Kind Shock LEV Dropper Seatpost
The LEV family is the latest in drop seatpost innovation. The only hydraulically locked and air sprung post to feature zero cable movement and up to six inches of silky smooth travel. Couple that with their patented and unmatched one way roller bearing to ensure miles of play-free movement. Throw in a micro adjustable head, ergonomic carbon fiber remote that replaces an ODI Lock-On inner clamp and LEV is the ultimate dropper to let you keep rhythm on your ride.
|Length/Travel||100mm, 125mm, 150mm|
|Actuation||Carbon Fiber remote lever|
|Head/Rail||Zero offset standard rail|
great post when it works.sending it back,excessive play and post won't return to full height. must send unit back to KS.hope this problem is not a recurring theme!
I've had this KS LEV on my Yeti SB66 for about a year now and although I like it's overall design much better than other brands, it feels sticky compared to my Thomson. Having said that, I do mean to imply this is a bad dropper post. This is an excellent dropper post. Droppers have are really still in their market infancy compared to most of our other components. However, the technology of dropper posts have been in overdrive since they became a welcomed piece of equipment. But they've overcome the odds and I think I speak for the majority of riders when I say that once you get a dropper post you'll never want to ride with a straight post again. Previously I had a Thomson and although it had great ergonomics and an oh-my-god smooth actuation, I did not like the fluctuating loop of cable due to the cable being ran up to the bottom of the seat. This may both some riders and not others, it probably depends on the frame and the cable routing. After a year of riding with this KS LEV I am happier with it than my Thomson, but for me it requires a slight change in technique. The LEV doesn't want to drop when the rider's weight is still on the seat. And it's hesitant to drop if you're pushing it toward the rear tire, which is kind of the way our bodyweight is going to do it. In order to get the most consistent performance out of my post I hop up right as I'm hitting the button, then I kind of (for lack of better words) thrust my hips forward. This gets it down without it getting stuck and after a while it becomes 2nd nature. Okay, let's get the "thrust" jokes over with..... Long story short, if KS could make this post drop without the rider having to hop up it would be a huge step forward in ergonomics and confidence. Before I adopted this technique I hurled myself ass over bars a few times because the seat wouldn't drop and I couldn't get stopped before the jump. But keep in mind, this is just my experience based on riding just one KS LEV. This may be a fluke thing that only I am experiencing and this post will work spot on for you. My post has never broken or had any play in it since day one. I saw another rider a couple weeks ago with the same post and he had just bought it a few days prior. I compared our dropper posts and mine still felt new. I've only called KS a couple of times and it was only to ask a tech question, not to deal with any warranty issues. However, my experience with them lead me to believe they would be pretty genuine guys who would help you get back on the trail asap. Although I gave this post 3 stars, I don't think the dropper post technology is at a place where any post would make me want to give it the full 5 star treatment. They will be, but right now everyone has a few bugs to work out. Keep up the good work guys, all of us thrusting mountain bikers are digging your product. If I were you, I would try your best to find a way to test a few of these posts out. Due to the short time frame they've been out, there are a lot of different approaches to this technology which gives each manufacturer's post a certain personality if you will. Maybe KS's personality jives with you, maybe you're a better fit with a Thomson. Maybe a RockShok. It's anyone's guess. I love my post and its design is better than Thomson's in my opinion because of the cable routing.
This dropper post rules, very fast, love the actuator button. I could never ride a 29'er again without a dropper post. KS is great quality.
It may have been the way the cable was routed but I have had issues with the post since it was installed on my bike. It would not drop and the amount of pressure needed to push the remote is too much.
I love my Lev. I have another brand of dropper too, and this is smoother and less clunky. I am surprised how well it does when muddy, however in NorCal I am not testing to harsh as no rain. Muddy puddles cover the post, I wash every ride, and no problems. I like the LEV remote lever so well, that I use it on a competitors dropper. Good clean set up at the seatpost clamp with no cable movement problems. Seat rail clamp is superb. It is a bit slippery to set up as bolts are round, but once you start to tighten them it clinches everything together fine. Any warranty stories I have heard are positive, and service reputation at Lev is good and fast in turnaround time.
I have had the post for about 6 months and have had no problems with it. I like the fact that the cable doesn't move with the post, much cleaner cable routing. I also like the remote cable lever and how it can attach to an ODI lock-on grip. As good as it gets with current technology.
I've used this post for 6 months now, problem free. This is my first dropper, and I feel confident that I will start and finish with the best. Pros: Fixed cable. Infinite adjustability. Ergonomic lever, that stays tight - have not had to use the barrell adjuster yet. No-maintenance cable-actuated. 2-bolt seat clamp is the best. Color is nearly identical to RockShox stanchions. Cons: Takes a long time to install perfectly, but anything this good is worth it. Had to use friction paste to hold it tight in the seat tube - if you clamp down too tight on it, it won't move.
Great seatpost, not so great clamp hardware. The clamp hardware kept coming loose, initially. I contacted KS and they sent out a new clamp and hardware. Time will tell how they hold up.
This has been a key part of my new bike. I can tackle rolling terrain so much more quickly now! The LEV has been 100% reliable so far. I have been riding it for about 6 months now, riding about once per week, on rides about 2 hours long. I'd say I probably drop/raise my seat about 100 times per ride, maybe a bit less. Once you get it set up correctly (which isn't very difficult, just make sure you get the cable tension correct per the easy to follow instructions), set the air pressure, get the seat adjusted an you're off to the races.
I have one... all my friends have one... If you are looking for a dropper post, you should have one. KS seems to have the most reliable post around. None of us have ever had any issues with ours. They just work.
As title states I had a chance to try them both cause the prices were close. They were like night and day. Mech vs hydraulic. Although these worked well I chose the rock shox.
I've been running the KS Lev for a year now and without a doubt it's the best seatpost I've ever had. The dropper posts are a game changer for mounting biking. The remote has a solid feel to it and getting used to dropping the post just prior to a steep downhill section and then 'popping it back up' to get into your proper pedaling position took no time at all. The Lev has been working flawlessly since I put it on my Pivot Firebird last spring and I'm only going to take it apart now and give it a cleaning just for preventive measures. I now have 3 KS dropper posts. One on my Firebird, one on my 2012 Pivot Mach 5.7 and I just got one for my 2014 Pivot Mach 6 Carbon.
Over a year with mine now, and absolutely flawless. I would mention that using a torque wrench to the get the 10 nm on the seat clamp bolts is a good idea. After fiddling with the old CB posts for a few years, this has renewed my faith that dropper posts aren't a total PITA to deal with.
I've been running this post for almost 2 years and had absolutely no problems. It's easy to set-up and the lack of moving cable housing means easy to secure and no cable rub! I adjusted once about a year after install (cable stretch or freezing weather) and other that it has not needed anything. It has a small amount of side-to-side play that wasn't there when first installed. This is common and hasn't been noticeable when riding. The only thing over my i900 is the inability to self service. I guess I'll find out how good KS is when I need to send this off.
I've purchased two of these - after using an I900R for years... That's 3 posts from KS that I've purchased!
I just installed the 125 mm LEV on my Tallboy LTc and I love it. I have tested the RS Reverb, Giant Contact Switch, and several other dropper posts, and this seems to be the best. With exception to the new stealth cable routing, the cable routing on this post is superior to all others. The lever could stand to be redesigned, possibly lower profile, but I am not complaining. Make sure your seat bolts are tight! My seat moved on the first ride. Tightened it back up and hasn't moved since.
I've had the RASE, an early KS, and the RockShox Reverb. This dropper is probably the best yet. The main reason is the stationary cable. Most other droppers have cables/hoses that move with the seat. Not a huge issue, but it can get in the way. One other thing to consider, seat clamp design. The Crank Bros Kronolog and Specialized Command Post have the bolts coming in the side, which seems like a weaker design. Newer versions may have improved, but I still don't trust them. One minor flaw with KS posts is the lever. If you tighten the clamp too tight, it binds. So if you use it as a lock on your grip, it's not doing much. Thought they would have worked that out by now, but they haven't.
I LOVE this post. I have the 125mm version on my FSR XC pro. There is absolutely no side to side play. It's infinitely adjustable which is awesome and sets it apart from the others. I love the fixed cable position too. There is a really helpful install video on you tube as well. KS got this design right with the 2 bolt rail mount which provides for an extra secure grip on the saddle. Oh and it comes with sitckers!!!! Yes plural....STICKERS!