We got a preview of BikeYoke’s innovative solution to the hydraulic issues that plague a big portion of the dropper seatpost crowd when they introduced their new Revive post design just before Eurobike. Its reset valve built-in to the head makes it fast and simple to get the air out of the hydraulic cylinder that tends to build up over time, bringing the post back to as-new performance without having to even pull it out of your frame.
Well, at the show we got a chance to play with one first hand to see just how quickly it really was to work. The push button version was pretty tough on your hand, so BikeYoke has solved that minor concern and has updated the design with a single 4mm bolt that will make it even easier to use on the trail. We have even more details on the updated dropper and BikeYoke has put together some detailed videos that explain really well how it works. Check them out and how to get in on the preorder deal to be riding one at the start of 2017…
It really only took us about a minute to figure out how to remove the escaped air from the Revive, and once we knew how it worked, it was literally a 10 second procedure to set the post, open the escape valve, push the air back where it belonged, and pop the revived post back up. The addition of the 4mm head means the Revive isn’t going to be a tool-free reset when it comes to market, but BikeYoke tells us that you’ll likely end up resetting the post once or twice per season. And since pretty much everyone trail rides with a mini-tool anyway, it shouldn’t be a concern.
Part of the move was apparently fueled by customer feedback, some of whom were concerned that the push button could be accidentally activated while riding or even nefariously-so by a race competitor on the start line. After using it we’re sure neither of those could have happened – you had to push it with the palm of your hand so hard that it left an impression of the button in your hand to overcome the internal pressure. So the bigger benefit of the 4mm bolt is of course usability.
Everyone has a 4mm on their multi-tool, and it will require just a simple turn of the tool while pushing down on the saddle. Much easier on the hand than the push button.
Of course serviceability was the big driver that launched the development of the non-IFP Revive dropper’s internals design to start with. So not just the ‘bleed-on-the-fly’ feature was key, but also easy internally servicing. This video shows how quick and easy that will be. Even to the point that you can individually work out any play in the movement of the post by installing a couple or more of the included oversized guide pins to get the action as precise as you desire.
Pre orders run until the end of October, with pricing set at 350€ for the 125mm travel post and 370€ for the longer 160mm dropper. We’ve got a few more details like total dimensions and weights in our original post.
With each post you get the option for their own Triggy remote that replaces your absent left shifter, including an I-Spec adapter, or a standard push-button remote that will work with a double drivetrain. Preorder posts also include an upgrade to titanium bolts for the saddle clamp and if you don’t need the I-Spec, they’ll send their Shifty pulley that speeds up SRAM rear derailleur shifting. Delivery is slated to go out for these preorders in January 2017, with worldwide shipping included in the price.