Perhaps more than anything else, dropper posts seem to be one of those products that riders are willing to tolerate some quirks for the overall benefit. Specifically, one of the biggest areas of improvement seems to be the remote levers themselves. Why else would there be so many replacement levers, adapters, and hacks to create something different to control the posts?
Anyone who has used one of the Specialized Command posts with their SRL lever can attest to the excellent ergonomics and function of a lever that closely resembles a shifter. Specifically, the lever is very similar to a SRAM shift lever, so why not make a SRAM shift lever into a dropper post remote? Problem Solvers likely isn’t the first entity to hack a SRAM shifter for a dropper post lever, but they are giving you the play by play…
Far more than a simple plug and play, the SRAM lever hack is pretty complicated and involves modifying the internals permanently. This could be a great use of a broken shifter that still has the parts needed for the hack, or simply for that discarded front shifter that you’ll never use again, right?
One crucial element of the hack that you’ll have to supply yourself is the cable knarp to anchor the end of the cable in the shifter – if your dropper posts requires it. Some posts anchor the cable in the lever, in which case you won’t need the Knarps. But if your post anchors the cable in the head of the post, Problem Solvers uses the Odyssey Cable Knarps which can be found many places online for a few bucks and probably at your LBS.
For the full step by step instructions, head over to the Problem Solvers Blog.