Nukeproof OKLO dropper seatpost review£180.00

Coil-sprung height adjustable post

BikeRadar score3/5

Nukeproof has added this post to many of its more affordable trail bike builds, but it’s available aftermarket too, and will fit any 31.6mm seat-tubed frame.

  • Weight: 700g
  • Drop: 125mm
  • Diameter: 31.6mm

At under £200 it’s definitely one of the more affordable dropper post options, but given that it weighs 700g, it’s not the post for riders who worry about adding weight to their bike.

A lot of the post's weight comes from the use of coil-spring rather than air-spring internals, but at least that removes worries about leaks. The two-bolt seatclamp also has a small amount of rearward offset so you’ll be closer to a conventional post position than most droppers.

The screw-in seatpost head managed to work undone within an hour on its first ride, but we’ve had no repeat of the problem since we cranked the head up tight on the shaft again. Unlike some cheaper, thin stanchion designs there’s no obvious bounce or flex when pedalling.

There’s only an external routing option for the fancy Kevlar stranded cable. This attaches to the seat clamp at the top – rather than the shaft seal head – leaving a loop of moving cable to tame without putting paint at risk.

That does make the clamp easier to access for installation though and there’s a lockable cable adjuster on the remote lever to get the tightness right easily and then keep it there.

The small lever needs a fair amount of pressure to move, but nothing excessive and it’s proved tolerant of bad weather and lax maintenance so far. The rounded lever end is also less painful than pointy levers in a crash or if you slip a pedal.

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

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.

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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