If I were in the market for a new budget dropper, the OneUp Dropper would be at the top of my list.
- It allows for adjustable travel to fit your frame clearance/ leg length.
- OneUp is a brand I trust due to many high quality products I’ve purchased from them
- It’s only $200
For the used market, I would very highly recommend the Fox Transfer. I’ve had a Transfer on every bike for the last 3 years and every one of them has performed flawlessly. I’ve completely neglected them, ignored service intervals, etc and they continue to work without any issues. Most of my friends have them too, and I haven’t heard of a single one failing or needing an unexpected service.
As for models I would stay far away from when buying used:
KS: I bought a secondhand KS LEV and had to pay for a replacement cartridge 3 times in a year. My friend ordered a 2018 LEV and it was dead on arrival and had to warranty it with 0 hours.
Rockshox Reverb: I’ve heard the newer versions are better and more reliable, but since we are talking about used posts, I would stay away. Almost everyone I know with a Reverb has had the post fail on them at some point. The older models have serious issues with the cold, which causes them to freeze and refuse to move. They are also notorious for breaking if you lift the bike by the seat while the post is in the “dropped” position.
I hope this helps!