I recently got a dropper post on my hardtail XC bike based on a lot of videos on the internet & comments such as:
“A dropper post will transform your riding”
“My riding really progressed when I got a dropper”
Also the likes of Blake from GMBN on a hardtail with a dropper going quicker than an Enduro bike with a fixed post.
I’ve been on a few outings now & I guess I’m still a bit confused on how to use properly it on the trails. The extremes make perfect sense, i.e. it’s great for going down steep things or not getting hit by the saddle going through a technical section, but what about cornering & general flat-ish trail where it’s a combination of pedaling, corners and going over things?
I’ve found that having the saddle up I use it to help with balance on the bike. I’ve been caught out a couple of times in slower sections with the seat down where I’ve gotten a case of the wobbles as I guess my weight shifted too quickly to the front (or back) and upset things. I know this is probably due to poor technique of course but it’s not confidence inspiring and definitely not the sales pitch I saw for getting a dropper post.
So how do people use dropper posts for general single track riding?
-Forget about it, leave it up and just use it when you want to go down something steep?
-Leave it down whenever the trail turns into single track?
-Leave it down a little bit for single track & drop it completely when you hit something steep?
-Sell it and reclaim the ~300gram weight penalty?