Gravity Dropper Turbo Dropper Seatpost

4.35/5 (55 Reviews)
MSRP : $271.99

Product Description

Gravity Dropper Original Seatpost w/Remote: Handlebar remote-controlled, height adjustable seatpost drops the seat for descents and returns the seat to the rider's set height for climbing.

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jamies9 a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: March 16, 2017

Strengths:    speed, reliability etc

Weaknesses:    This is my third and first time the boot sometimes doesn't stay on when extended

Bottom Line:   
Brilliant product but was a little disappointed when i purchased my third that they wouldn't willingly throw in free postage. They did on the second.Ride 3-5 times a week for a few years and still don't need a rebuild. Nice to see still made in USA.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by JVW a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: August 5, 2015

Strengths:    Worked great for 1st 3 1/2 months

Weaknesses:    Developed sag and found out there is a seal leak. I called the dealer, (Bob Bicycles in SB) to see about getting it fixed under warranty; the girl I spoke with did everything she could to prevent me from bringing it back in to the store and even said that I should take it somewhere else that would cover the warranty. This was a $5500 bike. WOW! I'm not sure if I'm more upset with the dealer who I will business with again after this, or the overly priced part itself?

Bottom Line:   
After reading so many negative reviews about the Rock Shox dropper posts, I'm not even going to pursue the warranty. I'm just going to remove the post and everything else and put in a regular seat post.

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Favorite Trail:   Hartmanns Creek

Duration Product Used:   1,200 miles

Price Paid:    $5000.00

Purchased At:   Bobs Bicycles

Bike Setup:   2015 Trek Remedy 29

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Jaron Smith

Date Reviewed: April 13, 2015

Strengths:    Works well, as long as you're not sitting on it

Weaknesses:    Durability

Bottom Line:   
Worked well for a few years of infrequent use, but the stem snapped in half without warning while riding and not using the seat dropping functionality. Could have been really bad. Maybe it doesn't last longer than a few hundred uses?

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by czaniolo a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: January 30, 2015

Strengths:    Price

Weaknesses:    usability, reliability

Bottom Line:   
I am using one of these for 1 year now. On the second ride the remote control broke. It's not sturdy at all and broke while being activated. I have the 2 position model. When I go from the lower position to the higher, it goes a tad higher than the lock position. Then when I apply weight, it goes back to the right position and locks. Kind of annoying. Especially on last ride, when it went all the way up to this position and got stuck there. I was able to make it move after 10min between riding and stopping. Annoying. You have to really remove your weight from the saddle to unlock it. It will not work if weight it on. The looks are terrible. I bought because of price and weight. But this project is just bad in its conception. I kind of is usable. But definitely not good. Now I want something different but I have to use the max of this crap to make my money worth.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Bryan

Date Reviewed: July 6, 2013

Strengths:    Relatively light weight. Simple design.

Weaknesses:    Cable routing at right angle to seatpost. Only 3 height positions. Gets out of adjustment. Thumb lever can get sticky. Rubber boot never stays in place.

Bottom Line:   
This seatpost does the job, and would recommend it if you got a super deal on it, but I think there are probably better posts out there now. The cable routing is at a right angle to the post, and depending on your frame design, can cause the cable to be exposed and catch on things. The cable then gets bent or frayed where it comes out of the post, causing friction in activation. There is a threaded collar that adjusts so the post will seat into it's positions properly. It loosens up and then the seat won't set in it's positions. Locktite will fix the problem, but since the collar is smooth, it is difficult to re-adjust if necessary once the locktite hardens. It is often tough to know when the seat is in the middle position, and I often have to spend a couple extra seconds fiddling with it to make sure, especially if I'm bouncing around in a technical section. They say that you don't have to nudge the seat with your butt to get it to go up, but I always have to, adding an extra unwanted movement to the process. While not a big deal, the rubber boot never stays in place at the top position. So with all the little problems, I can't highly recommend it, but if you can get one a lot cheaper than the other brands, got for it, it sure beats not having an adjustable post.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Doug B a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: April 22, 2013

Strengths:    RELIABLE
User friendly
Low cost
Great customer service

Weaknesses:    Searching for that pin hole- an easy fix

Bottom Line:   
Simple design that can be tuned on the trail. Owned 4 of these with not one bit of trouble. Set up, tuning and maintenance all easy.
Only issue is that it is set drop positions and you have to search for the holes with up and down butt moves.
This is fixed by drilling holes where you want the seat and counter sinking all the holes so the positioning pin finds them easily. Thought I try a Crank Brothers Kronolog with infinite positioning and that was a waste of time, money and patience.

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Similar Products Used:   Grap Brothers Kronolog- SUCKS,
KS LEV-Great
Still have the Gravity Dropper

Bike Setup:   Black Sheep 29er

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Charlie

Date Reviewed: January 24, 2013

Strengths:    Highly reliable, no seat wiggle at all, all mechanical so there's no air/fluid to leak, very easy to install, very easy to maintain (not that it needs much maintenance), rubber boot keeps debris off the moving part of the post. Lots of options on Gravity Dropper's purchasing app makes it easy to order what you want.

Weaknesses:    Drops 1" and either 3, 4 or 5 inches (depending on what you order) instead of dropping as far as you push it down like with some other droppers. The plastic base on the remote lever makes me worry, but it hasn't been a problem so I can't say this is much of a weakness. Post dropped a couple times when I didn't want it to. I found a tech tip on the Gravity Dropper website that told me how to stop this. The solution was very simple (twist a dial) and the post hasn't done this since.

Bottom Line:   
Dropper seat posts are fantastic. I do mostly cross country but still use the thing all the time. The first time you hit an unexpected downhill and can instantly drop your seat post and then, when you hit an unexpected uphill, you can instantly raise your seat post to the perfect height you'll know what a great idea the dropper is. Yes, it is heavier and more expensive than regular seat post though I didn't notice the extra weight at all.
Reliability is the most important feature. A dropper seat post should move but only when you want it to. Perhaps because it's a mechanical rather than a hydraulic system, the Gravity Dropper is extremely reliable. It does what you want it to and only when you want it to. I've had it a year and ridden in dust and mud without any problems. I opened it up once to re-lube it and the whole process took less than 5 minutes. And I found it didn't need to be re-lubed.
I recommend the Turbo model so you can drop 1 inch plus 3, 4, or 5 inches. No matter what you think now, you will love having the remote lever.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by richard

Date Reviewed: November 24, 2012

Strengths:    As everyone has said below, it just works, is simple to service and customer service is great
Is lighter than most other posts

Weaknesses:    mainly as others have suggested, being looks and 90 degree output, but a noodle fixed that.
Remote not as good as some others (jolin has a great remote)

Bottom Line:   
I have tried KS, Joplin and gravty dropper, but my favourite for real world use is gravity dropper.
My set tips for GD users are:
- get the turbo model, it is better than the classic
- setup on the LH side of the handlebars and get a grip shift or dual control (first gen) left hand lever as that way you can use your thumb more comfortably for controlling the switch
- buy a middleburn cable oiler and install one the cable housing (that way you can lube the cable to keep it switching smoothly)
- at the same time you install a cable oiler consider installing an in line barrel adjuster to perfect cable tension (I have not done this but would consider doing it again)
- if you have a 31.6 or 30.9 siaze frame consider doing a special order to get the right size for your frame, as opposed to using a shim
- choose a multi drop model (eg 1 inch and 4 or 5 inch drop)
- carefully measure your seatpost extension as it exists to ensure you can get away with a big drop

This post is the best is the best long term. Don't bother with the others.

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Similar Products Used:   KS, Joplin, Gravity dropper classic

Bike Setup:   Run RH lever upside down on the LHS and use first gen shimano dual control (works well if your LH brake lever is used for rear braking)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by noamkfir a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: October 20, 2012

Strengths:    Simplicity. No more problems with air of oil leaks. Cable attachment to outer tube is static. good seat head - two bolts. lever has two bolts that can be removed without disassembling the grip.

Weaknesses:    Cable enters to the tube in 90 deg. which is ugly, whether you install it forward or rear facing. post lever is rather uggly. operation is less pleasant than hydraulic posts. can't connect / disconnect the cable from the tube quickly. KS has this feature and it is very usefull.

Bottom Line:   
I had joplin 3 for couple of years and then the KS . Now I have turbo multimposition, 100mm.
they can't get near to the turbo simplicity and reliability. Very simple maintenence required which is cleaning it and grease it once in a while.
the other hidraulic posts require constant maintenance at leat once a year and suffers from performance degration.
I removed the ugly boot as soon as I got the post. The lever Could be improved as well.
hydraulic post operation is more pleasant though, but You get used to the turbo quicly and it worth all the pros.
I recommand getting the multiposition version.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   joplin 3, KS i 950

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by daniel harvey

Date Reviewed: October 18, 2012

Strengths:    solid, does what it's supposed to

Weaknesses:    spendy, ugly boot, cable stretches

Bottom Line:   
Dropper posts have been a game changer for me. Sometimes I think I change post height more than gears. I can't feature riding a MTB without one ever again, except for my SS. I have the 1", the 3 additional inch drop. i use them both. Even when I'm just cruising I use them both to change up the position of my body to avoid fatigue.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by TrailMeat a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: August 14, 2012

Strengths:    Reliable, easy to maintain, excellent customer support

Weaknesses:    It's ugly, but it works.

Bottom Line:   
Dropper posts are an awesome upgrade for your bike. I am not sure why everyone doesn't do it; the benefit far outweighs the extra weight. My turbo has functioned perfectly for 3 years (150-200 rides). The only issue I had was with the Decender/Turbo unit (part # 84 on gd website). I had an older model that was soldered to the post (not riveted like the newer models). It detached from the post this past winter when I was doing some work on it. I emailed support, was told to send it in along with $20 to repair it since it was out of warranty (very reasonable fee IMHO), and the repaired post (they riveted it to the post to repair it) was returned within a few days. I was down for a total of 5 days and since it was the offseason it wasn't an issue. Their customer service is extremely responsive which is something that tends to get overlooked when making decisions on what to buy (I have made the mistake many times). At any rate, solid product and good support.

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Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Doc D a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: July 26, 2012

Strengths:    Reliable reputation
Great customer service reputation
27.2 diameter compatible
Works great
It returns extremely quickly, not a negative in my book.
Gravity Dropper matched an online retailers price, hooked me up with free shipping and free engraving, recieved the post a few days after ordering. Doesn't get better than that!

Weaknesses:    Some will say not as attractive as the competition.
It's noisy
The 90 degree cable routing gives some set-ups problems, worked well for me actually.
Takes a little practice to hit your stopping points quickly and consistently. I rode the same trail, a 14 mile loop, about 5 times (not in the same day, but consecutively), so I could practice on familiar ground. Then I hit the tech stuff and it was a revelation, shredtastic. Is that even a negative, all equipment takes time to use effectively.

Bottom Line:   
Damn this post is sweet, I'm biased of course, because I spent my money on it. I was limited to what dropper post I could buy due to having a 27.2 diameter seat tube, either way I know I made a great purchase. Gravity Dropper's reputation for reliability and great customer care won me over, compared to the good looks of other posts. I will say though, the look grows on you and the function is exactly inline with my expectations. A better remote would be nice, but again with time you learn to use it without thought. Now after maybe 10 rides, I hit the lever more than I shift. My speed, safety and consistency have almost instantly improved. Every bike should have a dropper post, Gravity Dropper sold me and I'm happy I spent my money on an American made product with excellent reliability and customer service reputation.

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Favorite Trail:   Haven't found "the one" yet

Duration Product Used:   1 Month

Price Paid:    $275.00

Purchased At:   Gravity Dropper

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   08' Cannondale Prophet 650B'ed, Pushed, Mendoned, Battered and Bruised

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by inter a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: May 3, 2012

Strengths:    Simple design, easy maintenance, and works great.

Weaknesses:    Ugly boot and 90 deg cable out without noodle. So i installed noodle myself.

Bottom Line:   
If function is more important than look, get this post.
I like it to hv same exact position either up or down. Use it a lot more than front shifter. Built like a tank, very strong. My buddies hv KS, CP, joplin, they all hv problem during ride. My gd had minor issue that was fixed on the trail. I broke the cable once by the 90 deg out, now i put noodle. I never like the ugly boot, so i took it out, and never had problem with dirt, even on muddy trail.

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Favorite Trail:   turnbul canyon

Price Paid:    $280.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   None.

Bike Setup:   AM, 140mm, tubeless.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by mtnmark a All Mountain Rider from San Francisco, CA

Date Reviewed: February 27, 2012

Strengths:    My favorite dropper. Love that it is mechanical and not air, so it works faster and needs less maintenance. I also really like the 1" down and all the way down features. With an unlimited position post I never felt like the post was in the right place. The 1" is perfect for roll-y and swoopy descents where you are doing some pedaling, and of course the total drop works for anything steeper. Super easy maintenance.

Weaknesses:    I would have said looks when I first got it, but now I think it is the best looking seat post out there. It just looks badass, functional and manly, like "I don't care how I look, I'll let my riding do the talking". There are a couple of things I would change, but they are pretty minor. The cable routing can be a bit of a pain and get bent, but you get used to be gentle on it. The weird small sized hex keys needed, wish it was more standard (like 4mm for everything). The handlebar mount seems a little flimsy, but I have never had a problem with it.

Bottom Line:   
My favorite dropper, and the best of what's out there. Mechanical, not air for speed and easy maintenance and the 3 position heights make it better than the reverb, joplin etc. Wonder how the fox one will compare....

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Favorite Trail:   Lots

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Gravity Dropper

Similar Products Used:   Crank Brothers Joplin, Reverb.

Bike Setup:   Blur LT, XT 2x10, Fox 32 150, RP23, meaty tires.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by freebrd85 a Cross Country Rider from San Jose, Ca

Date Reviewed: December 9, 2011

Strengths:    Simple easy to install and use, lots of sizes to choose from, and a lot of choices on the drop length and an option for multiple drop leghts

Weaknesses:    not the best looking adjustable seat post, not always reliable

Bottom Line:   
A pretty good component. I never thought of buying this component for my bike, but I got tired of constantly adjusting my seat post when I come into steep descents and technical areas. Reliability is an issue though. sometimes it just would not stick all the way down nor will it come up right away when you hit the trigger, sometimes I have to sit down and push the trigger to initiate when I want the seat to go up. If I have to keep on doing this I might as well have just bought the classic. Also, the seat sometimes goes up by itself even though I did not want it too, this usually happens when the technical area is really bumpy and steep. Yet, with all of its flaws I still consider it one of my favorite components just for the fact that I can just keep on riding. I like to max out my pedaling efficiency by keeping my post high on flats and up hill but I like to keep my post low on descents and technical areas, so if you are like me, buy it.

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Favorite Trail:   Too many to say

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   GD

Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher Wahoo

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