EUROBIKE 2015 | MAGURA’s new Vyron wireless dropper post
Let’s be honest, who has any interest in hopelessly trying to thread cables internally through your frame? Wouldn’t it be incredible if new parts came with a simple plug-and-play installation? This ingenious concept has in fact become a reality with the new wireless MAGURA Vyron eLECT dropper seat post. While it might sound too much like sci-fi, it’s actually reality!
With the launch of eLECT, their electronic suspension system, Germany’s MAGURA have already showcased their expertise and experience in the realm of cableless control of bike parts. The new Vyron seatpost takes this a step further as Magura are now presenting the very first dropper post that communicates virtually via ANT+.
Within just a matter of seconds, the new Vyron eLECT can be fitted to almost any bike with the right size diameter, regardless of whether the frame has internal cable routing openings or not. And the reason for that is simple: there are no cables. The order to drop the post is transmitted – with the press of a bar-mounted control, the saddle has infinite adjustment. This is due to the presence of the integrated control motor, which – similar to the eLECT lockout on the forks – regulates the inner oil flow. The Vyron also makes use of MAGURA’s tried and tested Royal Blood oil.
Coming in two diameters (30.9 and 31.6 mm), the MAGURA Vyron eLECT and its 150 mm adjustment will retail at around €400. It can be purchased singularly or together with the adjustable suspension that also uses the familiar eLECT remote control.
Should you forget to charge the battery, the MAGURA Vyron has a 20-use capacity in an emergency mode without the use of the remote lever, so you should survive those final few kilometres in comfort.
Our first impression
On our short test ride, the new MAGURA Vyron proved that it works well, with no noticeable lateral play. Its ability to be fitted to almost any bike within seconds is naturally one that appeals – but skepticism remains as to how the remote lever will deliver in reality. Given its large width, we’re concerned about its positioning on the bars – could it interfere with various shifters and brake levers? We’ll be carrying out an extensive test very shortly to answer all these questions.
The new MAGURA Vyron will be available from November 2015 with a price tag in the area of €400.
For more information head to: magura.com
Words & Photos: Christoph Bayer