KindShock Lev Dropper Seatpost

3.21/5 (33 Reviews)
MSRP : $399.00

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Product Description

If 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.

KS LEV Dropper Seatpost Pro Review

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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Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Peter a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: July 10, 2014

Strengths:    The LEV is super smooth and can be infinitely adjusted. I also prefer the thumb remote over other dropper posts I have tried. It can drop 150 mm.

Weaknesses:    It failed (started to get squishy) after about 10 rides. I sent it in for warranty service and they did "fix" it, but it started doing the same thing after another dozen rides. The factory service took several months with no response phone calls or emails and I have to say KS has the very worst customer service (Mike) in the industry. I took the post off my bike and it is now sitting in my garage reminding me to never waste money with an overpriced media hyped product again. Last Summer this post was being reviewed as the gold standard in dropper posts, do not believe the hype!

Bottom Line:   
This post was a true disappointment. I'm happy to pay for quality, but this post never lived up to the reviews I was reading, and the customer service was a complete hassle.

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Favorite Trail:   Joe Ridge - Fruita

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Command post

Bike Setup:   2013 S-Works Stumpjumper FSR 29er. Envy cockpit and wheels.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John Holloway a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: July 9, 2014

Strengths:    Consistent performance

Weaknesses:    Price, but you get what you pay for and pay for what you get...

Bottom Line:   
I'm disappointed to see how low a rating the LEV has because ours have been rock solid reliable, bought shortly after they became available. We have them on all of our bikes. Most of our friends have switched from Reverbs and Kronologs to LEVs. We've had only two minor issues, neither of which caused any downtime:

1) Lost the little cable end cover, but KS sent us new ones (through our LBS) in a matter of days
2) Creaking under load at the seat/post interface, solved with a little piece of teflon shim stock

Our experience has been "set and forget." I only thought about mine because I need to replace the seatpost cable/housing crimped in a crash. The post still works, but not as smoothly as I'm used to.

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Purchased At:   CalCoast Bicycles

Similar Products Used:   Maverick Speedball, Cane Creek Joplin

Bike Setup:   Ibis Mojo HD, Intense T275, Canfield Yelli Screamy

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Steve

Date Reviewed: July 1, 2014

Strengths:    Nice looking

Weaknesses:    Missing part in box

Bottom Line:   
Called support for missing part / left. 5 messages for Mike never got a single phone call back ! Keep in mind this is also their warrenty phone line ??????

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by BikeIntelligencer a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: May 31, 2014

Strengths:    ODI compatible thumb-friendly remote. No side play. Barrel adjustment on cable. Smooth suspension.

Weaknesses:    Quality control. Warranty service. ALERT! Newer product may be less reliable than initial offerings.

Bottom Line:   
I've owned 3 LEVs and 1 RockShox Reverb dropper posts. Far prefer the LEV for consistency of operation and the ergonomic, convenient thumb remote. First two were bulletproof, performed flawlessly, required no attention. Last July equipped my Mach 429c with my third LEV and it worked fine all summer, stopped working this spring. My LBS showed me the internals, had some guesses, but recommended sending it back. KS has had it for nearly 3 weeks and my LBS can't reach them to find out what's the delay. A great product without commensurate backing. I'm stoked to get their new carbon post but having second thoughts. What a shame they won't treat loyal customers better... Meanwhile my Reverb, which is sticky, slow-responding and unpredictable, nonetheless has held up great over two banger seasons.

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Favorite Trail:   TRT

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Downhill Zone, Seatt

Similar Products Used:   Rockshox Reverb

Bike Setup:   Pivot Mach 429c, SRAM XX1, Rise 60 carbon wheels.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Makten

Date Reviewed: May 25, 2014

Strengths:    Good looks.

Weaknesses:    Unreliable.

Bottom Line:   
I bough two of these for my bikes. Both failed after just a few rides. The lever got completely stuck and thus the post wouldn't move at all.
I sent both for repair. Both failed again, almost instantly. So I sent them for repair once again. Guess what? They both failed again.

These are among the most expensive dropper posts on the market, yet they obviously are NOT even close to reliable. KS don't answer emails and their repair shop (in Spain, I think) have probably not read my description of what was wrong.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Willem Reitsma a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: May 18, 2014

Strengths:    I really can't think of any. Never worked properly. Dealer could not get it to work properly and importer tried as well. Works only with very soft and smooth pressure, something you can't do out on the trail. After struggling with it and being very frustrated I have to replace it at my own expense and dump this very expensive piece of equipment

Weaknesses:    Never worked from the start. Only works when you stand next to the bike and very carefully and smoothly push the saddle down. Very complicated design with blatent weak spots that lets it down in action. Sitting on the saddle and requiring fast action doesn't work at all. You have to stand up and remove the weight and then very slowly and smoothly try to coax it down. Useless in action out in the field.

Bottom Line:   
Can not recommend this at all. I have wasted USD 400 on this and it will be relegated to my spare parts bin in my garage whilst I search for another. My other bike has a Crank Bros Kronolog dropper post and that is working perfectly. I was told that Crank Bros didn't have a 31.6 model and therefore went for the KS Lev. Regretted the decision.

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Favorite Trail:   Van Gaalen

Similar Products Used:   Crank Bros Kronolog

Bike Setup:   BMC FS01

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Richard Mullina a Cross Country Rider

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.

Bottom Line:   
Loved it for the first few rides. Looking into how to fix now. For the price it should of lasted longer than a month.

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Duration Product Used:   1 month

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Jensen

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by isaac

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.

Bottom Line:   
Good post when I first got it, but mine is not reliable. The worst thing about the post is KS's customer service. I have worked at a bike shop for the past 5 years and I have to say KS has the very worst customer service in the industry. I can't recommend KS product until they get better customer service.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Edward a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: December 16, 2013

Strengths:    Manufacturing and materials.
Size availability.
Market availability.

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.)

Bottom Line:   
Bought this LEV 27.2 for Ellsworth Evolution 29'er.
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 would've been a product.

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Duration Product Used:   1 day

Bike Setup:   Ellsworth Evolutions 29'er
Maintou Tower Pro

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by jiw71 a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: November 26, 2013

Strengths:    my patience

Weaknesses:    the post

Bottom Line:   
Installed the post yesterday. First thing I noticed was the post lifted on its own when the bike was picked up by the seat. Trail rode today. When fully extended the post collapsed about 3/4". When fully collapsed the post could be easily extended by lifting the seat. Spoke to KS tech guy. He was very familiar with the problem when I described it - something about air in the hydraulics??????? "Send it in - around 2 weeks turnaround". Sooo........ less than 24 hours after installation the post is boxed and ready to send back to KS USA.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Spiderman

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.

Bottom Line:   
Do not buy, unless you wanna be frustrated and disappointed. Too bad this post would had been the best in the industry, if the customer service were a little better. For a seat post costing almost $400, I expected more support.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by TahoeBC

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.

Bottom Line:   
Make sure you have a backup post

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Martin

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.

Bottom Line:   
The quality of the post is nice when it's working, but my experience with KS to get a warranty repair done has been so poor, that I'll never buy or recommend another KS product to anyone. I hope mine is an isolated incident, but from what I am hearing, it's not.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Fleischer

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.

Bottom Line:   
Extremely poor customer service from KS. The post works well. However, the seat will not stay in place because of the seat clamp design as others have pointed out. This makes pedaling inefficient and riding my bike is not as fun. I have had to apply extreme torque to try to keep the seat from slipping and creaking. My LBS has had to do the same and when they called KS they said, "no problem, we will send you replacement seat clamp parts ASAP". "ASAP" they told us - 1 month later I am still struggling with the seat not staying in place and no replacement parts. With repeat email correspondence and appealing to the customer service department to at least tell me if they were EVER going to send the parts - no response. Then, I finally get another identical form email response stating that the parts will be sent "ASAP". For me this has been a very frustrating experience. This is amongst the worst customer service I have ever experienced. I had a CB Kronolog which has had significant problems, but at least CB responded decisively and rapidly twice for me and the post is working well now.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by GT_LTS_XC_AM a Cross Country Rider

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.

Bottom Line:   
Waited a long time for the KS Lev to become available. The key feature is the ability to lock in near infinite positions. This is extremely helpful in riding single tracks or just doing some fast fire roads by setting the seatpost to just 1 inch down for increased clearance, very cool. The saddle clamp took a little effort to prevent the seat from moving around under stress of climbing. Locktite and increased tightness of the clamps resolved the issue. Actuation is very smooth. Allows a rider to seamlessly transition from climbing single tracks to needing the clearance for the technical downhills, without stopping to adjust the seatpost. Never had to alter the stock air pressure to achieve quick and precise actuation. There is very little side to side play (obviously more play than a rigid seatpost, but less than most others designs). With a dropper seatpost, you have an advantage over your friends ride when the trail gets technical.

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Duration Product Used:   Several months

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