PNW Components Introduces the Fern Dropper Post for Kids

Aug 30, 2021
by PNW Components  

Press Release: PNW Components

Like all the best breakfast cereals in the world, our all-new Fern Dropper Post is specifically designed for the kiddos. Capitalizing on the reliability and ease of our standard droppers, the Fern simply requires less weight and effort to drop that saddle and get rowdy in the dirt.

Standard dropper posts don't work well for younger riders because they require too much body weight to drop the saddle and too much force to actuate the lever - so even if your tot is eating their Wheaties every morning, they're left out of the same benefits we all enjoy from adding a dropper post to our rides. Our all-new Fern Dropper Post tackles this issue with a specifically-designed cartridge to operate at lower pressures.

The minimum rider weight necessary to actuate the post is 44lbs (20kg) while the maximum rider weight supported at full post extension is 110lbs (50kg).

PNW Components introduces the Fern Dropper Post for kids. Our all-new Fern Dropper Post is specifically created for little shredders taking less effort and less weight to drop the saddle and get rowdy. Learn more about the Fern Dropper here https www.pnwcomponents.com pages fern-kids-dropper

Unlike last year's shoes, the Fern's 27.2 diameter and external cable routing ensure your kiddo won't be growing out of this post in one season. No matter what their next bike might be, cable routing requirements and seat post diameter won't be the limiting factor. Plus, the Fern uses all the same technology and design from our reliable line of Pine Droppers, which are known for their durability, meaning this post is meant to last.

PNW Components introduces the Fern Dropper Post for kids. Our all-new Fern Dropper Post is specifically created for little shredders taking less effort and less weight to drop the saddle and get rowdy. Learn more about the Fern Dropper here https www.pnwcomponents.com pages fern-kids-dropper

We took our notes from real life parents who told us a typical dropper requires too much effort for small hands to actuate. The low pressure cartridge in the Fern tackles this problem as it requires less force to get the dropper to move up and down. This means you can pair this post with any of our levers and get the same drop, with less effort.

PNW Components introduces the Fern Dropper Post for kids. Our all-new Fern Dropper Post is specifically created for little shredders taking less effort and less weight to drop the saddle and get rowdy. Learn more about the Fern Dropper here https www.pnwcomponents.com pages fern-kids-dropper

The Fern Dropper Post isn't just about getting your own little shredders into the dropper post game; it's about getting more kids into cycling in general. With that in mind, we've partnered with Trips for Kids, an organization dedicated to providing access to cycling for all kids from all walks of life. 5% of every Fern Dropper Post sold will be donated to Trips for Kids to help support their mission.

PNW Components introduces the Fern Dropper Post for kids. Our all-new Fern Dropper Post is specifically created for little shredders taking less effort and less weight to drop the saddle and get rowdy. Learn more about the Fern Dropper here https www.pnwcomponents.com pages fern-kids-dropper

Think the Fern Dropper Post is right for your young shredder? Check them out here on the PNW Components website: Fern Dropper Post


52 Comments

  • 25 0
 This is awesome! Gonna need to get one on my daughter's bike!
  • 1 0
 Yooo Jeff
  • 3 1
 Sick name
  • 1 9
flag danstonQ (Aug 31, 2021 at 13:15) (Below Threshold)
 Well, what's the next step? A dropper post for seniors?... with a pee bag for prostat deficients? Why not?
  • 12 0
 Looks like some great creative thinking to make droppers more useable for kids - if they need them, that is. I'd best get my younguns up a few more chimneys so we can afford a couple for them.
  • 9 0
 Why are droppers all pneumatic? Didn't fox just make a new one and said it's lighter with a mechanical spring than with an air spring.

They don't even really need adjustability like a fork does for different weight ranges. Seems like an extra complication they shouldn't need.
  • 43 0
 It's mainly a packaging issue. Coil springs are much more spatially constraining - they change in length, but their general shape is essentially constant. For longer travel posts that are controlled with an internal hydraulic valve (almost all posts on the market), it becomes really challenging to find space for a coil spring without having major sacrifices in the form of added stack height and/or insertion depth. While it does get a lot more complex to seal an air chamber, it's a lot easier keep it in a compact package.
  • 8 0
 @nathanielmerriweather: thanks pretty helpful answer
  • 2 0
 E13 had a mechanical one, maybe still does. I had it for a very short period of time, never really liked the indexing, but never used/needed it really either. I went to OneUp (although I'm putting a Rainier on my new GG build). I've always kept an eye out for external short travel small diameter dropper for my kid, so this is a cool announcement.
  • 2 0
 @chacou: just get the brand x ascend II
  • 1 0
 @mior: yeah it's all the same at the end of the day. OneUp is nice for the weight and insert length, with the Rainier the price was right, since the frame I'm building has a smaller STD than my current bike. Really, I'm waiting for a 200mm, shorter insertion AXS dropper, do it SRAM...
  • 1 2
 There's no need to smash kids' meatballs with an uncontrolled coil spring actuated dropper post.
  • 1 0
 @Fulgacian: coil spring does not imply incredibly stuff springrate. It could be a slinky if that was appropriate.

Likely would feel similar to an air spring.
  • 9 0
 FYI, everyone:
-Wolf Tooth Light Action levers work great for kids.
-OneUP droppers will work down to about 45 pounds, and are nice and short, too.

But this looks like a great product, and I just ordered one.

-W
  • 1 0
 Wolf Tooth Light Action levers work great for anyone. Strongly prefer it to the stock lever on both my Fox Transfer and my OneUp post.
  • 9 0
 Kids and beginners should be forced to adjust their quick release that their dad over tightened at least 1000 times like the rest of us.

/s
  • 7 0
 Can someone explain why dropper levers are so expensive? Is it that complicated a piece of aluminum?
  • 3 8
flag melanthius (Aug 30, 2021 at 16:46) (Below Threshold)
 It has an air spring, an oil damper, bears body weight loads and stabs you in the groin if it breaks, and it needs to fit in a seat tube. That's not easy or cheap to make.

Even the real cheap ones like the mechanical Satori Sorata which do away with the air spring and damper still cost $85.
  • 3 0
 @melanthius: the lever not the dropper. No, they shouldn't be that expensive. My PRO dropper came with a dropper that works perfectly well.
  • 2 0
 I think it's a price the market will bear.... The parts are complex to machine and there are at least 3 of them, plus a hinge pin, bearing, bolt or two, break away bushing, and or rubber pad. Then the Anno process and sub assembly. That being said.... Still seems a bit high knowing you can get a shifter doe $25 while economies of scale play a roll I dunno....
  • 1 0
 Urgh I had to buy one recently as the one up lever that came with my bike fell apart. I was really annoyed by the cost of what I could find in stock. I ended up getting a bike yoke. It was only $10usd more than a trans x remote and cheaper than most of the others I could get my hands on.
  • 1 0
 @rclugnut: Yeah and probably multiple set-ups per part to get all the features machined and still feel comfortable.
  • 3 0
 @Mike-Jay: reading comprehension wasn’t at top form today!
  • 1 0
 It matches your grips
  • 3 0
 15EUR for a ZTTO lever, I replaced all my levers including the Fox Transfer Kashima one by this one. They are mounted over bearings, and made of aluminium.
  • 2 0
 @zoobab2: I have one of these, not on par with a wolf tooth, which they cloned but for 1/3rd the $ I'd probably buy one over the wolf tooth should I need it.

One short coming is they don't have the break away bushing that wolf tooth does, theirs is aluminum, I tried a wolf tooth and no go.
  • 1 0
 @zoobab2: thanks. I’ve just ordered one as a spare for when my other one up falls apart.
  • 4 0
 Impressive. Kids today are so lucky - What we had to learn on and jump with is nothing but miraculous that we survived. Kuddos PNW!
  • 5 0
 "5% of every Fern Dropper Post sold will be donated to Trips for Kids to help support their mission." @pnwcomponents
  • 4 0
 Looks awesome! Now I need to get a decent bike for my kid to put this on. That blue hardtail looks awesome.
  • 1 0
 I’ll take a small bit of credit for this. 3 years ago I bought a PNW Pine 27.2 for my 6 year old’s Lil Shredder. He just didn’t weigh enough to drop it. They were cool and offered to take it back. Said they wanted to look into a lighter weight one, but the springs in the pine were what they were. I opted to shelf it and wait till he was older. We just installed it tonight with him at 80lbs in gear. Just works. He’ll get about a year out of it before moving to the next frame and a more standard dropper diameter. It’s awesome that kids are getting some legit gear now. PNW, make some 140-155 GXP or 24mm spline cranks please. Trail craft is about it stateside. Maybe Spawn/Brood. Go aluminum on the spindle for weight. I’m okay without bundling the BB or direct mount chainring. Just need crank options.
  • 1 0
 Use a KS lev on my daughters bike ( 6 yo) - struggled to find one that fitted her bike (31.6) with a small enough drop. Do decent kid bikes come with 27.2 size seat posts these days?
  • 2 0
 Missed the point, make it the smallest Dia and you can shim it for any size. It's why I bought a 30.9 post instead of a 31.6 for myself.
  • 1 1
 @TheOriginalTwoTone: other than looking shit I don't want to put a shim in for a seat post. Does the frame warranty the use of a shim.
  • 1 0
 @mtb-scotland: How does a shim you can't see look like shit?

Better than buying new dropper when switching frames. I have yet to read a single warranty that said it's not valid if a shim is used.
  • 2 0
 I don't know what you would consider "decent," but the Woom Off is a pretty nice kids bike with a 27.2 post.
us.woombikes.com/products/offair5
  • 4 0
 That blue hardtail looks sweet! wish I had that machine when I was little
  • 1 1
 A weight limit of 40kg... my daughter is a normal lean athletic 10 yo, and weighs 41kg (without shoes, clothing, helmet, etc). I would've loved it if they had made the weight limit a bit higher - an adult dropper is still a pain for here to lower.
  • 3 1
 Big girl! Charts say 41kg at 10 years is 90th percentile. Does 'normal' mean 50%, give or take?
  • 1 1
 @twozerosix: Well, she's 10 and a half, so almost 75th%, but I suppose I'm tall, and so's her mum. Normal to her peers is what I'm talking about - I suppose that's my normal? She's almost small (in height, they're all lean and muscly) compared to a lot of her classmates. Must be good water!

Even so, 40kg is the 50th percentile for 11 and a half years old boys and girls, so are they really marketing it for kids under 11? I would have thought 50kg would be a better number to go for, still easy to get down, but a bit wider age range.
  • 1 0
 @twozerosix: not really, 50th is the average, “normal” is something like everybody between 5th and 95th percentile. (Might be an even greater range than that too.)
  • 2 0
 @twozerosix: I thought normal usually is between plus and minus 1 standard deviation. So that covers 68% of the population. So in terms of percentile, between 16% and 84%. But yeah, it depends on which population you look at. If you only look at the subset of a certain race, the distribution may be very different. And of course especially in case of girls of that age group, they can be in the middle of a growth spurt. Boys are a bit later with their physical and mental development and it isn't rare if you see a group of kids this age where the girls are a full head taller than the boys.
  • 1 0
 @vinay: thanks for that...SD goes over my head (but I'm below 50% height haha)
  • 1 0
 Wheaties? Definitely NOT one of the best kid's breakfast cereals! How about Fern dropper...IT'S GREAAAAT! Or: I'm Cookoo for Fern dropper. Or Fern: It's Magically Droplicious!
  • 1 0
 Boy has been using a brandx with no issues aged 10. Shame crc doubled the price pretty much in a covid bike shop cash grab. Heyho.
  • 1 0
 @pnwcomponents Your press release says 22 lbs to actuate, your website says 66 lbs. Which one is it?
  • 1 0
 Apologies for the confusion! We're working on getting the mix/max figures updated in the press release right now. The accurate weight range is 44lbs (20kg) to 110lbs (50kg).
  • 1 1
 Manufactured by Trans-X, rebranded by Brand-X, available in 27.2mm:

www.chainreactioncycles.com/be/fr/tige-de-selle-telescopique-brand-x-ascend-ii/rp-prod159176
  • 2 1
 FYI. It is not serviceable. It has a cartridge which when gets broken you need to replace it.
  • 1 0
 Shot at Duthie Hill park in Sammamish
  • 1 1
 Clarify 22.2 clamp sold out.
  • 1 2
 Levers sold out. No point buying the post!

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