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All-weather convenience.

If, after stopping one too many times to adjust your standard seatpost on your last ride, you vowed to yourself that you would finally look into upgrading to a dropper, we'd say Race Face's new Turbine Dropper Seatpost is well worth the wait. Using a mechanical design inspired by hydraulic dropper posts — Race Face refers to it as a hybrid — and made with dependable 7075 aluminum, the two-bolt seatpost will bear your weight with a sturdy mechanical lock, and it won't shy away from cold temperatures and wintery precipitation. Whether you ride through harsh winters or switch to a fat bike for the colder months, the Turbine will save you from interrupting the pace of your ride to fumble with a quick-release on the side of the trail with freezing hands. Stealth routing means it won't interfere with the clean lines of your frame, and Race Face includes a standard left or right remote for easy control of the seatpost from the saddle.

  • Mechanical dropper post for seamless trail riding
  • Solid, lightweight construction can handle technical lines
  • Won't be slowed down by cold weather or precipitation
  • Stealth routing keeps frame clean and uncluttered
  • Included remote mounts on either side of bars

Tech Specs

Material:
7050 aluminum
Diameter:
30.9 mm, 31.6 mm
Length:
350 mm, 375 mm, 415 mm, 440 mm
Offset:
0 mm
Travel:
100 mm, 125 mm, 150 mm
Claimed Weight:
495 g
Recommended Use:
mountain bike
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years

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Okay dropper

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used this for two months now. Initially the post worked just great. It has started having issues staying up and down. A simple reset procedure fixed it but it is disappointing to see issues so soon. It has also developed a hitch in it when it is going up that slows the return on the post. Not sure what is wrong there but the speed is now pretty slow with the pressure maxed out. I also didn't like having to buy the proper lever separately. The stock one is noticeably harder to use than the 1x lever they sell separately. At this price point there are quite a few droppers I would buy ahead of this one. Had my first reverb for two years and no issues at all. On the positive side they have very useful videos on line to troubleshoot issues.

wont buy anything else

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have had 3 on my last 3 bikes. Bomber, easy set up (just follow the video). I personally like how fast it returns, some dont like that but I like it to be up as soon as I want it there.

Avg. ride time: 2h 43m per week
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LOVE MY TURBINE DROPPER

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used a lot of droppers over the past few years, and this is probably my favorite. Thomson might feel better, but I broke a lot of cables on it and its pricey. The reverb is a piece of junk. If you have one, throw it away now!
The Turbine might be a little finicky to setup, but take your time, read the instructions, or have a mechanic do it. I love mine. Works great, looks great

Works fine, needs some improvement

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I've used a myriad of dropper posts, and this one seems to work well, although initial setup was a huge pain (setting cable tension has to be so precise) it seems to work really well. The rebound speed is very fast, even with the post reduced to the minimum pressure of 20psi. Will update my review after I have spent some time on it regarding the durability.

Good Post

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This is a good post. You do not have to bleed it, but I found that setup was about the same as a post the does require a bleed. You do need the pressure pretty low to avoid a really fast rebound. I would recommend having someone with experience with this particular post help with setup, as it is a bit more complicated than many others on the market.

In a nutshell, it's a good dropper post

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought a Turbine to avoid the issues friends are facing with their hydraulic-actuated droppers. It has no hose to bleed, and when it malfunctions, you can still ride it home. In a nutshell, it's a decent post, but it comes with its own unique problems.

First, setup was not easy. Despite proper cable tension, after the first ride, I couldn't get the seat to lock in the down position. Two visits to my local shop, four re-installs, one brand new cable, and still no fix. I was on the verge of warrantying it until midway through the next ride, when it miraculously started working again. Six or seven rides later, it seems to be working great, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it was just a break-in issue.

Second, the return speed seems to be the same (fast!) no matter what air pressure is in the post. Range is from 20-40; I have 22psi in mine and it still shoots up like it wants to punch me where it counts.

Third, the stock remote lever is awkward to actuate and impossible to mount in a comfortable, non-exposed position. I'm looking at the 1x lever, but dreading the hassle of reinstalling the cable on top of the $60 expense.

Would I buy it again? Maybe, since all I hear are horror stories about every other post. I don't understand why, with a dozen manufacturers out there, nobody seems to make a post that doesn't break (KS) doesn't cost a mint (Thom$$$on) doesn't ask for $200 of rebuilds (Reverb) per season, and has a decent lever. So, to sum it up, this is the best dropper post for me - no come without issues, you just need to decide what you are willing to sacrifice.

winter fat favorite--going to summer rig

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Got into fat/snow biking this past winter in a serious way. Exploring and just wanting to ride more trails more often left me wanting a dropper post for snow biking. Not so much for raucous downhills with my tail hanging off the back, but to start and stop when there is deep snow either side of the trail. Mechanical droppers are loved by the snow biking crowd as hydraulics thicken up in cold temps... This mechanical dropper just works...ridden in temps well below freezing (into the low teens). And unlike my KS Lev, no seat movement/noise like that on my carbon f/s whip... I'm toying with a new summer bike and thinking about which dropper to put on it...having a hard time justifying buying anything when I can just pinch this off my fattie until snow flies again. FWIW--the Haven and Turbine droppers all license the 9point8 dropper internals and as such, should all operate the same. If you like to bling out your bike, race face offers different colors in anodized remotes (thumb lever). Bottom line--infinitely adjustable; comparable or lower weight than most other droppers; easy setup and so far for me, trouble free (even after getting caked in salt grime at 80mph and freezing sleet on the hitch rack going back and forth to Idaho to ride).

winter fat favorite--going to summer rig

I have an XL Tallboy 1, I believe it has a 30.9mm diameter. What I don't know is what length limitations I could run into, ie 375, 415, 440 - what do I need to measure to be sure one of those lengths won't be too long or too short?

Hey Tim - The best length will depend on your frame size and inseam. You will most likely want the 440 mm with 150 mm travel if you are riding an XL Tallboy. Feel free to contact me directly to discuss your options or with any additional questions.

- Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead - klivingston@backcountry.com - 801-736-4337

There is no select option for the 31.6x440mm model. Is this size purposely not being stocked, or is this a web page error?

Hey Ross - We are stocking the 31.6 x 440mm, 150mm Travel option but it is not due to arrive for two weeks. Contact me directly and I would be glad to put one on hold for you. Feel free to shoot me any additional questions.

- Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead - klivingston@backcountry.com - 801-736-4337