More than any other product, the best dropper seatposts have changed the way we ride, and are essential to the modern mountain biking experience.

In the old days if you wanted to ride down a steep tricky descent you stopped, got off you bike and put your saddle down or you just went for it and hoped for the best. But the dropper post changed all that, allowing you to raise and lower your saddle at the press of a lever mounted to your handlebars. Now even XC racers are adopting them, and one was used to help win the Milan-San Remo classic road race in 2023.

OneUp Components Dropper Post V2

The OneUp Components Dropper Post V2 is great value and performs brilliantly.

1. OneUp Components Dropper Post V2

Best overall dropper post 

Weight: 534g, remote 46g | Height options: 120, 150, 180, 210 and 240mm | Lower length: 270mm (180mm tested) | Diameter: 30.9, 31.6 and 34.9mm | Rating: 10/10

Reasons to buy:

  • Light
  • Minimal insertion depth
  • Smooth action
  • Great price

Reasons to avoid:

  • Remote is not included

With one of the longest drops on the market, combined with height adjustability, a smooth action, and very reasonable asking price, the OneUp dropper post is our top choice for any upgrade program or frame build. There’s now a 240mm version (along with 210mm, 180mm, 150mm, and 120mm) suitable for the longest of limbs, but you can always tweak the drop with the internal shim system. A slim collar helps the overall length, and the seat clamp makes saddle installation and removal a doddle. The light-action remote is sold separately, but it’s comfortable and ergonomic and even adding the £45 cost to the price, the OneUp dropper is still a bargain.

Read our full test review of the OneUp Dropper Post V2

Brand X Ascend dropper post

The Brand X Ascend dropper post is basic but affordable.

2. Brand-X Ascend dropper post

Best value for money dropper post

Weight: 617g, remote 33g | Height options: 100, 125, 150, 170 and 200mm | Lower length: 273mm (170mm tested) | Diameter: 30.9 and 31.6mm | Rating: 10/10

Reasons to buy:

  • Cheap
  • Functional

Reasons to avoid:

  • Not the best remote lever and cable could be better quality
  • Small amount of play between upper and lower shaft

Sometimes otherwise-great bikes don’t come with a dropper post – now considered an essential feature for any serious mountain biker. But fear not, all of these bikes can be upgraded for not too much over a ton (£100), thanks to the brilliant Brand X Ascend dropper. It’s available in all of the most common seatpost diameters, and plenty of different drops (85mm up to 170mm) and there’s a decent underbar, cable-operated remote in the box. This post works in exactly the same way as any other, and yes there are smoother more durable posts, with better remotes, but we literally can’t fault the Brand-X Ascend for the price.

Read our full test review of the Brand X Ascend dropper post

RockShox Reverb AXS

The RockShox Reverb AXS is a slick product with a host of advantages

3. RockShox Reverb AXS

Best for a clutter-free cockpit

Weight: 673g, remote 66g | Height options: 100, 125, 150 and 170mm | Lower length: 265mm (170mm tested) | Diameter: 30.9, 31.6 and 34.9mm | Rating: 10/10

Reasons to buy:

  • Ultimate in ease of use and installation
  • No cables to replace or maintain
  • Light action

Reasons to avoid:

  • Another battery to charge
  • It’s a serious luxury

Wireless technology is everywhere, and now thanks to SRAM it’s on your mountain bike too. The suite of AXS components brings cable-free shifting and dropper post activation, along with all the benefits of simplified set-up and installation, reduced maintenance and a cleaner frame and cockpit. Yes, you pay a premium for the technology, but it works beautifully, with an effortless response, and swapping the Reverb AXS between bikes is child’s play too, which helps to justify the extra expense. At around 40 hours, the battery life is impressive, and they weigh so little that it’s hardly a chore to carry around a spare.

Read our full test review of the RockShox Reverb AXS

The Bike Yoke Divine elevates dropper post performance.

4. Bike Yoke Divine

Best for adjustable drop

Weight: 451g | Height options: 125, 160 and 185mm | Diameter: 30.9 and 31.6mm | Rating: 10/10

Reasons to buy:

  • Customisable drop
  • Low-profile
  • Excellent remote

Reasons to avoid:

  • Not the fastest post in the west

We’ve always been big fans of Bike Yoke’s clever dropper posts, and the cheaper Divine is arguably the pick of the range. It gets the same Auto-Reset feature found on its Revive post, which helps prevent a saggy shaft, as well as the ability to customise the drop to suit your steed. Simply installing or removing internal spacers lets you tweak it in 5mm steps from the standard options of 125mm, 160mm and 185mm. Combine that with the low-profile collar and decent Triggy X remote, and you’ve got a superb dropper post with added flexibility for less than most of the competition.

Read our full test review of the Bike Yoke Divine dropper post

The E-Thirteen Vario Infinite functions beautifully, ride after ride.

5. E*Thirteen Vario Infinite

Best for reliability

Weight: 620g | Height options: 120-150mm or 150-180mm | Diameter: 30.9 or 31.6mm | Rating: 9/10

Reasons to buy:

  • Light action remote
  • Reliable post
  • Adjustable travel is useful

Reasons to avoid:

  • Weight
  • Remote lever costs extra

E*Thirteen’s Vario Infinite post does exactly what it says on the tin; offer you variable drop. The fixed (5mm) steps in overall travel can be changed in five minutes by unscrewing the seal head and rotating an indexed bushing, and the cable-activated Vario works like most droppers while riding. The benefit of the travel adjustment is you can set exactly how much you need by slamming the post in the frame for maximum standover clearance, and then dialling in the extended height to your leg length for maximum pedalling efficiency. We were also impressed by the reliability of the Vario post, working flawlessly through a winter of muddy, wet rides without losing any smoothness or developing any play. Not an obvious choice, but a good one nevertheless.

Read our full test review of the E-Thirteen Vario Infinite

RockShox Reverb dropper post

The RockShox Reverb dropper post is one of the originals

6. RockShox Reverb Stealth

Classic post that still delivers

Weight: 674g | Height options: 100, 125, 150, 175 and 200mm | Lower length: 271mm (170mm tested) | Diameter: 30.9, 31.6 and 34.9mm | Rating: 10/10

Reasons to buy:

  • Smooth
  • Decent height options
  • Excellent clamp

Reasons to avoid:

  • Hydraulic hose means more complex to install

RockShox has quietly dropped the original Reverb from its product line-up, but you can still buy them online while stocks last. We think this is because few people can be bothered with the faff of bleeding hydraulic hoses anymore, especially as RockShox has an excellent wireless dropper option. But the standard Reverb still works well once you’ve gone through the pain of installation, and doesn’t need the cable changing regularly, because, well, there isn’t one. The seat clamp is low profile, and along with a short collar means the overall height has been reduced, so you can now run a longer dropper in the same size frame. There are two longer drops – 175mm and 200mm – and the gizzards boast substantially reduced friction, so you need less effort to get it moving, and it’s also easier to get rid of any bounce, should it develop.

Read our full test review of the RockShox Reverb Stealth

commencal meta trail 29

Getting your saddle out of the way quickly for descents is a game changer

How we tested the best dropper seatposts

Dropper posts are under a lot of stress – you are putting a lot of force through them when pedalling and they go up and down hundreds of times during a ride. It also doesn’t help that they’re in the firing line from mud and spray thrown up by the rear wheel. Most droppers are well sealed, but dirt can still get inside and cause wear in the guide rail system. This actually consists of tracks machined into one part of the post and guide blocks running between the two. These small brass/Delrin blocks can wear too, and some aren’t even that tight out of the box. With a lot of the posts that are cable activated you also get a big variance in the quality of the inner and outer cables – in fact, on the really low cost droppers we recommend ditching the cheaper inner for a branded alternative. So, our focus when testing is ease of set-up, initial play in the system, overall performance and long-term durability.

Need to know about the best dropper seatposts

The benefits of putting your saddle down are obvious– it puts your body in a lower position relative to the handlebars so you’re less likely to go over them. Lowering your centre of gravity increases stability and crucially also allows you to use the full bend in your legs to absorb impacts. Squatting into turns lets you increase traction on the rear tyre so you can rail stuff, which is good right?

The dropper post changed mountain biking massively, and because it’s so good, loads of companies make one. All of them function in the same way – you press a lever, sit on the saddle, it goes down. To get it return, you press the lever and a spring sends it back to the original position. You can also do a bit of fine-tuning using body weight to access any position in between.

Dropper post collar stack height comparison

Slim collars help with insertion potential

Height drop

The difference in extension between the seat collar and saddle clamp is the ride height of any dropper. Modern posts continue to offer a bigger range for taller riders, with some of the latest options delivering up to 200mm extension. Your perfect dropper post length is dependant on frame size, seat post insertion depth and your inside leg measurement.

Dropper post remote lever

Dropper post remote levers are usually sold separately.

Remote lever

If you’re using 1x gearing you want a under bar dropper remote, but to get it where you want it needs an adjustable mount. Both in terms of side to side, in and out and also the angle. A hinged clamp is also helpful, so you don’t have to remove all the controls during installation. If you have front gears you want a lever than fits on the top of the bar. Since the majority of trail riders use the former that’s what we expect to see; the top-mounted lever should be an optional upgrade. The 1x lever may have a direct mount option so you can bolt it directly to a Shimano or SRAM brake levers – it can cost extra.

Some seat clamps are taller than others too

Some seat clamps are taller than others too


The distance from the seat clamp to the saddle can have a big effect on standover clearance or how well a dropper gets out of the way. Some models have several centimetres of upper shaft sticking out of the lower shaft when fully compressed. To reduce ride height look for a shallow collar and low-profile head.

Insertion depth

It stands to reason that on a 170mm post the lower bit of the post is longer than the equivalent 150mm. However, not all 170mm posts have the same insertion depth. Some posts may not fully sink into the seat tube. This can dictated by the length of your seat tube but the shorter the lower portion of the post the better.

Post diameter

On a modern trail bike 30.9mm and 31.6mm are the two most common outer post diameters, although shims are available (from brands such as USE) to fit bigger diameters if needed. You also see 27.2mm posts but they tend to be shorter 100mm options.

best dropper posts

Hydraulic connection on a RockShox Reverb

Internal routing

Most posts are now internally routed so the cable is hidden inside the frame. They’re not always easy to fit but being routed this away keeps dirt off the release mechanism and also means the cable can’t rub or wear the frame. Droppers route either cable top down, with it anchored at the mechanism, or bottom up and the cable is clamp at the lever. The latter is the easier to set up and is often cleaner, but can add length to the base of the post.