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Dropper posts for child / advice

Hi MTB-EFers

Am getting a Vitus Nucleus hard tail for my little shredder.

Iím looking at dropper posts (27.2 inch) for him and would appreciate any recommendations or tips.

The frame has internal routing options, but my questions is more about actuation weight for children - Iíve read several reviews that highlight this as an important consideration, but canít find much information about them online.

Iíve been recommended the Brand X for kids, but was also looking at other posts.

Any experiences you can share?
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Re: Dropper posts for child / advice

I've had a couple of dropper posts in a couple of bikes: RockShox Reverb (Hydraulic) and a Kind Shock Lev SI [No, I've never heard of it either!] (Cable)

Both have been equally reliable, although I don't get the need for hydraulic and when I was installing it I kinked the hose and basically had to take it to the bike shop. From an actuation perspective, both the same, but I can't imagine it would vary from post to post?

Out of curiosity, why a dropper on a hard tail? Usually you drop the post on really rough terrain or drops/jumps, but that's not so suited for a hardtail? (Maybe I'm just soft!)
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Out of curiosity, why a dropper on a hard tail? Usually you drop the post on really rough terrain or drops/jumps, but that's not so suited for a hardtail? (Maybe I'm just soft!)
With a lack of suspension a hard tail would need the dropper post more

But more seriously, there is gnarly stuff that is harder for a HT to manage, but is still manageable - especially around Basel, there isn't much you can't find a HT line down. I know as I've been doing it for the past 3 years, and a dropper helps get the saddle out the way. When you consider than children have shorter legs and less space to play with, every mm helps.

I appreciate it is a luxury, but the vitus is a real/capable mountain bike. From a geo perspective it's only 1į less slack up front than my Orbea Occam, especially when you consider the fork and head tube length of the smaller bike... he's going to want to go places and the dropper'll help him.
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Re: Dropper posts for child / advice

What you need is a dropper where you can change the air pressure that drives the post back up (which I believe is most posts).
Have you let your little ripper try to lower the post on your bike? If he/she can manage that, no problem. If not, try lowering the pressure in your dropper. If he/she still doesn't manage, well, then you've got a problem.

https://thebikedads.com has tons of information about kid-friendly bike parts, and there are quite a few threads on the nsmb.com forums (even some articles, IIRC).
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Re: Dropper posts for child / advice

https://thebikedads.com/kids-dropper-posts/
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Re: Dropper posts for child / advice

Thanks - have seen that website and it's reviews on droppers. Was wondering if anyone had experience within CH as most of their reviews are for US products. That said the KVs are German IIRC.
The tip on trying him out on my bikes is great - will def do that as I have two bikes both with different droppers so will be interesting to see if there's a difference.
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Re: Dropper posts for child / advice

Thebikedads.com does recommend the KS Lev SI you have for kids, so you should be ok. More importantly, it's available in 27.2.
Gellert Veloteam in Basel services them IIRC, so you should be covered if anything goes wrong.
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