OneUp pops low-cost, long-travel dropper to fit mountain bikes cramped for space

While many riders would love a long travel dropper seatpost to get their saddle far out-of-the-way, a lot of mountain bikes just don’t have enough seattube to fit longer posts. OneUp Components’ new Dropper Post though claims to be the “world’s shortest, long travel dropper post” so you get the most travel that will fit your frame, at an affordable price.

OneUp Dropper Post, an affordable long-travel option

The going wisdom in dropper selection seems to get “as much travel as will fit on your bike”. With a motto of “more drop=more fun”, OneUp wants you to size up to longer travel, even if your frame is already tight. The post combines a low stack height above your frame’s seatpost clamp, with the shortest overall effective length of the post inserted into your frame.

Tech details

That means many riders can size up from a shorter post to either the 150mm or 170mm travel OneUp Dropper, with its two-bolt head.

Their 170mm post has a collar-rail stack height of 207mm, and a total effective length (excluding the remote actuator mechanism) of 450mm. The 150mm post has a stack of just 187mm, and effective length of 410mm. Minimum insertion is 110mm on the longer, and 90mm on the shorter posts.

Adjustable travel length

OneUp also wanted to offer more customizable drop travel, so their design becomes infinitely tunable, allowing you to shim up to 50mm of drop off to get the exact feel you want. The drop length tuning is easy to do with the post still on the bike – without tools, without removing the saddle, and without changing internal pressure. (All you have to do is screw off the post collar, slide your cut-to-fit shim into the keyway of the lower tube, and thread it back together.)

The side benefit is if you decrease dropper travel, you also increase sliding bushing overlap, so heavier riders especially could benefit from smoother operation and greater durability. (That suggests that heavier riders should always opt for the 170mm dropper if it fits, and then reduce it down a bit for improved overlap.)

Improved, easy to use mechanical remote

OneUp isn’t a fan of the complication of hydraulic remotes, so they put together a new cable-operated, carbon composite remote that was easy to set up. The new remote pivots on an oversized bearing for smooth action.

It gets a shape & position for the trigger-style lever that keeps your hand securely gripped to the bar, mimicking the upshift paddle position instead of the usual downshift paddle position used by most trigger remotes. Keeping it easy to install & adjust, the remote clamps the cable at the lever for simpler routing setup.

 

Pricing & availability

Lastly, but maybe most importantly, if the industry wants more people on droppers, their prices could do well to follow saddles and drop a bit more. So OneUp is keeping their Dropper affordable. Just $248 will get you the dropper post and the remote, and includes worldwide delivery. If you want to pick them up separately, the post alone sells for $199. The remote lever runs an extra $49, including the cable & housing, plus one of either an I-Spec-II, MatchMaker, or standard bar clamp.

Both 150mm & 170mm travel versions on the internal routing only Droppers are available in 30.9 & 31.6mm diameters. Claimed weight for a 30.9 x 150mm Dropper is 595g, including cable & housing. The I-spec remote adds another 32g. Get yours now, direct from OneUp.

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luddite
luddite
4 years ago

So annoying that with all the talk about short length they don’t dimension including the green part on the bottom, so on a bike with an interrupted seat tube you still don’t know what will fit. My wife’s trance has a pivot shaft there, 100mm Giant dropper fits, but most 125 will not. I have no way of knowing if this could fit.

terry chrudinsky
terry chrudinsky
4 years ago
Reply to  luddite

the actuator length is on their site in the chart. it is 32mm

Dr Sweets
Dr Sweets
4 years ago

^^^The information you seek is here, but you will have to know how much depth is available on yr wife’s bike. https://www.oneupcomponents.com/collections/dropper-posts/products/dropper-post

Chris
Chris
4 years ago

200 Please!

Colin M
Colin M
4 years ago

…and still no dropper post from Shimano (that actually exists in the US)

What are they waiting for?

Mikey
Mikey
4 years ago
Reply to  Colin M

They have the Pro Koryak. I don’t expect them to release a dropper under the Shimano brand any time soon.

Frank
Frank
4 years ago

Still too long for my bike. Hope they come out with a 125mm version soon!

i
i
4 years ago
Reply to  Frank

reading isn’t your thing? One of the main selling points is the ability to shim down up to 50mm. They do effectively have a 125mm, only it’s any travel you want between 100 and 150.

Anonymous coward
Anonymous coward
4 years ago
Reply to  i

Comprehension isn’t your strong suite is it? If a post telescopes 150mm up it has to go just as far down. That means the seat tube needs to be at least 150mm plus the cable actuation mechanism.