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Ridden & Reviewed: Specialized Command Post IRcc

December 2, 2015

More and more, we’re seeing mountain bikes come equipped with dropper posts–seat posts that allow a change in height via a remote control button mounted on the bike’s handlebar. Not too terribly long ago, dropper posts were a curiosity, and one that didn’t work too well at that. But times–particularly in cycling equipment–change quickly, and dropper posts are nearly as ubiquitous as 29″ wheels on cross country rigs and discs brakes on, well, everything.

To get the low down on the best dropper posts out there, we sat down with the Lamar store’s service manager James Mullins.

Specialized Command Post dropper post 6Fattie

Newer MTBs like the Specialized women’s 6Fattie offering, the Fuze, come with dropper posts.

“The whole reason to run a dropper post on your bike,” says James, “is because it removes the need for the rider to make awkward body movements to navigate difficult terrain. Instead of using body english to get out of the way of a rigid seat post as you ride a rocky descent, the dropper post simply gets out of the rider’s way.”

When it comes to technical descents or tight, turn-strewn trails, as James explains it, a dropper post allows a rider to lower their center of gravity by lowering their saddle on the fly, and then as the trail smooths out, return the saddle to it’s proper height for maximum pedaling efficiency.

Specialized Command Post dropper post

The Specialized Command Post is the go-to dropper for shop staff.

“I’ll be honest, I never used it when I first got it,” says James. “Well, I would use it at red lights so I could easily put my feet down as I waited to continue my ride to the trail or over to the shop,” he says with a laugh. “Then one day, I was on the trial and came upon a tight, high-speed turn, hit the button and dropped the saddle, and had the ‘eureka’ moment. Now I’m on the trial and I’m looking for areas where it might be useful,” explains James.

KS Suspension LEV dropper post

The KS LEV is another option, but being a bit more expensive and a little less serviceable has it waning in popularity compared to the Specialized Command Post.

James and other MTB-riding staff members generally see folks interested in two posts. One is from KS Suspension–The LEV–and the other is the increasingly popular Specialized Command Post IRcc. “From an operational point of view, they work the same way,” explains James. “A remote switch on the bar activates a cable that when the rider’s weight is on the saddle lowers it a given amount, and then when the button is activated again without the rider seated, raises the saddle back up to a pre-determined height.”

What sets the Specialized apart is two things–price and serviceability. “The Specialized is becoming more popular because of it’s price, for sure,” says James.” At $349.99 it’s less than the KS Suspension LEV, which sells for $439.99. “But there are loads of times where folks pay more for clearly better equipment, so it’s not just price,” notes James. The Specialized Command Post is fully serviceable in shop. Like a suspension fork or a rear shock, a dropper post needs regular maintenance for proper operations. “Specialized has really upped their game here with a recommended service interval of 70 hours of use and parts that are readily available. No more sending your dropper post off for routine care,” James says with a wide grin.

As we walk the sales floor it’s amazing just how many bikes come with a dropper post. “Nearly all of the Specialized MTB’s seem to come with them, certainly the higher-end full suspensions bikes, the new 6Fattie bikes, and even the Epic,” says James. “Every trail rider can benefit from a dropper post in that it makes the ride experience that much better and lets cyclists concentrate on finding and holding clean lines.”

That’s something we’d raise a seat post to and cheers.

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