After 58 hours of all-mountain racing in biblical weather conditions at the Trans-Provence, along with the daily ragging it got during our miserable British summer time, the KS LEV height adjustable seatpost certainly got tested to the limit.
We were fans of the LEV’s predecessor, the KS i950, but we had suffered weather-related reliability problems with it in the past. The LEV differs in that it’s actuated from via a cable operated remote that locates to the lower, static part of the seatpost and is completely sealed from the elements. This also means there are no nasty loops of excess cable when the post is fully lowered.
It’s easy to set up – the only thing we’ve touched since doing so is the barrel adjuster, to maintain cable tension. The small remote lever that can be used on either side of the bar is made from carbon.
It started with a miniscule amount of side-to-side play, which hasn’t got any worse throughout its time on test and its up-down action has remained smooth too. It’s expensive, but you get what you pay for.