Kind Shock LEV Seatpost Review

4.27 out of 5
Weight: 510 grams
By Jeff Barber    on Sep 19, 2014

By Aaron Chamberlain    on Dec 12, 2017

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Kind Shock LEV 125MM
Kind Shock LEV Integra 150mm
Kind Shock KS Lev Dropper Post
Kind Shock KS Lev Integra Seatpost
Kind Shock LEV DX, 30.9x385x120mm

April 2, 2018
Model/Year: lev Integra / 2018

Pros: Works well Southpaw remote

Cons: Sometimes sticks at first use for the day.

Recommendation: Terrific dropper, no issues. Highly recommend the south paw remote with it.

November 27, 2016
Model/Year: KS LEV Integra 150mm

Pros: Good action, love the south paw lever, works really well all the time, needs less insert length than a Reverb, fairly easy to set up with internal routing.

Cons: Has a little play, needs to be serviced frequently according to our local shop, every three months.

Recommendation: Yes I would recommend it. My cartridge failed after 5 months, KS warrantied it and I was told it needs to be serviced every three months. Its user serviceable and they have good videos, you just need a few special tools.

March 26, 2016
Pros: Reliable, infinite adjustment, clean and functional

Cons: A little tricky to set up, actuation can be slow

Recommendation: A good dropper all around, but the lever is pretty cheap and if you want faster/better actuation there are other options out there for you.

March 17, 2016
Pros: - Smooth operation
- Good reliability
- Awesome with the Southpaw remote

Cons: - Sometimes requires a booty bounce to get it to return

Recommendation: Overall, a solid, smooth droppper.

March 15, 2016
Model/Year: 2016 KS Lev Integra 150mm

Pros: - internally routed cable
- available in multiple travel options (100mm, 120mm, and 150mm)
- sealed cartridge
- easy to use trigger

Cons: - spendy (not unique to KS Lev Integra)
- not for weight weenies

Recommendation: The Kind Shock Lev Integra has survived all that a Pacific NorthWest winter has to offer (rain, hail, mud, freezing temperatures, etc) without any issue. It's been surprise free and has only required routine maintenance.

March 15, 2016
Model/Year: 2015

Pros: Goes up an down as it should
Quality product

Cons: Has a slight wiggle, but I guess that is to be expected

Recommendation: This thing has been flawless for 1 season so far. I have the LEV 272 (Don't quote me) and it is the smallest seat post diameter they offer. unfortunately I can't adjust the air pressure, but I don't really see a need to do that anyway. It takes about 40 lbs of pressure to lower the seat, but this thing works every time. by the way i was 250 lbs last season, and this thing stays where you set it. well worth the money

February 8, 2016
Model/Year: 2015

Pros: Best switch setup if you are riding a 1x drivetrain. It replaces where your shifter switch would normally be.

Recommendation: If you are running a 1x setup get the lever that is where the shifter is designed to be. It is so comfortable and natural while riding.

July 20, 2015
Model/Year: 2013

Pros: - Fixed cable position
- Easy to install and adjust
- Remote can replace the inner lock of ODI lock-on grips

Cons: - Expensive
- Finicky
- Hard/Impossible to self service certain parts

Recommendation: I've had this dropper on my bike for about 2 years and it is a love/hate relationship. Bought it on sale and wasn't sure I'd like doing a dropper post. After 3-4 rides making it a point to use it as much as possible I fell in love. Great being able to drop for technical sections and descents but have it right back up for a fast climb. The action is smooth and not as fast as other posts that could nail you in the goods if you aren't careful. The post gave out on me in the middle of a long ride a year ago (kept sagging 2-3 inches from the set point) and I had to send it back to Kindshock for service (paying for my own shipping there). I received it back and hadn't had a problem until it started to develop a lot of fore and aft movement and began creaking all the time. I'm out of warranty now so I will have to pay to get it fixed which involves sending it back to Kindshock again as my local shops don't service them. They sell rebuild kits for the actuator cables but nothing for the piston itself so self service is out of the question too. If I was going to purchase new again I would consider it again but strongly look at the Reverb for better service from shops or the Fox DOSS or Specialized Command Post for more reliability.

December 27, 2014
Pros: drops!

Cons: takes a lot of force

Recommendation: seems kinda wiggly and underbuilt but so far drops and raises well

December 20, 2014
Model/Year: 2013

Pros: Cable runs thru seat post
thumb remote trigger

Cons: not that he can think of

Recommendation: Husband has on his bike and he says ITS GOOD.
He has also spoken of how the cable doesn't get hung up on stuff when dropped as it is inside the seat post.