Brand X Dropper – 1000km Review

Surely it Can’t Last For That Money?

Short answer: yes. Longer answer: yes, but.

This post, which is of the badged up TranzX in disguise variety, is available from a few places. But most famously, from Chain Reactions where it is frequently on sale south of £100. Not only is it a post with 120mm of drop for less than a £100 (that 82p per mm of drop!), it also comes with a warranty. Which surely I will be needing if it is that price?

It comes with a under the bar shifter paddle style lever as well as all the gear cables and outers needed to install the post. So with the lever kit being in the range of £25 on its own, the value is frankly astounding.

Once installed, I have to say, the post looks the part. The only obvious weak link is the lever, which has a ferocious amount of slop and what looks like a barrel adjuster nut that will snap as soon as you look at it. But after 1000km of use, the lever is immaculate and not withstanding a crash, I can see the lever going the distance.

The post however, has a niggle or two. The post no longer returns to full height under its own steam, 10/15mm short of full return. A strip and service might bring it back to full life but if not, the mechanism is built around a sealed replaceable cartridge which will certainly do the job.

But if you had a Reverb that had that as its only issue after one year, then your more than lucky.

So this isn’t necessarily a good post for the money, its just a great dropper and a solid contender.

5 Thoughts

    1. Yes, its a very simple process, not much to do beyond clean and re-grease the internal post stanchions and bushes. All the business of this post is done be a sealed un serviceable cartridge, so thats a relatively cheap replacement if it fails. However CRC has a 2 year warranty on it so if it does your safe. If you had a reverb that lasted more than 2 years without failing you’d be dancing!

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      1. Hi…where can a sealed cartridge replacement be purchased? Cost? You mentioned Shimano with their compatible clone dropper… can’t be that cheap, can it? It’s out of CRC warranty.
        Thx
        TC

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      2. Gotcha 👍 I found 3 other replacement retailers:
        -Giant = $63 USD
        -PNW = $75 USD
        -One Up = $70-90 USD

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