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:
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.
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!