Mechanical, Stealth Routed Dropper Post
The Fall Line is 9Point8's newest creation, a stealth routed, mechanical dropper post that's been certified to the rigorous EN seatpost standard. This isn't the Canadian company's first post - we previously spent time aboard the Pulse model
- but there are a number of smart new features that make the Fall Line a competitive addition to the market.
Reliability is still the biggest issue that plagues seat droppers, and even though things are much better than they were a few years ago, that doesn't mean that smooth sailing is guaranteed. For that reason, 9Point8 chose to go with a mechanical brake to hold the seat securely in place at the desired height, which means that even if for some reason the post lost air pressure, the seat height wouldn't change. The brake works via a spring loaded plunger that enters a fluid filled chamber, causing it to expand and lock in place against the inside of the post. Depressing the remote lever reduces the pressure, allowing the post to move freely. The remote lever is cable actuated as well, and can easily be removed by unscrewing it from the base of the post.
Several different remote lever styles are available, including a nicely shaped under the bar option that takes the place of a front shifter for riders on 1x setups. The return speed of the post is dependent on how quickly the cable actuated lever is depressed, and an infinite number of positions are possible before reaching full extension. 30.9 or 31.6mm diameters will be offered with either 125mm or 150mm of drop, and it's possible that an even longer version will be released in the future. For riders who are seeking less travel, the post can be shimmed internally. Expected weight for the 150mm version is 579 grams including the lever, cable and housing. MSRP: $379 USD.