The design of the system means that the routing of the remote’s housing is greatly simplified since you don’t have cable movement. On my Ibis Mojo HD I ran the housing down the right side of the top tube, and then crossed it over to connect around 40º left of center, to miss the seatpost QR clamp lever. After positioning the bottom cable connector per routing requirements, you actually end up rotating the saddle clamp system for the final alignment, and not the main body. You adjust where the saddle resides in relation to the cable connector by dismantling the saddle clamp and unscrewing the return air spring valve cap located on the top of the stanchion, and rotating the saddle clamp bottom cradle in 20º increments.
The installation manual doesn’t have any details of the arrangement other than mentioning the 20º increments, so I learned it while poking around with the clamping mechanism. The top of the post has six dimples, which mate into the bottom of the saddle clamp cradles 18 indentations, which offer a clever and simple way to rotate and then lock things in place. Since the bottom of my post was 40º left of center, I rotated the top cradle over two notches, so that the lower lip of the cradle was pointing towards the front of the bike. I then screwed down the air valve cap, which locks the cradle in place.
The bottom portion of the saddle clamp floats (its free to rotate), and what locks everything together is the lower saddle rail holder convex shaped mating with the cradle, along with the final bolting together of the bottom and top clamp pieces. The robust two bolt saddle clamp worked decently, and I was easily able to screw it together and insert the saddle rails, and then perform the usual pitch adjustment of the saddle for personal taste. It was easier to work on the clamp since there was no cable attachment mechanism at the top.
I cut the housing and cable to length, and attached the spring and hook end- piece to the post. It took me a few times to get the hang of hooking the cylinder that connects to actuator, and I found that by pressing the cylinder upwards using a small screw driver simplified things, without getting my fingers greasy. An additional benefit of the design is there is no need for an adjuster barrel, since the spring-loaded system seems to deal with cable stretch and slop.
I have used the LEV for four months now, and the lever action, seatpost actuation and movement have been silky smooth. Using the system is quite easy, just press and hold the lever, and either weight the saddle into the lower positions, or unweight, and let it pop up to the desired location, and then release. The actuation of the lever was smooth, and I didn’t feel the usual cable roughness or friction issues, and it locked into position and remained there. I haven’t suffered any stickiness or notchiness, and the stroke has been smooth the entire time. I tested their i950-R model and I dealt with repeated issues with the post getting stuck in certain positions, so it was pleasant to have a post that moved so nicely from the get-go and has always remained that way. I really liked that there was no housing moving up and down when I drop the saddle, and it certainly gives the bike a much cleaner look. Even when other manufacturers’ adjustable seatpost systems are set up properly (trimmed and routed as needed), the housing still gets in the way when the saddle is dropped, and pokes you in the leg on occasion. It was also enjoyably to not have to do any cable adjustment or fine tuning to make the seatpost work as the only thing I have done is tweak the saddle tilt a couple of times.
One of the few weaknesses of the seatpost, is that when the air temperature hovers around freezing, the action starts to feel like it’s running in molasses, and when it drops below 25° it can stick and won’t fully return to the upper most positions without grabbing the saddle and pulling it upwards. From reports on other hydraulic posts, namely the Rockshox Reverb, this same sort of problem happens at below-freezing temperatures, so I can only assume it has to do with the hydraulic fluid.