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Item # KSS0003

On-the-fly functionality.

The KS LEV DX Dropper Seatpost is a more cost effective version of the LEV that sacrifices none of the legendary performance. While it gives up the flashier actuator lever, the remainder is essentially the same, making it a perfect option for those who can deal with a few added grams when it keeps a few dollars in their pockets.

The LEV is prized for, among other things, the fixed cable box at the lower collar. The upshot is that you achieve a fixed cable position, which simplifies cable routing, and reduces the chance of your cable loop getting caught up in your suspension linkage. Further aiding the cable routing, you’re able to adjust the orientation of the cable box independently of the post’s rotation. This routing method is more user friendly than the stealth routing that’s become popular, while also being compatible with a number of frames that simply don’t allow for stealth routing in the first place.

One of the immediately recognizable traits of the LEV is that the saddle is fixed in place, unlike many other posts that have a small degree of play out of the box. This is because the LEV is held in place by a one-way roller bearing, which clamps the inner post tight. Atop the inner-post, you’ll find a micro-adjust, zero-offset head allows for perfect saddle setup.

Among the well-considered details that set the LEV apart, one of our favorites is the handlebar mounted remote. Unassuming as it may be, this miniscule engineering marvel feels great in the hand, and is a snap to operate. It’s designed to stand in place of the inner clamp on an ODI lock-on grip, should you choose. The DX forgoes the hinged clamp and carbon lever on the LEV in favor of an aluminum version, but like its composite sibling, it isn’t adorned with the sharp edges that can turn other actuator levers into flesh-hungry blades in the event of a crash.

The KS LEV DX Dropper Seatpost is available in either a 30.9, or 31.6mm diameter, and in three travel options, from 100mm, to 150mm.

  • Durable aluminum body
  • Fixed position cables
  • Handlebar mount remote
  • Compatible with a 30.9mm diameter seatpost

Tech Specs

Material:
aluminum
Diameter:
30.9 mm, 31.6 mm
Length:
[100mm travel] 335 mm, [125mm travel] 385 mm, [150mm travel] 435 mm
Offset:
0 mm
Travel:
100 mm, 125 mm, 150
Actual Weight:
Black/Silver, 30.9/385/125mm: 475g
Recommended Use:
mountain biking
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 year limited

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works for me!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

picked this up for under $300 with free 2day shipping. sold!
can't comment on longevity, but we'll see what happens.
I didn't mind the fact that that cable "box/housing" sits at the 5o'clock position so I personally didn't feel the need to take it apart to re position it to the 6'oclock position. I'd rather spend my time riding than getting frustrated.
yes, the cable is cheap and pretty poor judgement call on packaging to coil it that tight. but whatever, my frame doesn't have internal routing for dropper so i just tied it next to my rear brake line and the cable straightened out fine.
I read reviews of others having trouble installing this post but I can't imagine why. its super easy. almost no brainier.
the lever that comes with it isn't bad, i like how it works with ODI grips and replaces the inside locking ring. I'll upgrade soon to a push lever I'm sure, and after reading bad reviews on the KS southpaw lever I might go with the Face Race -even tho their atlas pedals still left a bad taste in my mouth but that's a whole nother story..., but for now the lever that came with it does the trick.
So far I'm happy with it. we'll see how it holds up. and for the price I don't think you can beat it.

KS LEV DX Dropper Seatpost

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

So, go this for my significant other... and overall it does what it needs to do and has a nice design but i for one prefer the fox ones better.

I'm looking for a dropper for my Jet 9 RDO. It's a size large. I'm 6'1". Which length would you recommend?

Best Answer

I ride a large RIP 9 RDO and same height. I use the 125mm, which is good for trail and XC. I run the 150mm on my Enduro. You could probably get away with 150mm on the Jet, but I find the extra inch of drop, and the additional cost unnecessary for trail and XC.

I have a yeti sb 66 medium, im 5'10 and im not sure which size to get. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Hey Reynaldo,

I would recommend the 30.9/385/125mm as the best option for your Yeti SB 66 based on your size. Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions.

Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead - klivingston@backcountry.com - 801-736-4337

Great post

    After watching so many riding buddies have issues with hydraulic actuated posts I love how simple it is to setup this cable and not have any issue. I own this DX and the Integra and actually prefer the DX as it is so much simpler to setup. The internal routing "looks" nice but functionally is more of a pain than it is worth IMHO

    Previously I owned two KS supernaturals with the under seat actuation and both were plagued by losing their lockout and needing a full rebuild by KS, this current generation thankfully has been much more reliable.

    Any idea when the 30.9, 125mm post will be back in stock?

    We order the DX Droppers direct from KS LEV and it usually takes 10-14 days to get it to your door if there is availability. If you contact me directly I can make sure the 30.9, 125mm seatpost is still in stock.



    klivingston@backcountry.com

    801-736-4337

    Misleading at Best

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    First, the post is adequate. The main reason for me to by a Lev was that I cannot use an internal post and I HATE the cable/hose loop in all of the other options. Got a (what I thought) smokin deal here on a Lev DX ... according to the description the only difference is the actuator. Silly me ... that is like saying the only difference between a Corvette and a Cruze is a bit of power.

    As noted below (I did not read the reviews much to my dismay) you cannot adjust the seat collar cable clamp on the DX. Okay, you can but to do so requires almost complete disassembly of the post ... if you have the right tools it is a15-30 min job the first time.



    So, the post works but if I was to do it again I would just pop for the full Lev - and be very very wary of descriptions on CC because it was just misleading. I should have returned it but that is a hassle too and I have to pay for shipping so ... buyer beware.

    So, I just checked the install video and the head is adjustable. In other words, I don't think the cable port needs to be moved, since you can just rotate the whole post and line the head back up.
    Is it a height issue?

    Alex

    The cradle is not adjustable. The key is that I wanted the cable to come up the back of my seatpost ... stock it is at an angle. While it "works" it is neither clean nor visually appealing and requires a funky routing of the cable on my bike. To change the angle you have to take apart the post with a couple of softjaws and then reassemble it. I have done it once and it was a PITA.

    LEV and DX comparision

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have used this post and the more expensive version. The stock cable box on both is about the 5 o'clock position. On the DX model you have to disassemble the post to change the position. Much easier on the LEV by moving the seat mounting hardware. I ended up leaving both posts in the stock position since the cable does not move and found no difference in function between the two.

    I just received and installed a KS Lev DX from backcountry and the cable routing is adjusted exactly like shown in the manual except I didn't have an air valve cap. The clamp cradle is very tight, there's some sticky crap that they put there but if you pry gently with your nail all the way around it will come off. I think people are watching the KS video on Youtube and thinking that's how the adjustment needs to be done. But that video is all wrong, at least for the new all black version.

    It's a good product but...

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    The description is a little misleading. It makes it sound like the only difference is the trigger mech, but in fact, the adjustability of the cable box is not the same as the non-DX version. To move the box on the DX, you have to disassemble the entire unit, and even then, you can only adjust it in 20 degree increments. This was a bit of a disappointment for me. I was able to make it work in the position that it was shipped, but it would be better if I could easily move it. The post works well, and I do like the lever action. I have a Rockshox Reverb on my other bike, and I'm not sure which one I prefer. The KS does sometimes need a little bump to get it to extend, especially if it has been in the lowered position for awhile, but this hasn't really caused me any heartburn yet.



    CC: PLEASE change update the description so people can make a more informed choice as I probably would not have gone with this version if I had known the adjustability issue.

    i dont know what you are speaking of....my bad. cable box? i watch tv, but we are talking seat post here!! lol . kidding. still what is the cable box, and why do you, or me, need to move it???? many thanks

    ME_P15531, see the photo I posted above. You may want to move the box if your cable routing works better with the box in a different position.

    Quick, longer-term review. I have been using this post for 3 months now and I like it better than my Reverb. Mostly due to the actuator trigger. KS Lev's lever has a bit more mechanical advantage than the Reverb plunger-type button so, for me, it is easier to dial in and less thumb gymnastics to actuate it. Not saying the Reverb is a bad choice, and I can't speak to longevity of the mechanical/cable vs hydraulic actuation. Just prefer the Lev.

    Cable Box cannot be moved, that's the major difference between this and the KS Lev Dropper. It is not mentioned in the description, however. When I brought this to the attention of Rick (KS Lev) and John (Backcountry, Warranty Dept), John's response was "nobody reads those descriptions anyway." Well, apparently consumers DO read the descriptions. I'll be speaking to Backcountry about exchanging the post.

    I just received and installed the all black version of the KS Lev DX and the cable box is adjusted the same way as the more expensive KS Lev. The only difference was mine didn't have a screw-on cover for the schrader valve.