The first Easton dropper post is about to hit the market. Considering that Easton is part of the same family as Race Face, Fox, and Marzocchi, it’s not really surprising that Easton is getting on board with droppers. But to keep things consistent with the brands, this one is geared towards the dropbar crowd.

Don’t let that keep you from getting rad, though. Rocky Mountain Race Face Enduro Team racer Jesse Melamed shows that with the right equipment, you can ride more than you think on dropbars.

Part of the gravel focused Easton AX lineup, the EA70 AX is Easton’s first dropper and it’s surprisingly affordable. Since it’s part of the EA 70 tier, the aluminum post is priced accordingly at $184.99. Hopefully, this also means that we’ll see higher end (read lighter) droppers in the future from Easton in perhaps the EA90 or EC70/90 level.

Even at this price point, the EA70 AX is nicely equipped with a sealed cartridge design, internal cable routing, and a set up that allows you to run the cable head at either end – making this post compatible with every remote lever on the market.

It’s also available in two lengths, both with 50mm of dropper travel. Those two lengths, 350 and 400mm, are there to better fit the wide range of gravel bikes out there. Some bikes have drastically sloping top tubes, while others are straight across meaning some riders will need a lot of exposed seatpost, and some won’t have much at all. Since 50mm seems like the popular travel number for a gravel post, both run the same travel.

Available only in 27.2mm diameter, the post weighs in at 400g for the 350mm model. Both posts also have a zero offset head with a twin bolt saddle clamp. Currently Easton does not have a dropper remote – yet. These posts are available now.

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15 COMMENTS

  1. Dropper on gravel? If the trail is technical enough to require a dropper why would someone choose a gravel bike over an actual mtb?

    • There are a lot of reasons, but mostly it’s another option for expanding the capabilities of gravel bikes. For events like the Grinduro series, there are timed segments where having a dropper post can make a huge difference. But there’s also 50+ miles of gravel, dirt, and pavement where having a gravel bike over a mountain bike is a huge advantage. Droppers can help with getting more aero, comfortably on long descents, they help lower your center of gravity in tricky situations, they make getting on and off the bike easier when riding in traffic, they often can help with fitting multiple bikes on a bike rack, and just about every other reason they’re also good on mountain bikes. However, the remotes have been the stumbling block for many dropbar set ups, but that’s starting to improve. As long as frames have an additional port for a cable, it remains an option for those who want it, or you can stick with the lighter, rigid option if you don’t.

    • Lots of reasons… But basically: bike companies need to sell us arbitrary bike stuff that is marginal to most people who ride.

    • I could see that being useful, though not in technical situations. At Grinduro Canada, if I had to take my hand off the bar to operate the dropper, I wouldn’t have used it much. But I will agree that many drop bar droppers aren’t the best. However they’re getting better. I have high hopes for Easton’s remote when it’s available.

  2. This isn’t Easton’s first ‘rodeo” with droppers. There first droppers from about 5-6 years ago were a disaster at best. Hopefully they figured out the formula and made this dropper work for more than a day.

    • Well, seeing as they are owned by FOX/Race Face they should be a lot better than the old ones. But until somebody tries them, we don’t know. 🙂

  3. It looks the same as every other TranzX seatpost, which is a good thing as they have been pretty reliable under other brand names. Hopefully it means more interchangeability of parts too.

  4. A gravel bike with 650b, slick tires like WTB byways and a dropper is a very different kind of fun than a MTB. I have been MTBing for years, and love this ‘gravel shredder’ formula – fast on roads, smooth on drifty gravel, capable on steeper downhill sections and singletrack. A MTB + typical mtb tires is less comfortable on long road sections, kind of boring on gravel and only really lights up when the trail gets a bit more challenging.

  5. Even road descending with a dropper on a gravel bike is a whole new experience. The ability to get extra low in the tight and twisties is pretty great.

    • That said, 50mm of drop is stupid. The stack on these is pretty low and it’s hard to imagine a properly sized bike not allowing 100mm of drop with one of these.

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