Following on from Mike Levy's video first look earlier today
, here are some more details on the X Fusion E Manic dropper post that has been revealed for the first time at Sea Otter.
While dropper posts are almost ubiquitous on mountain bikes these days, very few options are operated remotely. Of course, it's impossible to speak about wireless dropper posts without mentioning the Reverb AXS, which was released with a huge splash in February 2019
but its $861 price can be off-putting for a lot of riders. Hoping to compete at a lower price point comes X Fusion with the E-Manic.
Why go wireless? Well the advantages include an easier to actuate lever, an easier to install dropper post (for everyone except Henry Quinney
) and, well, it's pretty damn cool too. The E-Manic dropper is based on the Manic that X Fusion already produces
, and shares its hydraulic cartridge, but with the added wireless functionality. The standard Manic retails for around $200 and X Fusion is aiming for the E Manic to hit the $400 price point. So it's twice as much as the standard version but half the price of SRAM's offering.
Sizes: 30.9mm, 31.6mm (34.9mm to follow)
Batteries: Post: 18350, Remote CR2032
Travel: 100mm, 125mm, 150mm, 170mm
Lengths: 325.5mm, 381.5mm, 436.5mm, 480.5mm
Weight: 669 grams
Availability: End of 2022
X Fusion's posts also works quite differently to Rockshox's. Firstly, the post communicates with the lever via an RFID (radio frequency identification) connect system, different to bluetooth or AXS, and unlike AXS it won't come with an app to nerd out on. We don't have any info on how the wireless element of the post works either but we'd expect that to be different to the Reverb as well.
There's no official word on battery life yet but X Fusion is planning to use non-propreitary, commonly available batteries in the dropper. The post itself uses an 18350 cell while the remote uses a CR2032 watch battery. The post does have a charging port but the idea here is that you can take a spare battery out on a ride with you or if you forget to charge the post, there's a chance you can find one in a store not too far away.
The 18350 cell in the post is removable and rechargable. The battery housing has been made as small as possible to avoid wheel strikes.
X Fusion is hoping to have this post on the market by the end of 2022 with a wide array of options to suit a variety of riders. We'll report back on this post with more information when we have it.
Though I'd hate to see the crash that causes enough damage to the 18350 cell inside the seatpost for it to catch fire...
But definitely kudos for using non-proprietary readily available standard batteries!
And if 125mm drop is hardly worth it then the 25mm stack should be irrelevant.
You have two posts with 150mm travel, one has 0mm stack height, one has 20mm stack height. How much travel does each post have?
A rider has a seat height to get the leg extension they want. Therefore for with the same seat height and same frame, if the stack height is larger then there's less room for travel.
This is the exact point I'm making, there are plenty of scenarios where the stack is fine. All bikes are different and all people are different you cant just look at a post + stack and say that doesn't work because it will work for some and it wont for others. Stack does not make a seat post bad, they make different lengths so you can find one that works.
In your example of the seat post with 50mm stack, you either get the 150mm post with 50mm stack and deal with the 50mm higher post because 50mm is nothing or you buy a different post that works for you. X Fusion simply released a post here, they didn't put a gun to your head and force you to use it. It's just an option. I guarantee that we all fail to drop our posts 100% of the way a lot of the time anyway and never notice the 10-50mm that we don't get it down.
@warmerdamj : "No it doesn't it can be worse for more $$ quit being picky"
“Hold on to your butts” was the correct reply.
First one to release a 200mm gets my money!
$400 for a wireless dropper
Can’t wait for it to come out
(Seems like there is a business model to fix other companies’ mistakes)
However, I would love my dropper to be able to lower without being heavied by rider's body. Is there such one?
Will it be placed in a better, more hide and protected place?