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Best mountain bike seatposts

Chances are you don’t give your seatpost much thought unless there’s a problem with it. Unfortunately, the advent of dropper posts means many of us spend at least some time thinking about — or cursing — our seatposts. The good news is dropper posts are improving in terms of their durability and reliability. But I digress–this isn’t an article about the relative dependability of droppers. This is a round-up of our readers favorite seatposts of 2017.

Overall Results

Once again, the RockShox Reverb tops the list of most popular seatposts

For the fourth straight year, the RockShox Reverb sits atop the list of most popular seatposts. And it does so by a healthy margin, garnering nearly twice the number of votes as the second place KS LEV. Is the Reverb the best dropper post available? That’s certainly open to debate, but it’s hard to argue against its ubiquity. Simply put, the Reverb comes as stock equipment on more bikes than any other dropper post out there. The RockShox brand sits under SRAM’s behemoth umbrella and since they offer drivetrains, brakes, and suspension components too, SRAM becomes a one-stop shop for bike manufacturers.

The KS LEV sits in second place behind the Reverb as it has for the past four years. Again, this isn’t particularly surprising since it’s probably the second most commonly-spec’d brand out there. What the LEV has going for it, more so than the Reverb, is its broad range of configurations. There are least six different models of the LEV alone in KS’s line. No matter what seatpost diameter, travel length, budget, or cable position you need, there’s likely a LEV to meet your criteria.

Fox shows up on this year’s list twice. Once in third place with their newish Transfer dropper post, and again further down with their now-discontinued DOSS dropper. Considering the reputation the DOSS had for reliability, we expect to see them kicking around on the list for a least a couple more years.

There are only three rigid posts in the top ten this year, and the Thomson reigns supreme among them with a very respectable fourth place overall ranking. Honestly, it’s hard to beat Thomson’s combination of quality, durability, function, and value. All of my personal bikes not running a dropper post have a Thomson on them, and as the results show, so do many of our readers.

The Top Five

RockShox Reverb

photo: Aaron Chamberlain

  • Diameters: 30.9, 31.6, 34.9
  • Travel: 100mm, 125mm, 150mm, 170mm
  • Routing: Internal or external options
  • Weight: 560g
  • Price: $349

KS LEV

photo: Aaron Chamberlain

  • Diameters: 27.2, 30.9, 31.6, 34.9
  • Travel: 65mm, 80mm, 100mm, 125mm, 150mm, 175mm
  • Routing: Internal or external options
  • Weight: 464g
  • Price: $339-$515

Fox Transfer

photo: Aaron Chamberlain

  • Diameters: 30.9, 31.6
  • Travel: 100mm, 125mm, 150mm
  • Routing: Internal or external options
  • Weight: 660g
  • Price: $294-$344 (remote not included)

Thomson Elite

photo: Aaron Chamberlain

  • Diameters: All of them
  • Lengths: 250mm-410mm
  • Weight: 228g (330mm length)
  • Price: $100

Specialized Command Post

photo: Aaron Chamberlain

  • Diameters: 30.9, 31.6
  • Travel: 75mm, 100mm, 125mm
  • Routing: Internal only
  • Weight: 590g
  • Price: $275-$350
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# Comments

  • Mr Mojo Risin

    Having gone from a Specialized Command Post to a Rox Shox Reverb, it’s night and day. I had a ton of issues with my Command Post. Nothing ruins a ride like your seat dropping out of you after a few pedal strokes. The Reverb is bullet proof and has way more customization as far as saddle height goes.

    • mudbugz

      My new bike came with a Reverb and it has been nothing but problems. Each time, it took over a month to get it back for warranty. Not a single issue after replacing with a Highline.

  • Legbacon

    I’ve had Reverbs, KS, and demoed a Transfer. I would not trade my Bikeyoke Revive for anything, check the review of this post. Smooth as butter, reliable, and rebuildable at home:)

  • NinjaCougar

    I’ve just replaced my faulty Reverb with a BikeYoke Revive. It doesn’t even make your list, but it sounds like it might be top of the list before very long

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