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Oct. 18, 2016, 10:31 p.m.
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Not at the expense of but rather in conjunction of the release of longer travel posts. The "lower" portion refers to the lowering of BB heights, not standover.

I wasn't referring to stand over, and agree it is referring to the BB. One of the issues with the new geometry in my opinion is people 'sizing down' to get a reach they are accustomed to. So a bike with similar reach in the new geometry will have a much shorter seat tube than a bike with similar reach in the old geometry. This is going to make for the necessity of long dropper post to make the bikes fit appropriately.

Oct. 20, 2016, 8:48 p.m.
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I'm 6' and ride a large process 153 with a 125mm dropper. I have a quick release to raise and lower the seat every ride it sucks. As soon as I can justify that $600 for a 200mm post you can bet I am.

Oct. 21, 2016, 8:14 a.m.
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Am I the only one who could use a smaller travel dropper? I have a 125mm and could be happy with 100mm and I'm only 5'9". But some bikes mixed with taller people, would have an issue with shorter posts I guess.

Oct. 21, 2016, 9:17 a.m.
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Am I the only one who could use a smaller travel dropper? I have a 125mm and could be happy with 100mm and I'm only 5'9". But some bikes mixed with taller people, would have an issue with shorter posts I guess.

Put a wrap of electrical tape 25mm from the top of the stanchion, I think Julian absalon was doing that for races haha. Of course that only works if you have the right pedalling height and want less drop, not if the post is too tall

Oct. 21, 2016, 9:42 a.m.
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Am I the only one who could use a smaller travel dropper? I have a 125mm and could be happy with 100mm and I'm only 5'9". But some bikes mixed with taller people, would have an issue with shorter posts I guess.

I'm the same but shorter. 100 mm is fine by me. I could fit a 125 on my medium Bronson, but some saddles would not work because they are too thick from the rails to the top of the saddle. I run my saddle height at 69 cm from the bb. 31 inch inseam at 5'4.5". And long arms too.

Debate? Bikes are made for riding not pushing.

Oct. 21, 2016, 10:34 a.m.
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Am I the only one who could use a smaller travel dropper? I have a 125mm and could be happy with 100mm and I'm only 5'9". But some bikes mixed with taller people, would have an issue with shorter posts I guess.

I am with you here. On the 125mm Reverb I set the "enduro" collar at about 75mm for most all riding. On my Gravity dropper I drilled a new hole at 50mm and that is the one I use most.

In some racing situations I'll adjust my post but this is more for a set top out position vs needing a lower setting. I'll set the full up position about 25mm down from my normal climbing height, most stages climbs are short/mostly flat. This encourages me to stand and sprint a bit more. Also if I happen to fumble getting the post lowered as I enter the tech it's not as bad as full climb height.

But the requirement for a 200mm post baffles my mind.

Oct. 21, 2016, 10:47 a.m.
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Am I the only one who could use a smaller travel dropper? I have a 125mm and could be happy with 100mm and I'm only 5'9". But some bikes mixed with taller people, would have an issue with shorter posts I guess.

I'm OK with a 125mm dropper on my Konas. The lowered saddle is at knee height when standing, which is pretty ideal for me. We all sit down and pedal at times with the saddle dropped, don't we? I have a bit of a mobility issue with my left leg (as in I can't fully kneel), so pedalling with the 150mm post is uncomfortable with 175mm cranks. I guess it's a combination of my anatomy, bike size and seat angle, who knows.

I will admit, on the short travel 29er, it can snag my shorts on gnarly terrain. But on the endurbro bike that isn't an issue.

-for me- ;-)

Oct. 21, 2016, 2:55 p.m.
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In my mind, riders that can use a 175 to 200 mm travel post either have a really low bike or are on way too small of a frame.

Debate? Bikes are made for riding not pushing.

Oct. 21, 2016, 3:04 p.m.
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Moon river!

Wrong. Always.

Oct. 21, 2016, 7:14 p.m.
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I'm thinking of grabbing the 175mm version for my Range. Those are interesting comments about flat pedal riders wanting more travel than their clipped in counterparts. Now that I think about it, I think I see the same trend in my riding circle. My clipped in buddies seem more than happy with 125-150mm, including Big-Ted who's a goddam giant. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that riding flats might require more "body english" to move the bike around in the rough stuff(?) All I know is that from full climbing saddle height, I need at least 175mm of drop before my saddle is in a comfortable position for really rowdy descents.

Oct. 21, 2016, 8:05 p.m.
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I'm running a 175mm 9point8 on my XL Banshee Prime since the middle of August. I moved from a 150mm Lev. The extra drop is very noticeable to me in a very good way.

I find all the "average height" comments laughable. Sure, you people don't need that much drop. Great, don't use it. But for a giant like myself (6'6") I'm stoked with the availability of the new long travel dropper posts!

I know I'm an outlier because of my height but I don't find I need less drop when riding clips.
I ride flats on my Banshee and clips on my OG Honzo which has a 150mm Lev. I'd get another 175 or 200mm 9point8 for the Honzo but it doesn't have a stealth routing option.

I'm still very much stoked with my 9point8. It's as solid as the day I installed. No play whatsoever and the action is still smooth up and down.

Oct. 21, 2016, 8:23 p.m.
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In my mind, riders that can use a 175 to 200 mm travel post either have a really low bike or are on way too small of a frame.

Im on a21" frame and I need a 180mm post. 34" inseam, but I need way more than the 150 on my thomson.

Oct. 21, 2016, 11:29 p.m.
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Joined: Feb. 24, 2017

who knew there was such a discrepancy betwixt the mtn bike masses. longer is better/who really needs it. the long and short of it i guess…. and yes, bikes are super low now eh. my patrol is a major long choppered out low rider.

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