The 4th Thing You Can Buy That Will Instanty Improve How your Bike Handles!

Well it sounds like quite a few of you have gone out and gotten shorter stems, wider bars and bigger tires so here is the 4th thing you can buy.  Go out and get an adjustable height seat post like the Gravity Dropper.  I have had a Gravity dropper for around 10 years now and can’t imagine riding without one.  Descending with your seat at full height for proper leg extension when pedaling is not safe, provides much less control and is out right scary. By dropping your seat 3-5″ you are able to lower your hips, have more shock absorption, separate  from the bike easier and have way more control descending. Being able to lower and then raise your seat at the flick of a switch is one of the best inventions ever for mountain biking.

I personally like the Gravity Dropper post as not only were they the first, their product is the simplest making it very dependable.  It is simply powered by a coil spring instead of air like most other models.  Specialized, Crank Brothers and KS all make nice adjustable height posts too but I have seen and heard of (many of my friends are bike mechanics) the air posts blowing out and using air pressure.

No matter which post you decide on this will be one of the coolest parts purchases you ever make for you bike.  Look for my article on the absolute number one purchase you can make to improve your bike handling coming soon.

Just found this emails in response to my July 2007 newsletter:

Hey Gene!

Thanks for another great article. I love getting those from you. They really stimulate the mental side of the sport.

Anyway, Sheri got me my gravity dropper seatpost from you and I absolutely love it! Between your training camp and the seatpost I have been able to ride stuff that has been frustrating me the last couple of years.

Jack Boltz

Just wanted to let you know that the Gravity Dropper is fantastic!  What a cool invention.  It helps immensely.  I used it too many time to count on my trip to Steamboat last week.

Thanks again for the Gravity Dropper!
Karen

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  1. Chris Cornelison says:

    I gave the gravity dropper a second go after a camp in April. I’ve been riding and XC racing with it since. The last XC race had a lot of vertical and the descents were fast and technical. I can’t even imagine what it would have felt like without it. I guess I would have been forced to put my butt way behind the seat like everyone else.

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  2. John says:

    Would one of these help for a hardtail or rigid 29er SS, or do you think that application is less important? If you think it would help, I’m gonna get one…

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  3. Jet says:

    Hey Gene!

    Great to read your post every time!

    Right now, my ascent is better than my descent. For my descent, especially with deeper potholes, I may fall over/endo. I’m not sure if my body position is not low/back enough. Will the gravity dropper help?
    Also would you go for classic or turbo? & Gene, right now I am using the stock GT3 fork which is Suntours XCM 100mm, would it help if I upgrade to another fork such as Rock Shox Tora 302 U-Turn Fork (85-130mm) Thanks Gene.

    ANd glad to hear your DVD is coming soon! Looking so forward to it!

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  4. Mike says:

    Gene,

    Until Wayne makes a post that fits a 30.9 seattube I won’t be buying one anytime soon although I do agree that anytime you can lower your seatpost on descents you’ll have better control. Shims DO NOT work well with carbon fiber framesets ! ;-) It’s funny that Gravity Dropper only makes 27.2 seatposts when almost all of the trail/AM bikes either have a 30.9 or 31.6 seatpost… Wayne needs to get away from those shims ! ;-)

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    • Gene says:

      Wow, I have used the shims for the last 10 years and had no problem. The last 4 years have been on carbon frames. Have the shims not been working well and I just didn’t notice (I only ride that bike 4-7 days a week)? What, why, how have they not worked well? My students will tell you that they have seen me ride two different carbon Specialized (an Enduro SL and S-Works Stumpy) with no problems.

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  5. Pat Coady says:

    Hey Gene – took the Fruita camp with you a couple years back. I finally took the plunge and put a dropper seat post on my bike.

    With the seat dropped, it dramatically changes all handling aspects of the bike. I wasn’t expecting it – totally different ride. It was actually scary at first, the bike isn’t limited to a small range of lean any more. It was like riding a BMX bike. It feels incredibly unstable at first because the bike isn’t limited by hitting your legs.

    I took it to a long rocky and steep descent – it was incredible. Got into a balanced position and let her rip. No need to way back behind the seat – just stayed balanced and low over the bike. Much better control.

    Corners were great, could just lean the bike on it’s side. Especially sharp quick little turns.

    I tried rocketing down the fast fire road on the way back to work. I had to slow down, bike just felt too wobbly and hard to keep in straight line. I’m guessing I’ll get used to it. But for long, fast (25+mph) descents, do you think it’s better to have the seat up?

    Anyway, I feel like I’ve got a brand new bike. Can’t wait to get out again and ride all my trails with a new perspective.

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    • Gene says:

      Hi Pat,

      All great to hear! Yes, when you change something for the better it will sometimes feel weird as you aren’t used to it. Believe me, when you are going 25+ you don’t want the seat high! Imagie hitting a big water bar at the speed with your seat high. Imagine a downhill racer like Aaron Gwin (who goes much faster than 25) riding with his seat that high. Nope, will never happen!

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