A $999 Wireless Dropper Post, New Tires, Tools & More - Taipei Cycle Pre-Show

Jun 5, 2018
by Zach White  
Taipei Cycle Pre-Show 2018

Taiwan’s Taipei Cycle Show has grown to approximately 1,500 exhibitors over the last three decades, and has usually been an event for manufacturing business versus being a way for companies to showcase their latest product to the public. Historically a spring event, Taipei Cycle Show will take place October 31st-November 3rd this year, a change they hope will help better align it with the cycling industry’s manufacturing calendar.

As a way to market both the show and its new dates, TAITRA(Taiwan External Trade Development Council) recently hosted a 3-day whirlwind media event consisting of a condensed single-day show with 17 exhibitors, and two days of quickly visiting several factories. Full disclosure: the majority of the products shown were specific to e-bikes, “college bikes”, and similar gear that wouldn’t exactly be considered Pinkbike wheelhouse material. In addition, most of the factories visited did not allow photos beyond their lobby, which limited the amount of content that could be shared. Below are highlights from the show; look for a report on the factory visits in the near future.


Taipei Cycle Pre-Show 2018
Taipei Cycle Pre-Show 2018

Kenda Regolith Pro

Kenda has a new trail tire that won’t officially be launched until Eurobike later this summer. The Regolith Pro is said to be a “New versatile tread design - Extremely predictable and confidence inspiring handling in all conditions. Excellent traction and braking performance in wet & dry.” A language barrier made it impossible to gain any more details about this rather blanketed claim, but basically it’s a dual compound tire that’ll be available in Kenda’s three casings(EMC, SCT, TR), and available in 27.5x2.2/2.4/2.6/2.8 as well as 29x2.2/2.4/2.6.

Taipei Cycle Pre-Show 2018

Taipei Cycle Pre-Show 2018
Taipei Cycle Pre-Show 2018

RST's $999 Wireless Dropper Post

RST was showing off a wireless remote dropper that will be available at the end of the year for $999. Yes, that’s US dollars, and several of us double-checked that it was an accurate MSRP. Seemingly very similar to Magura’s dropper, the electric trigger actuates a hydraulic dropper with infinite positioning within its 150mm of travel. RST claims the micro-USB charged battery will last 2300-2400 unweighted cycles, or 700-800 100kg-weighted cycles before needing its common 18350 lithium battery to be recharged. The post is 3D forged “to prevent cracking noise after riding for a while,” and claimed weight is 730-grams with remote. Judging by feel, the claimed weight seemed accurate.

Taipei Cycle Pre-Show 2018
Bryton's upcoming $209 USD computer supports up to 72 functions, has Strava and TrainingPeaks auto sync, supports electronic shifting systems from Shimano, SRAM, and Campy, features smart notifications, and is ANT+/BLE compatible.


Taipei Cycle Pre-Show 2018
Taipei Cycle Pre-Show 2018


KS' 27.2mm Dropper Posts

For those who have dropper-worthy bikes with 27.2 seat tubes, KS is now offering LEV droppers that’ll fit nicely. The 27.2mm diameter versions come with either external or internal(stealth) cable routing, and are available in 65mm, 100mm, and 120mm drops. Also available in a carbon masted version, the LEV Ci 272 is said to be more about style than anything else, as it weighs “basically the same” as the alloy version. Sure, that’s an easy one to poke fun at, but it’d be a safe bet that they’ll sell plenty at $545 USD.

Taipei Cycle Pre-Show 2018
KS is using a new Light Force piston in some of their posts that they claim reduces the force needed on the remote lever to engage the dropper. They’ve also added a Schrader valve to the top of their LEV posts(hidden under the seat clamp), allowing actuation pressure adjustment. The first production run was this May, so look for the updated posts in shops this month.


Taipei Cycle Pre-Show 2018
Taipei Cycle Pre-Show 2018

KMC

Though not exactly new, KMC started shipping their 12-speed X12 chain in May, and are available in black, gold, black and gold, as well as silver. The only real details are that it features new riveting technology, has an “Anti-Interference design for chain agility”, and features a new curved surface design as well. I think what all that means is that it has some new chamfering… Pricing falls somewhere between $30-$120, depending on configuration - the gold chain with Ti-nitride coating being at the $120 mark.

Taipei Cycle Pre-Show 2018
Taipei Cycle Pre-Show 2018

We first saw a version of this tire lever / master link tool combo a couple years ago in the hands of inventor Tomo Ichikawa, but it looks like they'll be easier to obtain now that KMC is involved. KMC's Missing Link tire levers that turn into a master link separator. Said to work with Shimano and SRAM as well as KMC's own chains (including 12-speed), the stout plastic levers will be available this summer for $12. For reference, the levers feel like they weigh at least twice as much as one would expect a pair of plastic levers to weigh, which could either mean they're just heavy, or that they might have a fighting chance of prying an old Schwalbe tire off an older Enve rim without snapping into pieces that fly towards your face. Always wear safety glasses, kids.

Taipei Cycle Pre-Show 2018
Hmm... Can you spot the mistake?

In all seriousness, a trip to Taiwan to visit the factories that produce all our favorite gear is an eye-opening experience as to just how little connection there can be with the product they make. By no means does it mean it's an inferior product, but it definitely offers a poignant understanding of why North American product managers and engineers spend so much time overseas keeping things in check. This harmless Maxxis mistake is one we can all relate to, as just about anyone reading PB could spot it from a mile away. Yet, it wasn't caught by any of the Taiwanese crew - including the guy making the presentation.


166 Comments

  • + 132
 Perfect! A $1,000 dropper to go with my new $800 one piece stem/bars! Now to find a slave trader to sell my children to.
  • + 86
 And don't forget those $1,000 Titanium cranks from Cane Creek.
  • + 37
 @fantaman: In all seriousness though, what makes it $500 better than Magura's wireless dropper?
  • - 20
flag bentplate (Jun 5, 2018 at 16:51) (Below Threshold)
 Don't forget about your $1,000 Ti crankset from Cane Creek (also made in Taiwan).
  • + 20
 @bentplate: I only buy the most expensive things, I'm so happy to see droppers becoming reasonably priced. 2019 will be even better!
  • + 45
 @rnm410: RST: "We decided to make it out of solid gold to get the price point to match the current trends of the industry. But we didn't want it to be too flashy so we painted it black."
  • + 135
 Make sure to run the dropper without the saddle to remind yourself how your getting screwed by insanely expensive bike parts.
  • + 2
 When you activate the lever, it creates a force field , which senses your bum, so you only have to gently push on said field to lower post. Also it rises quickly, but, yes, again gently sensing all your parts. Seeee , now you don’t care what it costs , you have to have one.
  • + 11
 @blkmrktrider156: I don’t know about you, but if I’m going to plunk down some serious cash, it had better be on a component made by a company that really shines as the best in their field. Obviously that brand is RST.
  • + 8
 I was having a pretty sweet time on my old $400 dropper with a crappy old cable in it today, not to mention those awesome SLX brakes and aluminum rims.
  • + 2
 lol and the username fits so well
  • + 4
 clearly these things are aimed at people who can afford them, and believe me some people can.
  • + 2
 What do kids go for these days? Better revenue than selling kidneys?
  • + 8
 "Magura - The Viron is half grand.
RST - Hold my beer..."
  • + 13
 For all you haters banging on about the price, you need to understand whats going on with the technologies in this post!! It's not like Magura or any others on the market, it actually uses snake oil instead of grease on the seals
  • + 2
 I hope its as good as my old mozo pro's and high 5s?
  • + 0
 @blkmrktrider156: come on man rst is a proven brand lol not!!
  • + 8
 I can't ride yet,,, my seatpost is still charging.
  • + 5
 @qreative-bicycle: Hell, at least Magura has a brand name to start with.

RST; famous for "suspension" forks on walmart bikes. They have some balls asking a grand for anything, let alone the most expensive post to date, loaded with dubious tech, in an already crowded marketplace.
  • + 5
 @Weens: My only knowledge of RST is their horrible forks.I can't imagine myself trusting them for this post, regardless of the price.
  • + 1
 @spinko: I had a quick try on the Rebel 140, I was surprised it felt well and even cheaper than their new dropper!
  • + 1
 Add some 350.00 Time pedals. How expensive can we make the build if we tried?
  • + 1
 @sutter2k: You can do better than that. Crankbrother's ti Candy and Eggbeater 11's retail at $450. Combine that with Chris King ceramic bearing everything, ti spokes, XTR Di2, and solid gold bolts
  • + 1
 WTF are they thinking? $!K for a f*cking seatpost? SMH!
  • + 2
 Now you can build that $20,000 rig you have been waiting for.
  • + 0
 @fecalmaster: My dream is finally complete
  • + 2
 Hahahaha my rig costs more than my whip to get it to the mountains.
  • + 1
 Throw some Trickstuff Direttissima brakes on there, another $1000 not including extras for a seasons riding. $2800 not including frame, wheels, suspension, drivetrain, saddle...your kids better be hard working and have nimble fingers.
  • + 1
 @LoganKM1982: They have good genes. I think I can get a decent trade-in value
  • + 1
 @RecklessJack: I used to have a large family, I sold them all online through the pink bike buy sell section and bought myself a couple of bikes on thier behalf
  • + 1
 @blkmrktrider156: ceramic speed bearings including derailleur jockey wheels if you really want to up the build spend. DLC chain, Tune hubs and Carbon-ti axles.
  • + 73
 1000 dollars and I still have to use my butt to push it down? Thanks Obama!
  • + 2
 typical American blames it on the black guy.
  • + 2
 Have you tried grabbing your pussy?
  • + 4
 And look at the sheit ergonomics of the lever.... is that a button for a garage door opener or something i am actually supposed to find without looking while riding? If the rest of the post is as well thought out as the lever.... gross.
  • + 3
 I thought Obama was white this whole time. Maybe my TV is broken.
  • - 1
 @fecalmaster: He always looked had those strikes that come on when there is no signal. I call it the snowing channel
  • + 22
 "prying an old Schwalbe tire off an older Enve rim without snapping into pieces that fly towards your face"...so it wasn't just me! The only time in my 40 years of changing tires I've had to cut the tire off. I can change moto tires in 1/2 the time!!
  • + 21
 Everyone complaining about prices.

Just thank your lucky stars they are not produced domestically.

But also. What do a Titanium set of cranks and a wireless dropper have in common?

They are both niche products. It’s not like a they are a pharmaceutical that kids need not to die.

They are fancy things for fancy bois.
  • + 4
 It's like with cars, there are the Bugattis, there are the Rovers, and everything in between. Having the super high end stuff exist is awesome
  • + 6
 If it was £1.5k and was all over an engineering work of art, then sure great for the fancy bois, but when its £1k and has bits of poundland plastics growing out of it like horrible tumors, then thats no good.
  • + 1
 @whey-dh: there are still Rovers?
  • + 1
 @amrskipro: My 90yr old Great Aunt still drives one :/
  • + 15
 "It's a safe bet they'll sell plenty at $545 USD" for the KS 27.2 dropper. If that's a safe bet, you're quite the gambler.
I'll make a bet with you that they don't. That's a ludicrous amount of money for a similar product offered by the xfusion hilo at about $150 for external routing and $135 for a brand x from CRC.
  • + 4
 Have you tried to find a 27.2 dropper that's a decent overall length? All the ones I've found are too short, so I can actually see these selling well. When I say a decent length, I'm saying something 450mm+ overall length
  • + 5
 @gooutsidetoday: Unfortunately I've done better, I've actually used a KS 27.2 dropper. As has a friend. Both of ours lasted about a month, and mine lasted another month after I sent it back to KS (at my expense). Fool me once, etc... etc... etc...

I'm sure a 27.2 dropper is hard to engineer, but I'm pretty confident that KS hasn't figured it out.
  • + 2
 @stevemokan: that's specifically one I'm talking about, it only works if you're riding a small or medium frame most likely. For people with a longer inseam, it's not even close to long enough
  • + 2
 @gooutsidetoday:
The X-Fusion is 420mm oal. I see it has increased in cost, still to about $350 less than the KS. When 27.2 was still kinda the norm, it was very hard to find a post longer than 420mm. Manufacturers are reluctant to make anything longer as the end user risks not being able to insert the post enough. I'm about 5"11 and running this post on a 17.5" frame. That's pretty reasonable to me, YMMV.
  • + 15
 E-droppers, e-shifting. All these electronic gadgets for mtb. Eventually they'll come out with an electronic system to help you pedal! Oh wait.....
  • + 5
 I'm holding out for wireless brakes.
  • + 1
 Pretty sure the UCI is using a tablet system to check for that system at races.... that and a big X-Ray machine Razz
  • + 14
 AND THE WINNER IS... the 12 dollar levers with integrated quick link tool!!! Thanks KMC I'll be buying those!
  • + 5
 Hell yeah...but maybe we should all hold off until they release their carbon version: 0.25g in weight savings and limited-edition enduro blue colorway. Only $199!
  • + 13
 "A concubine for manufacturing businesses"? Have a good time at the show did we?
  • + 9
 As long as he files it under "Trip expenses" it'll be our little secret
  • + 13
 ...I'm not quite sure what word you were looking for, but I'm afraid it wasn't "concubine"...
  • + 4
 You thinking side chick?
  • + 4
 That entire sentence doesn't make sense.
  • + 2
 I'm guessing he's looking for the word combine?
  • + 5
 It's been changed. I was kind of liking seeing the word "concubine" in a bike article Razz
  • + 1
 @JaredHarzan: Yes. He was talking about farming equipment and not comparing the trade show to the legitimized semi-wives in chauvinist cultures such as one might see in the popular tv adaptation of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's tale. Because why would he want to suggest that the taipei show doesn't get the respect it deserves, that it isn't embraced on the scale of the others when he could say it has become the corn harvester of the bike world. What would that even mean? The noun for combine is combination.

Buddy, it's not personal. I honestly just wanted to say this stuff because it's fun, but you probably should google your sentences before you post them in order to be sure you are saying what you intend to say.
  • + 12
 I require a voice activated dropper post
  • + 21
 Excellent, for those lonely, epic rides.

You: "Hey RST, jam 'er right up there!"
RST: "Are you sure?"
Y: "Well yeah, have at it."
R: "Are you ready?"
Y: "Git on with it, will ya?"
R: "Alright then, incoming!"
Y: "Ooomphf!"
R: "Sounds painful."
Y: "Yeah, it is."
R: "Sorry for that."
Y: "Could you be a bit more gentle next time?"
R: "That's what she said."
Y: "RST!"
R: "Sorry..."
silence
R: "You mad, bro?"
Y: "Not anymore."
R: "Good. Could you take five minutes to take this survey so that I could improve my services?"
Y: "Are you going to share my personal information?"
R: "Well yeah, was planning to. But your balls crumbled my cookies."
Y: "They're that big?"
R: "Well, they used to be..."
Y: "You can share that and put it in my timeline."
R: "Will do."
  • + 3
 @vinay: All in the voice of David Hasselhoff.
  • + 14
 Hey that's a brilliant idea for wireless brakes! Scream to apply brakes! Braking power is controlled by scream intensity!
  • + 2
 @vinay: You forgot..

"We have updated our privacy policy... etc"
  • + 1
 @vinay:
R: can you please sign this consent so that your responses to this survey are GDPR compliant?
  • + 1
 @zephxiii: Well yeah, they could. But panicky screaming is currently already linked to the ejection seat function. They've been experimenting with linking the two. There have been some setbacks with the first experiments. Ben Cathro is currently replacing the first tester.
  • + 6
 999 dollars for an rst dropper, 545 dollars for a ks dropper in the size I need....thank god for x-fusion that make a dropper in the size I need for a decent price
  • + 2
 My XF Manic has been great
  • + 4
 Be very wary of Bryton. Head units are good; credit where credit is due...but the app (at least on Android) makes it practically an expensive Cateye from 1992. Sometimes it works, most times it doesn't, forget about uploading to Strava or anything like that. For anyone wanting to use a bike computer, go with Wahoo.
  • + 4
 I use a garmin watch and the handlebar mount. You can use it for swimming, running, crossfit, cycling, mountain biking. Unbeatable VFM!
  • + 2
 @jaame: I have a Vivoactive 3, just replaced my Vivoactive hr. Connects to ANT+ sensors, and will read HR as well from your wrist (with surprising accuracy). Great product for the money!
  • + 1
 @jaame: love my garmin watch, never thought about mounting it to the handlebar though!
  • + 1
 I'm all about the vivoactive 3. Poor man's Edge 920! Garmin's handlebar mount is great. You can switch it between bikes in two seconds, then you get your metrics on the bar. Just need to pony up for a heart rate strap. Much cheaper than a Garmin head unit... although the edge 130 is tempting
  • + 3
 Im not sure my not knowing what the mistake is really makes me a bad pinkbike user. does it?!?! Oh my god..they might cancel my registration for riding more than caring about tire products
  • + 2
 Someone's upset that they didn't know the answer
  • + 5
 Took me almost a minute to spot the mistake, do I still belong here?
Can I still wear goggles with a half lid?
  • + 3
 I can look at it all day and still don't know what's wrong. I'm not that familiar with Maxxis tires. Just running Schwalbe and Continental. Definitely don't belong here. I'll show myself out.
  • + 1
 @vinay: i think they mixed up one of the names
  • + 5
 @laxguy: Yeah, but the whole thing to me comes across as horribly geeky.

"We sure all know these four thread patterns from this one particular tire manufacturer by heart. Right? RIGHT?!"
Us: uhm yeah, nodnod, sure sure
"I knew we'd agree"

Matching visuals: those North Korean generals watching Kim to make sure they clap and smile in sync.
  • + 1
 @vinay: i should clarify that I agree with your comment, it took me many minutes of looking and a quick google to figure it out
  • + 5
 @vinay: If you're not running Maxxis then you wouldn't understand why people are so obsessed with their products. They are that good. Minion DHF up front for max locked-in grip, Hi Roller 2 out back for better braking and a more predictable break away that ensures the rear will step out before the front. Or the new Aggressor on the rear for similar breakaway feel but faster rolling. Highly recommend you give them a go when you need tires next time. EXO and DD casings allow you to choose how thick/stiff/heavy the casing is depending on your riding style/body weight/tendency to flat. Tires are your connection to the trail. They are the most important product on your bike. Subtle differences between brands can be huge when riding. Maxxis has created a loyal following by making products that enhance the experience.
  • + 2
 @hypermoto: Thanks, I will. But are they really that far ahead of the competition? I thought Schwalbe has a following too. I once bought a complete bike (Cannondale Prophet) which came stock with Maxxis Ignitor tires. Were pretty useless so that made me stay clear of their stuff from then on. The Assegai sounds interesting though, seems like a pretty all round design. I'm riding rocks, dirt, gravel and boardwalk on a single ride with sections that could be moist and others that are dry and dusty (especially the gravely ones). So everything with a too specific description usually scares me away.
  • + 1
 @vinay: The treads, casings, and compounds on the Maxxis just seem to work in the real world for most riders. I do believe they are that far ahead. The Ignitors were sketch, especially up front. Assegai is unproven, but probably good. Trust me, Minion DHF since 2002 my friend. They are the most stable predictable front tire you will find. Settle into the groove between the center knobs and corner knobs, look where you want to go, and carry as much speed as you want. When Sam Hill had his reign on the Iron Horse Sunday it was Minion DHF front and rear. I like the Hi Roller 2 on the back as I feel it offers a more controllable drift and better braking, but Minions front and rear offer radar-lock traction.
  • + 1
 @hypermoto: I admit while I like Conti's sturdy Protection casings (Trail King), I am Maxxis-curious. What conditions do you ride in? Riding weight, style, and casing type used? Thx!
  • + 1
 @WoodenCrow: Washington state, it ranges from wet roots, steep loam, to hard packed blue-groove berms. Im 175lbs, ride aggressively smooth (flat out on descents, but try to keep things clean and tidy, ie not a hack) so I don't tend to be too hard on tires. Im not a berm slapper, more of a setup early and lean the bike over through the inside line kinda guy. I get away with the EXO casing for most of my non-DH riding. But my heavier and/or more aggressive riding buddies tend to prefer the Double Down as it gives better support under load and the knobs won't fold into the casing as easily. It also seems harder to burp the tire and the DD definitely holds up better for those who have 'warped' EXO casings (the actual carcass gets stretched, so the tire becomes distorted, looks like the rim is out of true but its actually the tire). Obviously the DD is better against punctures/pinch flats, so if this is common for you then its probably the smart choice. Its a little heavier but worth it for those who need it.
  • + 1
 It may take some time before I'm going to put on some Maxxis tires though. When I assembled my bike early May which was also my first attempt at going tubeless, I found out that my existing tires were too porous. I ordered some new "tubeless ready" tires but it took a while for them to arrive. The just came in today, Conti Trail King 2.4" in the front, Nobby Nic 2.35" in the rear. Apparently Schwalbe doesn't do 26x2.4" Nobby Nic anymore. I have good experience with Nobby Nic and the Trail King looked good. These brands still keep releasing trail tires in 26" diameter. Other than DH tires, apparently the shops I checked didn't stock Maxxis tires in 26" diameter. I wasn't too interested in sidewall stability either. I went with Procore hoping that I'd not have to worry about tires burping. I'm really new with "tubeless" bike tires but at least Procore didn't give me any issues with seating the tire bead, was pretty painless. Will soon find out whether it works as well against burping as I think it does Wink .

I finally realize why people dislike tubes that much. I've been running latex tubes with Schraeder valves for years. Between 1.25bar and 1.5bar or so, good grip, easy to patch, no issues. When the tubeless setup didn't work out I didn't want to make a bigger hole in my rim tape (because the Procore kit comes with some kind of presta valve) so I got some butyl tubes with presta valves. Not sure if it is the butyl or simply because I didn't dare to run these butyl tubes with such a low pressure but I definitely had more issues with finding grip. Either way, with the Procore setup I should be able to run something like 0.8bar which should be good enough to find some grip again.
  • + 6
 There is no Maxxis Mobster listed.
  • + 1
 Out of everything I saw in this article the thing that impressed me the most was the KMC tire lever/masterlink tool. Pure friggin' genius and priced very reasonably relative to what it does. Well played KMC. Well played indeed.
  • + 1
 So I should pay 100% more for a dropper that weighs 80% more than the other high end droppers that do the same thing???? Just so I dont have cables...GTFO!!!! Doesnt have cables and did I mention it weighs roughly 80% MORE!!!!!! I guess you do get more for the $$$. Pass.
  • + 3
 If I'm paying $999 for a dropper post (which I never will) I'd expect the wireless receiver to be smaller than a t.v from 1978
  • + 2
 There is lots of bling junk then a tyre lever that doubles as a chain tool. I wonder if it also doubles as a bottle opener, they should have put a whistle on it too. Smile

Invented by John Rambo using his trusty knife.
  • + 1
 I was happy to see KS making a 27.2 with 120mm of drop until I saw the price. Thomson's 125mm 27.2 post is the only other one I know of with 125mm + and it's around $480. I'd rather spend less and get theirs. But they're both put of my price range. Oh well.
  • + 3
 As a very happy v2.0 2018 Vyron owner, I wan't to thank Magura for not being totally ridiculous with their asking price...... Guessing RST won't hear this too often.
  • + 1
 I bought some of those tire levers that turn into masterlink pliers. They don't work. In the picture with the chain above, that is as far as they will close,, nowhere near actually popping the master link open.
  • + 5
 $1.30/gram dropper post.
  • + 2
 BTW pinkbike, gear reviews are good but do not post any bike related items without their F#@!ing weight....especially tires and wheels!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 0
 The market (us) demands proper priced working - with less issues - droppers. But NO - this is in the past now. Let's make them a dropper that will cost 1,000 dollars. Right. Good luck! I am going to buy one Fox Transfer and why not stock one 9Ball8 Fall Line.
  • + 1
 Those tyre levers combined with quicklink splitter ? admittedly a brilliant idea and i want a set, but.... what the hell were they smoking to come up with it ? obviously the same gear that the RST marketers were on....
  • + 1
 I am confused about that dropper. "the micro-USB charged battery will last 2300-2400 unweighted cycles, or 700-800 100kg-weighted cycles" only makes sense if it goes up and down by itself. And even more so the price.
  • + 2
 It has to open the lock both when you want it to go up or down.
  • + 2
 My guess is it takes more force (and therefore more current draw on the battery) to open the valve if your body weight is already pushing down on the seat post. If you open the valve while unseated and THEN push the seat down it would require less force to open the valve.
  • + 3
 I wouldn't pay $1000 for a DT Swiss (or other quality brand) dropper, nevermind a low end specialist like RST. Nuts.
  • + 7
 Rst isn't what you think it is anymore. But yeah. 1 Grand is stupid costly.
  • + 1
 @taletotell: Diferent brand with same name?
  • + 2
 @nozes: you wouldnt call Suntour a shitty suspension brand anymore, would you?
  • + 0
 @themountain: No,but I'm yet to see that kind of quality from RST.
I had 3 RST forks back in the late 90's,they were good value for money,but performance was not that great.
Today we don't even see bikes with OEM forks,we don't hear about the brand other than this kind of news,or even know a top level racing team sponsored by RST.
So yeah,it's not a 1k seatpost that will change my opinion.
  • + 1
 Why do we need wireless droppers its just complexity for complexitys sake, a cable dropper is such a basic and un-intrusive thing i dont get it
  • + 3
 That dropper is a good meme
  • + 3
 I totally love mountain bikes and all who follows it *
  • + 2
 for $1,000.00 it should come with a seat belt and streemers
  • + 1
 Just buy a chain reaction dropper and go to whistler for a couple days. Geeze
  • + 1
 Never again will i buy a ks lever or a bike that comes with one on it. 6 months on wifes bike and trash!
  • + 5
 KS is bad but their customer service is worse than terrible.
  • + 10
 My Lev was purchased used, and is still going strong 4 years later.
  • + 5
 Nothing but gold experiences here
  • + 3
 Yours made it 6 months? Consider yourself a lucky one!
  • + 3
 KS LEV 8 years old and slick as new.
  • + 2
 What was the mistake with the mistake tires?
  • + 8
 DHR and High Roller are switched
  • + 2
 I was pretty sure that was it but had to walk over to my bike that has a DHR to be sure lol
  • + 2
 27.2 KS dropper. Thanks×
  • + 2
 And hopefully reliable. At least they are still making 27.2 droppers. I was about to give up hope.
  • + 1
 that Minion DHR II is wrong that is Kenda Teletonix, see below.

www.pinkbike.com/photo/14798247
  • + 1
 Spotted the mistake even before reading the line that pointed out there was a mistake to be spotted.
  • + 2
 How can a dropper have infinite travel with in 150mm?
  • + 1
 Forget their 999$ dropper, I want to buy their 4999$ suspension fork. Hope it comes in a color to match my Hublot.
  • + 2
 that show looks really lame.
  • + 2
 That RST dropper trigger gonna look sick on my Gemini handlebars.
  • + 2
 Anyone ride Kenda tires? Any good?
  • + 2
 IMO the Nevegal is slow rolling, not very grippy, and packs with mud too easily. This offering looks like it would clear mud a touch better, but I'm not going to be the one to find out.
  • + 2
 I've got nevegal's in a hand.me down bike from a relative, and it was torture. It was at the front, and I was understeering at *every* corner. After three or fives front end drifts, I ended up on the floor and it was bone dry… So one ride and I change them for Maxxis Medusas, which even in the dry track better and after them I put on a shorty. So go with a shorty, it's a sure option. Smile
  • + 1
 Nevegals, don't hold well with tubeless
  • + 1
 I used to have nevegal 2.6's on an old 26" AM/park bike. Their stick-e compound was really, um, sticky. I liked them.
  • + 1
 @aserta22: hmmm...maybe that explains my inability to keep the front wheel upright. Might need to do some testing.. but these knobs are still so hard and new..
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 @laxguy: Put them on the back / your commuter bike, and change for something that's not a death threat. 60-80 bucks is cheap compared to a nasty front wash…
  • + 2
 The DHR 2 and HR 2 are also on backwards
  • + 1
 That dropper post price lol
  • + 1
 cycle show is at the same time as Computex? i regret not going to Taiwan
  • + 1
 everyone knows thats not how you spell high schmoller
  • + 1
 How can anything with a shape not be 3D forged?
  • + 1
 Great! A $999 dropper, because a grand is a f*cking lot of money
  • + 1
 Frankly, I see no connection between the post and the price.
  • + 2
 High Shorty
  • + 1
 That Knobby Knick tire looks pretty good.
  • + 1
 $999 dropper post, $999 cranks,....$999 grips next!
  • + 1
 The Regolith looks like a tread I'd ride. Too bad it's made by Kenda.
  • + 1
 Bet that post lasts forever, and little maintenance too!
  • + 1
 Such a sexy remote for a $1000 dropper...
  • + 1
 How about some wireless wheels already???
  • + 2
 HO LEE CHIT!
  • + 1
 Yuuuge money to be made in this office chair tech thingies
  • - 1
 Finally something I can brag about, E dropper, Ti cranks, and one piece bars. Now were talking!
  • - 1
 Kenda Regolith Pro --- Previously known as IRC Kujo (for the 26er oldies like me)
  • - 1
 When is the Taipei show this year? I thought they had moved it to October... which would make this pre show very premature!
  • - 1
 Middle two tires reversed.
  • - 1
 Looks like a Maxxis...
Disclaimer: I didn't even read the article yet.
Wink
  • + 0
 R*ide
S*poil
T*hrow

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