- KS LEV in 27.2mm Diameter – Are they actually available anywhere?
Have you tried other German stores? bike-components.de have them in stock and will ship to Sweden without problems at least.
Edit: works for me on bike-discount too (up to giving CC details), so I’d have to assume it’s the UK distributor that has thrown a spanner in the works. Superstar!Posted 5 years agospacehopperSubscriber
i got one from here last week..
theyre not in stock right now.. but i pre-ordered mine mid january and the post actually came before they said it would.. (looks like their next delivery of 27.2’s will be next week)
it came into stock last friday.. and was delivered to me on tuesday this week 🙂Posted 5 years ago
I got one when I was out in Hong Kong over the new year. There is a difference between it and the bigger sizes models. I could not find the air adjustment valve. On the bigger diameter ones it is directly under the saddle clamp. Could not find it on mine. Pressure adjustment is one of the main reason for me to buy a lev in the first place as my Hilo was fine. Let’s hope it is just hidden somewhere.Posted 5 years ago
Some pictures for you to see. I got bored and took a few pictures before installing it but never got round to post them. This is a good opportunity!
From the box:
27.2mm, need a strap wrench to undo the bottom cap which I will buy tomorrow:
No Air Valve there!
Even the box says there should be an air valve there!
Installed with Fibre Grip as instructed:
Cable Routing, the length of the inner needs to be exact, took me a few go to get it right. So start long!
Activation mechanism installed into cable:
Remote installed on bar clamp:
Adjustment mechanism installed onto post:
That seatpost just look way too thin:
Feedback so far is that return speed is ridiculously slow. Even slower than on my HiLo. I’m going to go mad if I can’t find where to adjust the air pressure and probably go back to a HiLo.
Luckily, it was “only” £250 which is less than what I paid for my Reverb when it first came out.
Hope this helps anyone who wants a 27.2 Lev to make a decision.Posted 5 years agoivantateMember
I was stroking a 30.9 in my local shop here in Turin at the weekend. He offered to get a 27.2 in for 290euro which was very tempting but the missus was with me and would have noticed.
I also wasnt sure if 100mm was enough?Posted 5 years ago
Not sure if they have limited it to fit in the reservoir or because of increased overlap for the small diameter.andylMember
for the air valve have you tried using the tool with the dimples in to remove the bit in the top of the post?
See page 5 here: http://kssuspension.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/english_web.pdf
That is how you rotate the saddle clamp by the looks of it and the valve might be under there.
edit: see page 14.Posted 5 years agoJoeGSubscriber
nicholas_yiu – as far as return speed, you control that with air pressure. I have 2 of the 31.6 mm Lev, and the schrader valve for the air is where you are looking under the seatclamp. Mine looks more like this, with a little slotted cap covering the schrader valve
Also, if you overtighten the seatpost collar, it can slow or even prevent the post from returning to the up position. In fact, if its too tight and the post stops, hold down the remote lever while you loosen the seatpost collar and it will start moving as you loosen it up a bit.
I see that you used carbon paste, so that’s good. One other thing that you can do is put the seatpost collar so that the gap in it is 180 degrees from the slot in the seat tube. Doing this can help the seat tube stay round when the collar is tightened.
I hope that you find the air valve!
Edit – Andyl – that’s not a tool with the dimples, that is part of the seatclamp. The dimples index on those raised dots to keep the saddle clamp pointing in the direction that you want it to be.Posted 5 years ago
The saddle clamp is quite loose, that’s why I had to use carbon paste.
Just got a strap wrench today so going to try removing the bottom cap later and see if there is an air valve there.
Thinking about it, wouldn’t it be rather dangerous to service the post if you cannot relive the pressure somehow. There must be a way.Posted 5 years ago
I got a reply today, – not good news I’m afraid. And I quote;
You can’t adjust the air pressure in the LEV 27.2 there is no valve.
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So there we are then. Not quite as user-friendly as it could’ve been.Posted 5 years ago
I saw a press release somewhere (could’ve been on here?) where Pure Racing basically said KS were making it untenable for them to continue importing / supporting KS products. Which is a bit of a shit for them (Pure Racing) given they’ve tried to carry the KS flag in the UK for a while now. That’s just from memory, so don’t shoot the messenger eh?Posted 5 years ago
Well, I have been using my 27.2 KS Lev and the inner cable has snapped (This is a common problem with Lev I believe)
I tried replacing the inner cable but it does not seem to come apart the same way as the bigger diameter version. I ended up unthreading the “air rod” from the piston by mistake. It has now lost all pressure and still doesn’t come apart for cable replacement.
I have contacted KS to get it repaired (probably at my own cost) and ordered a new Hilo (shouldn’t have sold it in the first place!)
The KS will be up for sale when it comes back from repair. (probably for quite a low price) That inner cable is a design weak point for the post. It’s not so much of a problem for the bigger diameter ones as it’s easily replaceable. However, seeing that you probably have to send it back every time the inner cable snap on the 27.2, I think the simpler Hilo is a better option.Posted 5 years ago
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