Winner: Fox Transfer
We consider the dropper post to be the greatest recent development in the sport of mountain biking along with disc brakes. It enables experts to handle aggressive terrain and assists beginners in getting comfortable with the bike. But typical dropper posts costs $450 or more and many require constant maintenance.
Enter the Fox Transfer, an infinite adjust damped dropper post available with internal or external remote cable. It is Fox's version 2.0 dropper post effort where they focused on the usability to complement the reliability of their previous effort, the D.O.S.S. And for the knockout trifecta, they priced it at $329 with lever.
We've put this post through its paces and it is a near flawless effort. The locked position is firm and confidence inspiring at any position in the travel. Lever effort is light and you can control the speed of the damped posts upward movement. The post clamp is the reliable and easy-to-use dual-bolt variety. And the internal cable routing is reliable and easy to install. There's also a stationary external cable version of the post so one can install a dropper on older bikes with no internal routing. And most important of all, the post has been incredibly consistent and reliable in our hundreds of hours on it this season.
Runner Up: 9Point8 Fall Line
Post maker 9Point8 introduced a whole new level of reliability a couple years ago with the Fall Line. This $400 post has proven to be the benchmark of all-weather reliability in the demanding world of droppers. It is full-featured as well with infinite, damped action and a configurable lever. Price is $400 and they have170mm and 200mm travel options.
Honorable Mention: Bontrager Drop Line
The Bontrager Drop Line is a full-featured post for $300. It has all the right elements with infinite, damped travel and an awesome lever that makes it easy to control the speed of the post. It just works and doesn't call attention to itself.
This post is part of the Mtbr Best of 2016 awards series. You can see all this year's announced winners here.