Components has developed an alternative to RockShox’s hydraulic-actuated remote control that converts Reverb Stealth droppers (both type A and B models) to cable actuation. Named the ReMote Sustain, the kit includes one of Wolf Tooth’s three existing aftermarket remote levers, two compatible with SRAM Matchmaker or Shimano iSpec direct mounts, and their low-profile clamp-on design, which is what we ordered for this review. The cable, housing, and ends are top drawer components from Jagwire, and the heart of the ReMote system is an intelligently simple, two-piece device that mechanically depresses the same button at the base of the Reverb post that the RockShox hydraulic system operates – sans the messy oil. The ReMote Sustain is said to require 15 minutes and the simplest of tools to install (I can vouch for that) and its maker claims that the remote lever action is lighter and much more responsive. MSRP is $89.99 USD for the kit, with your choice of direct-mount or bar-clamp remote lever.
ReMote Sustain Details:
• Leak-proof, robust, low-maintenance mechanical actuation system
• Easy cable detachment for service or shipping
• A 40mm (1 5/8”) reduction of in-frame height (compared to Connectamajig-equipped Reverbs)
• Straightforward 15-minute installation
• Reverb Stealth generation A2 and B1 compatibility
• Included Jagwire polished stainless steel cable and housing
• Wolf Tooth's low-profile, high-traction lever
• Easily-installed “UpFront” cable fixing
• A large-diameter 21mm ball-bearing pivot
• Breakaway axle pivot saves remote in case of a crash
• Integrated brake lever mounting for Shimano I-Spec and SRAM Matchmaker X
MSRP: $89.99 USD (lever, module, cable, housing, and hardware)
• Contact: Wolf Tooth Components
Wolf Tooth’s remote lever is about the same size and shape as the latest thumb paddle from RockShox
, but without the size and complexity of its hydraulic mechanism. If you have one of those, there’s little reason to entertain the switch to the ReMote Sustain system. If you are still using the old push button, however, Wolf Tooth’s thumb paddle alone is worth the conversion. The action is more intuitive because it mirrors that of the shift lever. It modulates precisely, so it’s easier to select a mid-point saddle height, and the feel is lighter.
Wolf Tooth’s two-piece actuator replaces the hydraulic piston assembly that threads into the butt end of the Reverb post. Anyone who can remove a snap-ring, operate a shock pump, and wield wrenches should be able to remove the hydraulics and install ReMote Sustain in less than half an hour, with most of that time devoted to threading the cable housing through your frame. Tutorials
are available on Wolf Tooth’s web pages.
The ReMote Sustain takes up less space than the stock actuator – 40mm less if your Reverb uses a Connectamajig OEM quick-release fitting. Many frames have limited insertion, which means many riders can’t slide their posts low enough into their seat tubes to achieve their correct saddle heights with longer-stroke dropper posts. That 40mm of extra insertion can be the difference between either settling for a 120mm or moving up to a 150mm-stroke post.Trail Report
My first run in with a cable-remote conversion for Reverb Stealth hydraulics was the DeHy
system, which has been running beautifully for over a year. Wolf Tooth’s ReMote Sustain conversion is slightly easier to install, because the fixed cable-end goes into the fitting that threads into the post, while the adjustable, free-end of the cable is fixed at the remote lever. (DeHy and the Fox Transfer post are the opposite.) Wolf Tooth’s configuration allows you to make all of the housing and cable-length adjustments at the handlebar, where those tasks are far easier to see and execute.
The ReMote lever is beautifully manufactured, with a large ball bearing pivot and a textured thumb paddle that plays well with gloved hands. The clamp-type lever I installed takes up little real estate on the bar, so it can be set on either side of the brake lever perch to place the paddle in the most convenient location. I chose the inside of the perch, where it duplicates the position of the right-side shift paddle.
There is no return spring in the Wolf Tooth system, so you’ll need to dial out all of the cable play to keep the ReMote lever feeling crisp. It operates fine with a small amount of slack in the cable, but that can make the lever feel imprecise. Once tuned to perfection, however, the Wolf Tooth remote remains responsive and intuitive, and you’ll probably never need to twist the barrel adjuster again.
Ergonomics are very good. Not quite as good as the DeHy lever it replaced, which has a smoother feeling action, assisted by a return spring. I think that the raised friction elements on the Wolf Tooth paddle would be a bit much for bare thumbs, but I wear gloves most of the time, which mate perfectly with the textured surface. Considering how many racers use friction tape on their shift and dropper paddles, I think most riders will prefer the ReMote thumb paddle as-deliveredPinkbike's Take: