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9point8 partners with Wolf Tooth to develop Digit mechanical dropper remote

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Just yesterday we saw a new hydraulic 1x thumbie dropper remote introduced for the Reverb, now Canadian dropper post and small parts maker 9point8 has debuted a new under the bar trigger-style remote for mechanically actuated dropper posts called the Digit. Designed to work specifically with their own infinitely adjustable DropLock tech in their Fall Line dropper posts, the new Digit 1x remote works for posts that use the same tech where you press and hold the remote to move your saddle, then release to lock it in place. That means it’ll work on posts like the RaceFace Turbine or Easton Haven, which license 9.8 tech or likely other similar posts like the new Fox Transfer

The Fall Line droppers were already available with a 1x adapter that made it possible to locate their standard ThumB remote under the bar, but this newest update improves on that design with a cleaner solution and improved ergonomics.

9point8 worked with Wolf Tooth Components to develop the new Digit, and it will actually be made in Minneapolis, MN by Wolf Tooth using the same CNC construction, bearing pivot, and breakaway clamp design as their own ReMote for use with other fixed travel posts. The Digit also shares the same mount layout as the WTC ReMote, meaning it will work with their I-Spec & MatchMaker integrated mounts to fit to your Shimano or SRAM brake levers.

The new 37g Digit (including the clamp) is available as a standalone item for US$70 from today direct from 9point8 or through their retailer network. It also can be added as an upgrade to any new 9point8 DropLoc seatpost that you buy from them for just US$18 more.

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D-Con
D-Con
7 years ago

Heck. Yes.

sbrdude1
sbrdude1
7 years ago

I have the Wolftooth brand version that I’m using with my Specialized IRCC 125mm dropper. The fit and finish is very good and the match-maker bolt holes work perfectly with my Avid stoppers.

Flatbiller
Flatbiller
7 years ago

What’s wrong with the SRL lever that came with your IRcc? I know it’s from Specialized and that we must first go with hipster niche brand names made in garages so we sound cool at the trailhead, but it works just as well, if not better, than most other levers I’ve tried.

neologisticzand
neologisticzand
7 years ago
Reply to  Flatbiller

I was just commenting on the fact that the SRL lever is similar to this lever and I pleased to see someone else thought the same

Hamjam
Hamjam
7 years ago
Reply to  Flatbiller

I changed my specialized remote because it was the grip mounted type that is on top of the bar. After converting to 1X, the wolf tooth was better. 0% hipster, just a nice upgrade.

D-Con
D-Con
7 years ago
Reply to  Flatbiller

Seeing as the SRL and Turbine levers are made in China, the same price as the integrated Wolf Tooth, and have a barrel instead of clamp at the lever the Wolf Tooth is a much easier sale and install. So that’s what *we* stock.

A few colors would be cool, though.

neologisticzand
neologisticzand
7 years ago

This looks pretty similar to a matchmaker compatible dropper level that Specialized makes. I had a lever like this on a Command post just a few months ago. However, this one looks like it would function a little better

Andrew
Andrew
7 years ago

Perfect timing as I’m just about to buy a 9Point8 post!

Pinko
Pinko
7 years ago

These aftermarket remotes are more expensive than buying a new xtr front shifter and converting it to remote. Which is going to feel 100 times better

Marc L
7 years ago
Reply to  Pinko

Pinko,

With all due respect… nonsense.

First of all, MSRP on an M9000 left shifter is $120. But even online discounters come in higher at $74- while the bar clamp Digit and ReMote are $69.95 and the integrated ReMotes are $59.95. And of course there’s the value of your time, which may or may not be greater than zero. As an upgrade to a new DropLoc post purchase, the Digit is only $18- which won’t go very far at all, at least in terms of XTR shifters.

Sure, feel is subjective- but I’d put money on the fact that our 21mm sealed bearing pivot is smoother and has less drag than a hacked shifter (Shimano have historically used bearings for XTR and bushings further down the line). What I can say is that we tailored the Digit specifically to feel ‘right’ and have a lighter action with 9point8 and Easton/RaceFace posts while ensuring the cable pull necessary to trigger the pressure equalization valve that is needed to keep DropLoc posts working at their best. The ReMote was similarly tested and its pull and lever length optimized to work with the most common cable-actuated posts on the market (KS, Thomson, Specialized, etc.). You may prefer Shimano’s lever shape, but between the Digit and ReMote we’re likely to have something that floats most riders’ boats.

What else? The bar clamp Digit and ReMote are just over one-third the weight of a single XTR shifter (integrated versions are lighter still) and we clamp the cable at the bar which makes setup and maintenance a whole heck of a lot easier while working with all cable-actuated posts (rather than just those that clamp at the seatpost). The $5 breakaway axle isn’t something that anyone else offers either.

We’re all for people going the DIY route- but I’d encourage you to you try both side-by-side before claiming that either feels better.

Pinko
Pinko
7 years ago
Reply to  Marc L

Yeah, good points, I am sure the 9p8 remote is top notch as I have the fall line dropper-took it apart fee times-and it is extremely well made.
However an xtr shifter “new” on ebay is usd40. The lever position and feel is the same as the shifter-assuming you running shimano.
I obviously did not try the 9p8 new remote, my comment was more about other brands and they all feel flimsy and off to me.
I rather have the same feel on both levers.

SudburySam
SudburySam
7 years ago
Reply to  Pinko

I haven’t done a conversion with an XTR front shifter, but I have done it with a SRAM X9 shifter, and I have a ReMote and I can tell you the ReMote is 100x nicer. The SRAM shifter conversion never felt as snappy as the ReMote and there was always some play in the lever. Aesthetics asid, IMHO the biggest selling point of the ReMote is the beautifully simple way they handle cable adjustment (which is not exclusive to them anymore). A front shifter and many other dropper levers use the standard derailleur cable end to hold the cable, requiring you to adjust cable tension using a tiny grub screw at the post end and the adjuster barrel. The ReMote has a fixing plate built into the lever allowing you to pull the cable taut before trimming it down, which is much less of a headache than removing the seatpost (for a stealth routed post), unhooking the cable, loosening the grub screw, and trimming the splayed cable end down again.
I am using the ReMote on a KS Lev Integra and the action is far superior to the KS Southpaw lever, which is already a step up from the standard KS dropper lever. The large bearing just makes it so smooth and effortless!

Jeb
Jeb
7 years ago

So only 20 bucks cheaper than the much more complex Reverb (SRAM) hydro lever that everyone was freaking out about the price yet not one comment on the price of this relatively simple part. People.

velopest
7 years ago

Marc – is the cable pull and pressure the main difference between this and the ReMote? – i’m guessing the purpose in a specific 9point8 version was that the original ReMote could play a bit better with the fall line post. thanks!

Marc L
7 years ago
Reply to  velopest

The primary differences are the lever shape and increased leverage, which makes the action lighter than the standard ReMote. The travel stop was moved so that the user can periodically equalize the pressure too. And of course the graphics are updated to be a better match with 9point8 posts.

Derek
Derek
7 years ago
Reply to  Marc L

Marc, with the recent introduction of the ReMote Light Action, are there any differences between it and the Digit? Thank you

Marin
Marin
7 years ago

Got new Specialized SRL (more expensive aluminium one) for Matchmaker on Guide brakes for about €30 from the shop.
Made it work with Giant Contact for dropper in a minute. Works like a charm.

velopest
7 years ago

Marc, thank you very much – appreciate the advice!

JC
JC
7 years ago

I don’t need a dropper remote! How about someone make a good remote for a Fox fork.

rydermann67
7 years ago

Would this fever work with my KS LEV post?

Marc L
7 years ago
Reply to  rydermann67

Rydermann,

The Digit is tailored to the pull and higher resistance of DropLoc posts. For a KS post, with it’s super-light internal springs, the Wolf Tooth ReMote would be a better fit: wolftoothcomponents.com/products/remote

Beccamtnbkrgrl
Beccamtnbkrgrl
2 years ago

I have a question about the trigger remote actually. Are there any videos of it in actual use, for the life of me I can’t seem to get my mind around how far I’d have to actually reach. I have severe ra effecting my thumb joints, I can’t even hold a pen more then 30seconds, so looking for easiest option also running lock out. Or how easy is the pushing of the digit or light action from wolf, please any suggestions for my poor thumb and short handed female reach lol

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