Last year EUROBIKE was defined by E-MTB’s, they were everywhere – this year the theme was certainly dropper seatposts. Dropper seat posts are great, amazing in fact, and if you don’t have one fitted to your bike then you need to fix that immediately. We round up all the latest dropper posts debuting at the show to find out which were hot, and which were sadly not.
Ritchey WCS Trail Seatpost
Ritchey, the brand of MTB pioneer Tom Ritchey, now have their own dropper seatpost too. The new Ritchey WCS Trail has 125 mm of travel, can be locked in three positions (125 mm, 95 mm and 0 mm) and features the essential internal cable routing. The post will be available in the 30.9 mm and 31.6 mm standards. The rather slim remote can be mounted on SRAM or Shimano clamps or on its own. According to Ritchey, the WCS Trail weighs 417 g (30.9 version, w/o remote) which is very light. Available spring 2017, price tba.
For more information head to the Ritchey website
PRO Koryak Dropper Post
Shimano are sitting on some amazing seatpost patents, so we were all waiting excitedly to see them finally release a dropper. However we may have to wait a bit longer as their PRO components Koryak dropper post is great value, but nothing new. A replaceable air cartridge supplies the lift for 120 mm of infinitely adjustable travel, available in 30.9 and 31.6 mm diameters and weighing in at 520 g. A ‘one bolt clamping system’ head strives to make saddle attachment and adjustment quick and simple and the post uses internal cable routing. Shimano offer the choice of two different levers for the cable operated post, a slimline grip lever and a bigger shifter style lever for those with a 1x setup. Although pricing is not confirmed at this point it is expected to be under € 200, and we are sure it will be popular in the OEM market.
For more information head to the Pro website
Thomson 2.0 Post
Although Thomson did not have any new dropper seatposts on display, they did confess that they were working on a new seatpost, the Elite Dropper 2.0. One thing they could show us was the new remote they are working on which will be available before the dropper 2.0 hits the market. One of the only complaints we had with the old system is that the remote did not have an under the bar, shifter style, option. The new remote can be used in the same manner as the original, but also be flipped to offer a more positive, underbar option. The remote will be available as an optional extra for those who already own a Thomson Elite Dropper.
For more information head to the Thomson website