PNW Components' New Rainier Dropper Post Has Adjustable Travel

Mar 2, 2020
by PNW Components  

PRESS RELEASE: PNW Components

Admittedly, we think there’s no better outfit than muddy riding shorts and a touch too snug chamois; yet, we can still admire the clean lines and perfect fit of a freshly tailored suit. While this may not be our work uniform of choice, we designed the all new Rainier to provide your bike with that custom tailored feel. The past version of this post is known for its consistency and reliability. While maintaining those qualities, this new iteration focuses on fitting more bikes, providing refined adjustability for the rider, and maintaining the weather-tight construction.

PNW Components Introduces the redesigned Rainier Dropper Post. The third generation of the Rainier Dropper Post maintains the consistency and reliability that the Rainier is known for while focusing on fitting more bikes and providing refined adjustability for the rider.

Our new Rainier introduces the Tool-less Travel Adjust System - say that 20 times fast. Traditionally dropper posts come in only a few travel options across a diameter size. This is a woefully small offering when you consider the range of body types and seat tube insertion lengths we're all working with. Designed to provide further fit options, the new Rainier offers 30mm of travel reduction in 5mm increments.

PNW Components Introduces the redesigned Rainier Dropper Post. The third generation of the Rainier Dropper Post maintains the consistency and reliability that the Rainier is known for while focusing on fitting more bikes and providing refined adjustability for the rider.

So what’s the benefit? Let’s say that after using our dropper post calculator on our website you’re right in between a 200 and 170mm travel post, maybe 185mm is the perfect amount of travel for your bike. Since the 200mm is too long, you’d have to buy a 170mm which leaves meat on the bone and doesn’t maximize the amount of travel you can actually fit. With the new Rainier’s tool-less travel adjust system you can quickly make the adjustment and be off to the trail with 15mm more travel than you would have had previously.

PNW Components Introduces the redesigned Rainier Dropper Post. The third generation of the Rainier Dropper Post maintains the consistency and reliability that the Rainier is known for while focusing on fitting more bikes and providing refined adjustability for the rider.

Okay, so we worked super hard on the adjustability of the new Rainier (seriously you should have seen the sweaty brows), but that’s not all we have done to improve this dropper. We wanted the dropper to be able to fit into a wider range of bikes while maximizing the available travel. To do this the Rainier is now significantly shorter. Length reductions vary by travel but we were able to knock out 27.5mm of overall length from our 125mm size. Nifty, right?

PNW Components Introduces the redesigned Rainier Dropper Post. The third generation of the Rainier Dropper Post maintains the consistency and reliability that the Rainier is known for while focusing on fitting more bikes and providing refined adjustability for the rider.

We’ve got a lot going on with this dropper, but the true beauty is the simplicity. The Tool-less Travel Adjust System is so easy to use you could even do it trail side. A fully sealed cartridge guarantees reliability and less tinkering, and when it does finally come around to servicing - takes less than 10 minutes to do so. If you are looking for a new dropper this season, think about those custom vitamins that have your name on them...do you enjoy popping those every morning? If yes, we think you’ll be stoked on the redesigned Rainier IR.

For more information on the redesigned Rainier Dropper Post, check it out here on our website: PNW Components Rainier Dropper Post


92 Comments

  • 36 2
 Oh my goodness - want - not a math guy and really just want the max travel that would fit in my frame. Turns out, 200 is about 5mm too tall - fully slammed - would love a 195mm. And would not want to compromise to 170! N33D !
  • 33 0
 Heckkkkk yeah! We can definitely help you out with that Smile
  • 2 1
 For sure! 200mm of drop is amazing, i just went to it recently
  • 4 1
 Yewwww
  • 13 0
 @pnwcomponents: $179 for that level of customization and reliability is a great deal. Well done!
  • 3 0
 @pnwcomponents: hell,if your post is as smooth as your patter, I'm sold...;-)
  • 4 0
 @iduckett: wow. when my 9.8 fall line ever dies, this will probably be the contender. under $200... wow
  • 2 0
 Already sold out in my size. Any word on restock?
  • 5 0
 @chriskneeland: Hey Chris if you're looking for a 200mm dropper they should be in stock within two weeks! Cheers!
  • 4 0
 @pnwcomponents: Awesome. Thanks a lot.
  • 3 0
 @pnwcomponents: Great to see more adjustment of dropper posts!
  • 1 0
 @pnwcomponents: get one to my boys at the Garage in Helena for my bike Smile Annual tune up was going to replace my reverb with a Bachelor, but when I saw this the 200 is perfect!
  • 1 0
 @Rigidjunkie: We can definitely get a Rainier to the Garage once we have the 200mm droppers in stock if you let them (specifically Keenan) know that you'd like to place an order for one. Cheers!
  • 12 1
 This seems clutch for bikepacking with a dropper. Being able to take 5-15mm of travel off a post would open up a whole lot of opportunities to run a seat bag.
  • 7 0
 Definitely! It opens the door for customization across all types of riding.
  • 1 0
 Clutch?
  • 9 0
 Been eyeing this one up as it sounds like it has crazy reliability. My current raceface turbine is a finicky piece of shit. Just the 600g is gross for an xc bike.
  • 9 3
 The weight is worth it. PNW makes the most reliable droppers I’ve ever had and I’ve tried all the other other major options.
  • 18 4
 I'd still go for the OneUp V2. It's way lighter and an inch shorter. My 210mm has been super solid.
  • 8 1
 @squamishlocal: and V2 has 20mm lower stack height for those who want slammed seat for descents.
  • 9 0
 @Vyckinis: I think that's what he meant by saying it's an inch shorter
  • 2 0
 If your Turbine is finicky try the Aeffect. It’s the same internals/post as PNW (and Trans-X). All work very well though!
  • 7 0
 @covekid: yes you should reward a brand for their inferior product by spending more money on another one of their products. One Up, PNW or 9point8 rule the quality dropper market
  • 13 1
 @onemind123: The OneUp V2 is both shorter due to stack height (exposed portion) as well as the shaft (part inside the frame). They are related, but overall creates a shorter overall length post for any given drop. Or, a rider can have 21mm more drop with the OneUp V2 for the same length/stack post as the PNW.

PNW Rainier
- Drop: 200mm
- Stack: 254mm
- Length: 543mm

OneUP V2
- Drop: 210mm
- Stack: 243mm
- Length: 540mm

The OneUp V2 in this configuration provides 10mm more drop and 11mm less stack. Meaning a shorter rider can get away with 210mm OneUp before a taller rider with a PNW Rainier 200mm.

Comparing Apples-to-apples 150mm post:

PNW Rainier
- Drop: 150mm
- Stack: 204mm
- Length: 443mm

OneUp V2
- Drop: 150mm
- Stack: 183mm
- Length: 420mm


For the 150mm post, because the OneUp has 21mm lower stack, that any rider can ride 21mm more drop on
the OneUp than on the PNW Rainier.


OneUp V2
- Drop: 180mm
- Stack: 213mm
- Length: 480mm

Or...you can run a 180mm OneUp vs. a 150mm PNW if there was 9mm to spare.

The math works out to an advantage for OneUp of 21mm in all of these scenarios. Meaning at any given stack/post length, OneUp offers 21mm more drop.

The only downside to OneUp is that it is $30USD more expensive, and adjustments are 10mm increments, vs 5mm increments. But I trust the brass keyways of the One-Up more than the plastic shim on the PNW.
  • 1 0
 @andrewbikeguide: I've seen a few friends with 9point8 issues so not sure about them. I'd grab a Trans-X before PNW to save some $. The Trans-X on the Norco's in my riding group have been flawless..
  • 1 0
 @squamishlocal: No 27.2 option ????
  • 1 0
 @neons97: The other downside to the OneUp is no 27.2 option ????????
  • 1 0
 @neons97: Maybe I'm missing something, but it also sounds like the Rainier's air cartridge is user serviceable at home while the OneUp requires a straight-up replacement for $60?
  • 10 0
 I've been running the Rainer on my bike for a year now with zero issues. Huge upgrade for me from the KS eten.
  • 4 0
 Awesome to hear! We were able to keep that same reliability with these new upgrades.
  • 9 0
 There are five of us in my group that has the Rainier. We are completely happy with them and have zero issues. Keep up the great work!
  • 5 0
 Daaaaaang, 5 of you?! That's awesome! Reach out if you ever need anything or if you have any pics of your riding crew!
  • 4 0
 PNW is right on the money. People are out here dropping $400+ on a dropper post? Are you silly? And now you can tune the travel yourself?

Think of this. When it comes time to sell your bike, you can either take this post with you to your next bike, or adjust it so the guy who buys your bike doesn't have to mess around and get a new post. That shit drove me crazy when I got my new bike. "I'm going to pay X for this bike, but the post doesn't work for my stumpy ass legs so I think I can sell it for $100, then I have to buy a different post for $175. But the local bike shop said they saw a video on youtube where they can shove a zip tie up my posts ass and it will get shorter, but that costs $50..."
  • 5 0
 Love to see another 200$-ish option with a 200mm quality post that's also adjustable! Well done guys!
  • 2 0
 Thanks @Svinyard! We appreciate the support!
  • 3 0
 I have 170 dropper now and 200 would be to much. But ohhhh the possibilities with this puppy! I know my next bike related purchase
  • 1 0
 Thanks @MillerReid! We think the new travel adjust system coupled with the shorter overall length of the post will really open the door for people to use longer travel droppers and to get the seat even further out of the way while descending! We're pretty stoked to help people have a safer ride and hope you enjoy the Rainier if you do end up purchasing one.
  • 1 0
 Can anyone elaborate on "sealed air cartridge" ? Does this this just mean when the post inevitably leaks down then there is no schader to pump back up to 9gillion psi? Or is this like a sealed bladder in a fork damper? Something else? After years of sticky air droppers I was sold on a 170 rainier gen 2 coil...and now they are gone.
  • 1 0
 Hey thanks for asking! We're confident that the new sealed system will prevent the the air from leaking out and that the 3rd Gen. Rainier will be just as reliable as the last two iterations. BUT as with all of our products, the new Rainier is backed by our 3 year warranty. If anything happens and keeps it from performing as it should, we'll replace it for you and get you back on the trails in no time!
  • 5 0
 Posted....
  • 4 0
 Hell yeah! Great work @pnwcomponents
  • 3 0
 Thank you Ian!!
  • 6 3
 Are we all just glossing over the aluminium Santa Cruz? Or am I missing something?
  • 8 0
 I'm guessing you are missing something, Santa Cruz makes aluminium bikes
  • 1 0
 Megatower aluminum?
  • 1 0
 @billyballa33: Nope, or at least not yet to my knowledge.
  • 8 0
 @billyballa33: That's our Content Manager's Nomad!
  • 1 0
 Really another great looking post by PNW - if my bikeyoke ever dies I would seriously consider. PNW remotes are fantastic as well - really really really like it actuating my current post.
  • 3 0
 Thanks @onemind123! We're pumped to hear that our levers lend a hand in improving your ride!
  • 3 0
 PNW-Setback cradle option please. 9.8 is about the only game in town if you need one.
  • 2 0
 I literally just bought a PNW Rainer post.....right before this was announced. Happy so far, but hate when new stuff comes out a week after I buy what is now "old"
  • 1 0
 I can't tell you how many times I've done this.
  • 2 3
 Honest question, why limit your post?

I have a 150 sunk all the way to the collar and have short legs, i just let it come up to the height i want it. Sometimes its XC high for gravel climbs, sometimes its lower for technical climbs.
  • 9 0
 That's a great question! You're in a unique position where you're able to slam your post all the way and have perfect saddle height. For those of us where that's not an option is where the travel adjust is super helpful because you can set the exact amount of travel and not worry about it rising too high.
  • 3 7
flag Snowrydr01 (Mar 2, 2020 at 10:43) (Below Threshold)
 @pnwcomponents: Sorry i guess i wasnt specific on the scenario.

In a perfect world my seat height would be 130mm. I had a 100 and it was too short and i knew a 150 would fit so i bought that. If i let it go to the top its definitely too tall. My question was, why bother limiting it at all? I raise it to the level that suits what i am about to ride on and set that distance manually with my body.
  • 7 0
 @Snowrydr01: Ahhh ok got it, well if you're happy finding that sweet spot each time you raise it then there's no need. But if you're wanting to "set it and forget it" then having our travel adjust will add convenience and less thinking out on the trail.

Some riders are very particular with their leg extension when the saddle is at full height so it's important to them to have it exactly where they want and never have to worry about it again.

Again, this is all personal preference so if you're happy with your set up then by all means keep running it! Smile
  • 4 1
 @pnwcomponents: thanks, just wasnt sure i was missing some benefit i hadnt considered. Also, i love your stuff and your prices, both of my last two bikes came with a competitors post that i have rebuilt a few times to keep alive but if i ever needed to buy a replacement your stuff was the no brainier go to.
  • 3 0
 @Snowrydr01: Thank you for the kind words, I'm stoked to hear that! Reach out if you ever have any questions, Chris can help you out quickly.
  • 4 0
 @Snowrydr01: depending on your post brand, riding with the post midstroke can exaggerate wear on whatever braking mechanism is used. Certainly can be the death of a Reverb.
  • 1 1
 @robwhynot: Thanks, two are KS Levs that i have rebuilt after getting them used to get the sag out (only take 45 minutes), one is a Specialized command post which has been pretty good because of the mechanical detents but is TERRIBLE in the cold, and one is a first gen reverb that i picked up cheap with a sag when i got back into riding 2 years ago. The reverb is on an XC bike that i rarely use and has now been relegated to Zwift Trainer duties so i just dont care enough about it to spend the time to rebuild it. I keep saying i am going to replace any of them but they dont ever seem to fail catastrophically just need a little TLC after a while.
  • 4 0
 @Snowrydr01: Because no one else wants to do that.
  • 1 0
 @pnwcomponents is your actuation smoother than the V2 oneup? Compared to my old bikeyoke the new oneup actuation is average at best.
  • 3 0
 Maybe there are some riders on PB who have experience on our droppers that could help chime in on their experience with our actuation? Performance between our Gen 2 Rainier and this one feels pretty darn spot on.
  • 1 1
 I've had a lengthy back-and-forth with OneUp about that. My 180 travel in 30.9 is super sticky if sitting on the back or middle of the seat. However if I shift my weight forward, it's buttery smooth. There seems to be a binding/bending issue. I was about to send it back, but due to the superior length and stack height, I've decided to get along with it. I was super frustrated wit it initially because I like to make micro height adjustments at the top of stroke and was struggling to do so. No that I know to shift weight to the nose, it's all good.
  • 1 0
 Perfect - just in time to replace my saggy KS on my trail bike. I already have the Rainer 27.2 on my gravel bike and am super happy with it.
  • 1 0
 @smoothmoose We're stoked to hear your Rainier 27.2 is working well on your gravel bike! Thanks for the support!
  • 2 3
 so when do we get the article talking about how 1up and PNW are the same company making stuff in the same place? I would love to know more about how they work together. Just got a PNW Rainier 27.2 internal dropper for my stigmata, but rock a OneUp on the mtb precisely because of the shorter stack and adjustment ability PNW just released now.
  • 2 0
 Knowing everyone at the HQ level at PNW I can assure you they are very much not in kahootz with OneUp. Completely different company with completely different staff.
  • 2 0
 The ability to fine tune newer products is really adding to how nice bikes are becoming bit-by-bit
  • 2 0
 Well, looks like this is my next dropper post. Thank you for a great product at a great price.
  • 1 0
 Thanks @richulr! We really appreciate the support! Let us know what you think of the Rainier if you end up purchasing one.
  • 2 0
 30mm of travel adjust??? Word!
  • 2 0
 all dropper posts are adjustable travel, if you're brave enough
  • 1 0
 Stoked, mine should be here tonight. My Reverb stopped working when I was trying to adjust it Tuesday....
  • 2 1
 I would like a 200 by 31.6 but they are sold out????
  • 3 0
 Hey @cmoney we'll have the 200mm Rainier's in stock in less than two weeks!
  • 1 0
 Great! Another product knocks out 27.5! We’re done for
  • 1 0
 But can I use volume spacers?
  • 1 0
 Can you lift bike by the saddle when dropper in lower position?
  • 3 3
 Similar to the One Up V1 dropper, no?
  • 8 0
 It's quite different actually. Theirs used a shim that slid into the post while our system is built into the bushing itself and relies on a different set of pins than theirs. We also have a short actuator at the bottom that doesn't move the housing when you press the lever.
  • 6 5
 @pnwcomponents: FYI... the actuator on the Oneup V2.1 doesn't move anymore, but they did go to pins vs shims to adjust the travel (V1).
  • 5 0
 @cytoe: For sure on the V2, @Staktup was asking about V1
  • 3 1
 @pnwcomponents: You had me at "actuator at the bottom that doesn't move the housing".

I love my One Up, but a moving housing is just stupid!

@cytoe Good to know that they fixed that
  • 3 2
 @Caiokv: i have the new V2 and the cable housing is moving To actuate the dropper ...!!!
  • 4 1
 @ChuckMortal: v2.1 has a new actuator. It moves the cable vs the housing.
  • 1 0
 Bravo PNW, great idea!
  • 1 0
 Thanks @hardtailparty! We're pretty excited about the new travel adjust system and how easy it now is to find the proper fit.
  • 1 2
 That press release needs some tool free adjustment...
  • 2 4
 Has PNW finally developed their own post instead of just slapping branding on off the shelf Tranz-X and charging 2x more?
  • 1 0
 Nope.

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