Orbea Digit Dropper Seatpost offers manual height reduction with fixed upper and lower positions for perfect fit every time

Every once in a while a product comes along that makes so much sense you wonder how it hadn’t ever been done before. The new Orbea Digit Dropper Post is just such a product, making it quick and easy to lower your seatpost to a preset position at the top of the hill. Then, even more importantly, it lets you bring it right back up to your preferred climbing position just as quickly, hitting the perfect spot each and every time.

It works via a slotted channel on the back of the post with upper and lower limit set screws. You simply open the quick release collar and slam it up or down. The slotted channel keeps the saddle pointing straight forward, and the set screws ensure it goes only as low as you want and returns to the correct height. Officially, it offers up to 250mm of drop in 50mm increments. Technically, you could probably get almost 300mm if you don’t use the top set screw, with total amount of height reduction limited only by frame design.

Action video showing how it works below, drop on in…

It’s a 31.6 post that’ll fit other frames, too, so long as there’s a big enough slot with a round hole on the back of the seat tube. That hole is where the fine tuning bolt is placed, which allows for exact seat height adjustments.

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The bolt running through the seat tube just under the binder loosens the adjustment slot to change the upper position, which ensures your saddle height is correct.

Without making too much fuss, it’s simply brilliant. It allows bikes at much lower price points to get a dropper post. It could even make for a lighter, lower maintenance option for high end bikes, too…especially for those that frequently pack their bikes for travel and don’t want to mess with cables or hydraulic remotes.

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The quick release cam is burly, a good thing since it’ll likely be used quite often, but easy to open and close.

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The head is a standard two bolt clamp system that sandwiches a lower cradle under the cap. Just loosen and tighten opposing bolts to change saddle angle.

For now, it’ll only be spec’d on the new Occam trail/all-mountain bikes and two other models (can’t tell you about those until mid-July), but they may consider aftermarket sales in the future.

Orbea.com

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liljoe
liljoe
6 years ago

Titec called. They want their scoper back.

Ripnshread
Ripnshread
6 years ago

Looks like it works like an old Hite-Rite except with no spring load and a ton of tiny parts…

craigsj
craigsj
6 years ago

This simply doesn’t support the usage model that modern dropper posts provide. Not a game changer in any way. Solutions from the ’90s were better.

craigsj
craigsj
6 years ago

Right, Ripnshread, couldn’t remember the Hite-Rite name. It offers a subset of Hite-Rite features in an inferior way.

J N H
J N H
6 years ago

Sorry but, is this 1999 or something? We already have Droppers, you push a lever on the handlebars and the saddle goes up and down, some go to preset heights, others go to infinite positions. I can’t see anyone getting use out of that who wouldn’t be better served by a real dropper post, even XC marathon racers.

Colin M
Colin M
6 years ago

This would be perfect for the cyclocross crowd. They already run old school brakes, might as well have an old school dropper post. Can’t drop, won’t drop.

C’mon Tyler, a “game changer”? You might be overusing that cliche.

Padrote
Padrote
6 years ago

or you could like, put a mark on your seat post? some of them even have numbers printed on them.

Jeremy Lawrence
Jeremy Lawrence
5 years ago
Reply to  Padrote

Seat post markings get rubbed off pretty quickly if you raise and lower seat post a lot.

Papi
Papi
6 years ago

Game. Changer.

benzo
benzo
6 years ago

You have to pull up to bring it back? How (deleted) are you going to do that while riding?

Unravelled
Unravelled
6 years ago

Game changer? What game does this change? This is a step backwards.

Also this seems like a great way to damage your frame.

JBikes
JBikes
6 years ago

So….I think what Tyler is getting at is this will be much cheaper, for lower priced bikes and in that sense can be a “game changer”
But, it seems the Gravity Dropper Descender is a much better option unless this thing is like $100.

Pedals
Pedals
6 years ago

When you Google “bikerumor.com” and “game changer” you get 1,750 results.

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01001011010
6 years ago

This would have been great in 96’… I just don’t want to stop/coast to adjust my seat when now I can do it from a switch.

Glen
Glen
6 years ago

Holy negativity!

If it can replace a standard seat post in the entry level mtb market, without adding more than 30-50 of your finest, then that’s great. It’s better than going for a crap alternative to the reverb, such as the ‘remove your taint and testicles’ specialized command post, likewise the Fox DOSS and ‘leak all down your chain stay and get oil on your brake pads’ x fusion style droppers then it’s great.

Ryan
Ryan
6 years ago

Problem with this setup is that there’s no seal…so mud and grit will get into the post and make it a PITA to slide up and down, requiring you to dissemble and clean.

Adam
Adam
6 years ago

I don’t see how it’s any advantage over a standard seat post with a qr clamp. This just adds stops so you don’t have to think about setting the post. It also adds weight and complexity while still requiring you to stop your bike, get off and change the height. The adjust on the fly is the biggest advantage to current droppers. Certainly over stated as being a game changer.

James S
James S
6 years ago

Who’s Mr. Negativity, Glen? You just trashed the dropper post on my bike (Fox DOSS) which I happen to like very much.

Jean-Pierre
6 years ago

Euhm it is replacing the quick release clamp with normal seatpost?

Helen Daniels
Helen Daniels
6 years ago

Dropper posts are too expensive for an low to middle income person. It’s costs basically $1 every time you raise and lower your seat ($450/2 = 225 raise and lower. I cannot justify the economics of that. This is a great option for the economically minded. The dropper posts are cumbersome and unreliable with their cables and fluid. The fact that you can hop off you bike move your seat in seconds will not diminish a ride experience. In rolling terrain a dropper post has it’s merits but if it really is rolling a lot how gnarly are you getting that you need you post slammed? Just shred on your bike seat up or down. Hate the player not the game.

Eric E. Strava
Eric E. Strava
6 years ago

Whatever game this allegedly changes, I don’t want to be playing. If pennies are being pinched, you can find a KS e-ten dropper for $120 online at this very moment. Paradigm shifted. Or not.

hellbelly
hellbelly
6 years ago

If for weird reason you are still using a standard post like this a notch or mark made on the post will serve the same purpose. Basically this a great solution for 1998.

Jeremy Lawrence
Jeremy Lawrence
5 years ago
Reply to  hellbelly

Except marking post doesn’t work. Unless you gouge post deep enough to potentially weaken post, that mark will simply rub off.

Tom
Tom
6 years ago

What game is being changed here? This is a serious question because I really don’t know.

Sunirem
Sunirem
6 years ago

Guys, I think most of you are missing the point. This is not about making a top-end dropper, this is about bringing its benefits to entry-level users.
During my early days on the trails I remember how annoying it was to stop every now and then to pull the saddle up/down (+alignment), in fact I got quite good at doing it on the fly.
This would’ve made my life easier and probably spared me some risky descents.

Bluefire
Bluefire
6 years ago

This doesn’t compete with dropper posts, but it isn’t worthless either. It’s smart and convenient; it’s a significant improvement over just a standard quick release. Every base-model trail bike should have one of these, at least until droppers get cheap enough to spec on the low end. The problem is that Orbea’s billing it as a substitute for a dropper. It isn’t, at least not as we understand them today – no spring.

Brian
6 years ago

Hmmm… A revised version of the old telescoping posts of yesteryear… I do say, some good ideas.. Maybe not good for a racer, but for a trail rider on a budget, it seems feasible…

JBikes
JBikes
6 years ago

Glen,
I don’t know of anyone that returns their dropper to normal riding position while not standing. When I’m standing, there is zero chance anything will hit me. I never really understood the fear of a too fast return on a dropper post. And, yes, I run a Fox DOSS, which I love, sans the remote levers.
I find this a “internet problem” for people that have a weird, unfounded 14 yr old fear of things hitting them in the “privs” based on what could happen, not how things actually happen.

AFS
AFS
6 years ago

Game changer, no, but at least I guess it will be more reliable than the RS Reverb post, or at least more reliable the 3 I’ve had (2 EO and 1 ASM), none of which lasted more than 6 months.

Antoine
Antoine
6 years ago

I don’t see how it can be competitive against a 60$ TMARS/ICE lift/whatever mechanical spring dropper.

thesteve4761
thesteve4761
6 years ago

What game was changed?

Carl
Carl
6 years ago

I don’t hate it as a cheap and possibly reliable option. But what stops mud/dirt/grit filling up that channel and making it work like sh*t? Is there some cover I missed?

(I had a height-right back in 1990 or something, but as a skinny 15 year old was too damned light to overcome the spring force without bouncing on it! It’s still in the shed somewhere.)

Birdman
Birdman
6 years ago

Is this “dropper post” super cheap or something?

Cesalec
Cesalec
6 years ago

so, basically is NOT a dropper, at least not an actuated dropper post. It is indeed just a normal seat post with configurable limits.

Mac
Mac
6 years ago

Is it 4/1 today?

MnMDan
MnMDan
6 years ago

QR Collar…12 layers of electrical tape at the stopper point, and remembering the number on the seatpost where your preferred height is. Pretty cheap. Done that on my XC rig for 15+ years in races where there were some sections I hadn’t seen before, and didn’t want to risk (win by climbing, lose by crashing)…adds 20 seconds to each section…and it’ll never fail.

Brendan
Brendan
6 years ago

I’ll do ya one better, MnMDan: 27.2 post with a shim. Put shim on post, wrap 12 layers of electrical tape on the post below the shim at your full extension, then install the shim with its flange under the QR collar. now you can drop to any height, to go back to full saddle height you just lift undil the stopper hits the bottom of the shim. No need to remember numbers or even look at it.

gringo
gringo
6 years ago

My bike would be 2 kg heavier at the end of 6 months with that gigantic, gaping maw of a slotted chanel / mud chute, funneling all my roost straight into my seat tube, only to pile up on my BB.

But I am sure someone will be happy with it….

fuertecabra666
fuertecabra666
6 years ago

made one of these out of a bit of brake cable and an old reflector bracket connected to the seat post clamp before I could afford my reverb .. did a job, cost me nothing and makes people think that you’re the ray mears of your MTB crew. but not worth the cash imo

mudcycles
6 years ago

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Bert Sawicki
Bert Sawicki
6 years ago

All you need is a vintage IRD remote QR lever and you are all set.
http://mombat.org/1289IRDQR.jpg

jesse
jesse
6 years ago

Why wouldn’t they just slap a spring in there?

silverlining
silverlining
6 years ago

I think he meant that Orbea making mountain bikes is the game changer? Or maybe that people would ever buy an orbea mountain bike would be a game changer?

Kerrold Fleffinger
Kerrold Fleffinger
6 years ago

There is one and only one reason to have a quick release seat post collar on a mountain bike. This is that reason and that is your entry level solution.

BubbRubb
BubbRubb
6 years ago

For those dinosaurs who keep saying “who needs a dropper post, i have a QR”, you’re missing the point. I was like you, I have been riding trail for 23 years, and I was content with my QR. Then i dropped coin and got a Thomson, and will
Never go back. Forget the outright cost for a minute, the instant gratification of hitting a button and being able to get that seat out of the way pays for itself the first time you’re in way over your head — and still ride it out safe. I honestly hit my dropper more than my shifter.
My local trails are rocky and roots and transition quickly between up/down. Also it’s amazing how much more versatile your bike becomes with 2 saddle heights.

All that said, this post of Orbeas will have to change a ton before it hits market or it won’t sell.

ylvis
ylvis
6 years ago

LOL

The Goats
6 years ago

Can see good possible use for this on road race team support bikes. Spare bikes could each be ready with 2 different rider seat heights set.

Goats

Ruslan
Ruslan
6 years ago

Nice. Quickly lower/lift saddle to predefined positions, key feature is No Twisting.

How and Where I would use it :

MTB
– pretty clear; drop/lift at some trail sections, predefined positions and no twisting. What’s not to like, Ha !?
Not everyone needs a ‘true’ $$$/pound/hydro dropper post.

Folding Bikes
– now that’s a Thing: set your saddle high in 2sec. without Twisting and pissing off hight readjustments; what a relief ! No, I mean WHAT A RELIEF !!!!!!!!!!

Storage
– any bike will loose huge amount of Bulk when seat post can be quickly dropped down to the min. Again with no twisting and pissing off height adjustments. A bless for any city/commuter/cargo/folding/mtb/CF bike kept in apartment/office/overcrowded garage or parking lot.

Bikepacking (and some Touring Bikes)
For the same reason as above, this seat post makes bike much more ‘Manageable’ in many situations.
The main point is how quick & easy it can done FOR NOW. No need to remove seat post completely and lash/place (lost) it somewhere, than readjust again and again… Very nice.
– walking Pushing the bike uphill/downhill (when there is no saddle bag), ,
– pushing the bike through thick forest/bush/grass
– carry on the neck on the mountain pass/snow/ice/rocky/muddy section
– carry bike on the Alpaka Raft /car/bus/truck/horse/camel/dog sled etc
– ford a river
– placing bike inside the Tent
etc etc etc.

Sharing bike
– change saddle height to share bike with a spouse or a teenager. But 50mm increments in low position is a no-no, we need 10mm or even infinite increments ! An aluminum plank (with bolt holes in 10mm increments) under this low position limiting bolt will do the trick …

E-bikes
– lower saddle for a dense traffic (=more secure driving) , lift saddle for a highway section or pleasure riding when motor is much less used. ‘True’ dropper post is a nonsense for this application, right ?
– again better for a bike storage and sharing.

Crank Forward Bikes (see RANS bikes but with less drastic saddle inclination as Electra Townie)
– This is a dream came true for a Crank Forward Bikes which drastically needs a system which stops twisting seat post/saddle. Slotted channel and much stronger gripping power is a pure goodness for such bikes.

Anty Theft (?)
– ‘coded’ height adjustment and saddle bolts will help with a stolen seat post & saddle.

Mon
Mon
6 years ago

i’ve spoken to a friend who’s an ORBEA Spanish dealer, and they have been told that it could sell for about 40€, so I think 95% of your objections have just gone down the drain. Hi.