Submitted by: Kevin D – Cross Country rider and coach
I, like all cross country and all mountain riders, envied my friends that had dropper seat posts. I thought I could adjust with my quick release seat post clamp but after a while, I bit the bullet and ponied up $400.00 for a KS Lev Dropper Seat Post for my Titus Switchblade. After a year and half of owning, I’m really glad I did!
I bought the KS Lev 100 mm with a handlebar mounted remote with an exterior cable mounted from the handlebar across the top tube to the seat post. The cable looks good, the remote works smoothly and without flaws. The post actuates up and down very well. I had a LBS (local bike shop) install it for me, as I didn’t want any problems.
What I liked
I heard good things about the KS Lev, at that time it was the most durable, trouble free, and best product on the market. I had also heard various problems with other brands. I really like how smoothly it works. It’s important to get the tightness of the seat post clamp just right so that it’s tight enough to hold the post, but not too tight to restrict the movement of the post sliding up and down. That was easy.
This is an infinite dropper, no pre-set positions. It slides all the way up and down or wherever you want to stop. I’ve had no issues, problems, or broken parts. I’ve also taken some medium size 5 foot drops and it held up just fine on the landings.
What I didn’t like
It’s important to keep an eye on the tightness of the seat bolts on the seat rails. They tend to loosen every few rides. I bought a torque wrench and tighten to specs every 5-6 rides. For modern bikes, KS Lev does make a dropper with internal routing and I wish I had that, but my bike is older, so not an option.
Who is this best for?
This product is good for a recreational cross country/all mountain/Enduro riders that are doing technical trails and steep downhill sections that want instant adjustment on the fly. Probably not for a cross country race bike because of extra weight and not as necessary in XC racing trails. It will take some small and medium drop offs but I wouldn’t want to push it on anything super big, although it’s supposed to hold up.