Aggressive riders need to be free. Free to move forward or over the bike as the terrain calls for it. A seat post and saddle can definitely hinder this movement. Get it out of the way when you need it with an X-Fusion Hilo Strate Dropper Seatpost. It mounts To the bike with super clean internal seat tube routing, features a two bolt style head for perfect angle adjustments and comes with a cable actuated BAT remote. This remote can be mounted underneath the left-hand side of the handlebar where the front shifter used to be.
Works great so far. Tough to install. Poor instructions
Product arrived on time and was well protected in its packaging. The instruction manual is not detailed and the online tutorials don't cover the entire product range, but after some trial and error, I was able to figure it out.
I like this post a lot. After careful reading of the install instructions on the x fusion website, setup was pretty painless. I highly recommend logging on and checking out their guide as step number one in your install process. After about 100 miles with the post, I've gotten a good feel for it and I must say that it performs very well. Its action is a bit slow, taking a noticeable amount of time to return to full height, but is butter smooth and predictable. Same with the downward action. Be aware that this post extends from the dropped position when lifting your bike by the saddle, which can prove to be quite irritating until you get used to it. My hilo strate has worked flawlessly and I've had no issues with it up to this point. The bat is weird but does its job just fine and is easy to get used to. For the price, this is a killer dropper.
It looks great and is easy to install. It is slow to come up all the way and they tell you it is. Worked fine for about 10 hrs. Then it started to not come up all the way. About 1 to 1 1/2 inch short. Disappointed in it for sure.
Installing takes some finesse and as another reviewer suggested, throw the instructions away. When the instructions say to get the cable clamp screw very tight, well, that's a bit subjective. But technical support was quick to send a new release casting, though they could not offer a proper torque value for the screw. Once installed, the post did what it was supposed to do, and did it well. The BAT handle release is interesting, with pressure at any angle actuating a drop. Matter of taste, I suppose, but I prefer a gutted front shifter as a release lever. After maybe 300 miles the seal head had backed off and oil made a rapid exit. Restoring function was simple: raise seal head and drip automatic transmission fluid into the reservoir until full and reinstall the head with a strap wrench... and wash all the oil off the bike. With that kind of trouble, why four stars? The post performs as good as my KS Lev at much lower cost, both are made in China and actually it is easier to service, though I found that out a little sooner than expected. With a proper manual and better quality control, this would be a five star post.
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