Mtbr Best of 2016 Awards: Dropper Post

The evolution of the revolutionary dropper post

Components Mtbr Best of Award

Mtbr Best of 2016 Awards

The Fox Transfer looks and feels like it should cost $200 more than its $329 price tag.

The Fox Transfer looks and feels like it should cost $200 more than its $329 price tag.

Winner: Fox Transfer

We consider the dropper post to be the greatest recent development in the sport of mountain biking along with disc brakes. It enables experts to handle aggressive terrain and assists beginners in getting comfortable with the bike. But typical dropper posts costs $450 or more and many require constant maintenance.

Enter the Fox Transfer, an infinite adjust damped dropper post available with internal or external remote cable. It is Fox’s version 2.0 dropper post effort where they focused on the usability to complement the reliability of their previous effort, the D.O.S.S. And for the knockout trifecta, they priced it at $329 with lever.

We’ve put this post through its paces and it is a near flawless effort. The locked position is firm and confidence inspiring at any position in the travel. Lever effort is light and you can control the speed of the damped posts upward movement. The post clamp is the reliable and easy-to-use dual-bolt variety. And the internal cable routing is reliable and easy to install. There’s also a stationary external cable version of the post so one can install a dropper on older bikes with no internal routing. And most important of all, the post has been incredibly consistent and reliable in our hundreds of hours on it this season.

The 9point8 Fall Line features a configurable lever and robust post construction.

The 9point8 Fall Line features a configurable lever and robust post construction.

Runner Up: 9Point8 Fall Line

Post maker 9Point8 introduced a whole new level of reliability a couple years ago with the Fall Line. This $400 post has proven to be the benchmark of all-weather reliability in the demanding world of droppers. It is full-featured as well with infinite, damped action and a configurable lever. Price is $400 and they have170mm and 200mm travel options.

The Bontrager Dropline brings a full featured post under the $300 mark.

The Bontrager Dropline is a full featured post for $300.

Honorable Mention: Bontrager Drop Line

The Bontrager Drop Line is a full-featured post for $300. It has all the right elements with infinite, damped travel and an awesome lever that makes it easy to control the speed of the post. It just works and doesn’t call attention to itself.

This post is part of the Mtbr Best of 2016 awards series. You can see all this year’s announced winners here.

About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.

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  • Randy Cougars says:

    A major positive that wasn’t mentioned about the Transfer is that although the cartridge is not serviceable, it is actuated by cable, rather than fluid! This means any moron like myself can install and adjust and repair the thing from lever (I used the killer Wolf Tooth matchmaker X version) to post without bleeding. I run fluid in my brakes, but it’s a liability in droppers IMO.

  • alan says:

    what is damped action? I’m looking to get one but want to know if any have a shock absorption feature ?

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