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X-Fusion Hilo Dropper Seatpost

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X-Fusion Hilo Dropper Seatpost

A "dropper" seatpost has quickly become the must-have accessory for todays 5-6" travel trailbikes. Why? These bikes are being ridden more and more aggressively, and riders want to ride them all over the mountain. A height-adjustable seatpost allows you to ride with the post at full height for pedaling performance, then drop it down and out of the way for more aggressive, steep terrain.

X-Fusions entry, the HILO, uses a hydraulic mechanism to allow 100mm of travel adjustment, activated by a convenient bar-mounted remote.

  • Includes handlebar remote
  • Passes CEN Testing for fatigue and impact
  • 380mm long
  • claimed 620 grams
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X-Fusion ShoxX-Fusion Hilo Dropper Seatpost
 
4.0

(based on 9 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (0)

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    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (5)
  • Durable (4)
  • Attractive (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Mountain biking (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid cyclist (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (7)

    Reviewed by 9 customers

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    4.0

    A good compromise

    By Mikes

    from Las Vegas

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Great Value

    Cons

    • Slow Return

    Best Uses

    • Mountain Biking

    Comments about X-Fusion Shox X-Fusion Hilo Dropper Seatpost:

    The post loses height or sags 15 mm after 30 mins of use. It takes some time for it to return to fully extended position. In some cases, it doesn't fully return without any help.

    I am able to overlook the abovementioned deficiencies given its attractive price. I also find that the unintentional sagging actually works for me as I like to ride "high" on uphills and lower it a bit for cruising. In this case, I don't have to fiddle with it after climbs.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Great Product

    By Birdman

    from Raleigh, NC

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Durable
    • Easy To Install

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Biking
      • Racing
      • Upgrade

      Comments about X-Fusion Shox X-Fusion Hilo Dropper Seatpost:

      I have been looking into dropper posts for some time and took a chance on this post without seeing it in person.
      I was very impressed at the overall design of this post. especially the way the cable actuates the dropper function. It has a free moving lever arm and a set screw to hold the cable in place making setup easy and function flawless.
      Seat mount is solid and easily adjustable.
      I tad on the heavy side, but when used right, a dropper will make you faster on the trails no matter the added weight.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      X Fusion Hilo Dropper Seaetpost

      By Chris

      from Santa Clarita

      About Me Competitive Cyclist

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Install

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Biking
      • Racing

      Comments about X-Fusion Shox X-Fusion Hilo Dropper Seatpost:

      Great seat post perfect for trail riding no extra play solid feel only con would be the weight.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Great investment for fun on the trail

      By Dirt Dad

      from Diamond Bar

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Easy To Install

      Cons

      • Needs Better Instructions
      • Weight

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Biking

      Comments about X-Fusion Shox X-Fusion Hilo Dropper Seatpost:

      I purchased this seatpost to give myself more confidence since I am not a great descender. Plus, I ride a hard tail. I was immediately impressed as soon as I pulled the product out of its packaging. It is the lowest model in the X-Fusion seastpost line, but it doesn't feel like a lesser product. The fit and finish are both great.

      An important note is that the product pic that Jenson has on their site is the older model. I was overjoyed when I realized that the product I received was the 2014 model with the newer head (similar to their more expensive offerings).

      Installation was easy although their instruction manual was lacking. Fortunately the X-Fusion website has installation videos. The cockpit lever and seatpost are well designed and fit with no issues. There's no slippage so far (I am about 140lb) although I did purchase some fiber grip just in case.

      Operation is simple. Just move the lever in any direction you choose. The post moves up and down smoothly and by the sound/feel, you can easily tell when the post has reached its maximum height.

      The two big concerns with dropper posts are weight and reliability. The Hilo feels heavier than my fixed post, but only slightly. I think the functionality is worth the extra weight to be honest. Unfortunately, I am not able to talk about reliability since the product is still new, but it feels solid so if it continues to perform as it does now for a long time, then I will be happy.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      1.0

      Failed After a Month of Use

      By JD

      from Reno, NV

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install

      Cons

      • Seals Failed

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Biking

      Comments about X-Fusion Shox X-Fusion Hilo Dropper Seatpost:

      The X-Fusion Hilo was easy to install and worked great for the 1st month. On my last ride I noticed a little oil leaking. By the end of the ride, the seals had failed and oil was leaking everywhere. Maybe I got a lemon, but I'm switching to a different brand.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      Rock solid dropper

      By rktek

      from Long Island, NY

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Durable
      • Great Operation
      • Video On Site Helpful

      Cons

      • Install Manual Is Weak

      Best Uses

      • Fat Biking
      • Mountain Biking

      Comments about X-Fusion Shox X-Fusion Hilo Dropper Seatpost:

      All in all a very nice quality post. Installation manual is very vague. The install video on x-fusion website was extremely helpful although the model on the video had different hardware than what I received. Had to figure out where some parts were going.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      Just wait I needed

      By Kakiko

      from Anchorage

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Install
      • The Best For 275mm

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Mountain Biking

        Comments about X-Fusion Shox X-Fusion Hilo Dropper Seatpost:

        Since I start doing AM again after just riding downhill, I needed the option to enjoin the DH part better. Without hitting my "personal parts".

        The market for 27.5mm is low, or super low, just to don't say obsolete, but this dropper has it. And long enough for my size and bike.
        It's easy to install, to clean and to operate. It has a super little play in the seat, like 1°. Normal. But doesn't loose any else.

        It's easy to operate for climbing or down when drop a DH line. Now I enjoy the riding like I like.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        4.0

        Great Seatpost

        By Carraig042

        from Tennessee

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Installation
        • Looks
        • operation
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • all mountain

          Comments about X-Fusion Shox X-Fusion Hilo Dropper Seatpost:

          The post has been nothing but great over the past 6 months I have used it. It has minimal play and for the the single bolt clamp has worked flawlessly. The use of a torque wrench really helps. I really find the remote to work great and fits seamlessly on my handlebars.

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          100% pure MTB goodness

          By KevinW

          from Santa Cruz, CA USofA

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Design
          • Quality

          Cons

          • Nada

          Best Uses

          • All-around mountain
          • Sketchy downhills

          Comments about X-Fusion Shox X-Fusion Hilo Dropper Seatpost:

          Once you try one of these bad boys you won't go back to a standard post. Had to pry the Thomson out of my cold, dead fingers but I'm a new man now. Not just the best dropper available on the market today but a great post period.

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