The Machine comes with an asymmetric shock; this feature has allowed us to create to create a longer seat tube insert length.
Today dropper posts on sale feature travel of between 110mm up to 180mm of travel, but things are getting longer, and some dropper-posts can have 200mm of the drop! Because of the increased drop, seat tubes need to be longer to accommodate the up to 200mm travel that has to go somewhere.
What’s a dropper post?
A dropper has been a great addition to the mountain biking world. To put it in simple terms a dropper post allows you to lower and raise your saddle while riding; you control this action by a lever usually mounted on the handlebar. The benefit of having a dropper post in the lower position is it allows you more space to move around your body or bike around, usually when you are defending. Once you get to the bottom go the hill just press the lever and up comes the post allowing you to ride back up the mountain in a more efficient position.
Should I run a long or short travel dropper post?
We think that you should use the longest dropper post available so that you can push the saddle as low as possible. You just need to know what is your inseam length, crank arm length, and all the dropper post measurements. So if your cranks are 170mm, the seat tube is 440mm, dropper post travel is 150mm, and the saddle stack (from the stanchion to the saddle top) is 80mm, your inseam needs to be more than 840mm. You also need to know what is your saddle height on the current bike and compare this measurement to the current setup. Remember to measure the saddle height from the middle of the bottom bracket to the center of the seat’s top surface.
You can check all the measurements for Pole bikes from geometry and specifications.