bill,

      Thomson makes a very reliable dropper. Unfortunately, the company has not kept up with the times and doesn’t offer a dropper with more than 150mm of travel. If riders don’t need/want more than that, Thomson is still a solid option.

  • Mike D. says:

    THE BEST? HERE YOU GO: Brand-X Ascend II dropper post, $135. Brand-X is Chain Reaction Cycles house brand out of the UK. I have one and it is light in weight, lightest on your pocketbook, functions as it should, and is durable. Consistently ranked as one of the top posts by BikeRadar, MBR, …

    Buy this dropper, save your money for some tasty pints.

    • Dave C says:

      yup. I have 2 of Brand-X Ascend dropper posts on 2 different bikes. super reliable. bought it to replace My Specialized command post failed around 1-year mark. replaced it with Brand-x in 2016. 4-years later and >1000 miles, Brand-X is still going strong.

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