Dropper Seatpost Round-Up


Unfortunately, the Hite Rite is no longer available for purchase. It did however launch the lucrative market of aftermarket mountain bike upgrades!

Here’s a summary of Mtbr User Reviews and where to buy them. Read the reviews or write your own if you’v tried any of these.


KS Lev reviewed here.

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  • Patrick says:

    No Kind Shock. I have had two, and no problems at all.

  • aaron tisdale says:

    Don’t have one now but will be going for a Gravity Dropper on the Mukluk as soon as I can swing it. Too much money in the Dillinger’s and Wolvhammers right now.

  • M-dub says:

    GD also is compatible with I beam.

  • Uzzi says:

    Gravity Dropper seatposts open up a whole new world. Having a 5-7 inch travel bike without a gravity dropper requires you to make a compromise. Have the seat high enough to pedal or low enough to shred. Most of the time it’s somewhere in the middle and good for neither. Having a dropper post gives you the best of both worlds. Just like early suspension bikes and disc brakes, I’m confident this technology will improve and in 5 years we will see pictures of these post and laugh. I’m guessing that dropper posts will get stronger and lighter and be a staple on all mountain bikes.

  • banks says:

    Per Fox dealer email November 9th, 2012:
    “Rarely do we have the opportunity to inform our customers of such good news regarding pricing. Many of our key markets have reported feedback that the cost of the product versus features is preventing consumers from choosing the DOSS over other market competitors. In an effort to overcome these objections, we have decided to reduce DOSS retail pricing to get the product out on the trails and being ridden. We are confident, that once DOSS has been experienced in the field, it will build a positive reputation with consumers for reliability, easy consistent operation, and praises for the 3-position CTD design.

    Effective immediately DOSS pricing has been reduced:
    Old US Retail $439.00
    New US Retail $339.00”

  • Tom says:

    Where is the KS LEV?

  • SayWhat? says:

    Ahhh!, for a product at this price point the bugs should be worked out. Why so much side to side movement?, cable routing that looks like an afterthought?, single bolt clamps( what the what!). Reminds me of this quote: “Choo Choo Charlie was an Engineer!)

  • Herzalot says:

    I am one of the few AM riders who do not swear by a dropper post. Where I ride, I am either going up, or going down for extended periods of time. I re-group with buddies and put on elbow pads for the downs, then wait for my buds at the bottom for some more climbing. Since I am stopped anyway, adjusting my seat height is no big deal.

    If my rides alternated between ups and downs in rapid succession, a dropper post would be a no-brainer. KS LEV for me.

  • That Guy says:

    Cool comparo… So when will you get your hands on the Thomson dropper seatpost?

  • 44Gnats says:

    KS Dropzone (Lev w/setback). One trip back to the factory for repair; ran into problems after 15 rides (wouldn’t return, fully, despite proper cable set up, etc. ). Has been flawless since. Run it on a Superfly 100 and find the extra pound is well worth it given the aforementioned performance advantages, fun factor and I dare say, in the tech at speed, at least, increase in safety.

  • BG says:

    I’ll bet that the RaseBike 9″ dropper won’t get a write-up as the company seems to have stopped making them, and they weren’t sold in shops, so you’ll never see one. But they are awsome, mines still going strong after 2 years of thumping around !

  • roger says:

    I’m waiting on Thompson…the currrent ones on the market are crap in my humble opinion. $500…geez that’s more than my suspension.

  • Jasen says:

    No KS LEV? What a waste of a seat post “round-up.”
    FWIW mine has performed flawlessly for the last 6 months.

  • james says:

    The concept is ‘to’ make a seatpost

  • Barry says:

    I have a Gravity Dropper Turbo LP and though it does spring up swiftly, my baggy shorts prevent it from smacking the boys. It may be different in lycra, but who wears lycra on an all mountain bike?
    I have to say, getting a dropper post is one of those things that makes you wonder how you ever rode without it. I used to have my saddle height set in between ideal climbing and bombing the downhill. It worked but my quads always burned climbing, and I couldn’t quite rail downhill like I really wanted. Stopping to adjust my seatpost height was too much of a hassle.
    If you don’t have one….get one!! You’ll wonder why you waited so long to get it.

  • Bdizzle says:

    Thompson? Ug, saw it at interbike. Junk, didn’t even work on the floor. The internals looked like the original Joplin, which all of us know was a pos.

  • shankstheclown says:

    First of all, to any of you who has not used a dropper of some kind for all mountain riding you need to get one. You will use it more than shifting gears. Granted I live in the north shore where anything more than a five minute climb is almost unheard of, nothing but steep ups & downs, I got a Joplin 4 a few years ago, (it’s only been rebuilt once) not to mention I road the whole winter of 2012 thanks to the New England coast. As for the seat movement side to side, it is completely unnoticed. I also believe anything more than 4 inches of travel is unnecessary and who is Fox & Specialized to tell us what is trail and decend. No, no, no, infinite travel, please. And the companies need to make it in a 0 & a offset . My friend has a cronalog & it lost pressure twice just in three months.
    Someone needs to make one that works . i’m happy with the joplin 4, i got over the fact that i can”t pick my bike up by the seat . i only have to do that when i can”t make a climb or to get over a gaurdrial or something stupid…..so what! Anyway i think the reverb is the way to go other than the ks that i don”t know alot about. Good luck & get one.

  • Matt Savage says:

    Quick queston, off topic, sorry… What bars are on the bike that has the Fox post? Thanks!

  • MarkB says:

    GD makes one that fits (with a shim) my Kona; the rest do not. When the rest of you can address that, we’ll talk. Also, when you can get the price down to about $200 flat, maybe even a touch less, we can see what we’ll see.

  • Brett says:

    I’ve had a KS Lev (my first ever dropper post) for 6 months, riding 25-50km every weekend.
    My mates used to be quicker than me on the downhills (they don’t have droppers) but as soon as I got the KS I’m now quicker than them.
    Absolutely loving the Lev.

  • MK4ever says:

    i would go for the KS LEV, i have the reverb right now and i absolutely hate it … it needs a lot of maintenance….i once took the bike to the Mount Catherine (Egypt) 3400m above sea level … difference in pressure btw the bottom and the top of the mountain punctured the seals..and besides hydraulic fluid for the post release is a very bad idea…

    • Frank says:

      Mt. Catherine is 2629m above sea level.
      BTW (By the way) at this height, neither would the tire pressure change recognizable nor hydraulic fluid be a problem at all.

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