KS (or Kind Shock) make a massive range of dropper seat posts. Figuring out what is the right post can be a real challenge so, we thought we'd make life a bit easier and compare all the different adjustable height seat posts they make.

KS is one of the largest dropper seat post manufacturers in the world and is renown for their quality and reliability. 

 

KS Posts

Terminology:

 

Remotes - All KS seatposts (Except the lever actuated ones) are supplied with essentially the same remote. It's handlebar mounted unit that can also replace an ODI grip lockring (only works on their dual lockring grip models). The differences between the remotes are the materials they are constructed out of. KS remotes are manufactured in either:

  • KGP Polycarbonate - Essentially a plastic remote. This is the most basic remote
  • KG Alloy - An Alloy unit, this sits in the middle tier
  • KGSL Carbon - The top of the line carbon lever. This looks sleeker and shaves some grams too.

If you'd prefer a shifter style remote, that sits under the bar, KS also make the KS Southpaw Remote, or there is a heap of aftermarket options available too from Wolf Tooth, BikeYoke, Cane Creek or RaceFace.

 

Cable System - KS include all necessary cables with their posts. They supply one of the following two types of cables:

  • Standard Cables - A standard stainless steel shifter inner cable and standard gear outer housing.
  • Recourse Ultralight Cable System - This system does away with the standard wire stranded cables and replaces them with the most advanced tech available. Saves 25g!

 

Mast Material - This is the lower part of the post that slides is clamped into your frame. Made from either Alloy or Carbon.

Seat Clamp Mechanism -  The lower priced options run a single bolt system with a series of notches, that give a finite number of angles your seat can be set up at. The better posts all run a twin bolt micro adjust system. This gives not only a stronger connection but allows you to adjust the saddle angle infinitely to achieve the angle you want.

Seat Clamp Offset - The E-Ten series posts use a 20mm set back (the saddle is 20mm offset from the centre line of the post), while the LEV series all use a 0mm offset so the saddle sits directly over the post.

Lower Cradle - This is the part that the seat rails actually sit on top of. The top level posts use a High Compression Carbon unit to shave some grams, while the majority use a more economical Forged Alloy unit

Roller Bearing - KS patented technology - Underneath the main DU Bushing, the majority of KS posts use a one-way Roller clutch bearing that dramatically reduces side to side play.

 

We'll split these posts into 3 categories to start with.

1. Integra Models - these are internally routed, (aka stealth routed) where the cable attaches to the very bottom of the seatpost, then the cable runs inside your frames seat tube. Your frame must be compatible with internal routeing to select one of these posts. (It just needs a spot for the cable to exit the frame.)

2. External Cable Models - As the name suggests, the cable does not run inside the frame at all. There are 2 different ways the cables can attach to external cable models. 

  • Collar Mount - Also called Zero Movement as the cable does not move as the seat post goes up and down. This is definitely the preferred mounting position.
  • Top Of Post - This means the cable connects to the post just under your saddle. This is less desirable as the cable will move every time you put the post up and down. It's more likely to get snagged and isn't as clean looking as the collar mounted versions.

3. Lever Actuated - No cables at all on these. They are simply actuated by a lever underneath the saddle. This does mean you have to take a hand off the bar to adjust which is not ideal for safety nor ease of access.

 

Model Comparison:

1. Integra Models

  KS E-Ten Integra KS Lev Si Integra KS Lev Integra KS Lev Carbon Ci Integra
Cable Routing Internal Internal Internal Internal
Actuation Style Remote Remote Remote Remote
Remote Material Polycarbonate Polycarbonate Alloy Carbon
Cable System Standard Standard Standard Recourse
Mast Material Alloy Alloy Alloy Carbon
Seat Clamp Mechanism Single Bolt Twin Bolt Twin Bolt Twin Bolt (Titanium)
Seat Clamp Offset 20mm 0mm 0mm 0mm
Lower Cradle  Forged Alloy Forged Alloy Forged Alloy Carbon
Roller Bearing Yes No Yes Yes
Adjustable Return Speed No No Yes Yes
Sizes /  Drop Options 27.2mm 100mm N/A 65, 100mm N/A
30.9mm 100, 125mm 75, 100, 125, 150mm 80, 100, 125, 150, 175mm 65, 100, 125, 150, 175mm
31.6mm 100, 125mm 75, 100, 125, 150mm 80, 100, 125, 150, 175mm 65, 100, 125, 150, 175mm
34.9mm N/A N/A 100, 125, 150, 175mm N/A
Pricing From $229.95 $299.95 $384.95 $644.95

 

2. External Cable Models

  KS E-Ten Remote KS Lev DX KS Lev KS Lev Carbon C
Cable Routing External - Top Of Post External - Collar External - Collar External - Collar
Actuation Style Remote Remote Remote Remote
Remote Material Polycarbonate Alloy Carbon Carbon
Cable System Standard Standard Recourse Recourse
Mast Material Alloy Alloy Alloy Carbon
Seat Clamp Mechanism Single Bolt Twin Bolt Twin Bolt (Titanium) Twin Bolt (Titanium)
Seat Clamp Offset 20mm 0mm 0mm 0mm
Lower Cradle  Forged Alloy Forged Alloy Carbon Carbon
Roller Bearing Yes Yes Yes Yes
Adjustable Return Speed No No Yes (except 27.2) Yes
Sizes /  Drop Options 27.2mm 100mm N/A 65, 100mm N/A
30.9mm 100mm 100, 125, 150, 175mm 100, 125, 150, 175mm 65mm
31.6mm 100mm 100, 125, 150, 175mm 100, 125, 150, 175mm 65mm
34.9mm N/A N/A 100, 125mm N/A
Pricing From $184.95 $384.95 $469.95 $669.95

 

3. Lever Actuated Models

  KS E-Ten Lever
Cable Routing N/A
Actuation Style Lever Under Saddle
Remote Material N/A
Cable System N/A
Mast Material Alloy
Seat Clamp Mechanism Single Bolt
Seat Clamp Offset 20mm
Lower Cradle  Forged Alloy
Roller Bearing Yes
Adjustable Return Speed No
Sizes /  Drop Options 27.2mm 100mm
30.9mm 100mm
31.6mm 100mm
34.9mm N/A
Pricing From $154.95

 

All KS posts are infinitely adjustable within their travel (they don't have any preset heights) and all feature a 2 year warranty.

To view the full KS range - Click Here.

 


Comments (1)

KS dropper post

By: on 18 August 2017
Hi there I am enquiring about the KS lev 27.2 in 65 mm drop. I see it in the table but not for sale. Is it available to order. Thanks

Mountain Bikes Direct Response
Hi there! Thanks for checking in! Stay tuned, we'll have this available for order hopefully in a week or so. Cheers,

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