KS's new Lev telescoping post offers 5" of infinite height adjustment in a package that weighs in at 100 grams less than their current offering, but the big news is the stationary cable positioning on the post's outer tube. No more massive loop or funky routing solutions needed.KS Lev details:
• 5" of total drop (infinite adjustment
• Stationary cable location on post's outer tube
• Air return sprung/hydraulic internals
• One way bearing system (same as their current post
• Carbon remote trigger
• Weight: 460 grams (100 grams less than KS's current post
• Available Jan, 2012
• MSRP: $395 USD
The Lev's stationary cable position means that you won't end up with a big cable loop when your saddle is lowered. The post itself can also be rotated to have the cable's entry point in a position that best suits the bike, be that on the left or right side of the frame. This is accomplished by the Lev's seatpost head being able to rotate so that the saddle is still in line with the bike - pretty clever.
So, how does KS manage to make the stationary actuation cable work on the Lev? They weren't eager to share too many details on the design, but did hint at the Lev using a secondary inner cable that runs down the inside of the post, actuating it from the bottom instead of the top. You'll find the same clever one-way bearings inside the Lev that their original post uses, allowing it to travel up and down without excessive side to side slop, as well as a comparable air and hydraulic design to control the post's travel. The new design will also be user serviceable, requiring only basic tools to disassemble for maintenance.
The Lev comes equipped with a carbon fiber remote trigger. It may only shave a few grams (if that
), but it sure looks trick. Their compact remote has long been the most ergonomic on the market and it's a wonder why more manufacturers haven't copied the design.
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