Wolf Tooth has carved out a niche for itself as a maker of cassette upgrade cogs and narrow/wide chainrings. The latest product from this US manufacturer is the ReMote, an impeccably designed dropper seatpost lever that works with virtually any cable-actuated seatpost on the market.
Wolf Tooth makes the ReMote for Shimano’s I-Spec and a bar-mounted version, as well as the SRAM Matchmaker version tested here Josh Patterson / Immediate Media
Wolf Tooth makes two versions of the ReMote, the standard version and a light action version with a 10mm longer lever, designed to work with seatposts with stiffer internal springs.
Wolf Tooth offers a compatibility guide on its website so you can easily figure out which version will best suit your needs.
I tested the standard version with a MatchMaker clamp for clean integration with SRAM brakes. I used it to operate Fox Transfer and Bontrager Drop Line dropper seatposts, and in both cases, the ReMote was a significant improvement over the stock levers.
No one feature puts the ReMote ahead of the competition. It’s the sum of the parts that add up to a lever that’s significantly better than every other dropper lever we’ve tested.
There’s plenty of grip on the ReMote lever Josh Patterson / Immediate Media
The lever pivots on a cartridge bearing, and the result is lever throw that feels as refined as a high-end shifter. There’s 5mm of lateral adjustment in the pivot, allowing riders to adjust the position of the paddle to their liking.
Wolf Tooth had the foresight to use a plate to clamp the shift cable, like you would find on a derailleur, rather than a set screw. While they are effective, set screws have a tendency to mangle cables, which can lead to premature failure.
The lever pivots on a silky smooth cartridge bearing Josh Patterson / Immediate Media
With a price tag of £55 / $70 / AU$95 for the bar-mounted version (the SRAM MatchMaker and Shimano I-Spec version are slightly more affordable), the ReMote is not a cheap upgrade.
But in my mind, it is still an easy sell when you consider that similar underbar remotes, such as those offered by Fox or Easton/Race Face, cost nearly as much and don’t come close to being as smooth or well designed.
If you adjust your saddle height as much as you shift, the ReMote is money well spent.