KindShock showed up to Eurobike today with a revised line of LEV, LEV Integra and LEV Integra Ci dropper posts that offer more travel range, more adjustability, improved triggers and, according to KindShock, better reliability than their predecessors.
Five years ago KindShock dropped a bomb when they rolled up to Friedrichshafen with the LEV—a dropper post with a then-mind-blowing 125 millimters of adjustment and a unique cable anchoring system that let you drop the post without simultaneously creating a big loop of cable housing that would buzz the hell out of your rear tire.
While KindShock has refined the LEV over the years (adding the internally routed LEV Integra and carbon shafted CI models to the fold, increasing the drop on some models to 150 millimeters, etc.), the latest LEV models see considerably more nips, tucks and flat-out improvements than in any previous year.
For starters, KindShock will now offer three LEV variants (LEV, LEV Integra and LEV CI) in 27.2 diameters. If you’re running an older steel hardtail or just want to huck the crap out of your gravel grinder, you’re in luck. The travel range isn’t as wide as what’s available in their 30.9 and 31.6-millimeter versions, but you can now get a 27.2 LEV, LEV Integra or LEV CI with up to 120-millimeters of drop. If you’re riding a full-suspension rig, you can now get all three LEV models (in 30.9 and 31.6-millimeter diameters) with as much as 175 millimeters of drop.
What you can’t see from here is that KindShock also tweaked the internals. All of the 2018 LEV variants now feature lower-pressure, higher-volume cartridges than in the past. The lower pressures are easier on the cartridge seals and should boost long-term reliability; it should also make it easier for lighter riders to compress the cartridge.
Some people felt KS posts were a bit slow on the return. You can now get that saddle zooming up to your privates at warp speeds by removing the saddle and adding some air pressure to the post. You can add about 75 psi above the factory pre-set level, if you’re feeling the need for speed.
Last, but not least, KindShock has revised their dropper post remotes. The Southpaw, in particular, gets a significant makeover. The minimalist, clam-shell design of the past has been ditched in favor of a hinged clamp that will be easier to install and should eliminate the slipping issues that plagued the original Southpaw trigger-style remote.
Despite all the improvements, price on LEV, LEV Integra and LEV CI posts will remain the same. Welcome news.