Product Review Bikeyoke Revive 160mm dropper post

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  1. Dozer

    Dozer Heavy machinery. Staff Member

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    Item: Bikeyoke Revive dropper post
    Purchased From: Mountain Bikes Direct (Click here for the product page)
    Purchase Price (approx): $459 for the 30.9 diameter post with 160mm travel using the triggy remote
    Usage: All mountain / enduro and trail riding

    Pros – Extremely good feel when operating the raise and lower function of the dropper. Easy to fit and very reliable using a housed cable instead of hydraulic lines to the remote. It also comes in a huge range of options for sizing and remote options.
    Cons – So far, none. I have not seen the post available as an external cable though.

    Product outline: A common thing in all mountain and endure riding is a dropper post. It enables a rider to have the benefit of the saddle in the best position for climbing and JRA (just riding along) then moves the post down to take it out of the way for descending and tackling obstacles. A dropper post turns a good bike into a great bike and eliminates any variable that may arise from having a saddle height that is too high or too low on any ride.

    Bike used: Norco Sight Carbon with Cane Creek Inline Coil rear shock, Rockshox Pike dual position forks, tubeless wheel set with aggressive tyres, 12 speed SRAM Eagle drivetrain, SRAM Guide brakes, Raceface components and Bikeyoke Revive dropper post

    Fitting: First up, this is an internally routed dropper. That means the hose is connected to the bottom of the post and needs to be fed through your frame to an exit point allowing it to connect to your handlebar trigger to operate the drop and raise function. As disclosed earlier, it is cable actuated, not a hydraulic line as seen on a lot of other dropper posts. This is very important to note as it effectively eliminates any issues caused with air in the hydraulic circuit and reduces the need for extra specific tools to fit and adjust the dropper.
    Fitting is a breeze! You’ve already determined which type of bar mounted remote you need. In my case, I’ve got the triggy remote so I can mount it under the handlebar and attach it to my SRAM matchmaker to keep the cockpit area super tidy. The manual supplied does give you a broad outline of fitting the post but some mechanical sense will make this thing a total walk in the park. As it is cable actuated, just mount your remote where you want it then feed the cable housing through your frame so you can determine the correct length to cut the housing. The manual doesn’t tell you this but do not cut the housing before you route the cable! Once the outer is fed the frame (typically that is the hardest job on any bike related job) you run the bare end of the cable into the housing. Hot tip time! Like you would when you chuck a near gear cable in, run some cable magic lube down the cable so it improves the cable movement in the housing, I swear by that stuff. Let the cable then run all the way out and then you’re ready to determine the length of the outer cable.
    *This part is important, make sure you get this right* You now have the inner fed through the cable housing. Pull the inner tight so the cable end block sits firmly in the triggy. Slide your cable outer up to the housing of the triggy and establish what length the outer needs to be at the front of your bike. Turn the bars so ensure it’ll clear the top tube in the event that your bars are spun around so it doesn’t snap the cable. Now, I suggest sticking a piece of tape to the outer where it enters the frame so you know where to set it for the next step.
    Next, you need to get the post sorted. Again, refer to the manual for this process if need be but it’s pretty simple AND the seat post itself has a diagram on it showing you how to cut the cable to the exact length! It’s great! So, you now have the desired placement of the cable and outer at the front of the bike, you now need to sit your post next to the frame to figure out how far down the post will be inserted into the frame. For me, using a 160mm drop means the post is almost all the way in; I left about an inch of the post exposed above the seat post clamp and below the collar. Grab that extra bit of tape you had and wrap it around the cable outer at the point it exits the frame then pull the cable outer through your frame so it exposes the point where you cut it. To make that cut, just measure the distance from where your seat post will be outside the frame when inserted and to the small tip on the bottom of the post where the cable outer with the cable cap will sit just inside the machined cable housing mount.
    Slide the inner cable far enough back into the outer so you can cut the outer cable to length. Make the cut then slide your inner back through so it is tight again and slide the outer tip on nice and snug. My advice is to wind the adjuster barrel on the triggy so the cable is at its longest length, this will enable you to tighten the cable once it is cut to length.
    Now this is where you use the measurement on the seat post itself to get the right length for the cable. Understand that the cable outer will sit a few millimetres inside the housing to keep it in place and to operate as some leverage for the dropper mechanism. Measure the length the inner cable needs to be to allow you to mount the small fitting that locates the cable end in the dropper mechanism then add a few extra millimetres of cable in case you need that minute adjustment. Cut the cable, screw the fitting onto the cable then locate into the dropper mechanism and set the cable outer in its recessed housing. You now push the post into your frame and pull the cable back through from the front to take up the slack used to make the cuts outside your frame. Bolt you seat bolt collar up and bam! You’re ready to set the post up for its final adjustment and test.
    If the triggy feels a little slack, just adjust the barrel to tighten it. It should make the lever firm from the start of the action. There is a process in the manual to follow for the first drop and it is the first time you’ll use the AMAZING reset function. It’s easy, just grab the provided allen key to fit the reset bolt under the saddle on the side of the clamp, open it up and push the post down while operating the triggy. Tighten the reset bolt before you release the triggy and then release the triggy. Thats it, you’re done! Operate the triggy remote and post a few times and you’re away.

    On the trail: I’ve wanted a new dropper post for a while. I was running a Reverb with 125mm drop and it always felt as though I had to compromise between having the post just not low enough and just not high enough. I thought I’d grab a 150mm dropper but the Bikeyoke Revive caught my eye on it’s incredible functionality with a 160mm drop. First ride impressions were amazing, it feels so solid, doesn’t have the awful key way wobble that some posts have and feels so directly straight and down. Being a longer drop than the 125mm I was using, I had to make a few stops to adjust the height I ran the post in the frame but only by a handful of millimetres. It did take a little getting used to when dropping the post all the way down as it travelled that much further but geez, it’s down and out of the way when you need it. Coming back out onto a flat section which eventually turns into an uphill climb, I found I was putting the post up but not to it’s full 160mm, it felt a little more comfortable being maybe 15mm from the very top of its travel on the causal stuff on the trail. When it came to the climb, I nudged the triggy just to get that extra leg extension and was seated perfectly for the five minute techy grind up some singletrack. Once at the peak and onto some flat again, I dropped it just a little.
    The important thing to note there is not once did I have the bob when operating the post. I hit the triggy, the thing feels firm and direct and the post stops on a dime as soon as I get off the triggy. There’s no bouncing on the post, there’s no wobble, there’s no nothing. It feels like a rigid bolted in post every time I’m on it. Thats a big thing to note as I’m a bigger dude and tend to get the bob more than some. With the Bikeyoke, no bob.

    Summary: I’ve owned several other dropper posts and have ridden many bikes with brands fitted that I haven’t owned. Not one of them has felt that much different to the other except for the old school droppers with the lever under the seat, they were horrible! The Bikeyoke is easily, by far the best post I have ever run and works so damn well. Why is that way? It sells itself on the function of the tricky bits inside the post. We’ve all come to expect some sag in a dropper post when the seals leak and / or some air gets into the system. The only way around that is new seals and a fresh bleed. With the Revive, it eliminates the need for that stuff with the reset function that we used when finishing the setup of the post. What does it do? It allows you to reset the operation of the internals of the post if a small amount of air is in the system. Simply drop the post, turn the reset bolt while it’s down and thats the air gone. Do the reset bolt up then raise the post and you are on your way.
    As the post is new, I have not got any long term input. I will update this review with long term results but after a few weeks of riding it, I’m very impressed and can wholeheartedly justify what may seem like a bit too much money for a dropper post. It is that good, it is the best post I’ve used and I wish I’d found it sooner as I almost reckon the other posts I’ve used have been rubbish compared to this.

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    Last edited: Nov 27, 2017
  2. agentninety3

    agentninety3 Likes Dirt

    So it was raining, yeah?
  3. bmar560

    bmar560 Likes Dirt

    Just installed mine last week, took maybe 30-40mins hardest thing was to gauge the length of the cable.
    This thing change the way I ride, definitely more confident on the steep roll downs
  4. Dozer

    Dozer Heavy machinery. Staff Member

    It was indeed, it was our first proper rain here since April. I'm under a good canopy there but still got a wet gooch. The freshly painted Norco did look like cookies and cream ice cream after the ride though. ;)
  5. Oddjob

    Oddjob Likes Bikes and Dirt

    Dozer are there any of the current crop of droppers you haven't tried? Eg DVO, Thomson, Brand X etc.

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  6. Dozer

    Dozer Heavy machinery. Staff Member

    Yep, there'll be a few I haven't used, one of those is most certainly a DVO. I haven't seen an E Thirteen either. It might be easier to say what I have tried:
    -Rockshox Reverb (owned three, ridden a few others)
    -X Fusion
    -KS with the lever under the seat clamp
    -Raceface Turbine
    -Fox Transfer (car park test, by no means grounds for an opinion)
    -Crank Bros, I think its a Highline?
    -Giant generic dropper
    I think thats it, I did run around on something in Canada a few months ago on a Specialized that I didn't take notice of but I do know the remote was something I haven't used before.

    I like the Turbine and I like the Reverb but yeah nah, the Bikeyoke hits them over the fence and into the car park. ;)
  7. Nerf Herder

    Nerf Herder Wheel size expert

    Of the KS products looks like you've tried an i900 or i950 lever pre Dropzone and Supernatural pre 2010 ish?

    Looks like you haven't tried a LEV or LEV integra or a KS post in say 5 years?
  8. Ky1e

    Ky1e Likes Bikes and Dirt

    I love the revive, have a 160mm one myself and have sold a number of them also. Nor one single issue with any. Two thumbs up to bike yoke on this one!
  9. Nambra

    Nambra Likes Dirt

    The KS Lev was certainly on my short-list but the Revive is such a good concept I couldn't go past it. The new 185mm version apparently has further improvements to help keep air/oil separated - microvalve I think it's called. Meant to prevent the need for a reset when the bike is on its side or inverted. Not sure if that improvement can be rolled back into the shorter travel Revives though.
  10. Ultra Lord

    Ultra Lord Likes Bikes and Dirt

    How far over can you tip it untill it needs a reset? I throw my bike into a ute and lay it down in the tray, would I need to pull out the 4mm everytime I drive somewhere?

    This post seems like a winner, my giant one is getting pretty worn after a few years, these look pretty decent and are cheaper than the 9point8 I was looking into.

    Thanks for the write up dozer.
  11. Cheka

    Cheka Squid

    Just replaced my cactused Spesh Command Post 125mm with a BikeYoke Revive 185mm fitted onto my Stumpjumper FSR 29 XL frame and it is bloody awesome so far. The extra 60mm drop doesn't sound like much but it makes a huge difference to this lanky fella. My mechanic fitted it for me and he was impressed with it as well.
  12. pharmaboy

    pharmaboy Eats Squid

    Nice review dozer.

    Droppers are coming of age I think
  13. moorey

    moorey Isn't flammable.

    Said everyone else in 2011....

    Good review mate. Keen to see longevity on these in the real world.
  14. ming

    ming Likes Bikes

    I got a 125mm Revive in June, and have been loving it.
    No play, no problems, never had to reset it.
    I bought a 160mm one for my son and also no problems. Reset it once.

    Other reviews say that if you transport the bike on it's side and with the dropper down then resets are common. I have not experienced this - occasional travel in the back of the car with the dropper down, no problems.

    Highly recommended.
  15. Mr_hANky

    Mr_hANky Likes Bikes and Dirt

    I have experienced having to reset the post afew times on one ride. At first i thought it was faulty, turns out it was due to me laying to bike down with the seat post dropped. Now i lay the bike down with the post up and havnt had a single issue.

    I found if laying the bike over for a minute or so didnt cause any problems. It was when i left it laid over for longer periods.
  16. Ultra Lord

    Ultra Lord Likes Bikes and Dirt

    Awesome, thanks for the info mate
  17. JoelFitz

    JoelFitz Likes Dirt

    I had to strip mine down recently and clean it and reassemble. Just started feeling really rough. Was after 3 months or use though and a lot of riding. Did think this came around a bit soon. But was easy process and feeling great again.

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