Ergonomics are good, with the lever in the right position for either a 1x or 2x drivetrain setup. The Fox levers are a little smaller and sharper than our favorites, as we prefer levers that feel just like the SRAM or Shimano shift paddles.
Reliability has been flawless for us so we have nothing but good things to say about this key aspect of this product category. The Kashima coated version performed a bit smoother than the normal version after a few months of no-maintenance use.
It is also worth noting that this is a mechanical cable type, making it easier to install and maintain. The Reverb uses a hydraulic cable and that is a bit more difficult to install and service, especially when internally routed. The RaceFace/Easton are best-of-breed cable types as well, but they are harder to install, as they use a unique interface at the bottom of the seatpost.
On one of our rides, the inner cable broke (due to a bad install) but we were able to install a new cable with no issues at all.
It’s close to perfect but not quite. One downside of this post is it uses a big air cartridge that requires more room in the post so the insert length is longer than some key competitors. For example, it is 28mm longer (inserted) than a RockShox Reverb with the same 150mm of travel. This is relevant for bikes with bent or interrupted seat tubes where the insert length can be a limiting factor. This can also affect the maximum length drop that a rider can use for their bike and height. But in the grand scheme of things, this is one of the best dropper posts we’ve ridden, yet it’s very affordable at $329.
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