Dropper or not?

Discuss light weight issues concerning mountain bikes & parts.

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SpeedyChix
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by SpeedyChix

For XC riding with infrequent steeps or need to get behind the saddle, is a dropper worth it?

Proficient and quick on twisty stuff and not sure if it'll be a benefit or a distraction.
What's the exerience of riders here and if you're using one, what's been the best for performance and minimal service needs?
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mattr
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by mattr

I've been experimenting with one that i got on the cheap, TBH, when i switched back to the race bike this spring, i didn't *actually* miss it that much, if at all. I'm going to carry on switching back and forth and see if it does get more use when i get a bit fitter.
Lots of short steep (near vertical) drops round here and lots of fast rolling singletrack, so you'd think they were all but essential.

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SpeedyChix
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by SpeedyChix

Thanks. I've encounterd a couple of nasty drops this year that might have been a bit safer / tidier getting down with a dropper but so far that's it.
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mr2scott
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by mr2scott

I've been anti dropper for a while. I've had droppers on multiple bikes, they are always sticking, malfunctioning and loosing me more time than they save me.

I only ever wanted a dropper for huge roll downs and drops.

I just put a Bike Yoke Devine SL on my XC bike and I'm sold on it. It's the only dropper I've used that actually works well, it always goes down and always goes up. It's only 80mm of drop which is more than enough for me and it's lighter than most. HIghly recommended if you want to add a dropper to your light weight XC bike.

sandbox
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by sandbox

I just got one for the 1st time. Been pretty anit-dropper for a long time. Old and stubborn I guess... I really like it now. Took a couple rides to "get it", but I use it a ton now. Even in flat, flowly sections, I'll drop it 1/2-1", just to lower the BB a touch and get better traction. Pretty cool tool. Ultimately, Id like to have the wireless one that RockShox/SRAM put out. Just for ease of taking on/off.

Besides- Kate C just won a World Cup on one.

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