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Crankbrothers dropper post range expands with 27.2 Highline XC / Gravel in multiple travels

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Ready to take the plunge on a dropper post for your gravel or XC bike? If so, there’s a good chance you’re looking for something with a post diameter or 27.2mm. Still a prevalent size for both gravel and some XC bikes, the smaller diameter has been less popular for dropper posts until recently. It’s not that there weren’t any available, just that now it seems that new options are popping up left and right. Today, Crankbrothers is introducing their version of a gravel/XC dropper with an expanded range of their Highline posts.

Crankbrothers Highline XC / Gravel dropper post size range Crankbrothers Highline XC / Gravel dropper post size chart

The best part of this launch is the amount of options that Crankbrothers is offering. Starting at 60mm of travel, there are also 80, 100, and 120mm travel versions available. Not only that, but the 60mm travel version comes in two lengths – the Short at 297mm in total length, and the Long with 387mm in total length. Between these five options, you should be able to find something that will fit your bike while maximizing the amount of travel you can use.

Crankbrothers Highline XC / Gravel dropper post head

Crankbrothers Highline XC / Gravel dropper post 60mm short

I wanted to try it out on a bike that I have in as a tester, but it has a fairly long seat tube. For my fit, that meant the 60mm Short post was almost the perfect fit. As the chart above highlights, even though the post only has 60mm of travel, there is a minimum of 120mm needed from the bottom of the collar to the middle of the saddle rail clamp. That clamp is a standard two bolt head that is compatible with round or oval saddle rails.

Crankbrothers Highline XC / Gravel dropper post collar Crankbrothers Highline XC / Gravel dropper post cable connection

Similar to many new posts we’ve seen recently, the Highline XCG uses a sealed hydraulic IFP cartridge and is cable operated. The bottom of the post features a quick-connect linear pull mechanism that has a pocket for the cable head and a housing stop for easy installation.

Crankbrothers Highline XC / Gravel dropper post housing

The post includes Jagwire housing and a stainless cable, two housing ferrules, and additional grease for the seatpost.

Pricing and Weight

Crankbrothers Highline XC / Gravel dropper post weight

One of the benefits to the 60mm Short post is reduced weight. This one comes in at 367g.

The Highline XCG is priced at just $249.99, but that price does not include the remote. Still, that’s an appealing price for a post with a four year warranty and likely the same great performance we’ve experienced with the MTB versions of the Highline.

The XC/Gravel versions join the other two existing Highline models – the Highline 3 and 7. The 3 is offered in 30.9, 31.6, and 34.9mm diameters with five lengths of travel for $199.99 and includes a two year warranty. The Highline 7 is more similar to the XCG and comes in 30.9 and 31.6mm diameters, four travel lengths, and is priced at $299 with a four year warranty.

Two-Way Drop Bar Remote

Crankbrothers Highline XC / Gravel dropper post two way remote

The other part of this release is the new Two-Way Drop Bar remote. Designed with a thin steel clamp that goes under the bar tape, the remote sits on the inside of the left hood for the ideal remote location.

Crankbrothers Highline XC / Gravel dropper post two way remote collageThe beauty of this remote location is that you can access the dropper while you’re riding in the drops by pushing the bottom lever with your thumb, or when you’re riding on the hoods by pulling the upper lever with your fingers. This style of remote works really well, and it does so in a way that is unobtrusive when you’re not trying to use the dropper.

Crankbrothers Highline XC / Gravel dropper post two way remote back

The back of the lever features a single pinch bolt to clamp down on the end of the cable.

Crankbrothers Highline XC / Gravel dropper post two way remote ferrules Crankbrothers Highline XC / Gravel dropper post two way remote  weight

The remote itself weighs in at 42g and includes two extra ferrules and an inline barrel adjuster that you can use to remove cable slack if you’re so inclined.

crank brothers highline dropper post remote lever works with any cable actuated dropper post

Obviously, if you’re using this post on an XC bike instead of a gravel bike, you’ll probably want a flat bar lever. In that case, the Crankbrothers Highline Remote is still a great choice with an adjustable ball and socket for awesome adjustability.

Both remotes are sold separately with the Two-Way remote priced at $49.99, and the Highline remote priced at $59.99.


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3 years ago

…so no mention of internal routing only, jeez what a disconnect. Wild speculation on my part–but I would hazard that most folks that have a 27.2 diameter post may in fact not have holes drilled in the frame for an internally routed post…

Mr Pink
Mr Pink
3 years ago
Reply to  carbonnation

(deleted). Drill your own. Like. Everyone. Else.

Tony P.
Tony P.
3 years ago

No mention of serviceability…Is it a cartridge, does it have a purge valve, adjust stack? I had nothing but trouble with the last high line post i rode (6 years ago) before other (better) brands made more reliable offerings. Guess I chalk this post up to “I don’t care that much”

3 years ago
Reply to  Tony P.

Current Crank Brothers posts are very reliable. Check Pinkbike, I was blown away when I found out too.
They use a cartridge.

3 years ago

got the 125mm , all good , quality is way up there , cept it only has 120mm of actual travel . still the longest travel u can get in a 27.2 post though , so it a keeper.

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