Crankbrothers Highline 160mm dropper seatpost review£300.00

A long drop with smooth cable routing

BikeRadar score3.5/5

This new 160mm-drop version of the Crankbrothers Highline is one of the longest-travel posts on the market.

Setting it up requires patience, because balancing the inner and outer cable tension is fiddly and the instructions aren’t great. Fully internal cable runs seem to make things trickier still, and if you adjust the post’s height in the frame you need to make sure the outer cable moves exactly as the post does to avoid it sinking through its travel.

Once set up, the Highline has a smooth action. There’s a slight bit of rotational play but I didn’t have any problems with my sample post sagging during testing.

The sealed cartridge design means that, other than the occasional lube, there’s little that needs doing to keep the post running smoothly. It’s a shame that the slow-ish return speed can’t be sped up though.

Position the svelte lever at whatever angle you like
Position the svelte lever at whatever angle you like

Crankbrothers’ seatpost head is one of the best out there; easy to mount a saddle to and with a low stack height.

The bar-mounted remote is another highlight. Its ball-like body and slimline bar clamp allow you to position the svelte lever at whatever angle you like, over or under the bar. I also like that the cut end of the cable is at the lever.

It comes with a three-year warranty, and Crankbrothers offers 125mm and 100mm versions of the post too, if your legs or frame require a shorter drop.

Tom Marvin

Technical Editor, Tech Hub, UK
Tom's been riding for 15 years, and has always chopped and changed bikes as soon as his budget allowed. He's most at home in the big mountains, having spent nigh on 30 weeks riding the Alps, as well as having lived a stone's throw from the Scottish Highlands for four years. Tom also enjoys racing events like the Strathpuffer and the Trans Nepal.
  • Age: 29
  • Height: 182cm / 5'11"
  • Weight: 82kg / 180lb
  • Waist: 81cm / 32in
  • Chest: 97cm / 38in
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Steep and super tech or fast and flowy
  • Current Bikes: Canyon Spectral, Pivot Mach 429SL, Mondraker Vantage R +
  • Dream Bike: Transition Scout
  • Beer of Choice: Gin & tonic
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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