This year's Eurobike has been relatively quiet in terms of new and yet to be seen products, with a lot of companies choosing to debut their latest goods on a different timeline and in a different setting. That said, there's still fresh meat to be spotted if you're in the right place at the right time. Case in point, Marzocchi's prototype dropper seat post that, while looking to be well along in its development phase, doesn't yet have a release date or price for us to share.
No details, but plenty of excitement. We're looking forward to having a go on Marzocchi's new dropper post when the time comes.
Marzocchi let us snap a quick photo but wasn't willing to share much in the way of information about the prototype dropper post, but that obviously isn't going to stop us from speculating as per usual, is it? One thing that was obvious is that it depends on an air spring to bring it back up through its travel, a fact given away when we spotted a schrader valve at its bottom end, although that's true almost across the board when talking about dropper posts. Travel figures weren't shared, but looking at the amount of exposed stanchion has us leaning towards it sporting 150mm of stroke, and it wouldn't be out of line to assume that Marzocchi could also offer a model with less travel that would work better for shorter people. Then again, maybe not.
There were some hints from the Italian company that it utilizes mechanical internals, which is a bit surprising given Marzocchi is a suspension brand that's well versed in hydraulics, but if true it likely means that the post features indexed height positions rather than the infinite adjustment function that is common of hydraulic models. Externally, it's plain to see that it's cable operated, with an actuation arm on one version located on its head, while the other uses internal routing that terminates at the bottom of the post. When questioned, Marzocchi did say that the internally actuated post will likely be available only as original equipment on complete bikes, at least at first. A few other things worth noting include the very stout looking head that uses a proven opposing two-bolt rail clamp and a bottom cradle that's been machine from the same piece of aluminum as the stanchion rather being a separate piece that's bonded or threaded in after, and what appears to be a removable actuation arm assembly that could have been done to allow it to be positioned on either side for more cable routing options.
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