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X-Fusion Hilo Dropper Seatpost

USD$199.95
Item #: SE266G03
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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
 
4.2

(based on 11 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (7)
  • Durable (6)
  • Attractive (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Mountain biking (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great investment for fun on the trail

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...Read complete review

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.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Failed After a Month of Use

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...Read complete review

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.

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5.0

Great Dropper

By Steven

from Oklahoma City, OK

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Durable
  • Easy To Install
  • Lightweight
  • Smooth Operation

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Mountain Biking
    • Upgrade

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

    Great dropper. Some people complain about return speed but I prefer the slower, consistent rise of the seat (for obvious reasons). The trigger system is awesome - very easy operation and versatile setup options.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Exactly what you was looking for!

    By Swashbuckler

    from Fort Collins, CO

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Durable
    • Easy To Install
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Biking

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

      The post looked great out of the box. Instructions weren't helpful, but there are videos specifically for the Hilo that helped me set it up in about an hour. I only have 4 rides on it and it has worked flawlessly. I was concerned 125mm wasn't going to be enough but it is more than enough. At its highest position I sit high enough, and at it lowest I can stretch far enough to get my bum on the tire. There is no play when sitting on it. Just a great cheaply priced dropper post. Get one!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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.

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