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Dropper seatposts are soaring in popularity, and the days of an internally-routed design being enough to garner attention from the public are slipping into the past. In the race to improve upon an already great invention, Magura has secured the distinction of being the first company to release a wireless dropper post with its Vyron eLect Dropper Seatpost.
Using proven ANT+ technology, the Vyron eLect is compatible with the same remote that Magura uses with its wireless suspension forks and shocks. If you're already riding with a wireless Magura fork and shock, you can use one remote to control all three components or choose to separate them and use multiple remotes. With the remote able to be mounted on either side of the bars, you have plenty of options for customization to take advantage of a one-by drivetrain's left shifter vacancy or fit it in a crowded cockpit.
The eLect still relies on rider weight to actually move up and down, with Magura's imperial Royal Blood hydraulic fluid providing a smooth transition as you lower and raise the seat to adapt to changing terrain. In terms of battery life, Magura states that a full charge will gain you 400 actuations of the dropper, which equates to about two months for most riders. If you happen to be caught on the trail during your 400th engagement, the seatpost does work for up to 20 "emergency" actuations via buttons on the post itself, so you aren't stuck riding your last climb of the day with your knees bumping into your chin. Once you need to recharge, expect about three hours for the eLect's battery to make its way from empty to fully charged in any USB port.
- Item #MGR001R
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Installed into my Santa Cruz Chameleon. The post is a little long for my frame size but it works. I see on the Magura website that they have other lengths available; although I couldn't find them for sale anywhere.
The post works well, the setup is a little confusing getting it to pair.
The pro is the ease of installation. It took me a total of 5 minutes to swap saddles out and install the post. I've installed other droppers and the installation was not as easy.
There is a slight delay in activation of the drop, but once you get used to it it's no problem. Especially the trails I ride. Overall a good buy at the $276 price I got mine for.
Yes its got a .5 sec pause. Still rocks.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Im an xc rider and occasional racer who rides trails (in NYS) with equal parts ups and downs. So far this post has been lots of fun and does its job with confidence and stability. Here are some pros and cons:
- Super easy setup and easy to take off and on one or other bikes.
- Reliable operation
- No wires - anywhere
- Holds air consistently
- Works smoothly
- Heavy - but all droppers are
- .5 sec pause while servo motor opens valve and then closes valve. This is something to get used to, esp if you have owned other droppers. For me, the pause was livable, except for when you want to keep the saddle at a position in-between topmost and bottom most (I usually don't want this). You have to hover your butt over the exact spot you want while the valve closes, and in a race or highly technical position this can be hard, impossible, or infuriating.
- Remote switch is a joke. The buttons are super small, there are three (even though no one owns the shocks that it operates as well, and if you do, then you are a master if you can hit one of the three small buttons accurately while in the heat of action. Its nearly impossible. I just MASH it with my gloved thumb and hope for the best. It usually works for me). I hear from Magura that a button adapter is coming to isolate the center button. this will help enormously, as the biggest issue is the ability to isolate the one tiny button and hit it consistently).
- Also, the repost swivels on the bar if you hit a few jumps, and reentering it is usually required multiple times a ride. I'd prefer a bolt and standard collar mount than this weird 3-part rubber ring business.
Overall its a great post, though clearly in tis Beta form. For the new low price on CC its a great deal. Its a trick piece of kit that provides the basic functionality of a dropper, in a nice build, good 150mm of smooth reliable travel, and NO WIRES!!!! yay!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I very much anticipated the release of this dropper seat post. Unfortunately it is far behind my expectations. Here are the issues:
- The seat assembly is lose. It moves a degree or so in either direction. Not that you noticed it while riding, but I don't think this should be the case. I sent it into Magura for inspection, and they said it is normal. They still ended up sending me a replacement.
- The replacement doesn't hold its pressure. Pumped it up to 180psi only to find it being at about 100psi 12 hours later.
This is enough for me to return the thing and get my money back. It's unfortunate, but I can't tolerate these deficiencies at this price tag.
Does this come with the battery ?