Dropper seatposts are an amazing tool for rugged riding, but how do they impact a bikepacking setup? Here's what to consider about dropper choice, maintenance, and (most importantly) cargo loading when bikepacking with a dropper. 

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Why Drop?

Dropper posts are beloved by mountain bikers and anyone riding steep and rough trails and 4x4 roads. They allow you to drop your seat out of the way for safer and more confident descending and more skillful technical climbing.

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Loading a Dropper

Droppers limit seat bag size and weight on small bikes, especially full suspension, so you'll need to rethink your cargo plan. Good options include small dropper-friendly seat bags like the Rogue Panda Ripsey, and universal-fit rear racks like the OMM Elkhorn.

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Protect Your Stanchion

Pro tip: get a Wolf Tooth Valais when bikepacking with a dropper. It's a clever little clamp that protects your dropper stanchion from your seat bag strap. It can also keep your post extended in an emergency if your seatpost fails.

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