Interbike: 2015 9point8 Fall Line dropper seatpost

Canadian-made adjustable post balances value, performance

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Canadian manufacturer 9point8 showed off their new $325 Fall Line infinitely adjustable dropper seatpost at small stand in Interbike’s out-of-the-way incubator known as “The Lab.” The Canadian-made post comes with 100 or 125mm of drop and in 30.9 and 31.6mm seatpost diameters. Available only for bikes with internal cable routing, the unit uses a derailleur cable that actuates with either 9point8’s clever ThumB three-position lever, or their optional mini brake lever-like Trigger remote.

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9point8’s clever ThumB remote (top) can be set up under-bar, over-bar, or next to the grip. They also offer a brake lever-like actuator (bottom). We suspect either $35 option would work well with other cable-actuated dropper posts too.

As you might expect, the demonstrator Fall Line exhibited smooth movement, crisp operation and exhibited no side-to-side play. As with all dropper posts, the real proof comes after a few months of use. Given the track record of 9point8’s other post—the $450 Pulse, which we tested last year—we have high hopes. It should be noted the Fall Line lacks the “stepped” intervals of the Pulse which can be clicked down in 5mm increments—a love-it-or-hate-it feature that likely accounts for much of the cost difference.

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9point8’s clamp head (right) looks solid and well constructed, and we appreciate the inclusion of a simple but effective torque key (bottom left).

Like the Pulse, the Fall Line will be available in early 2015 and comes with either a zero- or 25mm offset saddle clamp which can be converted from one to the other should you change bikes. Because the Fall Line has specific (and different) torque specs for both the seatpost collar and saddle installation, 9point8 includes a handy torque wrench which should prevent performance-detracting hamfisting.

Finally, the company is so confident in their quality and craftsmanship that all 9point8 products come with a lifetime warranty.

For more information visit 9point8.ca

This article is part of Mtbr’s coverage of the 2014 Interbike trade show in Las Vegas. For more from Interbike CLICK HERE.


About the author: Don Palermini

Chicago-born Don Palermini became a cycling-based life-form in the sixth grade after completing a family road bike tour of his home state. Three years later he bought his first mountain bike to help mitigate the city's pothole-strewn streets, and began exploring the region's unpaved roads and trails. Those rides sparked a much larger journey which includes all manner of bike racing, commuting, on- and off-road bike advocacy, and a 20-plus-year marketing career in the cycling industry that landed him at his current gig with Santa Cruz bicycles. Now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, his four favorite words in the English language are "breakfast served all day," together in that order.


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