It was only a matter of time. A combined dropper and suspension seatpost seems the ideal product for gravel rides when the terrain gets rowdy and rough. Makers of the excellent Redshift Shockstop stem, unveiled their new ShockDrop seatpost at Eurobike show in Germany last week as well as their long-awaited suspension seatpost the ShockStop and a Kitchen Sink!
The ShockDrop seatpost combines 35mm suspension via a small parallelogram linkage and spring. The spring rate can be tuned for more or less stiffness to suit rider weight and requirements, along with 60 or 100mm of adjustable height depending on the diameter of the post.
Two posts are available. The 27.2mm post, which will fit a lot of road and gravel bikes, offers 60mm of drop. The 30.9 and 31.6mm diameter post gets 100mm of drop. Both use internal cable routing and a lot of modern gravel bikes facilitate this.
The choice of post diameters opens it up to mountain bikers too. We can see it being ideal on hardtails for adding a bit of extra comfort.
Redshift also unveiled their ShockStop suspension seatpost without the dropper element if you just want bounce and no drop. Check out the clip below to see how it works.
The company has focused on creating a “minimal design that blends seamlessly with the aesthetic of modern bikes” and based on our first look, we’d have to agree. You’re still going to get comments about it outside the cafe, but we can see on the bike nobody is going to notice what’s between your legs.
Redshift also unveiled a new funky vibration-damping handlebar called the Kitchen Sink. It’s clearly designed to provide multiple hand positions for adventure and bikepacking riding. In their own words they have thrown everything at it to produce the perfect Gravel and Adventure bar. It certainly has a lot going on at first glance.
The 7° back sweep, 25° flair and 20mm rise are in keeping with the latest thinking on Gravel bars as to are the width options; 41, 44, 47 and 50cm measured at the hoods. The information on the stand says the loop at the front is optional, so it sounds like there will be a version without for those not yet signing on at the Tour Divide start line.
The red grips and the shaped black pads shown both under the tape and naked are part of Redshifts Endurance Grip System (EGS) and are designed much like the well-known Ergon grips to reduce vibration and prevent numbness and sorehands, improving comfort for those long epic rides.
We’ll have more details on these new products soon and we'll have a ShockStop Seatpost in for testing in the very near future.
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