BikeYoke Revive 2.0 Dropper Review

Good dropper posts are no longer difficult to find. Even the lower shelf posts – the kind product managers like to use when trying to stay below a certain price, which costs between $ 100 and $ 200 – are as reliable as the premium posts from years ago. Sure, they do the least that’s expected of them, traveling up and down, but they also last quite a long time before needing service or a cartridge replacement.

So what’s the difference between a $ 150 seat post and a nearly $ 400 seat post? Return speed, friction, ease of maintenance, reliability and remote ergonomics. At the core of this review, we’ll go into how the BikeYoke Revive 2.0 incorporates these elements into its design.

What’s new

Aaron Chamberlain made the Revive 1.0 for. rated Single trails four years ago, and his impression is written in the title: The BikeYoke Revive Dropper Post is Exceptional.

With the Revive 2.0, BikeYoke uses a one-piece, forged design instead of the previous two-piece composite tube. There’s a CNC machined actuator for a smoother feel, and there are longer saddle bolts and a top clamp for easier saddle mounting.

The updates are pretty small and there isn’t a huge difference in feel between the first Revive and the 2.0. In addition, the new parts are compatible with the older version. The suggested retail price is between $ 320 and $ 380, depending on the trip. They are available in diameters of 30.9, 31.6 and now 34.9 mm and with travels of 125, 160, 185 and 213 mm. The tested price for this 31.6mm diameter and 180mm travel is $ 350 (sold at Competitive Cyclist and other online retailers).

The Triggy Alpha remote control is a machined piece of aluminum with a large ball bearing that moves the paddle. The paddle angle can be adjusted, there are two different lengths – long and short – and two mounting holes to really adjust the position. From the previous Triggy, the Triggy Alpha is a bit more compact and can be mounted directly with Magura, Hope, SRAM, Formula, Trickstuff, Hayes and Shimano brakes. The MSRP is $ 60. So the combined price of the dropper and remote control is over $ 400.

Installation, setup and ride

Installation was as complicated as any other seatpost, which means it’s pretty straightforward if you measure the wires and housing correctly. BikeYoke provides an illustration at the bottom of the post recommending where to make the cut, but it worked well by sourcing enough cord and shortening it and stretching it on the remote.

I drive a Medium size Revel Rascal and before I installed the Revive 2.0 I installed the PNW Rainier 3. The Rainier 3 is adjustable between 140mm and 170mm of travel, but I had it full-length the entire time and hadn’t used anything longer. I examined the overall length, my geometry table, and Revel’s recommendations and thought the 185mm Revive would work but knew it could get close.

Fortunately the seat post fits and when it’s compressed the saddle almost touches the collar, which gives me almost as much clearance as possible and a low profile that feels better around turns and jumps. That’s pretty much the trend these days, and with shorter, straighter seat tubes, riders can get and experience longer droppers on their bikes too. This of course means a more flexible dropper post, which BikeYoke recognized and added 34.9mm diameter options that are tougher and tougher.

The Triggy Alpha remote was also pretty easy to set up. I chose a standard 22.2mm clamp because I use TRP brakes and the clamps don’t interact well with other controls. The only thing I noticed about the Triggy Alpha remote control is the number of tools you will need to set it up. The remote control requires a T25 Torx bit for the handlebar clamp, a 2.5mm for the cable clamp and a 3mm Allen key for angle adjustment, which seems a bit excessive for a remote control. But I suppose when you hook it up to a brake or shifter there is one less tool to worry about.

From here, there really are only a few notes on why I like the Revive 2.0. It works well in the cold, like a husky. The overall length isn’t as long as other dropper posts, which makes it easier to get a longer dropper into your bike. The leverage is smooth, the reverse speed is fast and the clack! sound like a musical note when it reaches full expansion.

I had some air-oil mixture in my post. BikeYoke says this will happen to their design, hence the reset button. But the great thing is, if the post feels a little squishy, ​​all you have to do is turn the 4mm hex head screw, squeeze the post out of full travel, and loosen the hex head screw. Press the remote one more time and the post will be secure again. Squish may be more common with Revive, but it can be resolved quickly and if the post needs a full service, users can do it themselves with a service kit, this video and the right tools. This is a big bonus for people who want to work on their own bikes.

Final thoughts

Is the extra $ 200 for the Revive 2.0 worth it compared to half-price posts? That is hard to say. The Revive has some great features, and many will appreciate that the cartridge is fully serviceable and non-replaceable. I’m not sure if cartridges are recycled or cannibalized, but it seems likely that at least some will end up in a landfill. Sustainability is another tick for Revive 2.0.

There are dropper posts at half the price of the Revive 2.0, but the BikeYoke is a high performance dropper with reliability and serviceability in its corner.

⭐️ The Yoke Revive Bike is sold at Competitive Cyclist and other online retailers.

Party rounds

  • Great lever feeling
  • Reliable
  • Easy to maintain

Pros and cons of the Bike Yoke Revive 2.0 Dropper Post.

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