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304g Vertical Helium Dropper Publish Claims to be World’s Lightest

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Jordi Villares and Ricard Bages are the co-founders of a brand new Spanish mountain bike element model known as Vertical, launched this week with their debut element; the Vertical Helium Dropper Seat Publish. It has two locking positions; up and down, with the 30.9mm x 60mm possibility weighing simply 304g, the Helium dropper claims to be the World’s Lightest.

No lighter choices spring to thoughts.

ricard bage jordi villares cofounders ride vertical
Inventor of the Helium and co-founder of Experience Vertical, Ricard Bages (left) and co-founder Jordi Villares (proper)

The Vertical Helium can also be out there in a 90mm drop size, with each 30.9mm and 31.6mm seat tubes catered for. There are 4 general lengths to select from satisfying a spread of rider height-seat tube size combos. The Helium’s svelte weight comes all the way down to its use of a carbon submit mixed with a singular two-position locking mechanism and naturally, titanium bolts. We obtained the main points from Ricard, the inventor.

Vertical Helium Dropper Seat Publish

vertical helium dropper seat post mtb 30.9mm 31.6mm 60mm 90mm
The Vertical Helium is claimed to require little upkeep; a rebuild cartridge that features a wiper seal, bushings and key-pins retails at € 25

Making an attempt to check the burden of dropper seat posts is like attempting to check apples with oranges; the variations that exist in drop size, general size, and diameter have made it a time consuming course of to search out something instantly corresponding to the 320mm x 60mm Vertical Helium Dropper in its 30.9mm diameter.

It weighs a claimed 304g, which is 38g lighter than probably the most comparable submit; a 30.9mm x 75mm Fox Switch SL, although it’s admittedly 35mm shorter in general size. Just like the Switch SL, the Vertical Helium is restricted to simply two positions – up and down; it’s not “infinitely” adjustable as most different dropper seat posts available on the market.

The 320mm x 60mm is the smallest possibility of the 4 sizes out there.

Vertical Helium Dropper Seat Publish Dimensions 30.9mm Weight 31.6mm Weight
S 320mm x 60mm 304g 313g
M 350mm x 90mm 322g 331g
L 380mm x 90mm 334g 345g
XL 410mm x 90mm 346g 357g

vertical helium lightweight dropper seat post cable actuated
The Vertical Helium has a minimal insertion size of 80mm

The Helium’s hydraulic cartridge is cable-actuated. The actuator mechanism on the base of the submit accepts the cable-end, with tensioning happening on the distant. The Helium launches and not using a distant, however Vertical is engaged on a really light-weight possibility known as the Ignitor which is coming quickly. It may weigh as little as 26g and not using a clamp and will likely be suitable with SRAM Matchmaker.

The return pace of the Vertical Helium dropper will be adjusted through the strain of the air spring. The valve could be very simply accessed, protruding out of the pinnacle of the submit, simply beneath the clamp; a much more user-friendly design than those who require elimination of the clamp. Whereas the submit’s return just isn’t damped, its despair is, due to the presence of 9mm of suspension oil to forestall the abrupt, jolting bottom-out that different light-weight dropper posts endure from.

Vertical Helium Dropper Seat Publish on a Scott Spark XC Race Bike

It’s the locking mechanism of the Vertical Helium that makes it distinctive. The principle telescoping tube of the Fox Switch SL dropper submit has grooves on its floor that permit it to lock into place alongside its size. Thus, that tube has a minimal thickness to permit for the presence of these grooves.

The principle tube of the Vertical Helium is groove-free, and generally is a lot thinner and lighter due to this fact. So, how does it lock into place?

vertical helium dropper seat post exploded view
An exploded view of the Vertical Helium Dropper Seat Publish

The locking mechanism is situated elsewhere, inside an Impartial Locking Cartridge that makes use of a set of concentrically-positioned tubes deep throughout the submit. Vertical is within the technique of patenting this design, and so actual particulars are a bit skinny on the bottom. Nevertheless, the next picture does present some perception.

vertical helium dropper seat post internal locking mechanism cartridge
Vertical’s Patented Impartial Locking Cartridge; two partially recessed balls look to have the ability to slot into one in every of two doable positions on the internal face of the outer tube of the ILC

Vertical tells us the design of this Impartial Locking Cartridge (ILC) “withstands compressive stresses in isolation, leaving bending and twisting to the primary tubes. This permits the sliding tube to be clean on the within, making it stronger, lighter and extra dependable”.

Engineer, Ricard Bages, assembling the ILC – inserting the pinnacle of the piston into the locking cartridge

Elsewhere, Vertical are saving weight with using carbon fiber for the submit itself. It’s constituted of a Toray fiber laminate optimized to resist bending and twisting, and to forestall the seatpost clamp from deforming the tube excessively. Vertical additionally thought of utilizing carbon fiber for the internals however the concept was scrapped because of the poor put on resistance or usability. Thus, all the different main elements are constituted 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 using a Torx 25.

vertical helium dropper seat post rail clamp air valve
The Vertical Helium submit runs an ordinary rail clamp suitable with each spherical and oval saddle rails

Pricing & Availability

For now, the Vertical Helium Dropper Seat Publish is accessible now in 60mm and 90mm drop lengths each in 30.9mm and 31.6mm choices, in black solely, retailing at € 399. Every submit is bought with a 3 yr guarantee.

The model might also produce a 120mm possibility in future, however this may even be devoted the XC and Downcountry bikes with the concentrate on simplicity and light-weight.



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