Mountain bikers obsess about stroke length and serviceability of the best dropper posts but the handlebar remote is often overlooked, despite being the rider's main point of interaction.
And if we are being honest, some of the best dropper post remotes aren't the last word in ergonomic perfection. Matchmaking dropper post triggers with shifters and brake levers can be a hassle, debiting the overall joy of having a remotely adjustable seatpost.
SDG does things differently and its latest Tellis adjustable lever will be a dream for riders who don't want to be limited in their drivetrain or brake choice.
The SDG Tellis lever has 10mm of lateral slide and 22.5-degrees of rotational reach adjustment. Regardless of hand size, you will manage to find an appropriate fit for the SDG Tellis lever on your dropper post remote.
Beyond its adjustability, the SDG Tellis has a contact patch that you'll never miss with that thumb movement. A concave shape and knurled surface area mean secure trigger action, even in wet riding conditions, with soaked gloves.
Made to last
Industrial engineers at SDG have produced a range of adaptors to help the Tellis work with a diverse array of drivetrains and clamping standards. SRAM MatchMaker X and Shimano I-Spec EV, along with a 22.2mm bar mount option.
Although bearings support most things that rotate in mountain biking, a dropper post lever's very short movement doesn't require bearings. SDG opts for the more durable double-busing design, which will last many seasons of riding in all weather conditions and has a very low maintenance burden.
Many riders fancy themselves are home mechanics, but we all overtighten things, doing damage. SDG's Tellis lever is held in place by a simple washer and bolt cable clamp, preventing grub screw induced damage.
The latest version of SDG's Tellis adjustable dropper remote prices start at $49.99 / £37.45. And if you love all things Oil Slick on your mountain bike's colorway curation and run SRAM, there is a limited edition Fuel PDV finish, that retails at $59.99 / £44.94.