KS LEV Ti Seatpost
Length/Travel: 385mm / 125mm
Actuation: Carbon remote w/ RECOURSE Cable and Housing
Head/Rail: Zero offset two-bolt micro-adjust/standard rail
Blister’s Measured Weight: 518g (complete system, with cable, housing, and lever)
Duration of Test: 400+ miles
Prior to using the LEV Ti, I ran the KS Supernatural, which was cable actuated from the head. The overall layout (Thomson style head unit) is the same.
The big selling points of the LEV Ti versus the Supernatural were that it removed the loop of cable and fixed it to the frame, and that it saved 80g, both of which suckered me into swapping over to the LEV Ti.
Compared to the standard LEV, The Ti mainly saves weight in the lever (10g), the Ti seat post bolts (10g), and the shifter cable/housing (15g).
The standard LEV is also offered in an internally routed (Integra) version while the LEV Ti is not.
In practice, I never had an issue with the Supernatural’s loop of cable, or any durability issues, beyond a standard rebuild at 1000 miles. However there is something about the cleanliness of design present in the LEV Ti, and eliminating superfluous material is always appealing.
The overall action and feel of the LEV Ti is similar to that of the Supernatural. Both seatposts offer a small noise at top-out and bottom-out which I really appreciate. It helps cut wasted time when you are unsure of where you are in the travel.
The feel from the stock lever worked well for me, and its integration with ODI Lock-On grips is a nice touch. The lever itself is the same as those on other KS posts, just in a more machined, slightly lighter package. I had no alignment issues with Sram, Avid, or Shimano brake levers, or Sram shifters.
While the overall package of the LEV Ti is nicely appropriated, I did have a few issues with it that were not present in the Supernatural:
(1) While I did not notice it pedaling, the saddle had a side to side tick, where the Supernatural was rock solid.
(2) After sitting for a few hours in the garage or back of the truck with the seatpost down, the post would not return to full extension without physically pulling on it. No amount of pressing on the lever would get it to release back up. It didn’t require much force, but I did have to pull it up manually. This continued to be an issue despite repeatedly lubricating the seals and stanchion. My assumption is that there is something mechanical within the post causing the problem. This issue never manifested itself on-trail, and I can’t speculate that it would or could, but it was slightly worrisome and never went away. Internally, the KS has a factory sealed cartridge system, so rebuilding it myself was not an option.
(3) The RECOURSE ultra light cable broke within 20 miles of use, right at the end of the housing on the lever end. I did not detect a burr on the lever or an issue at the housing prior to the failure. I continued to use the stock housing and just ran a shift cable with no issue.
The KS LEV Ti is certainly a nice dropper, and I would not try to talk someone out of buying it. But it costs twice as much as the Supernatural, and realizes only a small weight savings. The post didn’t really solve any problem I was having with the Supernatural, and it had a few small niggles that, while they haven’t affected performance, they have been slightly annoying, especially given the price-point. I expect something more refined than the basic alternative, and unfortunately, I didn’t find that to be the case with the KS LEV Ti.
All in all this is a nice post, but my experience with it makes me believe the KS LEV Ti is not a category leader. If anyone has similar experience with the LEV seatposts, and has any fixes to my issues, please post them in the comments section below.