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    I would recommend spending as little as possible for one. Seeing as how they all eventually fail. I had a E-Ten on my last bike it started to act up after about two years. Sold bike with it so it became a non problem. Currently have a Brand X on my new bike. Not enough rides to determine longevity. So far it works fine, faster return than the E-Ten and internal routing. I consider it a good buy at $150 from Chainreaction.

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    Slow to adopt and plunk down much so got a ks eten. Everytime I come to a stop I lower it down slowly until my foot touches comfortably down. Just like those buses that lower and raise to let the handicapped in.
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    I have a couple of KS, an I-950r, KS-i900r and a KS Lev. The lev is the best.

    Al, if you want to borrow the 900r, you are welcome to. It is a 30.6. The last person that borrowed it lost a screw for the button so I need to locate one of those.
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    Quote Originally Posted by unsub1 View Post
    ... no gears, and no suspension, so to each their own.
    but, I do run a dropper!
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    I have used both LEV and Reverb - slightly prefer the LEV. The only issue I have ever had with either is in really cold weather (32) when it got a little sticky.

    I have a new-in-box Reverb for sale if anyone needs/wants one after reading all of the above.

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    How many of you are running a dropper?

    I have 2 KS Lev's.. I've had to rebuild them both 2 or 3 times.

    This is not recommended by KS and they require you to send it in but I sourced the orIngs/seals myself and figured it out.

    Usually the symptom is sagging down a couple of inches off the top under weight. Yesterday though it was getting stuck down, and then only returning partially.. then while cycling it by hand... BAM, something blew and it filled my seat tube with oil and went full pogo stick.


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    Mine constantly loses air. It's a specialized command control pos However, when it fails, it can either lock in up or down so I can still ride.
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    KS lev on both the SS and FS. The SS 27.2mm does not work quite as well as the 30.9 on the FS it's slower to return and you can't adjust the pressure like you can on the 30.9.
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    I am. Only because it came on the bike I bought. I use it. Not as much as Woodie. Damn, that boy drops the post on a curb!
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    My first 2 bikes didn't have droppers and I never thought I'd need one. Now that I have a bike that came with one though, I use it constantly. I'm going to add one to my backup bike. Anybody tried the Crank Bros Highline Dropper?

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    I feel about my dropper like I did about lasik eye surgery. Why in the hell did I put it off so long because it's so great.

    Several trails I have now cleared things that I never could before. Or at least even attempt before. I don't care if it is a placebo effect or not, which it isn't, but it works.

    I have only had it about a month now. I hope it lasts, but even if it doesn't, I'll replace it. I'll look at it like tires. They wear out and have to be replaced.
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    I've had a couple KS LEVs, a Specialized Command Post, a Fox on my new Yeti, and whatever cheap one came on my Specialized Fuse. The LEVs and the Command Post could be serviced pretty easily, especially the Command Post. I can have it rebuilt in 15 minutes and it's like new. I've never had any of these fail so that I couldn't use them anymore.
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    I have a dropper, Love it but don't use it as much as most people. It is VERY important on trails when I am rolling big limestone staircases. I can get behind a stupid XC height seatpost with no problem, but when you get bounced into the back of the seat on the rare occasion causing you to depart with the bike and bruise a pelvic bone or knee cap you will remember why the dropper is so nice. I find it valuable on the entrance to Dumptruck and the first 50 feet of Ed's. Any type of double, sketchy jump or situation where you are trying to whip with limited airtime and low margin for error.


    My first dropper failed in 2 ways.
    1. Just annoying- gradually fell 1mm at a time on random rides. then wouldn't do it on other.
    2. Catastrophic- On my birthday and first time to ever ride pace bend, it just dropped to the bottom and would not stay up at all. This always seems to happen on the worst possible day. you BETTER carry a rigid seatpost with you if you ever take your bike out of town.


    Or buy a reliable post with mechanical stops. My Fox DOSS, has hard stops. The seatpost air system can completely fail and it will still lock at the top and in its other two positions. I have had it go too low on pressure at the beginning of a marathon race and I just pulled it to its desired locked spot and left it there the whole race. I took it off the next week for the TMBRA season. It will go back on when the season is over.

    I am not sure of all of the brands that are this reliable, but I HEAR gravity is one of the only one who uses one of these "heavy" mechanical stop designs. I can tell you the specialized command failed on us and actually broke inside of 500 miles of riding. It happened when we were out of town on an MTB trip and it left us searching all night for a replacement. Carry a backup in your truck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by endo_ View Post
    Mine constantly loses air. It's a specialized command control pos However, when it fails, it can either lock in up or down so I can still ride.

    When my FIL's broke at comfort, something came loose inside and it would not lock. FYI
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    I think it really depends on what you typically ride. If you're more of a Walnut/Pace/Reimer's/BCGB main trail rider, you'll likely think a dropper is not needed. If you're a City Park, BCGB back trail, or Brushy gnar slayer/bomber, then you'll wonder how you ever lived without it.

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    For me it was a god send at RPR

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    If you wanna be fast downhill, you need one. Its not even a debate.

    All the hydraulic posts will eventually fail...you're basically sitting on a locked out fork.

    Mechanical lockup ones are better but each has a flaw:

    Command Post - junk, I don't know a single person who got a reliable one.
    Gravity Dropper - unbreakable but ugly, lever sucks, external routing only(and the routing is goofy).
    Fox DOSS - no longer made, factory serviceable only, heavy
    9Point8 - supposed to be 100% awesome but god damn its $$$$

    I'm looking forward to this one: https://bythehive.com/products/trs-seatpost

    100% mechanical, internally routed, nice lever.
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    I have had a KS Lev for a couple of years with no problems. I don't use it a ton but there are places I am really glad I have it. For example, Cru Jones, the big drop at the end of Mulligan. If your saddle catches your shorts or something there the penalty could be really bad. I also drop it for fast, flowy sections where I really lean the bike over, like the new powerline berms at Walnut.

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    I too thought a dropper was a heavy, expensive, useless toy. Then I bought a bike that came with one, figuring I could flip it quick and get something nice and light. Nope, that dropper is staying right where it is and I'm never going back.
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    The first gen Reverb I had developed a sag very quickly - after like 3 months. I threw it in my parts pile and didn't look back until I was shopping for a new bike. The newer gen (B1) Reverb came on my Hightower, and I think they improved the reliability significantly, as it barely developed a sag until almost a year after purchase, and the sagging was only like 1/2 inch. So it gives you some warning vs just dropping all the way and forcing you to peddle standing all the way home. So I'm pretty happy with the reliability of Reverbs now and wouldn't think twice about taking it into the backcountry. Just make sure to service it every 6 months and you should be golden.

    A new one I don't see mentioned much is the BikeYoke Revive. It has a hydraulic piston similar to most droppers (Reverb included) but has an external hex nut that you can turn to bleed air out of the hydraulic piston on the trailside, solving the biggest reliability complaint of most droppers. If I was in the market for a new dropper, this would probably be the one for me. https://www.bikeyoke.de/en/seatpost-revive-160.html

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