PRO Koryak ASP dropper seatpost review£200.00

Reliable, relatively affordable dropper

BikeRadar score3/5

Rather than developing a fresh design for its first dropper, Shimano’s finishing kit brand PRO has used a mix of post and remote components that are familiar from other brands. The result is a relatively light (613g) and affordable internally-routed unit that’s available in both 30.9 and 31.6mm diameters.

The single-bolt clamp needs firm tightening to stop the saddle tipping if you G-out on it, but sideways wobble of both head and remote lever isn’t excessive even after a few months’ use. 

While the return speed is steady, there’s a distinct top-out clunk to tell you when it’s fully extended and it doesn’t slow down obviously at low temperatures.

It’ll stop anywhere in its stroke, too, although the 120mm extension won’t be enough for a lot of riders/frames. 

Our test sample has been functioning fine for several months so far and similar posts we’ve used in the past have also held up well over time.

Whether you choose the vertical ‘universal’ lever with cable noodle or the shifter-style under-bar lever for single-ring set-ups, the complete post price is the same and spares such as a seal and bushing kit (£14.99 / about $19.50) and spring cartridge (£49.99 / about $65) are readily available.

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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