by Brian Mendenhall
If you rewind the clock seven or so years ago, you would find that a dropper post was not standard equipment on all bikes. The idea of getting your hips behind the seat on descents meant that you needed to be very careful with the brake lever. Fast forward to today, and you'll find that most (if not all) new trail bikes come with a dropper post as standard equipment. This has lead to a crowded market for dropper posts, making it difficult to differentiate.
The Bike Yoke Revive 2.0 dropper post brags a few unique features in a somewhat conservative package. These features help it to stand out and address common by way of a "reset" feature that vents any air in the system, and enough "return to top" speed to push your tonsils through your throat.
REVIVE-VALVE: Bike Yoke's proprietary IFP (Internal Floating Piston) design requires a 100% seal between the oil and air compartments of the dropper. Since a 100% seal is likely to fail at some point, the developed a reset feature called the REVIVE-VALVE. If your dropper ever feels spongy or doesn't return at the Mach 3 velocity that you're looking for, simply insert a 4mm hex key in to the reset mechanism, turn clockwise, and push the seat down. Whamo blamo, you have the functionality of a new dropper.
Return to top: There is nothing worse than bombing down a chunky rock garden and then... having to lift your seat with your hands or legs because it didn't come all the way up. The Bike Yoke Revive dropper consistently returns with a satisfying 'SNAP' sound (move aside 'thunk sound'). The return rate is adjustable if you have concerns about bruising your taint (seriously).
Conclusion: After having used this dropper for nearly a year, it is still my favorite in the herd. It doesn't have a gold stanchion, titanium bits, or any other adornments. But, I can't imagine asking a dropper to do anything else.