We spotted the Wolf Tooth Components’ Valais at Interbike along with an array of other goodies from the Minnesota brand and regular design contributor Lindarets. The Valais is basically a clamp for your dropper post that brings a variety of benefits. Use it to strap a seat bag on, or to limit travel, or to lock the post in the upright position should things go catastrophically wrong.
The primary function is as a seat bag mount. It’s cupped at the bottom to avoid hitting the seal, so your dropper is protected since it rests on the outer portion of the post’s lower segment. Yes, it will reduce total travel by about 25mm, but it’ll also keep that bag from rubbing your rear tire under deep compression.
As a travel limiter, installation is the same, except you slide it to wherever you want on the stanchion and tighten the bolt. To get it on the post, you just clean the slider, then snap it over the slider and reinsert the bolt and tighten it.
The Valais retails for $25 and works with most current dropper posts. It’s made of injection molded Delrin in New Mexico and assembled in Minnesota. Available now.