Admittedly, we think there’s no better outfit than muddy riding shorts and a touch too snug chamois; yet, we can still admire the clean lines and perfect fit of a freshly tailored suit. While this may not be our work uniform of choice, we designed the all new Rainier to provide your bike with that custom tailored feel. The past version of this post is known for its consistency and reliability. While maintaining those qualities, this new iteration focuses on fitting more bikes, providing refined adjustability for the rider, and maintaining the weather-tight construction.
Our new Rainier introduces the Tool-less Travel Adjust System - say that 20 times fast. Traditionally dropper posts come in only a few travel options across a diameter size. This is a woefully small offering when you consider the range of body types and seat tube insertion lengths we're all working with. Designed to provide further fit options, the new Rainier offers 30mm of travel reduction in 5mm increments.
So what’s the benefit? Let’s say that after using our dropper post calculator on our website you’re right in between a 200 and 170mm travel post, maybe 185mm is the perfect amount of travel for your bike. Since the 200mm is too long, you’d have to buy a 170mm which leaves meat on the bone and doesn’t maximize the amount of travel you can actually fit. With the new Rainier’s tool-less travel adjust system you can quickly make the adjustment and be off to the trail with 15mm more travel than you would have had previously.
Okay, so we worked super hard on the adjustability of the new Rainier (seriously you should have seen the sweaty brows 😅), but that’s not all we have done to improve this dropper. We wanted the dropper to be able to fit into a wider range of bikes while maximizing the available travel. To do this the Rainier is now significantly shorter. Length reductions vary by travel but we were able to knock out 27.5mm of overall length from our 125mm size. Nifty, right?
We’ve got a lot going on with this dropper, but the true beauty is the simplicity. The Tool-less Travel Adjust System is so easy to use you could even do it trail side. A fully sealed cartridge guarantees reliability and less tinkering, and when it does finally come around to servicing - takes less than 10 minutes to do so. If you are looking for a new dropper this season, think about those custom vitamins that have your name on them...do you enjoy popping those every morning? If yes, we think you’ll be stoked on the redesigned Rainier IR.