Kind Shock ETen Seatpost Review

4.83 out of 5
Weight: 723 grams
By Jeff Barber    on Sep 19, 2014

Rider Questions


Q: heelo I'm surching a dropperpost with a setback or layback from 25 mm. Does it excist. When it is necessary 20 mm is even oké. grtz fernand -Guest

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April 20, 2018
Pros: Cost $129, easy to install,

Cons: None so far!

Recommendation: Great product for a good price!

March 27, 2018
Pros: Dirt cheap, Works ok

Cons: Wiggles a little, Single bolt clamp, Hard to install, Slow, Requires maintenance (not that I care, considering the price!)

Recommendation: A dropper post is the best upgrade you can get for your MTB. If you can't afford better ones, get this.

February 13, 2018
Model/Year: 2018

Pros: Inexpensive

Cons: Cable connection to post Single bolt saddle attachment

Recommendation: If you are looking for an inexpensive dropper this is a good option. But be forewarned. The instructions for attaching the cable to the dropper are non-existent in the manual and not exactly intuitive (at least for the specific model I purchased). The very small plastic cylinder (the size of a small screw nut) is a critical component that is used to set the appropriate cable position by the post. I also made the mistake of cutting the end of the cable to shorten it (it was too long) but the end cap replacement does not fit perfectly and as a result the cable becomes disattached from the slot that holds it so I usually need to stop and fix it several times during a ride.

March 27, 2016
Model/Year: 2016

Pros: Price, function, ease of installation,

Cons: seems to wiggle a little but only notice when trying to move it and sitting still

Recommendation: I would highly recommend, Did not know I needed it until I bought one and installed it. Use it every time I ride.

July 3, 2014
Model/Year: 2014

Pros: Cheap, easy installation, works well

Cons: Single-bolt adjustment for seat rather than a micro-adjust setup

Recommendation: I've never written a product review for anything before, but after running this post for a couple of months I felt the need to chime in. If you're on the fence about getting a dropper post, dive in and pick one of these up. Yeah it's heavier than others on the market, and being a sealed unit it is not serviceable by the owner, but at less than half the cost I'm fine with that. So far it has held up very well and functions perfectly. I don't typically buy into all the hype about newer equipment, but a dropper post really does impact your riding in a huge way, particularly on trails that you know well and have a lot of up-and-down flow to them. I can't speak to longevity just yet, but it's construction is sturdy and being a KS product I have very little concern that it will hold up at least as well as the much pricier options.
***update*** after running this seatpost for a full season, I'm still a huge fan. Due to the single bolt clamp for the seat, you do have to be wary of the seat wandering out of place, re-adjust and re-tighten as needed. But for the price and functionality, can't beat it. Just buy it already

April 4, 2014
Model/Year: 2013

Pros: Inexpensive.

Cons: Very sensitive to cable routing.

Recommendation: Picked this up from my LBS for a great price. Installed on my HT 29er, ran the cable housing where the front mech cable used to be. Have maybe 100 mi on it so far with no issues (I'm about 240lbs with gear on). I really like the actuating lever being on the front, it is generally protected from the mud. I'll report back when I get my first failure.

Edit 1: 6 months in and trouble free. Transferred to the new rig.

Edit 2: Winter has hit. eTen siezes up ~7F..

March 10, 2014
Model/Year: 2013

Pros: Inexpensive, can be had for about $140, Fluid motion, much smoother than mechanical and the remote works great.

Cons: A Little on the Heavy side

Recommendation: Look for it on sale with google...