Previously, Crank Brother’s line of dropper posts featured the cheaper Highline 3 and the high-end Highline 7, but now it looks like it will add a premium Highline 11 post. Looking at the VR46 eMTB datasheet, the dropper post is listed as a Crankbrothers Highline 11 which it claims is a “new premium dropper post made of carbon and titanium.” In Crankbrother’s other product lines, the name 11 normally means more sophisticated materials like carbon or titanium and lower weights.
It looks like the post will use the same design as the other Highline post with some gold accents added. The biggest change comes from the post which appears to be carbon fiber. The VR46 datasheet claims the pole weighs 490 grams for 170mm drop and a 31.6mm diameter. Comparing that to a Highline 7 post of the same height and diameter, this is a drop of 114 grams compared to the weight of the 7 of 604 grams.
For a comparison with other full-size lightweight dropper droppers, the BikeYoke Divine weighs 550g and the Vecnum Nivo 473g, but it’s still unclear what the weight of the Highline 11 includes.
While the new dropper post looks a lot like the Highline 7, it apparently uses titanium bolts and a carbon fiber post.
We reached out to Crankbrothers for more information and they declined to comment.
PS. no review tomorrow, we don’t think it’s the one we have in the works, but Kaz and the US tech team are gone for Thanksgiving, so don’t quote us on that.