Crank Brothers Joplin Seatpost Review

4.43 out of 5
By Syd Patricio    on May 15, 2009

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March 14, 2016
Model/Year: Remote

Pros: Low relative cost, infinite position adjustment

Cons: Lever isn't very intuitive or easy to activate, side to side and varying amounts of up/down play, high maintenance

Recommendation: If you can find a good price, it's a great first dropper post, but seal failure is common and frequent and the cable needs to be at just the right tension to feel right.

August 17, 2012
Model/Year: 2008 Joplin remote..Updated review

Pros: They stood behind the product even 4 yrs later, offered me an upgrade since they no longer supported a 4 yr old Joplin.

Cons: High cost to maintain. Aprox $80 a year.

Recommendation: After almost 4 yrs of heavy use, numerous seals but no total failures on a ride, my local LBS got me an upgrade since CB was no longer supporting the Joplin. I surrendered my original Joplin, paid an upgrade fee I'm back in business with the newest Kronolog.
These posts are the biggest game changers you can put on a bike period. I don't fret the monies I've laid out on product and maintenance...the enjoy has been worth it, and if I break it down to cost per's miniscule.
I will review Kronolog after I abuse it.

September 19, 2010
Pros: So easy with the remote, you can engage, release at any time.

Cons: None noticed so far.

Recommendation: I demoed a Yeti Seven with a Joplin istalled and loved it. There was no question that, if/when I bought a long-travel trailbike,it would come with one. Having bought the Seven, I added the Joplin and can't imagine riding that bike without it. It's so easy that I engage it for short technical features and then whoosh, back to normal. Love it! There is that small bit of play at the nose, but I never notice it while riding.

May 26, 2009
Pros: Really useful (much to my surprise)
Looks great

Cons: remove connection incompatible with Fizik Gobi saddle
needs regular cleaning
seat clamp a bit finicky

Recommendation: Had mine for a year now, and just got a second one for my backup bike.
I originally bought this for bling value, but now I can't imagine riding without it. I didn't realize how often I wanted to change seat heaight until I had the option of doing so at the flick of a finger. It's not just for steep downhills, but also ducking under branches and overpasses, et. Get the remote! It's only $20 more and makes a world of difference. However, check your saddle clearance -- the Fizik Gobui and a few others are too low and interfere with the remote mechanism (Selle Italia Max Flite Gel works fine).

April 30, 2009
Pros: Works flawlessly, great finish.

Cons: Some play at the nose which is normal

Recommendation: Great seatpost which allows the rider the ability to change the seat height at the touch of your finger without the need to stop.

April 20, 2009
Pros: Heavy duty, works flawlessly, the benifits far exceed the small amount of extra weight.

Cons: Price- I checked at OTE Sports in Fruita= $300

Recommendation: Personally I probably never would have went and bought one of these. However I have recently purchased a used bike that had one already on it and after using it for a while I cant imagine doing any serious riding without one. We all know the importance proper seat height has for different trail conditions and its effect on peddling efficiency, now this can be done in a split second on the fly. No more stopping, dismounting and futzing with a seat post quick release. I too have a remote lever on the handlebar that makes it just a touch of the thumb to operate. I highly recommend this to any into serious riding and is a must have for anyone racing.

November 25, 2008
Pros: It's easy to use, looks good..always a item discussed. Friends all want one.

Cons: maybe out of some people's budgets. The seat will rotate a few mm at the nose..and is normal. Heavy..not for weight weenies

Recommendation: This is my second Joplin. First one was the lever version and was stolen along with my Scott Spark. I have the joplin remote on my SC Blur LT2, and wow these are awesome. You come to a steep or technical section that warrants your COG to be lower and back, flip the switch and set down on your saddle, release when you have the desired height. When it's time to climb again, stand, flip the switch and the hydraulics will send it back in a controlled fashion. No you won't take a punch to the jewels. You'll shave so much time off of your rides/races and will blast past others on the trails, lowering their solid seatposts.