|I put enough time on Magura's Vyron eLECT dropper post to assess its mechanical performance and its potential attributes, but I won't speculate on its long-term reliability. The only aspect of its performance that I did not completely come to terms with was establishing a mid-stroke saddle position, which required hovering over the saddle at my preferred height, waiting for the eLECT valve to close while the bike was bouncing down the trail. More time on the bike may have mitigated that process, but that was the recurring Vyron moment that had me wishing for the instant locking action of a mechanically-actuated dropper post. Riders who never use an intermediate saddle position, however, will never experience that issue, which brings me back to the positive attributes of Magura's wireless dropper.|
Magura's $500 asking price is offset by the fact that you only need one dropper post for all of your bikes, so long as they share the same seat tube diameter. The control console is fixed with an elastic O-ring, so it can be quickly transferred to another handlebar, and a hex key is all you need to switch out the seatpost. Divide $500 by how many bikes you own and that represents a substantial discount. Pedally DH race? Pop the Vyron on your downhill bike and be the boss. Taking your cross-country race bike out for a trail ride? Slide the Vyron dropper into that carbon hardtail and hit the hard lines on the downs. Travelling to another country? Bring your Vyron dropper and pop it into your rental.
Magura's wireless eLECT dropper post provides much more than a cleaner looking mountain bike, and while the Vyron would not be my first choice for my all-mountain style of riding, it offers useful options that a mechanical post simply cannot match - attributes which should earn a lot of fans for Magura. - RC
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