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Enve launches G Series upside-down dropper post with 40mm of travel for gravel

Unusual design promises to play well with saddle packs and allows you to take a hacksaw to unwanted length

Joseph Delves
28 Jun 2022

Whatever your opinions on the wrongs or rights of dropper posts on drop-bar bikes, it’s hard not to think they work best when designed explicitly for the task intended.

Entering the slowly expanding segment of gravel bike-specific dropper posts, Utah-based Enve has taken a particularly novel approach to the problem with the G series dropper post, which hits the market at $325 – UK pricing is to be confirmed.

The new Enve G Series dropper seatpost gets pretty close to turning conventional thinking on its head. At least as far as its design is concerned. With the post’s top section sliding over its lower part, this is the inverse of how most droppers work.

However, in developing the design for its 40mm travel post, Enve isn’t just being weird for the sake of weird. Flipping things around apparently has numerous benefits.

Chief among them is that you can now strap a pack underneath the saddle clamp without its fixings wearing into the post’s stanchion. A common problem for people wanting to run both bikepacking bags and a dropper post, this is good news for all kinds of riders.

The fact that the post's internals are located towards the top also means you can cut unwanted length from the bottom. Potentially allowing you to trim an additional 50g from the already lightweight 395g post, this will be particularly good news for shorter riders.

Upside down thinking

As you’re also undoubtedly aware, crap invariably rolls downhill. As true in the office as it is on the trail, it’s why positioning your seals below an area guaranteed to get showered with crud is not a brilliant idea. It is, however, the way in which every other dropper post is constructed.

By comparison, the seals on Enve’s post are embedded in the top section. Allowing them to run down the lower part of the post, in theory, they’ll then wipe it clean rather than slurping the collected mud and gunk into the internals as other designs tend to. Certainly, it sounds like a good idea.

Coming in the slim 27.2mm size that’s a prerequisite for fitting most gravel frames, the post features internal cabling for a remote lever. Designed in-house and available separately for $65 (again, other pricing is TBC), this 35g addition features a wish-bone style arrangement with twin levers that can be activated from either the drops or the hoods.

‘Nearly as challenging as the post design itself was making its lever,’ explains Enve’s Jake Pantone.

‘After literally dozens of printed and machined iterations, we opted for the design that we and our testers favoured most. This features a dual actuation push and pull design that allows actuation from the hoods and the drops. In addition, the lever is canted and textured for improved function and ergonomics. As far as drop-bar remotes are concerned, we believe our lever strikes the best balance of function, aesthetics, and ergonomics.’

The G Series post is also compatible with third-party levers and can be rigged to work with redundant left-hand shifters if you run a 1× drivetrain.

Dropper posts for everyone?

With a lightweight dropper post with remote now adding as little as 250g, will we be seeing more of them on gravel and road bikes? A sneak peek at many ranges for next year suggests that while they’ll remain niche, the answer is probably yes.

Add in the fact that the UCI seems disinclined to ban them and that more disc bikes are coming in below the 6.8kg weight limit, and you might well see more riders joining Matej Mohorič in using them for races in which descending plays a critical role.

Want to see what our Tech Editor Sam Challis makes of the dropper post trend? Read our feature on whether we should all consider running dropper posts on our road bikes?

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