The Manic is the latest in a long line of X-Fusion droppers and it’s available in 125mm and 150mm drop. It uses a simpler, fully sealed, hydraulic cartridge than its Hi Lo predecessor. This should restrict any potential mixing of air and oil (a primary cause of posts going saggy at full extension) and means it can also be easily and cheaply removed and fixed, or replaced if needed.
Overall finish and quality is excellent with a subtly textured exterior and very low profile, two-bolt seat clamp. This shallow head is paired with a stubby seat collar too, ensuring excellent standover clearance, to the point you can almost choose a bigger height drop since overall ride height is over 2cm lower than some posts here.
Another trick up X Fusion’s sleeve is that the actuator uses a spring-backed linkage to increase the leverage force of the remote. It’s a neat touch and means thumb pressure on the lever is multiplied when activating the Manic, and also that the cable snaps back more positively. With the lever pushing so lightly the action feels real precise and smooth, so it’s easy to make micro saddle adjustments riding along. The remote’s a cinch to position perfectly too, using a cold-forged, ball and socket design, a great lever blade shape and a split clamp for easy installation.
We’ve not had the competitively priced Manic long enough to hammer it over a full winter, but assuming the top-quality function doesn’t falter, there are really only two potential considerations: the weight is at the top end and over 100g heavier than some, and the lower post portion extends further, which means it’s harder to insert fully in certain frame designs. Other than that, it appears X-Fusion has nailed this product, and for a fantastic price.