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For sure in the Singlespeed sense, struggling up the last steep bit of a tough climb, clipped in definitely absolutely lets you convert more flailing body motion to forward bike motion.
I think droppers are part of the flat-pedal renaissance, because in my opinion, there’s no way to do a (even slightly janky) trail ride on a hardtail with the post up.
On the other hand, I got to the top of my technical game (especially slow speed tech) clipped in on my rigid SS with a rigid post. Without having fork dive working against you, even steep descents and rock rolls were totally ok, safe in the knowledge my feet wouldn’t go popping off. (For reeaally steep or extended stuff, sure stop & lower the post. But 99% of the time..)
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