Last Modified: February 14, 2017
Update: since the first time we shared this shift-lever-hack, dropper post manufacturers have really improved their offerings and there’s a lot more aftermarket options out there. However, this little how-to still kicks ass for those folks who’ve shed their front derailleur and have a spare SRAM shifter sitting around. Enjoy!
We love dropper posts. Everyone who rides with one decides they’ll never go back to a traditional seatpost. The remotes for dropper posts, however, leave much to be desired in most cases: awkward placement, funky actuation—not terribly human in design. For that reason, we really like the Specialized SLR Lever for their Command Post as it mates to our favorite SRAM brakes via the MatchMaker OR to Shimano brakes via our own MisMatch adapters. That doesn’t help us with other dropper post models, so Problem Solvers engineer DutchE made his own. This is some next-level hacking, so if you care deeply about the condition of your front shifter, look no further.
All right! We’ve sufficiently made a mess of things. The next part is the key step. There are two nubbins (indexing fingers) on triple shifters and one on double shifters. Those all have to go so the cable fully releases after each lever push.
If your dropper post is of the variety where the cable is anchored at the post, you can reassemble this thing!
BUT! If the cable head goes in your post and the cable gets anchored at the lever, you’ve got a few more steps to go.
Clean, classy, human, cheap.