----Public Service Announcement—
Please take a moment to look at the angle of your Dropper Post lever (or any other lever) on your handlebar and make sure it is not sticking out towards you (ie. horizontally towards the rider).
This past Friday, I had a major crash on my MTB and I went over the handlebar at around 19mph. During the crash, my left quad hit the handlebars and the lever of my dropper post got inserter into my leg above my knee creating a 16in laceration. 36 stiches/staples later, I am now recovering at home… Off the bike for the time being.
While it is impossible to say, whether or not the angle of the lever had an effect, it is clear that if the lever would have been less horizontal (or look more like a brakelever), I would likely have been okay… bruised but okay.
Here is a picture of what my dropper post lever looked like… and you can imagine it getting inserted into my quad as I flew over my handlebars.
Warning: the graphic image is intentionally blurred for preview.
- Click on the image if you want to see the full graphic detail.