Dropper seatposts will change the way you ride, so most who already have them consider it to be one of the best upgrades you can do to your bike to improve your riding. Swiss company Yep Components agrees, and their new Uptimizer dropper seatpost is the only product they offer. There are two models, the HC with internal cable routing, and the ST with external cable routing.
In typical Swiss fashion, Yep Components uses components they say are the best around, such as Motorex fluids and Igus bushings. They’re CNC machined and assembled in Switzerland, and they use less air pressure than other dropper seatposts on the market, which they say allows for longer service life of the parts.
The lever design allows actuation in many directions, and the clamp is a unique split design that appears to allow for easy mounting without changing other controls. Similar to the levers included with the first generation Crank Brothers Joplin dropper posts, it pulls a small amount of cable when moved in any direction. Yep Components says this, combined with the split clamp allows easy installation and placement for this crucial part of the system.
The retail price is €345 for the HC, or close to $435 at today’s exchange rates. Being more than a Rockshox Reverb Stealth, but less than a Thomson Elite Covert Dropper, it is decently priced for a high-end dropper seatpost, especially when you consider the features and construction. Available in 30.9mm and 31.6mm diameters, 125 or 155mm of travel, and with different color accent kits, it checks the main boxes as a possible contender in this rapidly increasing market.
The Uptimizer is available now, and only direct from the Yep Components website.