First Look: 9point8 Steps in With All New Dropper SeatPost

Pulse Seatpost

Born out of Ancaster, Ontario, 9point8 is looking to make a splash in the component world with the introduction of their very first product – the Pulse Stepper Seat Post. 9point8 is quick to point out that the Pulse is not another dropper post but rather a stepping post capable of dropping in 5mm increments. The launch of the new seat post coincides with the launch of the brand itself, which is proud to be a Canadian company designing and creating unique products that are to be sold consumer direct.

Get the drop on the Pulse after the break.

The most unique feature of the Pulse seatpost is the ability to ratchet down in 5mm increments by pulling shortly on the lever. Pulling on the lever all the way will drop the post fully, bypassing the 5mm steps. Yes, it will look like you have two brake levers on your bike, but it looks like it’s no more obtrusive than the Fox DOSS lever. While the lever may be big, it looks like it would be easy to use thanks to the additional leverage provided.

Pulse Photo

In addition to the unique dropper function, the post also boasts the ability to be run either zero offset, or offset design with the purchase of an available conversion kit. The saddle clamp will allow for independent fore and aft adjustment, with micro-adjustable saddle angle. We’re assuming there will be more information available when the post website is released on May 21, but for now we’re told that the post includes a state of the art verrtical, fore-aft, left-right anti backlash and anti-rotation design which is patent pending and allow for the bike to be picked up by the saddle without worry. Additionally, 9point8′s website states that their products all carry a lifetime warranty which is unheard of for a dropper post.

Pricing will be released along with the post in less than a week late June, with posts offered in 30.9 and 31.6mm diameters.

Comments

Solo - 05/17/13 - 5:48pm

Interesting! I like the lever idea, a lot, but 5mm increments??? 1″ increments would be nice, but 5mm???
That is defenitely something I’d like to try.
And what does the scale has to say?

Aaron - 05/17/13 - 5:55pm

I love how the lever is ginormous… not. I just want a simple little button like the KS posts… Why can’t this be accomplished by other manufacturers?

Mindless - 05/17/13 - 6:34pm

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Dave - 05/17/13 - 7:33pm

Ya’ll apparently missed the embargo, AGAIN

Le Piou - 05/17/13 - 10:16pm

Looks pretty good. Agree with Solo: 5mm seems “small”. That being said, on the video, looks like it quite quick to “shit”…

Need to try it.

JimmyZ - 05/17/13 - 11:01pm

5mm increments is cool when I’d be inadvertently grabbing the thing all the time. Even with a normal dropper remote, I still sometimes actuate it when I don’t mean to. How much does this thing weigh, that seat clamp looks heavy, and with a separate offset part, I’m scared that it will fall off, and leave me riding the shaft!

nathan - 05/18/13 - 3:06pm

Am I the only one who finds attaching the cable to a moving piece of the seat to be a deal breaker? Either stealth mount out the bottom or attach to just above the seatpost like crankbrothers.

DeeEight - 05/18/13 - 3:54pm

I like it, except… i run thumbshifters and would have to route this lever so its below my brake lever, and maybe flipped backwards and mounted inboard a bit more so I push it with my thumb.

2013 - 05/18/13 - 5:51pm

You run thumb shifters? Cool!

rck - 05/18/13 - 10:53pm

Fail. Innovation is supposed to move forward, not in some sort of fiery loop.

Spinach - 05/19/13 - 2:53am

Rad, except I usually find that when I want to drop the post also happens to be when I want my hands on the brakes the most.

gee - 05/19/13 - 8:52am

The lever is ridiculous. I have a Reverb lever under my bars, I can maintain my hand position width a finger on the brake lever while using it. That monstrosity looks like you’d have to let go of the bars altogether to use it.

Agree entirely with the poster above who thinks 5mm increments are too fiddly. 200mm or an inch would make some sense.

Some nice innovation in the second paragraph mind, and the warranty sounds good. Had they offered the lack of play and lifetime warranty without the daft lever, I think they’d have a solid product. The cable attaching to the top of the post is a bit of a shame also.

gee - 05/19/13 - 8:52am

My typing…. I meant 20mm above.

Brent V - 05/20/13 - 9:43am

Consumer direct= kiss of death. The local shops fuel the purchases of nice new products. Removing the hard working dealers who take a gamble and stock new items is a slap in the face.

Ryan - 05/20/13 - 2:15pm

Hmmm, I will just continue positioning my weight behind the saddle when descending steeply. No added weight, no added cost, no added levers.

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