ExaForm Vareo Remote dropper post review£186.00

Decent dropper that delivers questionable value

BikeRadar score2.5/5

ExaForm is the ‘budget’ sub-brand of dropper seatpost makers KS, but somehow this post has ended up significantly more expensive than the KS branded equivalent.

The next-to-grip remote lever is easy to find and the articulated cable noodle and barrel adjuster mean neat cable runs and correct operating tension for smooth operation. We’ve had no reliability issues and the 20mm rear offset means you don’t have to nudge your saddle forward like on most inline dropper posts.

At a hefty 725g the Vareo weighs 100g more than KS’s decent LEV and 180g more than RockShox’ benchmark Reverb. It’s only imported in a 31.6mm diameter, with a drop of just 100mm. You occasionally have to pull it back up to height if it’s been left compressed for a while too, and the forward cable routing is a bigger threat to frame paint than rear or side routing.

Most damagingly, you can buy almost exactly the same post labelled as a KS eTen for £125, and that one’s available in 30.9mm and 31.6mm sizes, and in an internally routed Integra version for £150.

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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