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Vertical’s Helium Dropper Loses Weight for 60mm Drop at 281g


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Journey Vertical has shaved extra grams off its short-travel dropper seat submit that had already laid declare to accolade of the sector’s lightest. The Vertical Helium now weighs a claimed 281 grams in its 30.9mm diameter with a 60mm drop. That’s 23 grams lighter than the unique that introduced on the finish of 2022.

Along with the 60mm drop utilized by Tom Pidcock (on his XCC Pinarello Dogma HT) there’s a 90mm drop possibility, too. Each lengths are to be had in 30.9mm and 31.6mm choices. Along side the replace, Vertical broadcasts the Ignitor far off, too. Right here’s extra.

Your 2023 XCO International Champion, Tom Pidcock, making excellent use of the Vertical Helium Dropper in Glentress, Scotland. Credit score: Ellie Lawton.

Vertical Helium Dropper Seat Publish

To cut back the burden of the sector’s lightest dropper seat submit additional, the group at Journey Vertical, Ricard Bages and Jordi Vilares, fascinated about decreasing the thickness of the dropper’s aluminum tube. The designers say the brand new form avoids tension focus on the most crucial issues of the submit.

Claimed weights beneath pertain to the submit best. The brand new Vertical Dropper Faraway, aptly named the Ignitor, weighs a claimed 24g.

The original two-position locking mechanism has been tweaked, additionally. Not like different designs, the Helium does now not employ a grooved primary tube for its lock mechanism. As a substitute, it properties an Impartial Locking Cartridge that makes use of a suite of concentrically-positioned tubes deep inside the submit. As the principle tube does now not want to accomodate grooves, it may be made thinner. This is without doubt one of the causes this submit is so light-weight.

vertical helium dropper locking tube cartridge assemblt
Internals of the Impartial Locking Cartridge at the Vertical Helium Dropper

The carbon fiber submit is helping, too. The entire different main portions are comprised of 7075 T6 aluminium, together with the very neat-looking, heavily-machined clamp. Its {hardware} is 6Al-4V Titanium, and the bolt heads are tightened with the usage of a Torx 25.

pauline ferrand-prevot ride vertical helium dropper pinarello dogma
Pauline Ferrand-Prevot additionally took the Rainbow Stripes this yr aboard her Pinarello Dogma Hardtail with the Vertical Dropper seat submit put in.

Claimed Weights

Vertical Helium Dropper Publish ⌀ 30.9mm ⌀ 31.6mm
S (320mm x 60mm) 281 g 291 g
M (350mm x 90mm) 296 g 309 g
L (380mm x 90mm) 309 g 320 g
XL (410mm x 90mm) 316 g 334 g
vertical helium ignitor  remote with lightweight cable housing

The aluminum Ignitor dropper far off provides up two mounting positions, and is appropriate with SRAM Matchmaker. The lever pivots about low-friction IGUS bushings for simple actuation. It comes with an excessively light-weight housing (21 grams in keeping with meter).

Pricing & Availability

Pricing at the Vertical Helium Dropper is unchanged, nonetheless at 399 € in all configurations. The Ignitor far off retails at 49 €. Each are to be had now direct from Journey Vertical.



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