Ultralight KS LEV Carbon dropper post previews at Taipei Show

380g target weight and 65mm travel for cross-country seatpost

KS Suspension previewed a new ultralight LEV Carbon dropper seatpost at the Taipei Cycle Show, aimed at weight-conscious cross-country riders. With a target weight of just 380g (without cable and remote) it's about 130-200g lighter than most current offerings.

Weight was decreased through several means. First off, travel is limited to just 65mm, which reduces the amount of material overlap while providing a useful amount of drop for tackling technical sections in typical cross-country routes. 

Secondly, the fixed section of the post and the cradles on the two-bolt head are made of carbon fiber, while the bolts are titanium. Thirdly, the internal structure is slightly simplified with a hidden, top-mounted air valve tucked underneath the head.

As with the standard KS LEV seatpost, the cable is fixed to the lower half of the seatpost, meaning the cable and housing will stay fixed as the saddle moves up and down. The accompanying remote is similarly tidy and also uses a carbon fiber paddle, although the clamp is resized for use with 31.8mm-diameter road bars.

KS says the LEV Carbon is still in the testing phase and the new post won't be available until some time in 2014. Target price will be around US$600 and projected sizes will include 30.9mm and 31.6mm diameters – sorry, folks, no 27.2mm this time around.

The cable will be mounted to a fixed location on the new LEV Carbon

For more information on KS products see kssuspension.com.

James Huang

Technical Editor, US
James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: Up in the Colorado high-country where the singletrack is still single, the dirt is still brown, and the aspens are in full bloom. Also, those perfect stretches of pavement where the road snakes across the mountainside like an artist's paintbrush.
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  • Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA

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