How to Revive your Dropper

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Don't call it a revival! This time of year a lot of us beginning to pull bikes out from Winter storage and going over wear items like brake pads and tires, or servicing items like suspension and drivetrain components. I mean, what else are you supposed to do when it’s too warm for snowsports and too muddy for mountain biking? Like your fork and shock, you should be servicing your dropper post regularly to make sure it operates smoothly without any sag at top-out or stickiness throughout the stroke. Luckily the BikeYoke Revive post is about as easy to service as it gets if you find that your post is a little saggy from storage. 

In our experience the BikeYoke Revive post is very robust and rarely needs servicing, however, its personal kryptonite is that it seems to require a bleed almost every time you turn your bike upside down. This normally happens at the most inopportune times, but also when you’re likely to have tools out fixing something or another. Luckily, bleeding the Revive takes less time than fiddling with your multi-tool to find the 4 mm hex and can easily be done on the side of the trail or at home in the garage.

Tools Needed:

  • 4 mm allen wrench
  • Two hands

Step 1: The first thing you’ll want to do is to make sure your bike is upright with the dropper post at full extension.

Step 2: Find your 4 mm allen wrench and insert it into the Reset valve, just below the saddle rails on the drive side (right side) of the bike.

Step 3: Turn the Reset valve clockwise until it opens (roughly ¼ turn). You’ll feel a hard stop when the Reset valve is fully open.

Step 4: Press down on the saddle to lower the dropper post all the way.

Step 5: When the saddle is fully slammed, close the Reset valve by turning it counter-clockwise. The valve has a return spring so if you just let go, it’ll spring closed.

Step 6: Use the lever remote to raise the saddle back up.

Step 7: Weight the saddle and check for any sagging or drooping. If any is felt, repeat steps 1 - 6.

Step 8: Beer. Cold beer.

The other great thing about the Revive is being able to adjust the post’s return speed via the internal air spring. It’s a little more complicated of a process but let us know if you’re interested to see that and we can get it into a future Dispatch!

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