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One of my weak links seems to be my thumbs getting buggered up from operating a 1x shifter and dropper remote in rugged terrain. It's not just the occasional major mistake, it's that they get quite dinged up with lots of joint soreness in both of them with regular riding. I'm thinking about going Grip Shift for the right side (shifter), but am also thinking of trying to McGyver a Grip Shift for the dropper remote. Who wants to encourage/guide my on the Grip Shift conversion? And who wants to tell me I'm an idiot and provide some other dropper remote option?

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Dropper post = Fox Transfer
Current remote = stock Transfer thumb trigger

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Don't have any experience with using a grip shifter to operate a dropper seatpost - could be interesting. I would suggest trying a LA wolf tooth shifter. The LA (light action) has a longer paddle, for more leverage and should therefore require less pressure.

I'll be curious to hear what you decide on. My wife hates thumb shifters; when we decide to get her a dropper post, this will be an issue we have to work out as well.
 

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Only issue I can think of is the return on a grip shift isn't spring-loaded; so when you drop the post you'll have to twist it back before standing up.

Probably not a problem when you drop the post completely, but may make setting the post in between up and down a bit more challenging.
 

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Only issue I can think of is the return on a grip shift isn't spring-loaded
That shouldn't be a problem. Most dropper levers are not sprung either. The lever on the post is where the spring is. You'd want to open up the gripshift and remove the part that holds it in the selected gear so that the post spring will pull it back. Should be easy to do.
 

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That shouldn't be a problem. Most dropper levers are not sprung either. The lever on the post is where the spring is. You'd want to open up the gripshift and remove the part that holds it in the selected gear so that the post spring will pull it back. Should be easy to do.
Yeah, my understanding is that the Grip Shifter has a spring for the indexing that needs removed. I'm close to pulling the trigger (no pun intended), but am still curious if there are other opinions or experiences to draw from.
 

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Don't have any experience with using a grip shifter to operate a dropper seatpost - could be interesting. I would suggest trying a LA wolf tooth shifter. The LA (light action) has a longer paddle, for more leverage and should therefore require less pressure.

I'll be curious to hear what you decide on. My wife hates thumb shifters; when we decide to get her a dropper post, this will be an issue we have to work out as well.
Yeah. The Wolftooth light action lever which has a greater leverage ratio and a nice ball bearing so is probably the easiest thumb paddle type to actuate. That and a good cable, like Shimano SP41 housing and Optislick cable, will go a fair way in making dropper actuation easier. I'm not sure if that would be sufficient for you, and you'd need to check the compatibility of the lever with your Fox dropper.
 

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Thanks everyone. I may still just ease into this. I've bought a Grip Shift shifter. I think I might try that (as a shifter) along with the Wolf Tooth LA to see how it goes. If I LOVE the Grip Shift and the LA doesn't get me all the way there, I can take another bite by trying the Grip Shift on the left side.
 

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I have a DVO Garnet that came with a tab you can press with your palm

this type of lever is an option

 

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I modified the wolftooth by extending the level to double its length. The increased lever length totally eliminated the thumb pain. It is the same principal as their light action lever but even longer. I took a piece of aluminum the right size and shape, drilled a hole through the lever and aluminum and epoxied them together with a small bolt holding them tightly. Then I covered it with rubber. It feels like the pressure required is less than half. No more thumb pain. I use a grip shifter on the right for the thumb pain on that side.
 
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