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Has anyone else experienced the dropper working a few times, and then failing to return to normal height? I have to rebleed this thing over and over for it to work in the shop, it works a few times on the trail, and then when I am at the deepest point of the woods(where mosquitos are considered a bird species) it fails to come back up.

I am about to rip this thing off my bike and say "ta hell" with these damn dropper things. I rip some pretty gnarly descents with my saddle up, and don't seem to ever need it where I ride.

Can anyone tell me why it won't come back up? Is there a slow leak or something?
 

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Seat post clamp too tight? Loosen it and see what happens.

The remote has a speed control. If the post starts not coming up, increase the speed and see what happens. If that fixes it, it suggest there's a leak in the remote circuit somewhere. You should be able to see the oil at the remote or at the base of the dropper.
 

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Reverbs seem to be a complete hit or miss. It's been three years and my B1 has been fine so far. I've had two other ones and they've been trouble free too.

It's possible that you have a dislodged o-ring or something of that nature on the inside of the post. A rebuild might be necessary. If its new enough...try and get it warrantied.
 

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I agree with RS VR6. Reverb's seem to hit or miss. I have a 2018 model, and it's been working fine. Only issue was it got a little squishy. But the simple 'turn it upside down' trick fixed it. To prevent the squish from coming back, I don't hang the bike on the work stand by the seat post. I've noticed that Reverb's don't like to be pulled up on. Manual even indicates that.

I haven't had the issue fuzzymusketeer ran into. But I would check post clamp torque as Lone Rager suggested.
 

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Fox Transfer posts are not without their problems. I think they're pretty similar to the B1 Reverb in terms of reliability. My B1 has been problem free for two years now. The new Reverb C1 looks promising, still with the dopey hydro remote though.
 

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After 30 years of riding I finally got a bike with a dropper. My 2018 Kona came with a Reverb (170mm). I set up bike, shock, fork, dropper, tubeless, etc. First ride was in 20 deg F weather and right away I noticed dropper would not return to extended position due to cold. I got it back inside and once it warmed up it was fine. I did some research, bought a Reverb bleed kit (2 syringes) and did a proper bleed per manual and video on SRAM website. I pulled out a few air bubbles and went for a ride with no issues.

That was Jan 2018 and since then it's been flawless which includes 2 winters of cold riding and over 2000 miles of constant use. I have done NOTHING but ride it in all this time. I know it's overdue for service but I'm probably going to wait until this winter.
 

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Reviving this old thread for the sake of my dropper still not operating correctly. This is where I stand...
It is currently on my bike, is fully extended and the remote pushes in and I can't push my post down. My remote speed adjustment is set to full speed.

Is this an indicator that my remote is shot?

The reason I'm asking is I'm going to a bike swap on Sunday, and want to know what to tell them when I trade it in or possibly look for a new remote and keep it.
What would you guys do? Get rid of it or keep trying to fix it?
 

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This is a Reverb post, right? If so, the first thing you need to try is to bleed the remote. You need the bleed kit, pull the post from the seat tube, turn the speed control to full CCW, connect the syringes at each end, and do a good bleed. If the hose isn't long enough to get the post out of the seat tube, take the remote off the bar so you can feed more hose in.
 

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^ this

except for them not working all that well in winter conditions, the vast majority of issues are due to lack of basic maint not being performed. bleed kits are pretty cheap and this is a fairly simple DIY, even for the mechanically challenged. If after maint you are still having performance issues, shop a different dropper.
 

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This is a Reverb post, right? If so, the first thing you need to try is to bleed the remote. You need the bleed kit, pull the post from the seat tube, turn the speed control to full CCW, connect the syringes at each end, and do a good bleed. If the hose isn't long enough to get the post out of the seat tube, take the remote off the bar so you can feed more hose in.
Ive bled the remote along with the whole dropper system multiple times. In the OP, I explained the situation. I'm fed up with this Reverb. I'm going to go back to a regular post. I honestly don't know what all the hype is about with droppers. I was in Moab riding Captain Ahab back in October and didn't use my dropper once. I don't have that gnarly of terrain in Wisconsin, so a dropper is not necessary imo.
 
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