RockShox Reverb Dropper Seatpost $384.00
Perfect saddle height—instantly.
Now the norm, when dropper posts first showed up they were heavy and finicky (the HiteRite aside, of course). Adjustable seatposts have come a long way since then, and now products like the RockShox's Reverb take advantage of extensive suspension technology in order to provide smooth, slop-free operation.
By opting for a hydraulic actuation, the Reverb is the first post to eliminate any mechanical connection. Hydraulics may be cause for alarm, but if you're running disc brakes they're more than likely hydraulic — not to mention that they share the same, basic principles. Expect the Reverb to be as reliable and easy-to-service as any modern hydraulic disc brake. RockShox is so sure of hydraulics that it uses it to operate its remote fork lock-outs, too. In fact, both the Reverb and RockShox suspension lock-out systems use a bar-mounted XLoc remote.
This system uses 2.5-weight fork oil, and comes with the necessary materials and instructions to shorten and bleed the line. It won't become contaminated with grit like cables, and it's also lighter than a comparable cable-actuated unit. Fluid in the line opens and closes the Reverb's main oil-flow valve, allowing the post to drop. Meanwhile, the aluminum knob at the lever controls how fast the post returns to its static position. The post has either 100 or 125mm of travel, and its height is infinitely adjustable.
RockShox has an advantage over other dropper post designs due to its extensive suspension technologies. For example, the seals used are optimized to prevent contamination from dirt and water, and just like fork seals, they're free from friction out of the box. You'll also find an IFP, an internal floating piston, which is another shared technology from RockShox's forks and shocks. The IFP prevents the oil from mixing with the air preload, and it also provides a buffer if your buddy decides to lift the saddle up without pressing the XLoc button.
Both the post shaft and head are constructed out of forged 7050 aluminum and they're anodized for durability. Longer-than-average clamps support the saddle rails, which simplifies saddle fore and aft adjustment, as well as tilt, by making the two bolts easy to access. Markings on the head and clamp also assist with fine tuning.
The XLoc remote is compatible with MatchMaker X mounts in order to allow integration with brake lever and shifter clamps. Reverb posts are available with 30.9 and 31.6mm diameters, and in the 125mm-travel option, a 420mm length. The 100mm-travel post comes in a 30.9mm diameter and with a 355mm length. All Reverb posts have zero offset, and to further enhance ergonomics, it's available in both left and right configurations.
What community has to say
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I like this dropper but there are some things that it could do better. The action and the adjust-ability of the seat post is great. I prefer to flip the lever over and mount it upside down on the handlebar, which allows for you to push the button down more easily and also protects the button if you flip your bike and need to place it upside down to do some quick field maintenance. This is the great part of the reverb, the only thing I don't like is that the hose attaches to the top part of the seat post which move the entire hose when you change the height of the seat post. The KS Lev has the hose mounted at the base of the seat post, close to the seat post clamp which holds the hose more static during use. The stealth version of the reverb does not have this problem but the normal reverb does. All in all it is a solid dropper. If you have any questions about this or any other dropper please give me a call and I would be happy to talk to you about them.
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The image shows the "stealth" version, but...
The image shows the "stealth" version, but the title and description don't mention that feature. Is it in fact the "stealth" model? Also, if I order it even though it's not currently in stock, how long does it take to actually get it from the distributor and [ultimately] to me? Are we talking a few weeks or will it be months? TIA.