Today, PNW Components is rolling out their dropper post refurb/rehab program called "PNW Cycled". The goal of the program is to cut down on waste and give a second life to PNW's dropper posts, making them functional again with some rehab. The program aims to extend product life cycles, reduce waste, and offer more affordable options for riders.
The program allows riders the option to purchase previously used or blemished posts that have been newly refurbished. It also allows riders to trade in their older PNW dropper posts for a credit towards a new or used dropper.
|Knowing how much product gets thrown away in this industry just because it doesn’t look brand new is never something that has sat right with us.|
While there are a number of resellers doing programs similar to this in the outdoor industry, from what we know, it's the first time this has been done by a brand in the bike industry. The program was inspired by outdoor industry companies such as Patagonia with their "Worn Wear" and The North Face's "Renewed" programs.
The idea for the program has been something the owners of PNW Components have been considering since the start of the company. With a lot of their product being sold online, it's easy for customers to order whatever they want from home, but it also creates an increase in returns and exchanges when someone orders the incorrect size or fit. This leaves an open box and/or potentially slightly used post that can't be sold "as new". When those posts come back, they will now become part of the PNW Cycled program.
All posts are checked when they come back in and refurbished when needed. The refurbished posts all include a 1-year warranty.
For more information, visit: cycled.pnwcomponents.com
Just sell it for cheap or give it to someone instead of throwing it away.
Then I got a second hand bike with a Brand X Ascend post which you can buy for under £100 brand new and guess what... it also went up and down. Now I've got a Capra which came with the YT Postman (which I believe is the same as the Brand X) and so far it's done 800km, and also always goes up and down. Plus if it stops, I can take it apart myself (unlike Fox).
It seems to me the only reason to purchase a Fox post nowadays is if you just have to have that 2015-throwback Kashima coating.
I would be interested to try the new Fox remote though. It looks like a great lever.
Many cities have bike co-ops/recyclerys that do exactly that. Usually geared more toward commuters than mtb enthusiasts.
I think certain high-cost, "higher tech" parts like fork stancions/lowers, hydraulic calipers/levers, etc. would be a nice thing to see more of on the used market. It could definitely make for a pretty solid income if a motivated mechanic became popular enough to be able to buy spares in bulk at lower costs than the average consumer and was able to create a loyal user base. Honestly, I've thought about it in the past, and if I wasn't a teacher already I just might!
Just knowing i could return the old ones would make a huge difference to my decision making
One thing I noticed I didn’t like, is the warranty is only 1 Year for refurbished vs 3 on new. 40% discount for a 1/3 a time it’s covered. I wonder if it’s worth the discount? Are they good products or do they get a lot of warranty returns after a year?
RIP buy/sell section of dropper posts.
Thanks very much.