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Gone are the days of having to get off the bike to adjust your seat post before a fun descent. With the advent of the dropper post you now have countless choices for a personal fit and finish. Our friend Mike shares his thoughts on the Fox Transfer Performance Dropper post. Check it out!
Let me start out by saying that this is the first dropper post I ever owned, so a short back story is in order. I was riding my 2011 full suspension GT this summer when I had a crazy idea that it was time to upgrade my ride. Unfortunately, due to this wonderful new thing called COVID, the bike industry was wiped out. So I decided to embark on an adventure and build a bike from the frame up, which I had never done before. It was a scary notion, but very exciting at the same time. Through the wonders of the internet and friends at my LBS, I got all the info I needed. Amazingly enough, I was able to find every part I wanted in all the correct sizes and colors without having to settle on anything. Then came the dropper post. . . . . . . . . . It was the final part I was waiting on and I was getting quite the runaround. I had 2 failed attempts and was getting fairly frustrated, to say the least. Enter---Worldwide Cyclery. I had a coupon code from them for something else I had previously ordered and it made the Fox Transfer Performance dropper post quite a good deal (and they had it in stock) so, I ordered it.
There was a slight mix-up in shipping, but after one phone call to the wonderful staff at the Lancaster, Pa location my dropper was on it's way to me via next day air so I could make my weekend ride. Can't say enough about the phenomenal customer service of WC! But enough about them, this is supposed to be a product review. The install was very easy and straight forward. I already had the cable routed. So, when I got the dropper post it was just a matter of hooking it up, dropping the post in, pulling out the slack, and making the necessary adjustments on my PNW loam lever. I don't know if the gold Kashima coating on the 'factory' version is any better, but I went with the black 'performance' version as it matched my black 'performance' Fox 34 forks. Again, this is my first dropper so I don't really have anything to compare it to. That being said, I love this thing! You can infinitely set it at any height. It does not have to be all the way up or down. It returns to the up position with an audible clunk at the top so I know it's where it should be. It also has the perfect return speed.
Not too slow where you feel like you are waiting on it, but not too fast where any slight miscalculation could have you singing soprano for the rest of the ride.
I have been riding with it for about 2-3 months now and the only issues I have had are this. The head-on post seems to have a little play in it. At first, I thought I didn't have the seat on tight enough or the seat rails themselves were loose. But upon closer inspection, I noticed it was a little wiggle in the top of the post. It is not noticeable at all when riding. I just feel it when I grab the bike by the seat to move it or lift it. I don't know if this is normal with all droppers or not. If it gets worse, I will have it looked at. The only other thing I noticed is when the temps start to drop, sometimes the post will not return to full height on the first try. Again, I don't know if this is normal or not. I cleaned the post to make sure it wasn't dirt/dust that was holding it up. But it still does it intermittently when it gets below 50. Other than that--no issues. I would definitely buy another one if the need ever arises.