Kind Shock E-Ten Dropper Seatpost 100mm Remote
The E-Ten is Kind Shock's newest height adjustable dropper post. It's their most affordable dropper seatpost but has features and functionality you'd expect to see on more expensive models.
I am very happy with this post. The finish is not that of the LEV or other high end offerings, but it is still above what you would expect for a product this reasonably priced. The plastic remote is the same same as the more expensive metal models, and with gloves on, it doesn't bother me that it's plastic. Setup was a breeze. The return rate was way too slow at first, but once I figured out that it was just a little too slack in the cable, it was a very simple fix. KS is really leading the way in the dropper post market. They offer both the best and best value post available.
For $150.00 I figured I would give it a try as I was not bend towards paying $300.00 plus for a known brand dropper post. Have to admit I was skeptical, but it worked like a charm! Easy to install and sturdy, and the handlebar level is very easy to use. Just push and it will drop, push again and it will rise softly and it will accept your desired post height at the time. No play or swivel felt at the saddle, remained firm and precise. I 'ld reccomend it. If it stays working as good, it will be the market choice.
After playing with friends' bikes that have droppers, Ive been wanting a drop post for a while now. Only problem, is I did not want to deal with the reliability issues that plague a majority of the brands on the market, and on the other hand did not want to spend $350+ for one of the models known to be more reliable. When I heard about the eTen, I thought at that price, there is no way it could be any good...till I started reading the testimonials from people who had them. I had to try one. So now, after 50 miles in pretty dusty conditions, I couldn't be happier! The post is just as smooth as my buddies RS post (has been rebuilt twice in 1.5 years), but the trigger is way more user friendly. Its also way smoother than my other friends Krono, (currently on its way back to KB for the second time). Installation was simple, I had mine installed on my 2012 Fuel EX8 in less than 30 minutes. One thing to keep in mind that should be mentioned in the product description is; the manual wants you to apply friction paste (used for carbon fiber parts) to the outer shaft, and use a standard non-QR seat clamp torqued to 7nm...I had neither of those things on hand, so I had to borrow a clamp and paste from a buddy to get the install complete. I would have bought them both when I ordered the post had I known. Other than that minor hiccup, I am stoked with the product. For the price, Im tempted to pick up another eTen so that I will have one to ride if I have a problem with my current post!