How To ‘Fix’ Your Spongy Reverb Dropper Post In Under 2 Minutes

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When my spongy Reverb Dropper is driving me nuts on the trail, this two minute hack gets me rolling again.

Maybe you’ve grabbed your saddle and lifted your bike. Oops. Or maybe your Reverb Dropper has just mysteriously developed a bit of spongy squish. It happens to us all. Not a problem when you’re stood up and plummeting down, but when it comes to pedalling it can drive you crazy.

We have the answer – whether it’s just a 1cm squish that’s messing with your saddle height, or a full on unrideable flopper of a dropper, this quick fix will have you rolling again in no time.

Video: How To Fix Your Spongy Reverb In Under 2 Minutes

How To ‘Fix’ Your Spongy Reverb Dropper Without Tools!

Step 1 – with your spongy dropper extended as far as it will go in its squishy state, turn your bike upside down. Watch out for any computers or attachments on your bars!

Step 2 – hold your actuator in and push on your bottom bracket to fully depress your dropper post. Release the actuator.

Step 3 – turn you bike the right way up.

Step 4 – press your actuator to extended your dropper fully.

Pop! You should now have a dropper post without squish! Magic!

This will be a temporary fix for your spongy Reverb – you might even need to do this a few times on a single ride – but it’s such a quick and easy solution that it’s very little trouble to do.

How to fix your Spongy Reverb Dropper
If you’ve got an actuator like this, careful when you turn your bike upside down!

Of course, a full bleed and service will likely fix the problem in the longer term. Or, maybe you want to invest in a new dropper? Check out all our dropper post reviews right here.

Hannah Dobson

Hannah came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. Having worked in policy and project management roles at the Scottish Parliament and in local government, Hannah had organisational skills that SIngletrack needed. She also likes bikes, and likes to write.

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Comments (15)

    Presumably this is only applicable to the stealth version as the original version with the hoze routed to the head has the valve located up there too and hence the air collects at the valve so is always squishy?

    The best long term solution seems to be to replace the IFP with the new style one piece SKF seal as it is this that separates the oil and air.

    top tip Hannah, please dont be shy about your stanton though. Looking forward to the updates

    Just what I need! I look forward to trying this later.

    Agreed Craig. Ripe for an early thoughts article on the Switch9er FS.

    Stanton followers: I’ve just swapped the shock for a coil shock and I’m heading for an Easter weekend of final testing. Stay tuned!

    @hamish382 Hmm…I don’t know as I haven’t got one to try it out on. If you have, let us know if it works or not!

    Wow, amazing tip. I have the external cable Reverb upgraded with the new IPF seals (they don’t work any better at all as both mine developed squish again a few months after the new IPF was fitted and needed servicing again). I will be trying this trick though.

    With clip pedals, you might even be able to do this while backflipping so there’s no need to even stop.

    @uberpod if you manage that, I want to see the video.

    I tried it twice after work tonight… didn’t work on external routed Reverb with 1x remote sadly. No effect whatsoever.

    I thought using a gravity dropper was the real fiw on a reverb?

    amazingly this has fixed my Thomson dropper! Nice tip.

    I had to fix my dropper by installing a solid seat post instead. And a quick release clamp.

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