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All mountain bike dropper posts are not created equal. Not only when it comes down to performance but also things like serviceability. Some dropper seatposts can be serviced at home and some need to go back to the manufacturer. Our friend Peter shares his thoughts on the OneUp Components V2 Dropper Post. Check it out!
Regarding the remote, the first thing you notice, especially when switching from the Wolf Tooth unit, is how much better it feels ergonomically. The Wolf Tooth remote lever sits very forward from the bar, closer to the location of a Shimano downshift lever, meaning you have to lift your thumb towards you quite a bit to reach it. The OneUp Components V2 Dropper Post, on the other hand, tucks really nicely under the bar, pretty much in the same location as the upshift lever for a Shimano rear derailleur. Reaching the OneUp lever requires very little thumb extension and for me at least feels more comfortable, easier, and quicker to reach. The unit itself is very nicely built and has a simple, clean yet refined look. The lever feel is excellent; the paddle is perfectly shaped and has notches cut into it for extra grip. The action of the bearings is smooth and I've had zero issues to date. Like most stuff from OneUp, it's also priced competitively.
I've paired it with OneUp's 180mm dropper post after switching from a 150mm Fox Transfer Performance. I believe OneUp touts that their post has the shortest overall length of any post on the market; it fits my medium Yeti SB5 with room to spare. When dropped, the distance from saddle rail to seatpost collar is also very short which looks clean as hell. This gap is considerably larger on the Transfer; not a deal-breaker by any means but for people who notice or care about such things. I think the OneUp just looks a little better when the seat is down. The OneUp dropper post is also completely user-serviceable and doing so is an easy job that takes 10-15 minutes.
This is a good thing because this thing requires a pretty decent amount of grease to run smoothly. I've found that without regular maintenance the post can get sticky and extend slowly despite airing it up to the max recommended 300 psi. Unscrewing the collar and dabbing a bunch of Slickoleum around the shaft solves that problem and depending on conditions is a must at least once a month. Overhauling the whole post, which doesn't take long or really any mechanical inclination should probably be done once or twice a season depending on the conditions to which the post is being exposed. I like a dropper post to extend really fast, like almost to the point of risking testicular rupture if it happens to hits you and this post. When fully aired up it does just that; it extends to 180mm far quicker than the transfer extends to 150mm.
My take-home point for OneUp dropper post is that it's an amazing post but only when you have it well lubed and maintained. It's solid, very well priced, looks clean, and extends fast but keeping it running does take some work. The Fox Transfer, on the other hand, is more expensive, longer overall, extends more slowly and arguably looks a little clunkier near the head but just works without question and without any maintenance.