Product DescriptionIf you haven't tried a dropper seatpost for your gnarly mountain bike rides, you're missing out on an easy way to improve your descending powers. The KS LEV offers the latest in dropper seatpost innovation with the only hydraulically locked and air sprung post to feature zero cable movement and up to six inches of silky smooth travel.
The KS LEV is a superb infinitely adjustable hydraulic seatpost, with a plush and silky-smooth stroke and it sports an innovative zero cable movement design. The post has travel options from four to six inches, and uses an ergonomic carbon lever remote. The LEV has performed flawlessly over the four-month test period, and has been trouble-free with the same buttery smooth operation since day one. Continue reading →
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Date Reviewed: April 6, 2014
Strengths: Worked great for a few rides.
Weaknesses: After a few rides the post does not return to the top position. I have to lift it up and then when I sit it sags about a inch so I lost some of the seatpost movement and had to raise the post.
Price Paid: $350.00
Purchased At: Jensen
Date Reviewed: March 3, 2014
Strengths: The cable routing is the best feature, not cable dangle. Lever action is nice and light and integrates into my grip. Infinite height adjustment is also nice. The part of the post that sits in the frame is shorter than other posts, allowing for a low seat position.
Weaknesses: After about 4-5 months of use it started to develop bad shaft play, similar to bushing slop you get in a worn out fork. Tried calling and e-mailing KS. I got no response. Eventually sent it in with there online return authorization form. They had it for 2 months. Finally got it back and it still has play. Not only that it won't go up on the initial lever press. I have to pull up on my seat to get it to start moving. Kind of defeats the point of having a dropper post. I tried e-mailing and got no response. Finally got a hold of there tech guy on the phone. His response was that they all do that and that's how they are supposed to work. I told him that it was lame for a post this expensive and that this was not right. He then said he was the head warranty service guy and that's how it was. I have since taken the post part way apart cleaned and put some suspension grease on it and it works a little better but still sticks.
Date Reviewed: December 16, 2013
Strengths: Manufacturing and materials.
Weaknesses: Quality. (I can only speak for the 27.2)
DOA/ never got to use it and had to RMA.
RMA turn around is slow. (waiting for parts.)
Materials and finish/ packing quality was good.
However, came DOA.
Would not return to top unless I pull it up by hand.
27.2 has no value to adjust the pressure. (RMA is the only option.)
Sent it in 3 weeks ago...still waiting to hear back from KS.
If it works...it would've been a product.
Bike Setup: Ellsworth Evolutions 29'er
Maintou Tower Pro
Date Reviewed: November 26, 2013
Strengths: my patience
Weaknesses: the post
Date Reviewed: November 13, 2013
Strengths: The post works well when new, after a couple of months its starts getting sticky and not so smooth going down also the LEV cover fell off while riding. Next time I will try the Rock Shox Reverb Stealth version.
Weaknesses: Ron Easton of Customer Service sucks worst than the seatpost itself. The LEV cover fell off while riding due to the weak o-ring that holds it in place. To make matters worst the serial number that customer service request for service, is on the part of the post that rubs against the seat tube, so the number eventually comes off now you are screwed cause they wont service it without the serial number.
Date Reviewed: October 23, 2013
Strengths: When it works, it's a great post. Cable position, integrated ODI compatible lever
Weaknesses: Failed after two month's Sagged while sitting on it. Been without the post a month now waiting for parts, terrible customer service.
Date Reviewed: October 18, 2013
Strengths: When it works, the post is nice. Smooth travel and effortless operation.
Weaknesses: Customer service! My post failed exactly 1 month after purchase and now after 2 weeks of waiting for a repaired or replacement post from KS, they have fallen completely off the grid. It's impossible to contact anyone at KS by phone, because the number provided goes straight to voicemail. They have not responded to any emails either. They may make the most expensive post in the industry, but they certainly aren't putting any of that profit toward any customer service.
Date Reviewed: October 1, 2013
Strengths: Smooth and easy movement of the post. Stays locked in place. These attributes have been quite consistent and durable.
Weaknesses: Constant problems with the seat clamp as noted by other reviewers. Post can become somewhat stuck in lower positions requiring the rider to sit and move it down a bit before it will rise. Increasing pressure helps, however the other problem of difficulty getting the seat to initiate down stroke worsens. At times I have to push the seat down several times to get it to actuate. I am not sure if this is stiction of what, but it did not improve with lubrication of the post. Extremely poor customer service from KS - so far the worst I have experience when it comes to bikes/bike parts. Finally, this post is relatively expensive and therefore should work flawlessly and if not KS should respond with flawless customer service.
Date Reviewed: July 17, 2013
Strengths: Smooth actuation from extended to compressed. Remote actuation is flawless. Ability to lock into any position is a must have feature. Easy setup and installation. Offered in 27.2mm size. Near infinite adjustability for the saddle angle. High quality cable housing come stock. It is an necessity for preparing for technical single track descents. A must have feature to create a versatile bike for most situations. Makes riding fun again. Worth the investment.
Weaknesses: Saddle clamp does not clamp with enough force to keep the saddle in place, requires Locktite on saddle rails and double the recommended torque for the clamp. Expensive investment, but well worth it. Limited sale prices and availability. The cap for the remote cable anchor pops off easily (remedied with a simple tie wrap). Throw away your old quick release seatpost clamp, no longer needed.
Date Reviewed: June 6, 2013
Strengths: 1. Infinitely adjustable hydraulic seatpost
2. Superb cable management - zero cable movement
3. Ergonomic carbon remote Lever
4. Ease of installation
5. Available in 27.2mm diameter size
Weaknesses: 1. Cost
Duration Product Used: 2
Price Paid: $345.00
Purchased At: bike bling
Similar Products Used: N/A
Bike Setup: RFX, RS Lyric, SRAM DRIVETRAIN
Date Reviewed: May 28, 2013
Strengths: Very smooth, looks good, no cable movement, 150mm of infinite travel, nice audible clunk when you hit max so you know the seat is up. So far very reliable. Makes a huge difference on frequently undulating terrain. Minial maintenance required.
Weaknesses: Bit fiddly to set up, high cost (but comparable to other top droppers), its a pain to adjust the air pressure, although this is rarely required after initial set up. Remote can only really go on top of the bar, so takes cosmetic damage when the bike is upside down, and possibly worse if you crash hard. All fairly minor points really.
Not cheap but comparable with other high end posts (i.e Reverb) , and so far seems to deliver on performance. It does exactly what is says it will.
No major drawbacks after the initial outlay, but its easy to transfer to your next bike so a good investment.
Love the smooth travel, much nicer - and less risky - than my friends Command post (nut-buster).
No signs of the widely reported issues that affect all droppers....so far.
Duration Product Used: 5 months
Price Paid: $390.00
Purchased At: 99 Bikes
Similar Products Used: Reverb
Bike Setup: Giant Anthem x1 29er
Date Reviewed: May 22, 2013
Strengths: Smooth action, nice remote lever, adjustable seat clamp similar to a Thomson
Weaknesses: Blown cartridge within two weeks. Sent back to KS 2 months ago. Still no post!
Price Paid: $394.00
Similar Products Used: KS 900, KS I7
Bike Setup: 08 Turner Spot
Date Reviewed: May 5, 2013
Strengths: Smooth Action, cable does not move when actuated , excellent range of motion for the length of the post.
Weaknesses: Cost, a bit finicky to set up.
Date Reviewed: April 25, 2013
Strengths: Currently one of only two stationary-cable 27.2mm dropper posts (the other is the Gravity Dropper Turbo LP); small and efficient remote lever; thoughtfully designed; high-quality feel
Weaknesses: Expensive! Upper tube on the 27.2mm unit looks fragile, but maybe only from my perspective; tiny bit of play; they don't include friction paste or thread-locking fluid, both of which are needed (just a few drops) for proper installation
Purchased At: Bike-Discount (Germa
Date Reviewed: April 22, 2013
Strengths: Fixed cable position, easy cable routing options, cable actuated (no fluid to deal with), smooth action, integrated ODI grip clamp mount, air adjustable return speed, infinitely adjustable for any height.
Weaknesses: Seat clamp nuts are round and easy to lose, adjusting air requires removing the seat, expensive???
I think most of the people giving negative reviews and those complaining on the forums are not following the installation instructions. People are not installing the barrel adjuster and setting the tension too high. They are installing the metal cable hook backwards which causes the cover to pop off and the seat post not to actuate correctly. Others still are fooling with the pressure or not even checking it at all prior to installation. But what I have found is that although the installation is a little bit more involved that just a "bolt and go" operation, it's well documented and easy to follow if you're patient. I know, new toys are hard to be patient with...even I am at fault for that and didn't torque the seat clamp bolts to spec. But really, start to finish this thing only took a bit over an hour to install. Getting the cable the right length and housing cut properly was the hardest part.
Bootom line: I love the way this seatpost works and looks. The integrated grip actuator is a great idea and is one of the best out there right now. It's small so it doesn't stick up or interfere with controls or get destroyed easily in a crash. Even though it's actuated via a cable, it works smoothly and doesn't require bleeding if you need to cut the hose. A minor inconvenience is that the air pressure cap which allows you to regulate how fast the seat post extends, is located under the seat rail clamp. That means once you get your seat position dialed in, you better hope the return speed of the post is good or you'll have to do it all over again. So, follow the manual and set the speed first, according to your "all up" weight. Another great feature of this post is the head design which allows it to rotate 180 degrees. This means you can position the cable termination point exactly where it will make the cleanest cable run.
I was skeptical at first about the benefits of the dropper post. However, I started doing more weekend shuttle-type rides and manually putting up and down my old post, and then being stuck with it at that height got on my nerves. What I was surprised at was the amount that I use it now on even pretty short little descents (<1 minute). And in almost every case, my times have gotten shorter. And yet another surprise was that I have been running my seat post higher for pedaling than I was before. Rather than putting my seat post at kind of a "happy medium" for climbing and descending, now I can have the best of both worlds. I get more power to pedals climbing as I'm in a more efficient position, and I'm also able to hit the downhills better since I can freely move around without the saddle in front of my junk.
So yes, it's a chunk of change but I think overall it's been worth it. Only time will tell how long it will take me to break it. But I don't think that I would blame that on KS, since my riding style is less than elegant! I've already crashed a few times and come down hard on the seat several times...so far so good. I don't expect it to be bulletproof, but just withstand some normal MTB abuse. I'll post another review after the summer riding season!
Duration Product Used: 2 months
Price Paid: $350.00
Purchased At: UniversalCycles.com
Similar Products Used: Crank Brothers Joplin
Bike Setup: 2012 Blur LT
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