• Shorter riders may have trouble
achieving proper saddle height due to
the post’s long overall length
• Requires more force to activate than
other posts we’ve ridden
• Competitively priced over other posts
on the market
• Easy to set up and proved to be
reliable during our testing
PNW Components was founded by
Aaron Kerson and his wife Emily Kerson
who are both passionate mountain bikers.
The couple saw an opportunity to use their
years of cycling industry experience and
industry connections to launch a compo-
nent company that would keep its overhead
costs down and pass those savings onto
their customers. PNW’s current product
line focuses mostly on dropper posts and
a few other components. What will likely
catch your eye, however, is the price of
these posts compared to others on the
market. PNW’s slogan is “Ride more;
spend less” after all. The MBA staff figured
it was time to put one of these new low-
cost droppers to the test to see if it could
go up and down as well as the rest.
Tech features: PNW sells the Rainier in
either a 31. 6 or a 30. 9 diameter with 125
millimeters of infinitely adjustable travel.
The post is internally routed and features a
small handlebar-mounted remote that can
be placed on either the right or left side.
The overall length of the post measures
425 millimeters, and the post with the
remote weighs 580 grams. If you’re looking
to purchase one of these droppers, you
can order one directly for $260 from
Field test results: Dropper posts have
come a long way over the past few years,
but they’re still not perfect for a few rea-
For the majority of our testers, however,
that was not a problem at all. Overall, we
found the Rainier post functioned well
throughout our testing, proving to be a
reliable dropper with a lower price than the
top dogs. That’s a win in our books.;❏
sons. First, they tend to be an expensive
upgrade to your bike, typically costing
around $400. Second, the reliability of
many posts has been poor. The Rainier
post hopes to solve those problems with
its $260 price tag and simple design,
which makes servicing the post a breeze.
We installed our new Rainier post on the
Renovo FatAsh from this month’s test fleet.
PNW included cable and housing, as well
as an instruction manual right inside the
packaging. Riders who have installed
internally routed dropper posts before will
find the process easy; however, some
frames will be harder to route than others.
Our Renovo test bike had internal guide
routing, which made the installation like a
walk in the park. We cut our cable to the
desired length and used the barrel adjuster
to fine-tune the cable tension. Once the
post was installed, we hit the trails.
The Rainier post has a solid feel with a
very minimal amount of side-to-side play;
it is on par with other posts we’ve ridden
that cost twice as much. The remote lever
has a relatively comfortable feel, although
it’s not the most ergonomic we’ve seen.
Regardless, it worked well throughout our
test and did not present any actuation
issues. The post is fairly long, so shorter
riders may need to measure their seat tube
before purchasing this post to ensure a
proper fit. We also noticed this post takes
a little more pressure to engage. Riders
under 135 pounds may experience difficulty lowering their PNW post for this reason.