Race Face Turbine Dropper Seatpost

2.75/5 (4 Reviews)
MSRP : $469.99

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Product Description

Introducing the Turbine Dropper Post: A patented hybrid design that couples mechanical and hydraulic locking technologies, inspired by MTB disc brakes. The rider's body weight is supported with a mechanical lock; meaning a solid connection and less potential for failure over time. Lower air pressures and static seals offer unrivaled performance, control, and reliability. Turbine also operates in below-freezing temperatures making it perfect for Fat Bikes and cold weather riding. Less down time for service equals more saddle time on the trails.

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Bill a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: November 27, 2017

Strengths:    Easily adjustable for temperature changes with a barrel adjustment at the lever.
Very smooth and consistent action
When post locked in place it doesn't move up or down. There is no play or wiggle
Post is cable actuated and thus easier to maintain and install
There is a neat cable release mechanism that allows the post to be removed and installed back easily

Weaknesses:    did experience a cable pinch of some sort (difficult routing through my frame).
my LBS re-rousted it with new housing and it's been flawless since.

Bottom Line:   
Recommended by my LBS and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone.

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Similar Products Used:   n/a

Bike Setup:   Ellsworth Epiphany

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by George Petrovich a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: June 7, 2016

Strengths:    looks cool, remote functions well.

Weaknesses:    My review is biased for one key reason - I have zero tolerance for squeaks/creaks/clicking. After riding my post for 3 weeks it began to make a subtle but obnoxious creaking sound. The sound resonates from within inside and... is transmitted throughout the frame. This made is especially challenging to isolate. After a ton of trial and error my local shop was able to locate the sound - it was the seat post.

Bottom Line:   
What to do? I'm out $500+ for a product that has no place on my bike (unless it's fixed). Race face doesn't respond to customers so... not resolution there. My local shop eventually was able to connect with RF to get an RA# so that the post can be sent back. It's been 10 x days and there has been no further communication. My shop tells me that we're at the mercy of the manufacturer. Seems wrong - especially since I have an "enduro" race where the use of a dropper isn't a luxury.

This is a reflection of the industry. Product is defective, there seems to be no sincere effort by my local shop to resolve while the manufacturer is unresponsive. I opted to support a local shop in order support the little guy and... to have a bricks and mortar shop where I could go to taken care of. I paid more for this luxury which, unfortunately, hasn't proven to exist.

Am I complaining about Raceface - their defective product, or their sub-par customer service? Yes. Am I also disappointed at myself for supporting a local shop and... being let down? Yes.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Brian a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: May 27, 2016

Strengths:    -clean look
-very little saddle wiggle

Weaknesses:    -complicated and finicky set up
-difficult to service
-regular riding can cause the post to malfunction
-requires PTFE cable and top of the line housing to function even close to correctly
-directions from company are flawed (this was admitted to me in a phone call with the company)
-customer support will tell you that you are doing it wrong but offer no logical way of determining how to figure out what you did wrong (see flawed directions comment, I followed them to the T and the post would not stay down).
-requires digital pump gauge for proper setup/diagnosis.

Bottom Line:   
This is a pretty seat post from a company that makes reliable and pretty parts. The problem is this seat post only benefits from Race Face's ability to make eye candy, not from their ability to make bomb proof parts.

The irony is that I purchased this post so that I would have a reliable alternative to the Reverb post that came stock on my bike. By this point, I am sure that a Reverb would have been more reliable.

The post isn't even two months old and has less than a dozen rides on it. All dry rides in the very temperate climate of Wisconsin. After changing the cables three times, I finally was able to get the setup dialed so that the seat would stay down. And stay up for that matter.

When I would follow their directions perfectly, the post wouldn't stay down. I was later told on the phone that you can't line up the T nut with the white setup line (per the directions on their site), but rather you have to set the T nut 1 mm below the line.

So I finally got the seat to stay down. But it wouldn't consistently return to the up position. I was told to lube the post with chain lube. Funny, I would have thought a fork stanchion lube would be more appropriate, but they are the engineers. I tried both, chain lube and stanchion lube, but external application of either only lasts for a few drops. And the stanchion lube worked better.

Ok, now for internal lubrication. I was told the foam o-ring must be dry, so I need to open the post. Let me remind you, the post is only two months old with less than a dozen rides. Any mountain bike part requiring this kind of service interval really needs some re-engineering. Anyhow, I needed to take the collar off to expose the o-ring. Their advice was to clamp a shop stand on the collar and twist the lower portion of the seat post. I tried this at home with a Feedback sports high end work stand, same clamps we use in the shop I work at. No dice. We also have some fancier stand clamps at work, I rolled on over and finally, after finding one with fresh leather pads, and wearing quite a bit of finish off the collar, I was able to get the collar to in thread. When I looked inside, no grease what so ever on the foam ring. Drier than any fork I have ever serviced.

In the end, for the moment, the post is working. But it required the amount of service you would expect after a full season of north coast riding. Not less than a dozen dry Midwest rides on a new product.

Bottom line: if you are going to spend the money for this post, but a Thomson or save a couple bucks and buy a KS.

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Duration Product Used:   2 months 10 rides

Bike Setup:   2016 Trek Fuel EX 9 29er. Upgraded cockpit, i9 Trail S wheels, XT/XTR drivetrain and XT brakes.

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

Date Reviewed: April 26, 2016

Strengths:    - Very smooth and consistent damped action
- When post locked in place it doesn't move up or down. There is very little play or wiggle
- Stack height and inserted length is quite short allowing the max drop on many frames
- Post is cable actuated and thus easier to maintain and install
- There is a neat cable release mechanism that allows the post to be removed and installed back easily
- lever options allow for multiple configurations

Weaknesses:    - under bar trigger lever is quite expensive. It should be included in the price

Bottom Line:   
This post is a delight indeed. It's similar to the 9.8 dropper post design but this seat clamp mechanism is a little cleaner. The post is thus lower profile and is shorter in exposed length allowing the longest drops allowed on most frames.

The big asset of the post is in position with no wiggle or sag. It doesn't sag down a few mm when sat on. And it doesn't rise when the bike is lifted by the post. There is also minimal play on this post and that delivers a very good contact point.

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Favorite Trail:   Braille Traile, Demo Forest, Santa Cruz

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $470.00

Purchased At:   test

Similar Products Used:   I've tried them all

Bike Setup:   150mm dropper on an Ibis HD3

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