Specialized Command Post BlackLite Review

Jul 24, 2012 at 11:54
by Mike Levy  
Specialized's Command Post BlackLite offers up to 125mm of drop, along with a 'cruiser' position that sits 35mm down from full extension. The mechanically controlled, air sprung BlackLite weights 543 grams and retails for $275 USD.<br><br><span style='font-size:17px'>Command Post BlackLite details:</span><br><br>- Hydraulically controlled telescoping seat post<br>- 100mm and 125mm drop options (<i>infinite height adjustment</i>)<br>- Full lengths: 100mm drop - 355, 420mm, 125mm drop - 380mm, 420mm<br>- Zero offset, two bolt head<br>- XLoc handlebar remote only<br>- Diameters: 30.9 and 31.6mm<br>- Weight: 520 grams (<i>including remote, hose and hardware</i>)<br>- MSRP:
Specialized's Command Post BlackLite offers up to 125mm of drop, along with a 'cruiser' position that sits 35mm down from full extension. The mechanically controlled, air sprung BlackLite weights 543 grams and retails for $275 USD.

Command Post BlackLite details:

- Mechanically controlled dropper post
- Air return spring
- Three saddle postion: full height, 35mm drop, fully dropped
- Three drop options: 75mm (330mm total length), 100mm (380mm), 125mm (405mm)
- Single bolt, offset head
- Redesigned trigger
- Diameters: 30.9 and 31.6mm
- Weight: 543 grams (including remote, cable and housing)
- MSRP: $275 USD


The Details

The BlackLite is a mechanically operated, air sprung, dropper post that features three height positions: fully dropped (either 75mm, 100mm, or 125mm depending on the model), a 35mm drop cruiser setting, and full extended. Internally, it employs an expanding collet design that locks it into each position. The remote lever pulls on the spring loaded activation arm on the post's head, which in turn raises an aluminum plunger within the post. A secondary internal cable is attached to the end of the plunger, which itself is clamped in place at the collet mechanism. Hit the lever and the internal cable is pulled, which in turn raises a wedge within the expanding collet, allowing it to relax inwards and move from the groove that it's currently in. Releasing the remote lever allows the spring loaded wedge to return back down into the collet, forcing it to expand out into one of the three grooves machined into the circumference of the post's inner wall and locking the post in place.

Specialized Command Post Blacklite
Internally, an expanding collet wedges into one of three grooves machined into the post's inner wall, locking it into place.

While the mechanical collet design may sound complicated, Specialized is confident that the layout is more robust than a hydraulic system, saying that the issue with hydraulic posts is that the ''seatpost shaft is sitting on a slug of oil which is constantly building pressure. Oil is incompressible, so to relieve the pressure o-rings bulge or fail, resulting in inconsistent saddle position, among other problems''. One of the major upsides to the BlackLite's design is that, barring a cataclysmic failure, the post should still be able to be locked in place if there is an issue with the air spring or remote, allowing you to pedal out of the bush with a proper saddle height.

Specialized Command Post Blacklite service
A split bushing is used just above the collet (left), and dual brass keys (right) help to keep the post wiggle free.

Two bushings are employed, with a split, floating bushing at the bottom of the inner tube, and a stationary bushing at the top of the post. Dual brass keys are set into the upper tube, each one following a groove machined into the wall of the outer tube, that keep the post wiggle free. A triple-lip wiper seal is employed to keep mother nature out of the post's inner workings, and the saddle is held in place with a single, opposing bolt rail clamp atop the post's bonded in place head. The BlackLite's remote is thumb operated, and has been designed to replace the inboard lock-on clamp of a Specialized grip (we discovered that it also slipped onto some others as well, but not ODI lock-on models). It isn't hinged, meaning that you'll have to slide the grip off of the bar to install or remove it, and it pulls on a standard shift cable to activate the post.

Our 125mm drop, 405mm long test model features a minimum insertion to saddle rail clamp height of 325mm, and measures 195mm from maximum insertion (the bottom of the top cap) to the saddle rail clamp. Both numbers were measured with the post at full height.

Specialized Command Post Blacklite
The post's head is bonded into the upper tube.



Installation and Setup

The BlackLite is relatively straightforward to set up, requiring only 2mm, 3mm and 5mm hex keys for the cable clamp, remote clamp and the saddle rail clamp, as well as a shock pump to set the post's air pressure correctly. Check the seat post's air pressure before running the cable and housing - it makes more sense to do it now, before the cable is clamped in place, even if Specialized has built in a cable quick release. The maximum pressure rating is 40psi, which will result in a very quick rebound speed. Dropping it down to under 30 will slow the return speed, something that many riders will likely end up doing. Be sure to confirm the air pressure with the post at full extension otherwise you'll get an artificially high reading.

Specialized Command Post Blacklite service
Check the post's air pressure at full extension before installation - it should never exceed 40psi (left). A slotted cable stop makes removing the post from the bike quick and easy (right).

Set the post to the correct saddle height before stringing the cable and housing, otherwise you mind find yourself with either a too short or too long of a line after you've set your seat to the right height. Next, we loosened the saddle clamp enough to allow us to rotate the saddle back so it pointed straight up, giving us access to the cable clamp barrel on the activation arm. The post's housing stops, on both the remote and the head, only accept 4mm housing and end caps, and the BlackLite comes from Specialized with a length of stiff, 4mm shift housing in order to limit compression when the remote is pushed. A standard shift cable is used to activate the post, with it also being included in the kit. As with any cable operated system, be it a dropper post or your rear derailleur, you need to take the time to ensure that the housing travels in the smoothest possible route, as well as being long enough to not pull on the cable when turning the bar extremely sharp for a tight turn. Slide the cable through the remote and the supplied metal noodle, as well as the in-line barrel adjuster, and pull it snug before clamping it in place.

Specialized Command Post Blacklite
The non-hinged remote is shaped to mate directly with Specialized's own grips, but it can be butted up against any grip and function just as well.

You may have to pull slightly more cable through the clamp after pushing on the remote firmly a few times in order to take up the slack from the housing ends settling in. Alternately, you can use the supplied in-line barrel adjuster, although this is best left for smaller cable tension adjustments. We found that the BlackLite is very sensitive to cable tension, meaning that you'll likely have to make a few adjustments after letting the new cable and housing stretch and settle in. Too much cable tension and you'll likely have a hard time locking the post into position, and it could also have a small amount of play, or rattle, when at full extension. Too little cable tension and the post won't drop when you want it to. It only took a few minutes to figure out exactly how much tension was required, with the in-line barrel adjuster making it quite easy to set up correctly. Trim the cable, rotate the saddle back down to the correct angle and torque it to the required 120in/lb, and you're ready to hit the trail.


Performance

You may remember from our review of the original Command Post that we had a major gripe with its remote lever - it was flimsy and had lever pivot play from day one. Specialized also knew that the old post's remote was a weak point and, kudos to them as they remedied the issue. The BlackLite's remote is close to being the most ergonomic that we've ever used, whether we mounted it in place of the lock-on clamp on a Specialized grip, or just butted it right up against the grip itself. The thumb paddle has been positioned in a reasonable place, although riders with small hands may find it a bit of a reach, and the lever pivot provides enough leverage to easily overcome the return spring on the remote and the post's head. Equally important, it is much sturdier than the old design, with very little pivot play. The metal noodle that Specialized includes to route the cable out from the remote is nice because it eliminates either a tight bend in the housing or a large housing loop off the front of your bike, but it also may not play nice with some brake lever setups, forcing it into a weird position.

Specialized Command Post Blacklite
The remote's ergonomics are quite good, although riders with small thumbs may find the lever a bit of a stretch.

Every rider who used the BlackLite was taken aback by just how fast the post rebounded to full height, with the loud top out clang also adding to the scene. A game would often break out of riders trying to catch the small pebbles being launched into the air when placed atop the lowered saddle before hitting the remote. Although the the post's undamped rebound speed does look and sound excessive, we actually never experienced any of the issues that one might associate with the seat returning to full height at the speed of sound. In fact, we came to like the BlackLite's fast rebound speed that put the saddle back up to full height nearly instantaneously, a useful attribute when on sharply rolling terrain. That same fast rebound made hitting the 35mm drop postion tricky from the fully lowered setting, though. Even after countless miles, we resorted to simply hitting the remote lever and stopping the saddle with our ass, allowing us to lock it into the cruiser position. We had a much easer time finding the 35mm drop position when lowering the saddle from full height. We also grew to prefer the post's somewhat loud top out sound because it let us know, without a doubt, when the saddle was at full height. This was especially appreciated after using a nearly silent dropper post, not to mention one with quite a slow return speed, that left us wondering if it was actually at full height after hitting the remote lever.

Specialized Command Post Blacklite
The BlackLite at full extension, in the 35mm drop 'cruiser' postion, and fully dropped.

The low air pressure of 40psi, together with the large volume of the air chamber, means that you're not fighting much resistance when using your body weight to lower the saddle. Unlike some other designs, it was easy to get full travel out of the BlackLite. There is also close to zero saddle play, even when trying to move the nose of the seat side to side. This is down to the BlackLite's locking collet mechanism that firmly grips into the machined grooves at each position, as well as tight bushing and key tolerances. The same can be said after a full season of abuse - there is as little play as when the BlackLite came out of the box. Impressive.

The post's middle, 35mm drop cruiser position makes a lot of sense on rolling terrain, and even on steep and technical climbs where a slightly lower seat height can help with the confidence, but we sometimes found ourselves wanting it to be just a touch lower. This feeling stems from using an infinitely adjustable post during the same time period, allowing us to choose the exact seat height that we wanted for a given situation. We can see a lot of riders being happy with the BlackLite's three set positions, but those who are coming off an infinitely adjustable post may find it a bit limiting.


Issues

We've put over a full year's worth of saddle time on our BlackLite, including everything from cross-country stage races, one day enduro events, and a wet and cold Winter riding season here in B.C., resulting in the BlackLite being one of our most thoroughly tested products. Barring the odd cable replacement, something we view as routine given our wet riding environment, the BlackLite remained trouble free for the large majority of our time on it. Alas, we ultimately did experience a loss of air pressure due to a compromised o-ring at the bottom of the post, rendering the BlackLite unable to return to full mast without manually raising it by hand. The offending .25¢ bit of rubber was easy to replace, but it also brought another issue to light when we disassembled the post for the repair: a section of the locking collet mechanism managed to break itself off its home and was left to rattle around inside the bottom of the post. Keeping in mind that we gave the BlackLite literally zero love during our time on it, which was something of around two hundred rides over more than a full year, and that the collet mechanism is actually a wear item, we can't fault the post too much. It is also important to note that the post functioned just fine on the trail with the damaged collet, working as if it never occurred. We don't recommend riding the post in such a state, obviously, but it highlights the BlackLite's mechanical design that will likely allow you to at least raise the saddle to full height and pedal out of the bush if it does have a mechanical. This was put in focus when we originally lost air pressure and had to manually raise the post before locking it into place, not something that can be done on a post with hydraulic internals.

Specialized went with a full mechanical design because they feel that it is more reliable than what a hydraulic system can offer, and they may be correct on that front - the BlackLite worked fine even with the broken collet - but going mechanical has its own challenges. As with any cable actuated post, which is nearly every option on the market, activation will deteriorate once the cable becomes contaminated. This may not be an issue for those who live in drier climates, but it means that the trigger becomes progressively harder to push if you consistently ride in wet conditions. Replacing the post's activation cable is quick and easy, but the cable itself will always be a weak point in regards to nasty riding conditions.

We also have to question the head's saddle clamp, a single bolt design that has been shown to not hold the saddle firmly enough under hard use. Our saddle rotated multiple times, just as on any other post that uses a similar clamp. Finally, there are certainly riders out there who are always going to be spooked by the BlackLite's fast rebound speed. Lowering the air pressure slightly will slow this down, as will using a thicker grease within the post, but it is likely still going to return to full height faster than some other options on the market. We view this as a plus, but some other riders who used the BlackLite weren't a fan.

Pinkbike's take:
bigquotesThe BlackLite currently tops our list of mechanically operated dropper posts. Why? Given the amount of trail time we have on it, we feel that it is the most reliable dropper post on the market (yes, even with the o-ring and collet issues). We are also comforted by the fact that, barring a catastrophic internal failure, the post can still be locked into position or operated manually if there is an issue with the remote or air spring. Besides the piece of mind that the BlackLite instills, we are a fan of its solid, mechanical feel - there is never any doubt if the saddle is locked into position. The $275 USD price is also quite a bit less than some of the competition, meaning that not only does the BlackLite function better than most, but it also costs less. Hard to beat those facts. - Mike levy


www.specialized.com


91 Comments

  • 27 2
 Specialized post, like my wife, bust balls
  • 15 1
 @milohead - Is that a good thing or a bad thing?
  • 43 0
 you must not be married
  • 5 1
 But I am married! - and she's not breaking my balls - that's a good thing - it must be generational.
  • 5 0
 Blacklight pro tip: Preload the saddle slightly then raise it up concurrently with your arse. No wondering if your nads are gonna get mashed, and it is easier to activate that way (minimal thumb effort).
I had the first model for 3 years and am notoriously hard on equipment. I only had to change the cable once every year and change. And I live in NW WA (think MUD). Then I was mesmerized by the Reverb. One year into it I: Had to bleed the hose, rebuild the whole thing (50$ rebuild kit) due to it sagging 1/3 of the travel, then when that didn't work I had to send it back for a new one (over a week off the bike). True story. My vote- Blacklight for durability.
  • 4 0
 had the original one for years, never had an issue with it. solidly built piece of equipments, and i have to say i much prefer having three pre-set positions over an infinite-adjustment post like most of the other ones out there. No need to mess with it mid ride to get it to the perfect height, just a climb, descend, and cruise mode. simple, easy to use, and it just straight up works.
  • 1 0
 The post was off my bike, not me off my bike : )
  • 23 11
 Reverb that's all you need there hands down the best
  • 18 7
 ^^^Agreed. Got the feeling that this article was trying to do something about the Reverb's stranglehold on the #1 spot. Sensed some irony in the March review of Giant's dropper post when RC said, "In layman's terms; the Control Switch's modulation feels on par with top hydraulic posts like the almighty RockShox Reverb."

Here's my review: I've had both the specialized and the reverb. Command's rebound is scary fast. Reverb's height is infinitly adjustable, and super smooth. Rebounds speed is adjustable. You can bleed it at home. Levy makes a strong case for the command based on longevity, but most of us are still rockin' our reverbs w/o issues.

Levy's concluding comment: "Tops our list of mechanical posts" avoids the elephant-in-the-room question. Avoided saying "reverb." Just say it. Say it out loud. Then make the comparison.
  • 7 2
 i have tried a reverb on a Trek Slash and the hydraulic is kind of sluggish, I like the snap of the command post, it is a very positive feel. I have had the first and second generation Command Post and love it! I have not done any maintenance on it in over a year and ride about once a week. I replace the cable whenever I replace the rear deraileur cable and it works flawlessly every time. I like a quick and definite return and it delivers. I also like the three fixed positions. I do have to say the single bolt sucks, if it was a twin bolt then my next post would be a Command post, but because the Reverb is raved about and it has twin bolt, that will be my next post, but who knows when that will be.
  • 4 0
 @frijolemoreno - No elephant in the room here. It's just a fact that many riders are spooked by the hydraulic internals of the Reverb, preferring mechanical guts and standard cable actuation. That's why I made the "Tops our list of mechanical posts" distinction. Want to know what's on my bike? A reverb because, as I mentioned in the review, I like the infinite adjustability. I would like it even more if it rebounded as fast as the BlackLite, though.
  • 1 0
 Mike- I like the Reverb for the same reasons that most other folks put it at the top of their lists (infinite adjustability, smooth operation, control of rebound speed), but I had to stop using mine. Why? I'm about 5'6" and am typically able to fit most brands' size Small or Medium frames; but like to err on the side of a smaller frame for increased maneuverability - especially on a mid travel trail bike that a dropper post would most likely be found. The remote hose on my Reverb (or any other dropper post that has the remote hose/cable anchored to the saddle clamp) would frequently get bound on the rocker link when the saddle is fully dropped and the suspension is under full compression. I know I'm not the only one with this issue, too.

Obviously, the Reverb Stealth has taken care of this issue quite handily, but my frame (a 2011 Carbon Remedy) is not routed for the Stealth remote. My next best bet is the KL Lev, and that's currently en route to my doorstep. But, I still find it hard to believe that companies that have new product in the development pipeline (Thompson, Fox, etc) aren't anchoring the remote cable to the fixed portion of the post. It seems like that's the best solution for 100% of frames on the market regardless of size.

It was nice to meet you at BCBR, by the way. How did the Element work out?
  • 2 0
 The Reverb is a nice post. The infinite height instability is nice and it does feel way smoother, but there are two reasons I went with Comandpost over the Reverb. One is the price and the other is reliability. I have seen several Reverbs come into the shop with broken levers, needing to bled, or just defective. I am also interested in the KS Lev. The dangling loop of housing is kind of irritating.
  • 1 0
 @mike--thanks for taking a moment to reply. very much appreciate your answer.
-david
  • 2 0
 Reverbs are good, but terrible remote design. Its easily broken, can#t rest bike upside down on handbars, difficult to use, limited positions etc. I will not buy a reverb at its silly cost when there are such obvious issues
  • 2 0
 @jason745 - All good points. good to meet you as well. The Element BC Edition was a blast. There will be a full review within a few weeks. Fun bike.. not your typical XC 29er.
  • 5 0
 This is my reverb experience:
a.3 months of trouble free riding
b.instant fail in not holding the rider's weight
c. 10 day service
d. one month of trouble free riding
e. sticky return leading to no return
f. waste of seal rebuild kit
g. broken bleed syringes trying to evacuate all the bubles
h. return to the seller
i. waiting
Did you see the new "full" rebuild videos. It is rediculous in terms of o-rings, glider rings, 9+ zip ties. They place men on the moon in the 60s. Can there be a reliable infinite adjustment MECHANICAL reverb (no, not chronolog)?
  • 1 0
 Giant Switch? I just replaced the cable on mine and it is golden. Ridden hard and often for a year and no problems other than the base wasn't screwed in well from the factory.

Cheaper too.
  • 2 0
 My reverb experience:
-1st year I had no issues
-needed a bleed as it was stuck up (10 minute job thanks to a youtube video) at the start of this season
-now after 2 years it needs new seals. 24 hour job at a good shop

I'm REALLY happy with it. I wouldn't expect anything to be completely trouble free or never needing maintenance. I ride 6 days a week and I use the adjustability of the seatpost a lot, parts are bound to wear out, and I never took care of the air pressure once.
  • 3 0
 I have the 125 and I have to say it is an awesome post. Very solid, quick response, and super reliable. The meaty thunk as it locks in IS satisfying. I've ridden the reverb, and yeah, it's super nice, but I found I didn't play with the infinite possibilities - it was full up or full down. Same with this post: full up, full down, and quick in between. I couldn't justify the added cost when this completely satisfied my needs.

40 psi is crazy high. that's an ejection seat button right there. I'm running about 25 psi [170lbs rider] and keep a bit of weight on it during the return so it doesn't slam into the stops with too much force / slam into the boys.

No problems with lever strength either. folks complaining about it should either change/lube their cable, or put down their croissants and get man-hands.
  • 4 1
 Whatever I run on my bike is wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy better then any other product on the market. Any of you chumps have Kashima coated 650B wheels yet? Whatever how can you ride that other junk. My ride is super dialed, I'm experimenting with 0.2mm platinum spacers under my stem - what a difference!
  • 2 0
 Tried one that came with the new bike of a friend, there is a problem imho with the remote, it's too hard, I mean it's harder than a front dérailleur. I suppose the reverb remote is in a class of its own, thanks to the hydraulic remote but Joplin or my GD are butter if you compare them with the Blacklite.
  • 1 0
 Likely a case of poor set up as any I've tried have been easy to actuate. Have your friend check the cable set up.
  • 2 0
 Thank brule. I hope he has, the thing is when we rode together his S-Works 29' FSR was only one month old, it's his first adjustable seatpost so I skip the comment about the remote, given to the price of his bike it was the right thing to do that day. I'll bring up the subject next time but it's odd because he bought his bike in a Specialized concept store.
  • 2 0
 i'd take the kind shock over all these. I don't want another hydraulic line (like reverb) that is PITA to bleed/repair and the action on KS is smooth and clean. plus, no finicky piston lever to bend (also reverb), thereby rendering it inoperable. cheap now too - $240.
  • 1 0
 I have the KS as well and love it, I had a minor pressure issue at first but thanks to the top notch Customer Service, it was fixed under warranty and 2 years later I still have not had any issues.
  • 2 0
 Well I just had my collet break as well, but enough pieces it wouldn't hold up.

Specialize SUCKS... they will not cover a broken collet under warrantee saying it's a "wear and tear item" (like those holes don't severely weakens the post! bad design you might not find out for years) nor will they sell the shop the $18 replacement part. You have to send it in and pay >$90 for service. LAME on a $300 item. Might have to go back to Gravity Dropper who CS was amazing in replacing a broken shaft no questions asked for me.
  • 5 0
 Reverbs are so good mine was more in the shop then on the bike
  • 1 0
 I know all about that.....I had the 2011 and it was always in the shop for something. A friend still have his and it works flawlessly.
  • 1 0
 mine's still doing the job without trouble. bought it at the same store you did, Hansel :p
  • 5 0
 One year old, my command post is losing air and nobody can fix :/
  • 1 0
 Start by checking the simple stuff: replace the schrader valve core first, if you haven't already.
  • 1 0
 I replace the valve and the seals and keep losing air
  • 5 0
 Put it underwater and find the leak?
  • 3 2
 I diss RS forks all the time and ESPECIALLY vivid coils for being bags of s*** but man I am telling you the REVERB is the finest product SRAM has ever produced, next to like maybe 9spd XO shift/derailleur combo or X9 back in like 09 or whatever. i dont like this notchy mechanical business it smells like KRONOLOG to me... R E V E R B B A B Y I want to hug a SRAM employee every ride
  • 1 0
 I really like mine. I have this post on two of my bikes and have had no problems with reliability. The one bolt saddle clamp isn't the best design and it can move, but after applying some gritty carbon prep have not had any issues.
  • 1 0
 I've gone through 4 reverbs and 2 command posts 1st and 2nd generation, both command posts are still in use on friends bikes, I can honestly say they ALL break sooner or later, that being said getting the reverb fixed is much more difficult. Due to the wait time I simply purchased another and keep it on the shelf. If you aren't willing to spend stupid money and have a spare then I'd go with the command post due to a better life expectancy, I ride in WA state and generally ride 3+ days a week.
Personally I am anxiously awaiting the new KS
  • 1 0
 I've had the Command Post Blacklite for three months and pity those who have to ride without it. My only issue has been with the single-bolt seat clamp, which has to be tightened extremely tight to prevent the seat angle from slipping up or down when you slam on the seat hard. But it has held in place for a month now with no issues. I have it at 20psi and it slides up nice and quickly but not too quickly -- you definitely want it to move up fast when you hit a sudden uphill. I see some people are partisans for their Reverbs -- I am happy for you that you like that product. I prefer the three fixed positions (I tried a KS seatpost) as it allows an instant adjustment that you don't have to think about when you are riding and don't have time to think about it. It will be interesting to see how the Command Post Blacklite does compared against the Fox DOSS, which works about the same on the outside but has a funkier lever and different internals.
  • 1 0
 Great review - I would love to buy one right now, but I have a Trek Remedy with a 31.6mm seat tube and this post only comes in 30.9. Massive shame because I would have one otherwise.
  • 1 0
 I realise this article says that it is available in 31.6mm, but can't find it for sale anywhere in the UK
  • 1 0
 Just buy a 30.9 post and a $5 shim to pad it out to 31.6 from your LBS or online

eg
www.winstanleysbikes.co.uk/product/31366/USE_Seatpost_SS_309mm_Shims
  • 1 0
 Got a deal on a 2011 command post. Is it much different than the backlight apart from the 100g weight saving? Shall I spend a bit more on the backlight or will I be happy with the 2011?
  • 2 0
 Looks to be a better option than all posts on the market apart from the reverb
  • 2 0
 I love specialized products. But for a gravity dropper, Id prefer the reverb.
  • 1 0
 I'd love to see some sort of XL version for taller riders with 155mm travel or so. I still have to use seat clamp to drop it completely before jumping my Enduro.
  • 1 0
 There's always a hand-full of people who can't accept that there are pros and cons to every product, stop being so narrow minded reverb-riders!
  • 1 1
 dropped on it's own during climbs while at fully extended, serviced it and warrantied it, still faulted...replaced it with CB Kronolog, no problems at all, drops even lower, so much happier with KRONOLOG!!!
  • 1 0
 Got a deal in a 2011 command post. Apart from weight is the backlight much better? Shall I go for the 2011 or spend a little more on the backlight?
  • 1 0
 2 years on my KS and no issues up to now.I have seen a few specialized posts losing air though I guess every dropper fails sooner than later.
  • 2 0
 Reverb been out for way longer buddy
  • 2 1
 Reverb 2010. And correct me if wrong but the spec is a new model post,hence it being tested. LOL
  • 3 1
 KS Lev is by far a better post then this and the reverb
  • 1 0
 If only the others used a lever that smart. Very like.
  • 3 0
 internally it sounds alot like the fox doss but id much rather be bolting that lever onto my bars than the fox one!!
  • 3 0
 The D.O.S.S. is also mechanical, but the execution is completely different. We'll have a review of the FOX dropper post soon.
  • 1 0
 sounds alot like a fox doss and looks like the lever is much nicer!!!
  • 6 9
 So it lasts for 200 rides and a year, breaks cables, o-rings, and internal gussets. My noname alloy seatpost has been continously in use for the past 13 years on various dh-bikes, winter and summer and many thousand rough rides. Occasionally gets polished on a soft wheel and still looks and works fine. In my eyes, this command seatpost is overpriced shortlived crap and shows what the f.. is wrong with the industry.
  • 4 2
 Cool Story Brah
  • 4 1
 But your 13 year old post doesn't have any mechanical moving parts, of course it lasts............I have a seat post on my 1969 Puegeot Roadbike that's been going strong for almost 50 years............apples to oranges my friend........
  • 4 2
 Apples and ...lemons...?
  • 4 0
 @wakaba - You have to be trolling... you know that the two can't be compared, right?
  • 2 2
 Trolling? No.

They do both the same thing - they can be fixed at a given height. Thats what they do. Overhauling for 3 hours every 200 rides totally eats up any perceived advantage over a normal post...I am sure you can follow...

Trade stability and long life with flimsy parts, additional weight and complexity. These things do break on the trail all the time. I am sure this happened to you too.

Less hyperbole on weight, carbon markeneering, gadgets like flimsy posts and marketing gimmicks like big wheels would suit you and pinkbike credibility better. You are catering to the beginner bike-consumer - advanced buyers, like me and many others, just sneer at your company/product advocatism. MBA did this for a long time - look where they are now...sure you dont want to follow in their footsteps.
  • 2 0
 No, they do not do the same thing. Can you drop you seat without getting off the bike and coming to a stop right before you drop into a decent? Its all about the flow man. Comparing a dropper post to a traditional post is like saying a rigid bike is just as good as a DH bike at a WC track.
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 Own one, very reliable, no issues, not as nice as KS posts but cheaper, haven't tried a reverb so I can't compare
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 As any dropper post review : get a f*ckin RS Reverb, end of the story.
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 Is the reverb lighter and by how much? I think the weights of these posts take the piss, it ain't rocket science ffs.
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 U xc guys write 2 much! zomg!
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 Maybe a post and pro pedal remote in one for those who like a neat cockpit
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 The blacklite has the most awkward remote it doesn't fit in any where on your bars. You have to either put it really close or far from the grip and neither is satisfactory.
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 sounds like personal problem...
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 Good to hear some other rider feedback. We found that while it isn't the most ergo remote out there, it is far from the worst. What shifter/brakes are you running?
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 I have one on my mtb bike and it is amazing so nice i love it
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 i got me a quick release! came with the bike. and its worked flawlessly since day one.
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 Not adjustable on the fly though. If you argue with me then you are missing the point of the height-adjustable seat post and may never get it.
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flag socommk23 (Jul 25, 2012 at 1:38) (Below Threshold)
 i can reach down and undo it and adjust the ride height on the go easily enough.
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 To help with returning the seat try putting a boot strut inside the frame. I used this on my bike and it worked fine. Until I upgraded to a reverb.
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 Soccommk23: no you can't.
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 @socommk23 - There are places where a dropper isn't required; anywhere where you get all the climbing over with before pointing downhill, for example. But I can also take you on trail rides where you would be eager to trade your both your big toes for a dropper post, especially after doing the ride with one and then without one.
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 The dropper post is one of those things that just changed the way I ride. I can't imagine building a mountain bike these days without one. Even XC bikes can benefit from one. I'm positive that in a few years you will start seeing them pop up on Pros bikes in WC XC races on technical courses.
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 @ socommk23 , I was a sceptic too. I do most of my riding at Fromme on the North Shore, where you ride up a fire road, and then down a trail back to a fire road. I got a reverb because I was sick of wondering why everyone thought they were so great, and I've got to say they are amazing. My friends were wondering where all my extra energy came from at the end of a ride, and I realized how many short climbs or flat sections I was standing up and pedalling for. This post has saved me so much energy, and that has helped me climb up sections I used to push up. There are also a lot of rooty, rocky trails there which when standing up throw your body position around a bit, by having the easy adjust, I found riding them seated kept my weight in balance. It took a few days to learn how to use it, and even remember I had it, but it is gradually opening up new ways to ride for me, and making certain trails more enjoyable. Just using it for short 20,50,100m sections that you wouldn't bother getting off you bike and lifting your post for makes a massive change to the way you ride.
Sorry for the long post, but when I was looking I saw a lot of vague comments on why they are good, but finding specific uses was really hard, so I thought it might be useful to put it in perspective.
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 ^ What he said and...

... during short races (XC) it is great to be able to climb seated and then when it comes to the downs I can ride them more aggresively without the seat getting all caught up in my business. And if I'm balled up by the person in front it is easy to cruise behind them, rest, and blast them when the opportunity comes.

On long marathon races at the top of hills I can drop the seat very low and coast down the terrain - conserving energy, riding safer, and using different muscles in my leg and back (change is as good as a holiday).

They are worth the weight.
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