PNW Components is launching a new program to upcycle previously used or blemished PNW dropper seatposts to keep them on the trails, rather than in the landfill. The PNW Cycled program is the bike industry’s first brand-led program dedicated to the refurbishing and reselling of dropper seatposts.
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The new PNW Cycled program will give riders the option to purchase previously-used or blemished posts that have been newly refurbished. It will also allow riders to exchange their older PNW dropper posts for credit toward a new or used dropper post. The PNW Cycled program was developed as a service initiative to better serve PNW riders and to address the end of life process for dropper posts.
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The program helps to extend the life of dropper posts while also reducing potential waste. “A blemished product is not a dead product, and more importantly, it certainly isn’t trash,” said Emily Kerson, co-founder of PNW Components. “As we delve into our 2020 sustainability goals, we wanted to create a way to safely reuse, recycle, and give blemished products a second chance,” she added.
The price difference between the new and refurbished seatposts is very appealing to riders on a tight budget. For example, a new, internally-routed 150mm PNW Bachelor retails for $239. A refurbished model is listed for $143.30 on PNW Cycled. That’s a savings of approximately 40% off of full retail pricing.
All posts will be certified for safe use by PNW Cycled dedicated staff mechanics, and will be covered under a one-year warranty. The availability of products on the dedicated PNW Cycled website will fluctuate based on the inventory of returned, blemished, and/or refurbished products.
Learn more about PNW Cycled at cycled.pnwcomponents.com.
FAQ on the PNW Cycled Dropper Seatpost Recycling Program
Q: Is PNW Cycled the same company as PNW Components?
A: PNW Cycled is owned and operated by PNW Components, however it has a separate website to avoid any potential confusion. All PNW Cycled products are previously installed or used PNW Components products.
Q: What is a blemished dropper post?
A: A blemished post is a fully functioning post that may have minor cosmetic imperfections, such as scratches and minor dings. These minor defects DO NOT interfere with the integrity of the product and how it works.
Q: What products are a part of the PNW Cycled Program?
A: At this time, only PNW Components dropper posts will be available as a part of the Cycled program.
Q: Are there any new PNW Cycled products?
A: No, all PNW Cycled products are previously installed or used products. (Note: New PNW Components levers will be available on the Cycled site so riders can easily pair their Cycled dropper with a new lever if desired. All levers are brand new and will be sold at the same retail price as on pnwcomponents.com)
Q: Can a customer return a PNW Cycled dropper post?
A: PNW Cycled dropper posts are not eligible for returns. They can be exchanged for different products. If PNW Cycled does not have the correct product for exchange the customer will receive a credit towards a purchase on pnwcomponents.com. Customer is responsible for the cost of shipping all returns
Q: What is the trade-in value for a dropper post?
A: Riders will receive 20% off towards a new PNW Components dropper post. This 20% off is only applicable to new dropper posts, not PNW Cycled products.
Q: Can a rider send a post to PNW to be serviced and get their same post sent back?
A: Yes. PNW is happy to help service, however PNW recommends a self-service first for the quickest turnaround. Servicing PNW’s fully sealed cartridge is a straightforward process that takes less than 10 minutes. Install and service manuals for all posts can be found here: https://www.pnwcomponents.com/pages/owners-manuals.
Q: Are PNW Cycled products under warranty?
A: Customers receive a 1-year warranty with their purchase of a PNW Cycled Dropper Post. In purchasing a PNW Cycled Dropper the customer is aware that the dropper they receive may look different to the product image provided due to the blemishes and defects.