[First Look] 9point8 Fall Line Dropper post

[First Look] 9point8 Fall Line Dropper post

20/08/2015
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20/08/2015

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Hailing from just outside of Toronto, Canada, 9point8 quietly stepped into the dropper post scene a while back when they introduced their Pulse seatpost which features a stepped 125mm stroke. In other words, it drops down in 10mm increments – each of which have a very positive feel. Recently we stumbled upon their new Fall line post at Sea Otter and as we were quite impressed with it on paper, we reached out to them for a test. We just bolted it up to our Evil Following and wanted to go over some of it’s features quickly before we get into the nitty gritty of the test.

Some quick notes are that the post retails for $379. It’s cable actuated, air sprung, but features a very positive feeling hydraulic brake. No bleeding necessary. You can take it off of your bike for travel completely tool free. It’s only available with a stealth style routing but it’s incredibly easy to set up. Oh, lastly – when you pick the bike up by the saddle, it doesn’t budge. At all. Take a peek at the highlights below and we’ll keep you posted when we’ve had enough time on it to solidify our thoughts.

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FEATURES

• Infinitely adjustable Titanium saddle-rail clamping screws and angle-adjust screws.
• Black-Ti coated for anti-galling, anti-seize performance. New larger fasteners for convenience & strength.
• Convertible between inline and offset configurations (with purchase of conversion kit)
• Install / remove the remote control without removing grips or controls
• State-of-the-art rotational anti-backlash design (Patent Pending)
• State-of-the-art vertical, fore-aft, left-right anti-backlash design
• Independent adjustment of the seat angle and seat fore/aft position
• Micro-adjustable seat angle
• Telescopic lock in push and pull (go ahead, pick up your bike by the saddle!)
• Mechanical DropLoc™ braking technology (patent pending)
• Excellent design, durability, and 2 year warranty

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SPECS

Sizes : 30.9mm 31.6mm
Stroke : 75, 100 ,125, 150mm
Increment : Infinite
Seat Rail Diameter : 7mm
Weight : (Post only) 416g-514g
Weight Installed : (1400mm cable, trigger, fluid) 507g-605g
Length : 385mm-440mm
Remote Cable Length Provided : 1600mm
Cable Routing : Internal Only
Seat rail clamp : Inline/Offset 0mm/25mm

A standout features on the fall line is its lever options.  There is a brake lever style pull lever and a thumb paddle style available as well as a 1X style adapter which we chose.

A standout features on the fall line is its lever options. There is a brake lever style pull lever and a thumb paddle style available as well as a 1X style adapter which we chose.

Etched Markings out back are nice and the post has a super high quality feel.

Etched Markings out back are nice and the post has a super high quality feel.

Black titanium hardware on the seatpost head.  It's available in 0 and 25mm offset.  We chose the zero offset post.  Sturdy.

Black titanium hardware on the seatpost head. It’s available in 0 and 25mm offset. We chose the zero offset post. Sturdy.

If you have a saddle like this Specialized Power Comp, you can air it up without having to actually remove the saddle.

If you have a saddle like this Specialized Power Comp, you can air it up without having to actually remove the saddle.

It is this easy to disconnect the post.  There are two bolts to unscrew.  Per 9point8's instructions, you actually just leave them hand tight so if you have a quick release seatpost clamp it truly is hands free to remove.  Brilliant.

It is this easy to disconnect the post. There are two bolts to unscrew. Per 9point8’s instructions, you actually just leave them hand tight so if you have a quick release seatpost clamp it truly is hands free to remove. Brilliant.

SIZES

Size Length Stroke Weight (Post Only/Installed)

30.9 & 31.6

325 x 75 325mm 75mm 416g/507g 434g/525g
350 x 100 350mm 100mm 416g/507g 434g/525g
375 x 125 375mm 125mm 416g/507g 434g/525g
415 x 125 415mm 125mm 484g/575g 510g/601g
440 x 150 440mm 150mm 488g/579g 514g/605g

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