I actually feel a bit smug about this one cos I was a huge fan of dropper posts way before the whole idea took off properly. I even remember getting a fair bit of abuse in the office about using one. Pointless, waste of time, why can’t you just stop and put your seat down? I still occasionally here the odd person saying those kinds of things to this day, but as soon as you’ve tried one there really is no going back, and they’re definitely one of the most significant products in recent times.
A dropper post really does change the way you ride a trail, especially if it’s a trail that mixes little descents in with short climbs, the kind that so many of us ride. Previous to a dropper post you either ran your seat down all the time and just suffered on any climbs or flatter and less technical sections, or you just stopped and dropped your seat for any longer descents. Being able to instantly adjust the height though means you end up attacking everything. I don’t think think it is any coincidence that the surge in the popularity of enduro racing coincided with the increased use of dropper posts, the two things just go hand in hand. Actually, I think the Megavalanche had a huge amount to do with the increased sales of dropper posts. That event was the first place where many riders came across the whole idea, and they saw how useful they were. At first some riders thought that was the only place where their use was warranted, but those that had bought them soon found they were using them everywhere.