Oneup Components Dropper // Review
If it's not obvious, we are big fans of OneUp Components here at the shop. We love the EDC tool (read our review here), their composite flat pedals and now the newly-released dropper. I bought the biggest one they make without even measuring to see if it would fit. That's because it has a user adjustable drop length. Meaning you can change the drop height from 170 to 128.99 (their words, not ours) if you so choose. The best thing about it is you can run the biggest drop your frame and leg combo will allow. Luckily I'm able to run the full 170mm drop on my bike. But, let's say my legs were 30mm shorter, I could change the drop to 165mm (or any number between 170-120) to accommodate for my freshly shortened legs.
Apart from having adjustable drop, the OneUp dropper is one of the shortest droppers on the market. That means you can probably run a longer dropper than what you have now. Also, the cartridge is fully sealed and user serviceable, so no more waiting 3 weeks for your dropper to come back from the manufacturer if it breaks. Just open up the dropper and replace the cartridge. Oh and did I mention, the dropper is only $250 with a lever?
Setup was the easiest of all the droppers I've installed. The cable actuated post is fixed at the lever on the handlebar making things clean and easy. The cable barrel sits directly inside the mechanism at the bottom of the post — no tiny part to lose like with other droppers.
After a few rides with the new dropper, it works a lot like the Fox Transfer (read gold standard of dropper posts) I've had on my past four bikes. The action is smooth and the increased drop length makes a noticeable difference. It's hard to come up with things to say about a dropper post other than it drops when you hit the lever and returns when you push it again. It works and it works well. And that's about all you can ask. One thing to note, I measured the actual drop of the post and it comes up a little short of 170mm. It's somewhere in the 165-167mm range depending on where you measure.
We don't have enough time on ours to attest to its long-term reliability, but knowing that it comes from OneUp we are guessing it stands the test of time. They are one of the most exciting and innovative bike brands around (Even though I wish I was, I'm not paid to say that.)