KS Supernatural-R Seatpost 125mm
The I-950r was awarded the Eurobike award in 2008 amd 2010, and placed first in the TBEA product innovation award 2008 and 2010
- 7050 alloy body
- Cold forged head
- 385mm post length
- 125mm travel with lever-mounted remote
- Approx. 512 grams (no remote)
-This recent purchase seems to be a newer version where the cable attaches to a small 1.5mm screw under the saddle. This was a very cumbersome task to wrap the cable around this screw and apply the right amount of tension in such a small place. Good luck if it slips during a ride... I'll have to remove the saddle to fix it. I'm not pleased with this design change.
Other than my one complaint the post quality seems the same as my others and it functions the same.
PROS: Attractive Design, Durable
CONS: Difficult To Install
The delivery on the Supernatural was very fast, it arrived on the guaranteed delivery date in perfect condition and well packed.
PROS: Attractive Design
On the plus side, this post has a nice smooth action and the remote feels great. I like it's feel and actuation better than the Reverb as it seems to work with a lighter touch. You can't adjust the return speed but it seems perfect to me. The post looks good with its red anodized bits and the 2 bolt clamp holds the seat well although mine developed a creak after a while but some chain lube on the threads and heads of the clamp bolts fixed that.
On the minus side, the version they are selling now is the newer generation from 2014 on. It is not the post in the picture. This version has the cable going into the back of the seat head and it's sealed from gunk and grime...in theory. The bad part is that there's a tiny little allen screw in there that you're supposed to wrap the cable around and pinch it down. It wasn't that hard to wrap and pinch but as soon as you cut the excess cable off, the end frays everywhere and the bolt is very small and soft (2mm allen wrench) and I couldn't get it very tight without starting to strip it out.
After 4 or 5 rides and around 100 miles, my pinch bolt let go of the cable. Fortunately, this happened at home while I was cleaning my bike up and not on the trail. Of course you have to take the saddle off to do anything with the cable which sucks because I had finally gotten the saddle right were I wanted it.
My fix was a screw with a wide, flat phillips head. I created a loop in the cable end and crimped it with a small piece of brass tubing . When I put it all together, I used the tiniest bit of blue loctite on the screw and tightened it down. Now if the screw loosens up a bit, the loop should hold the cable and it can't slip. Time will tell. This would be a 5 star item and a great value in a dropper if it weren't for the screwy cable clamping.
I'm hooked and never going back to a fixed seatpost again.
PROS: Durable, Attractive Design, Reliable Entryexit, Ready To Ride, Easy To Install
PROS: Solid, Quick
PROS: Easy To Install, Easy to Use
CONS: Maybe A Little Heavy
This is good stuff. A much better value for the money compared to the LEV model that I also own. I do like both but went this time with the Supernatural for a less expensive build.
PROS: Attractive Design, Easy To Install, Lightweight
CONS: The Cable Is Moving
PROS: Smooth action, Easy to setup, User friendly, Confidence On Descents, Remote, Easy To Install, No Fiddling With Seatpost
CONS: Heavy, Maintenance
BEST USES: DH, XC, Am, Fr, Trail
I also have the X-fusion Hilo Sl, and Gravity Dropper Turbo and this KS seems to take lead. The Gravity is spring-loaded with only 3 positions and a little tricky to operate. On the other hand and along with the same endless adjustability of the KS, the X-fusion Hilo SL adds air pressure adjustability along with larger diameter tubing. Nevertheless, the KS feels like a better though-out product and it does not come loose when lifting the bike by the saddle like the X-fusion does (just a little annoying).
Overall and with all three of these being similarly priced, I would take the KS.
PROS: Easy To Install, Lightweight, Well Engineered, Attractive Design, Range Of Choices
CONS: Lacks Air Adustability
PROS: Just works, Dropper Posts Are Awesome, Reliable, Good Amount Of Drop
PROS: Buttery smooth, Cable Boot is cool, No mechanical issues, Easy setup, Bar mount functions well
1 year ago
1 year ago
PROS: Easy To Install
PROS: Attractive Design, Easy To Install, Durable
BEST USES: Racing, Mountain Biking, Upgrade
PROS: Great Components
BEST USES: Cross Country, Free Riding, Downhill
6 months ago
PROS: Infinitely adjustable, Easy To Install, Smooth travel
CONS: Remote switch is touchy
I really like the handle bar mounted control and once you get used to it it becomes second nature. This is one of those upgrades that adds a little bling but also adds a lot of diversity to your bike.
PROS: Remote, Looks, Ease of Use
PROS: Nice Finish, Smooth
CONS: Sticks once in while
PROS: Lightweight, Easy To Install
CONS: Limited Compatibility
It works very smooth so far. It moves out with a good speed and the pressure for lowering it is in a good range.
Assembly is easy. Mounting the cables and where to put the lever on the stearer is more challenging. External cable routing for a adjustable seatpost is intrinsically difficult.
The mounting of the lever in combination with Shimano I-Spec II has its limitations but it works.
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