OneUp Dropper Post Review – Quality and Affordability?

OneUp Dropper Post

Dropper posts are one of those pieces that I’m regularly scratching my head over wondering when someone is going to step up and actually produce something reliable at a decent price.  Sure, there are many out there that are reasonably good, but very few that are reliable for much longer than a year or two depending on how much you ride. After several hundred miles lets take a closer look at the OneUp Dropper post to see how its posts quality and affordability compare.


One Up Dropper Post | $199 w/o lever $248 w/ lever | Adjustable 125, 150 (tested) 0r 170mm drop | 30.9 (tested) or 31.6mm diameters | 521 grams (post only)


First impressions of the OneUp dropper are of high quality and well thought out details.  Details like the ease of installation and quality of finish and materials come to mind first.  During the first ride, the buttery smooth actuation and reasonably light lever feel are apparent.   The posts speed and return are easily controlled by the amount of push at the lever.  A slight push and the post moves slower, while a harder push and the return is quick.

 

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OneUp Dropper mounting hardware
A slotted seatclamp ease’s the installation a little and minimizes the chances of fat fingering the hardware leading you to chase pieces around the floor.

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Post quality and finish is definitely top notch and gives the feel of a much more high-quality product than the price might signify.

Lever Feel and Return

The return rate is great, not too violently fast, but not too slow either.  The soft audible thud (see video below) is one of the nicest sounds I’ve heard from a dropper posts return as well.  With the OneUp composite lever, the action is among the lighter actions out there.  Its not quite as light or smooth as the Fox Transfer, but pretty close.  You do have to pay attention to the seatpost clamp torque though.  I had a slowdown of the post’s return near the top till I increased the air pressure to near the 300psi max and reduced the torque on the seatpost clamp.

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OneUp Dropper Post Lever
This lever has a great feel with nice ergonomics and looks amazing.

Likes:

  • The action is smooth and after 600+ miles of heavy use remains the same as new.
  • The price at $199 is very good especially if you already have a remote that you like and don’t need a new one.  Just make sure its a higher leverage ratio.
  • Installation is a breeze.  No bleeding required and cable head is attached to the post making getting the right tension very easy.
  • Very low stack height that allows those with a little shorter legs to run a longer dropper.

Dislikes:

  • The return rate slows at the top of the stroke if the seatpost clamp is overtightened by the slightest.
  • Pressure is very high at recommended pressure of 250-300psi and I found it needed to be at the upper end of that for the feel I wanted.  If I ran the pressure at the lower end I noticed a slow down of return rate at the top of the stroke.  The high pressure might not be good for the long-term reliability of the post?
  • Lever-strength is in question.  I broke the first one, I may have hit it with my knee?  Regardless, OneUp was easy to deal with and replaced it without question.
  • With other remotes, lever accusation is very stiff unless its a higher leverage ratio like the Wolf Tooth ReMote Light Action

 

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The included travel adjust shims allow for fine-tuning the amount of post extension if you want to decrease the travel by as much as 50mm. So go ahead and order the 170 if you need it and adjust it down to your desired height easily without removing the post or with any tools other than the adjustment shims.

I believe the OneUp dropper is a strong contender no matter what price.  The quality to price ratio is high especially when you consider how good the post performs.  The jury is still out on the remote lever, but that’s an option anyway.  Quality and feel are very similar to the much more expensive 9Point8 Fall line that remains one of my favorites despite the routine maintenance that is required.  I would definitely not hesitate to recommend this post to anyone especially if you have shorter legs and need a high-quality post that with a low stack height and adjustability.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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