Interbike: KS adds paddle-style seatpost remote for 1x bikes

Under bar control works with LEV, Supernatural, Drop Zone and E Ten models

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KS used trade show season to introduce a new under-bar remote option for controlling their cable-actuated adjustable seatposts. Designed for bikes that use 1x drivetrains, the $35 KS Southpaw bolts near the left handlebar grip and features a shift lever-like paddle to control their dropper posts.

Though we’ve long been fans of KS’s standard grip lock-style remote, we like the five-way adjustability the Southpaw offers. The long lever design also actuates with more leverage and should help small-handed riders with reach.


All of KS’s handlebar remotes are interchangeable and use the same lever pull ratio.

Though you can find many tutorials in Mtbr’s forums and elsewhere that show how to convert an old front shifter to a dropper remote, the Southpaw appears clean, lightweight and inexpensive.

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This article is part of Mtbr’s coverage of the 2014 Interbike trade show in Las Vegas. For more from Interbike CLICK HERE.

About the author: Don Palermini

Chicago-born Don Palermini became a cycling-based life-form in the sixth grade after completing a family road bike tour of his home state. Three years later he bought his first mountain bike to help mitigate the city's pothole-strewn streets, and began exploring the region's unpaved roads and trails. Those rides sparked a much larger journey which includes all manner of bike racing, commuting, on- and off-road bike advocacy, and a 20-plus-year marketing career in the cycling industry that landed him at his current gig with Santa Cruz bicycles. Now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, his four favorite words in the English language are "breakfast served all day," together in that order.

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