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Item # KSS0002

A clean drop.

The KS LEV Integra Dropper Seatpost lets you focus on the trail without worrying about finding a spot to pull over and adjust your saddle height. With an air-sprung, hydraulically locking sealed cartridge, this post will drop to a gravity-worthy depth or rise to the occasion on fast singletrack with just a flick of its handlebar-mounted remote's lever.

The LEV Integra offers a clean, streamlined profile with stealth cable routing that also keeps all those important parts sealed against dirt and debris. A forged twin-bolt micro-adjustable head ensures your saddle stays solidly in place, and you can choose between models with 100mm, 125mm, or 150mm of travel to find a seatpost whose capabilities span all of your off-road needs. As an added bonus, the LEV Integra Dropper Seatpost is ODI compatible, so you can either run it solo or maintain clean lines across your handlebar by mating it to an ODI grip.

Tech Specs

Material:
aluminum
Diameter:
30.9 mm, 31.6 mm
Length:
342 mm, 385 mm, 392 mm, 435 mm, 442 mm
Offset:
0 mm
Travel:
[342mm length] 100 mm, [385mm lenth] 125 mm, [392mm length] 125 mm, [435mm length] 150 mm, [442mm length] 150 mm
Dropper:
air sprung, hydraulically locking sealed cartridge
Claimed Weight:
550 - 635 g
Recommended Use:
mountain bike
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years

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Great on this end!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I made the mistake of buying dropper that was not the Kind Shock and regretted it almost immediately. The KS LEV Integra works like a charm. You can always depend on the functionality of a dropper that uses a cable vs hydraulic fluid for actuation. My biggest complaint about “other” seat post is that they freeze or become sluggish once the weather turns even the slight bit cold. You will not have this problem with the KS. It’s super fast but won’t butt punch you and has a smooth action up and down. It also installs with ease. After about 10 rides or so you might have to tighten the cable with the barrel adjuster but that is just a simple turn of a nob and you’ll be good to go again.

You will not regret the purchase of this dropper over “other” droppers.

Bradley Gehrig
Customer Account Manager
Office: 801–204-4541
bgehrig@backcountry.com

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  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Setup is a B$%^& and if you dont get it right it wont work. Mine just started failing after one season. Sent in for warranty over 3 weeks. Called and they apologized and said they were really backed up. Which to me says that lots of other people are having the same problem.

On top of this, lever feel is not smooth.

Conclusion, get something else. More reliable, smoother operating droppers out there. I personally never had a problem with my reverb, but hear mixed reviews on those as well.

Nice Option

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

I've only just installed this. Action seems very smooth. The cable length and housing is important to get right. Measure twice and cut once! Definitely one of the more stealthy/clean handlebar actuators out there. Looking forward to some time in the saddle on this.

It goes up and it goes down

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This dropper does exactly what it was designed for, it goes up when I want it go up and goes down when needed.

The 31.6/ 150 mm travel fits perfectly on my 2016 Santa Cruz Nomad, M.

Super easy to install and maintain.

UP and DOWN

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Thats what this seat does goes up on command and down. Haven't run into any issues, ridden about a half season. The internal routing and installation was fairly easy to install.

Tough, Convenient, Dubious Warranty

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So I do agree with some of the criticisms of the other reviews. This post is not perfect. There is a tiny tiny bit of play in the seat, but this is totally unnoticeable while riding, and it has less than my friend's Reverb. Both were purchased around the same time. The switch is nice, but when used on an ODI grip you cannot tighten as much as you would like. The cable will bind and make contact with the grip and the post will not lock. I overcame this by tightening one of the grip screws (overly tight) and leaving the lev lever a bit looser. It works, but is not ideal. The post will stick down if it sits over night, but a tiny little wiggle makes it function normally. This is due to the air leaking out of the sleeve, in time. It is really not a problem. Finally getting the cable tension right at set up can be a bit tricky. All said, these are minor issues. I have had it for about 4 months now, and it is working as it should. It took a major hit about a month ago when I decided to try out my chinbar. The crash took a big chunk out of my seat, and the bike bounced down the rocks. The post was unhurt, and developed no additional play. I was impressed. So, in conclusion, I love having the dropper, and I think this one is durable, but it does come with a few minor flaws, that I have no problem looking past. ONE final thing to mention. These are shipping now with a BLACK instead of GOLD stanchion. Please keep this is mind.

Also, I can attest their customer service is comically bad. I reached out for a spare part, because I bent the mechanism that holds the cable to the post during installation, and they never got back to me. It stuck me as particularly bad, given that we are one of their major sellers. Fingers crossed I have no warranty issues...

Tough, Convenient, Dubious Warranty

Sticky

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Same as issue as others. Brand new out of the box and it was stuck down on the first ride. Tried loosening the seat clamp as much as possible, which didn't help. I thought after a few rides that it may break in and the issue would go away, but after 6 rides there has been zero improvement. I have another externally routed KS Lev that hasn't given me any issues but this one has been a cluster. Now I get to try and deal with the

They're offering free retrofits to the new actuation that may fix this. Fill out the warranty info and ask for retrofit.

Avg. ride time: 6m per week
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Has not worked from the get go.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Got this seatpost with my Yeti SB5c through a recommendation from one of the specialists. I should have read the reviews first. It never has worked properly. Every time I go on a downhill singletrack ride and drop it to its lowest position it never comes back up on its own. I have to help it with my hand. I called and they told me to check the air pressure. I put in more air. 90% of max, still not working. I am waiting to hear back on what to do. I think it is just poorly designed.

Straight up sucks is putting it nicely.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my second KS seatpost and I'm pretty disappointed in this brand and here's why.

1. The top portion of the post that clamps to the seat has some play in it, enough to make it extremely annoying when you're moving around on the bike and lifting the bike by the seat.

2. The clamp system sucks. It doesn't clamp down on the seat rails hard enough and that allows the seat to creak and shift. I've torque'd down the screws to the recommended settings and it still creaks, probably because of #1 above.

3. The seat gets stuck in the down position if it's been in that position for 30 mins or more. The only way to get it to come up automatically when depressing the lever is to tug on it. After the initial tug, it would then work as normal.

Emails to KS didn't resolved the issue. Their support tried to shift the blame on me, saying to make sure the seatpost clamp is torqued correctly, that it needs to be service (really? a 2 week old seatpost needs service?), and that some play is "normal".

I'd give it a zero star if I could, both for the seatpost and for the crap support.

If you push the saddle during lifts you're doing it wrong and rude. Don't expect any seatpost to endure that kind of aggro use. Do yourself a favor and get a static seatpost

If you push the saddle during lifts you're doing it wrong and rude. Don't expect any seatpost to endure that kind of aggro use. Do yourself a favor and get a static seatpost

Good post when it works

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had 3 LEVs. The first one was the earliest production line and it worked great. So did the second one. The third one, though, has me with murder in my heart. It sticks in the extended position. Sometimes when it unsticks it descends only a third. Sometimes it won't pop all the way up again. Maddening. Worse yet, after just a few months of use, I got saddle creep. Set the saddle mid-post. It creeps back. Set it again. Really torque it down with Park torque tool. It still creeps. My LBSes (2 of em) have thrown up their hands. It's been back to KS for 3 weeks and returned just as unreliable as ever. Too bad because when it works, it's a great post. I'm moving all my bikes to Rockshox Reverbs. Yes I had one of them fail. Rockshox replaced it brand new, no questions asked, in 3 day turnaround. That's how to build customer loyalty and brand rep.

Horrible Customer Service

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Had this dropper for just over 1 year. Strengths; Connection at the seat post is stationary, smooth and stealth lever only when operational. Weakness: Greatest weakness is the customer service of the KS. No one answers phone calls nor they care about customers. Seals have already failed twice in one year. Seat clamp squeaks and at one point unique spherical bolt and nut fell out while on a ride. After numerous attempts to contact KS, found out about this major seat clamp issue. Apparently KS is aware of the situation but has no solution. Simple bolts and nuts are backordered and they don't even know when it will become available. So, if you are willing to change your seals yourself or come up with your own DIY seat clamp assembly then go for KS.

First let me preface by saying that I have had a KS LEV since 2012. I weight 215lbs and am not gentle on it. In fact, frames have broken as the seatpost worked on without issue in ~600 miles over two years. I repressurized it once. That's all the maintenance it needed. Until...



The small synthetic cord that actuates the movement broke on a ride down Porcupine. KS was kind enough to warranty it and have been good to deal with but it has been a lengthy process ( 3 weeks) without a clearly communicated date of completion.



KS has a great product . It worked flawless until it didn't after 2 years and little maintenance. They could improve their customer service and really increase their reputation. It's a fairly low hanging fruit.

KS is history in my book. They lost me as a customer for good. Why bother with KS when there are phenomenal posts out there like 9point8, Raceface/Easton and soon the new Crank brothers all with improved performance and excellent customer service.

Great seat post.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Here in east coast, trails are hilly. I make frequent use to the seat post. The instructions could be better. The post will stick and needs help up on start of every ride- but only once. This post has deep drop, and the base has less than one inch before hitting seat tube on my large frame. The fit is close. Operation is smooth- the activating lever works well but takes a good push.

Conclusion- great product

Minor Design Flaw...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Was so happy to find out this was an idiosyncrasy and not my considerable girth (239 ish with hydration pack-"Mom says I'm husky!")

Got one of these on a Willmont Labs FU Edition 2015 Nomad C I'm testing. It was creeping on me a bit so I called KS. They said they're happy to provide the Retro-Upgrade gratis. I plan on doing just that as soon as it's too wet to kick up dust in Park City. Another issue I had initially was after adjusting the seat post height to compensate for the 3/4 inch creep I was experiencing, next thing I know, the damn thing wouldn't stay compressed, or when I tried to sit on it at full height, it wouldn't stay up. I called KS again and they explained that with with any height changes, you have to make sure the cable housing from the frame to the bars is taught. I gave it a pull, and it was good to go. KS also explained that with the Retro Upgrade, no housing foreplay was necessary with seat height adjustments. I happened to be hauling down DropKick at the Canyons, hit a jump, double ejected out of both Crank Bros DH pedals (think accidental heel clicker) and landed 225 lbs right on the seat and this thing still works great!

Minor creep, and the cable tension notwithstanding. As soon as the snow flies I'm sending it in for the upgrade. Keep you posted. ALL PUNS!



Link for "Retro-Upgrade". http://kssuspension.com/support/service-and-rmas/

Minor Design Flaw...

Great seatpost

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I upgraded to this post on my Mach 6. It's been a great post for AM riding. A nice feature to have when you are heading down something pretty hairy. It's a super functional post - works well, does not creep. The remote is super convenient but I find it to be a bit stiff to engage at speed. No problem at all when I have time to think about it.

The best out there so far

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used the RS Reverb Stealth and Joplin R and think that the KS Lev is a much better design and is pretty easy to set up. There is minimal play in the seat and I have not had a problem with creep in 9 month of use in all types of conditions.

Good Dropper, Not Great.

    This is the first dropper post that I have ran, and it is pretty sweet. Getting this thing dialed in takes some time and it eventually won't be perfect. There is a little play when extended all the way, inevitably some creep back down with the hydraulics. Other than a little play, it seems to be working great on my first few rides.

    They messed this one up

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

    Alas, KS screwed up what would have been a great post with an awful actuator design. By actuator, I refer to the gizmo on the bottom of the post (so inside the frame) that releases the post to let it move up or down. The design KS chose was to affix the cable head to the bottom of the post, such that the cable doesn't move. When you hit the handlebar trigger, it's actually the housing that moves along the (fixed) cable.



    The problem is obvious: the housing goes through all sorts of zip ties and grommets on its way into the post, so it doesn't move freely. Also, because the housing is not affixed to the bottom of the post, any raising or lowering of the post in the frame makes it quit working.



    This is an awful design, and I assume KS will fix it soon as it's basically non-functional. Let's hope so, as this minor screwup ruins what could have been a great post.



    UPDATE:

    I stand by my initial negative review, but as pointed out below KS has since addressed this issue with a revised actuator. You can see a photo of the new one at the link below; basically if you have a rigid piece that protruded down from the bottom of your post it's the new one.

    http://ep1.pinkbike.org/p4pb10680054/p4pb10680054.jpg



    I have no experience with the revised post, so can't comment on the new design. I believe KS will retrofit existing posts if you send them in, though it's not a fast process.

    They messed this one up

    but he's right about the first gen integra's that were released prior to about feb, 2014. they actually did have a lousy actuator that relied on housing motion to actuate, not the cable. see pinkbike's dec, 2013 review: http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Pinkbike-Product-Picks-12-19-2013.html



    it was such a terrible oversight that KS started shipping post-february units with an improved, cable-actuated design. i made sure to verify it was one of the newer posts before ordering mine.

    How did you recognize it was the new actuator? I want to make sure i get the right one.

    I've got one of those buggers as well. Spoke to KS and they said you can send your post in for the Retro-Upgrade Gratis. Gonna send mine as soon as it's too muddy to kick up dust on the trails.

    Link for "Retro-Upgrade". http://kssuspension.com/support/service-and-rmas/