As the saying goes you get what you pay for. Dropper seatposts can really help your riding confidence over steep drop offs but they are expensive and for my Orange 5 you are limited to the less common 27.2mm size. Having seen the Forca seatpost online at £75 I thought it was worth a try.
The Forca dropper is basically a “Gravity dropper clone”. It’s well finished with a bar remote and matching annodising.
The action is a simple mechanical pin that allows the post to drop and a spring that forces the seatpost back up. The drop is only one position of 3inches, which unlike my Specialized Command post on Camber (mechanical) which has two positions or Joplin 4 on my Trek which is fully adjustable. It’s a slight issue but for £75 I wasn’t too bothered.
Setting up the Forca was somewhat of a pain. The bar remote seemed to be very sensitive to setting, either being unable to release the drop or unable to keep the post down once dropped.
Having used the post for ~4months the real issues are starting to show themselves. I always ride with a rear mudguard when using a dropper post to protect the post from the worst of mud and grit. However at our recent Moles trip to North Wales I rode the downhill day without a mudguard and the post got somewhat covered. No problem I’ve had this with previous posts. However since this ride I’ve had continual problems with the free movement of the post. It simply isn’t dropping as it should. Taking the post apart revealed that the paint finish had completely worn of the dropper shaft and even greasing the post fully hasn’t helped.
In conclusion the Forca is very low cost for a dropper post and initially worked well. However it doesn’t seem to be robust enough for long term use. You get what you pay for with the Forca, unfortunately that’s a low cost, low quality piece of kit.