PNW Components' Shifty Lever & Gen 3 Rainier Dropper Post - Pond Beaver 2020

Apr 9, 2020
by Daniel Sapp  
The Shifty lever is compatible with SRAM's XX1 and X01 shifters.

PNW Components is rolling into its fifth year as a brand.The brand has quickly gained traction by offering dropper posts that are reliable, easy to service, and affordable...along with good customer service - a novel concept. In the past couple of years, their line has expanded, and in addition to seatposts, there are grips, handlebars, a shift lever, and a few other things coming down the pipeline in the not too distant future.

Shifty Lever

PNW Components gained a big following for their Loam Lever dropper post lever and it begged the question, "Why not make a shift lever that is like the Loam Lever?" While some shifters are a little more complicated to develop a lever for, with the design being integrated and non-adjustable, SRAM's higher-end shifters use a simple bolt-on paddle that is adjustable. PNW have developed the match to their dropper post lever with the Shifty Lever.

The lever will be available for purchase in early May, selling for $39 USD. It fits SRAM's XX1 and XO1 shifters.

Rainier 3 Dropper Post

PNW's Rainier dropper post is now in its third iteration. The new model now includes a tool-less adjustable travel system and a shorter post size to help it fit a wider variety of bikes.

The meat of the new seatpost is its tool-less travel adjust system, which was developed in order for PNW to offer a post that worked for as many riders heights as possible. The Rainier has 30mm of travel reduction that is available in 5mm increments.
Rainier 3 Details

• Customizable travel
• Sealed air cartridge
• 125mm, 150mm, 170mm, 200mm travel options
• 30.9, 31.6 diameters
• 626g - 170mm
• MSRP: $179 USD
• Available now

Tool-less Travel Adjust

Why would someone want this and not just the longest post they can fit? With seat tube heights varying, this can allow a customer who is in-between sizes to size down a bit and get the maximum amount of travel for them on a bike - say, 185mm instead of 200mm. This allows them to run the seatpost lower in the dropped position.

The travel is easily adjusted by loosening the collar by hand and then sliding the white shim out and to the appropriate travel amount and then re-tighening the collar. All-in-all, a one minute process.

Other Updates

The length of the new post is also a bit shorter, varying by overall post travel, but the 125mm post is 27.5mm shorter, allowing riders to drop the post itself more into the seat tube without having interference issues with cables etc

There's also now a fully sealed cartridge that PNW say increases reliability and prolongs service intervals. When it does come time to service it, the process is said to be very simple and straight forward.

First Impressions

I have only had a couple rides on the post thus far and I have no complaints. The travel adjust system is very easy to use and set-up/installation is a piece of cake. I'll be continuing to ride this post along with a few others for a head-to-head dropper post cage match in a few months' time.

Pinkbike Pond Beaver 2020


  • 118 1
 Shifty lever looks like game changer. Actually perhaps not, maybe just a gear changer.
  • 20 0
 The Rainier is a lifesaver. I've been struggling to get the right height. 170 is just a bit too tall on my particular frame. Now i can have a 160 or 165mm. Brilliant!!
  • 7 0
 It really is pretty smart. I like this way of thinking about posts. I am a big monkey. Long arms short legs. So I'm constantly trying to get things right. I need bigger bikes and lower drop posts but I like the higher travel stuff because I like it down in the frame as much as possible. I hate the look of a giant post. So a 160 would have been perfect for me. I'm running a 150 now and it's a bit short but the 175 is too much. As long as it works and is durable it sounds like a good product. Love the freakin lever and grip combo too. That's about as well thought out a combo as anything on the market.
  • 4 0
 @onemanarmy: On the flip side, my GF can only spare 95mm of extension with her tiny legs and current '15 size small frame. The rainier is ear marked for her next upgrade.
  • 10 1
 The Rainier is just a rebadged TranzX YSI05. Salsa uses the same one and clearly say it is a TranzX instead of claiming they designed it.
  • 1 0
 @squamishlocal: excellent find. Thanks
  • 4 0
 @mammal: Consider the OneUp stuff which has really short stack lengths and similar toolfree adjustment. Short stack means more post in the frame then shim to get saddle height.
  • 19 0
 Good stuff, PNW Components' products have been great for me and top notch customer service! Can not beat their warranty either.
  • 15 3
 Baffles me how a tiny company like PNW can make a bombproof dropper that also happens to be one of the least expensive on the market but a multi-million dollar company like SRAM make one that is not only expensive but also pure trash.
  • 7 0
 Shhh, you didn't finish your koolaid... LOL. Wink
  • 13 0
 Because.... Tranzx
  • 11 0
 How bout just selling the colored Si adhesive pad for my existing levers Smile ?
  • 5 0
 PSA: Silicone is not silicon.
  • 2 0
 @sspiff: And THAT’S... one to grow on! Maybe I’m dating myself too much- does anyone remember those PSAs from the 80’s?
  • 2 1
 @sspiff: Silicone is made with a little bit of Silica. This is a bike forum where we chat and abbreviate things, use shorthand, or take liberties with language... "bout" could mean a round as in a cage match, but I wrote it as meaning "about"...
  • 1 1
 @Staktup: The chemical symbol Si by itself is most definitely not a proxy for silicone. It's not "little bits of silica", it's a silicon-based polymer. That's like saying C is a suitable way of describing a human. How 'bout we have a bout regarding the chemistry of silicone?
  • 1 0
 @sspiff: No shit, you're being waaaay to literal. Get out and ride- but safely. Or jack off- again.
  • 11 3
 That shift lever is as expensive as some entire shifters....
  • 4 0
 Just a couple years ago there were maybe two or three options for droppers longer than 170mm, and they all cost about $500. It's great to see options like this and the Oneup that offer longer travel, cost a couple hundred bucks, and go up and down when you tell them to
  • 6 0
 Can somebody explain me the difference between Rainier and the Bachelor?
  • 18 0
 One's in Washington and one's in Oregon?
  • 4 0
 The bachelor is less grams. I don’t think it is adjustable either. I have two bachelor posts on my bike and they are great!
  • 9 1
 Hey @Davidkroe! The Bachelor is a bit lighter and comes with a tunable air cartridge so you can add/remove psi with a shock pump to speed up or slow down the return rate. The 3rd Gen. Rainier is shorter in overall length and has our new tool-less travel adjust system which allows you to sink the dropper further into your bike and take advantage of the most travel possible.
  • 2 0
 depends how you mt. them.
  • 2 0
 Their customer service is TOP NOTCH. I had a small issue and they did everything they could to help me fix it myself. After it was gonna happen, they quickly shipped me out a replacement dropper that will be here tomorrow .. absolutely NO complaints reliable, not expensive, super easy to service at home, great support, win win win win
  • 2 0
 I’ve had the V3 Rainier for a week now and nearly sent it back.
There’s a linkage on the actuator that started binding up and made it feel really rough at the lever. A little dash of grease freed it up, but it’s still not as smooth as my old KS Lev.
It cost half as much as a Lev though.
  • 4 0
 PNW stuff just f'kin rocks. No BS. Just busying away making stuff that riders want. Thank you for keeping it real!
  • 2 0
 100% agree. My Bachelor post just keeps on keepin on with no fuss. The owners and team seem like great people, too—chatted with them while they were doing trail work at Raging River last summer. Thanks guys!
  • 2 0
 That Shifty is probably the least necessary thing that I totally want right now for reasons that I just can’t explain. Super impressed with the PNW bits I put on the gravel bike as well.
  • 6 2
 I'm glad they were able to finger out this solution for the thumb paddle.
  • 3 0
 I’m just wondering when PNW gonna quit messing around and give us a 35 bar!
  • 2 0
 I have 4 of there dropper levers and love them! I will try out there shift lever also. Awesome company!
  • 2 0
 The rotating shim to adjust travel is pretty smart.
  • 1 0
 AFIK, the Ranier is heavier and does not have adjustable return speed.
  • 1 0
 What are the XKing-like tires pictured with the Rainier? Bonties?
  • 3 0
 Bontrager XR3
  • 1 0
 @NateMob: Thanks!
  • 1 0
 Solid company, great products.
  • 7 1
 Tranz x or PNW?
  • 1 0
 @cmcrawfo: the correct answer is both. Trans X makes a good product. PNW is a great little family-owned venture that employs people in their local community. They also contribute to PNW local advocacy. Not to mention that their sales of dropper posts go directly to increased volume at Tranz X.
  • 2 0
 It's no 210.

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