Nukeproof OKLO Air 2016 seatpost review£165.00

Redesigned dropper addresses reliability issues

BikeRadar score3/5

Nukeproof's original coil-sprung OKLO post suffered from a range of problems when we tested it in 2015, including the saddle clamp coming loose on the shaft and the external actuator seizing up.

For 2016 though, the brand's engineers have completely reworked the post, and reliability is much improved.

We’ve been riding this new version for months with no sign of the head loosening. Meanwhile. the internally routed cable (there’s an external version too) keeps things contamination free.

The captured-barrel-clamp cable attachment is awkward to get right when fitting the post, because the cable has to be measured carefully and cut off flush for clean operation. Tensioning the lever correctly is crucial too.

In use, the post is painfully slow. It takes ages to extend or compress, which stops it clattering into your nether regions but is irritating if you’re trying to maintain flow.

Unscrewing the seal head, degreasing it and adding 10wt hydraulic fluid speeds things up slightly but it’s a shame there’s no easy way of altering the air spring pressure. At 830g (with lever) it’s extremely heavy too, and it only comes in a 31.6mm diameter so it won’t fit all frames.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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