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Bike Yoke Revive V3

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Way back when in 2016, when crappy droppers were not uncommon, Bike Yoke was cutting through the garbage with their excellent posts. They have consistently performed well, are easily serviced, sturdy and durable, and are well-supported with replacement parts. More importantly, I have yet to be let down by one. And the Revive is their top dog.

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The new saddle clamp decreases the stack by 5mm

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And thew new shorter actuator (left). I'm actually selling it little short here since the two aren't perfectly aligned.

Updates

The significant changes here are a 5mm drop in stack, thanks to a new saddle clamp, and a reduction in insertion length thanks to a shorter actuator. The actuator can also be rotated 360º now which could free up some valuable millimetres for frames with interrupted or short seat tubes. Beyond that there is a sealed cartridge so your air pressure is set from the factory and a simplified travel reduction feature allows you to adjust your drop in 5mm increments.

The install is improved thanks to a slide on barrel, that mates with the cable end. Previously there was a barrel that clamped the cable and it wasn't terribly convenient. The last time I used that mechanism I just threaded the cable through the hole and left the barrel behind it so I didn't have to clamp the cable. This is miles better and in line with other premium posts.

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The new cable arrangement includes this cradle for the cable end, which is much tidier than the previous version.

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Speaking of which, the last time I used the previous version I slid the cable right through rather than clamping it with the set screw. I don't recall if it was for convenience or the result of a lost set screw, but I'd do it again without a thought.

Features - Bike Yoke Revive 3.0 (provided by BikeYoke)

  • New saddle clamps for a 5 mm lower stack height
  • A new 360° rotatable foot unit shortens the overall length of the seat post by further 10 mm
  • New slide-on cable barrel for easier installation
  • New BikeYoke cables (3 mm housing + 0.9 mm polished and coated stainless wire)
  • Travel reduction in 5 mm increments (4x5 mm spacer included)
  • 3D-forged, one-piece upper tube for increased stiffness and strength
  • Redesigned actuation linkage for imprived feel and feedback
  • Two-piece saddle bolts with integrated conical washers for easier saddle mounting

Competition

Where Bike Yoke has always been a leader is smoothness, and that seems to have ramped up a notch here. It goes up and down with a satisfying slither and reaches the top with an authoritative thunk that brings Bavarian autos to mind, only with more reliability. There are other categories where the Revive is not a leader and these may or not be important to you. With their own V3, OneUp continues to lead in terms of low stack height, insertion depths, and overall length and now they have added the featherweight crown per given drop, all at a reasonable price.

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OneUp continues to win the stack wars with both V3s side to side here with the Bike Yoke on the left.

Galactic Post

When I think about Bike Yoke posts however, I'm reminded of a classic SNL skit; Galactic Prophylactic, the condom that lasts a lifetime. Revive posts happily go from bike to bike without much drama; they just keep working. Part of Bike Yoke's slightly longer insertion depth relates to more bushing overlap, something Bike Yoke thinks is essential to reduce maintenance and keep a post running smoothly. These are the lowest maintenance posts I have ridden and they rarely require a re-lube, while this is part of at least monthly service for a OneUp. So while the Revive is a little longer, a little heavier, and a little more expensive than the market leader in those categories, it may be handed down for generations, with less maintenance required through the decades.

Another category where Bike Yoke currently lags is in the very long drop department. While 213mm will work fine for me, I'm a little happier with even more drop. I've ridden 225 (on a prototype Bike Yoke Revive Max) and 240 and felt very good on the bike indeed. 213 remains a relatively sweet spot for me in terms of comfort seated and bumular clearance. The good news is that Bike Yoke has been hinting at adding an even longer drop to their catalogue, and I'll be the first one with my hand up.

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Revive Lives On

If you've never been educated about a Revive post, the name may be a mystery to you. The post is named after a unique innovation in the post that allows it to self-rescue when things get squishy. If your post isn't rock solid in its extended position, all you need to do is pull out a 4mm hex key, twist the Revive valve 45º and push the saddle down. When it extends again it will be rock solid once again. Or you can permanently mount the included lever for an even handier reset.

For whatever reason, I've had to Revive my V3 several times already. The most recent time might be related to the altitude, since it was after a trip to the B.C. interior but I'm not certain. Each time it has returned to full rigidity immediately after the simple procedure.

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All Revive posts ship with a wee lever that can be pressed into the fitting hole (4mm hex) for those who don't carry tools. I've never used the lever before but for some reason I've had to use the Revive function three times already with the V3 perhaps because of travel and the associated elevation changes, so I'm going to leave it for now. Thankfully the reset takes all of about 30 seconds.

Bike Yoke goes to great lengths to make their posts durable and rebuildable. To that end, all of the updates of V3 are backward compatible; if you'd like to turn your V1 or V2 into a V3, have at 'er since you may be able to pass your post on to your son or daughter. To that end, I learned a lesson from a wise industry friend of mine who rides even more bikes than I do; he only orders 30.9 posts and uses shims for bikes that have 31.6 or 34.9 seat tubes. I'd hate to sell a bike with a favourite Bike Yoke post on it.

There's an exception to that rule for Clydesdales are any riders who are particularly hard on posts. That is the Revive Max in 34.9. All other post manufacturers that I know of make their 34.9 posts with the same upper tube diameter as their 30.9 and 31.6 posts, making them much heavier and no stronger. Bike Yoke uses a larger diameter upper post and the same wall thickness as their thinner posts, making for a 34.9 that is only 40g heavier than the 31.6 with the same drop, with significantly more strength. (For some reason the Revive Max is currently listed as "no longer available" but I suspect it's simply out of stock. I'll update when I hear back from Sacki)

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The Triggy Alpha Remote floating in space, where you a see the stainless steel cartridge bearing.

Triggy Alpha Remote

For whatever reason, I haven't spent much time on Bike Yoke remotes, but I was sure to hook this one up. The Triggy Alpha comes in two lengths. I chose the longer one which requires less effort (15% less) but has a longer throw, which I have yet to notice in use. It's nice and smooth, in keeping with BY tradition, and it takes even less force to get it going thanks to a cartridge bearing. It even has a tidy pocket to deal with that dangly cable end. It is Matchmaker compatible and can be rotated 360º for those of you who prefer to push your lever from in front of your bars?

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And here is the Triggy Alpha (long) mounted to a SRAM Matchmaker mount. I like the lighter action of the longer lever.

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The 213 in all its glory. I have room for a little more drop here and I wouldn't say no to it.

In the End

While none of these updates are revolutionary, they all push the Revive in the right direction. Even great products like this can improved over time and it's nice to see Sacki isn't resting on laurels. Making all the updates backward compatible speaks to Bike Yoke's commitment to past products and existing customers.

Bike Yoke posts are not cheap, but if you can pass them through several bikes, they should provide good value over the long term.

Bike Yoke Revive Dropper Post prices (without remote)

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Triggy Alpha Remote 65 EUR (Shimano Ispec adapters are extra as is a standalone clamp if you require one)

An addition, which was pointed out in the comments, is that you can get your Revive V1 or V2 updates to V3 for the price of a complete service. Basically you are getting the new parts for free. You need to register by June 30th to have access to this program.

Update Service 3.0 Program

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dolface
+11 Devin Zoller Cr4w RobertAxleProject hotlapz Deniz Merdano Pete Roggeman Cam McRae Alex D Tjaard Breeuwer Timer Jotegir

Probably worth mentioning that existing Revive owners can get their posts upgraded for free as part of a regular service: https://bikeyoke.com/en/update-service-program

You do have to register your post by June 30 tho

"It doesn't matter where and when you bought the seatpost. Every original purchaser can now register for this update program until 30. June 2024.

In concrete terms, this means that you only have to pay the regular service rate of the corresponding service center, and all parts that are required to update your REVIVE to the latest 3rd generation are free of charge."

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hotlapz
+2 Cam McRae dolface

Wow, now this is how you build brand loyalty. Thanks Sacki!

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cam@nsmb.com
+1 dolface

Thanks for adding that dolface. What a great deal.

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jddallager
+4 Jotegir Cam McRae BarryW Pete Roggeman

Cam: Gotta admit, when I saw the words "More importantly, I have yet to be let down by one." in the first paragraph, I had to think: Isn't that what dropper posts are intended to do?; or, the guy's brilliant in "poetic license and nuance".

Please feel free to use my comment as a reason for your employer to give you a bonus or ..... wait for it ..... let you down!    :-)

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cam@nsmb.com
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I wish my dad joke game was so elevated. And that my employer would extend me a raise. Alas, I remain bottomed out. 

But thanks for your support!

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alexdi
+1 Pete Roggeman

With my OneUp V2, the best I can say is that it's good enough. I grease it before every ride with Slickoleum because it isn't as smooth if I don't, but it's been reliable for two years and doesn't draw attention on a ride. Revive's minimal actuation pressure, ultra-smooth travel, and nonexistent maintenance are all wins that I miss. Still, I'm happy we have both a good choice at one budget and great one at another.

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denomerdano
+1 BarryW

Grease before every ride??? You should consider installing a gauge to see how full it is! You will eventually run out of space to put more slicoleum in.

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alexdi
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I put a very light coat on the stanchion to stop it from binding. Very little of that gets below the collar, I'm not concerned about "space".

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IslandLife
+1 BarryW

You should probably just take the time to do a proper service.  Once that's done you won't have to do your grease up for each ride.  

I've been running them for years and I find an annual tear down (which may or may not be needed).  And then, once it gets a little sticky or slows down a bit (every month or so for me), the quick grease always works wonders for me and she's good to go.

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jrouellet
+2 Tjaard Breeuwer Pete Roggeman

Consider have your post serviced with their new seal kit https://can.oneupcomponents.com/products/dropper-post-rebuild-kit-v2-1

It did a noticeable difference on smoothness from ride to ride on mine.

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Kenny
+1 Cam McRae

That was my experience as well, my oneups have just marginally worked but not great and needed constantly lube.

When the updates came out I bought a new takeoff Revive 213mm V2 for 180usd. People sell them off cheap and basically unused because they end up being too long for them. 

I bought the update actuator and clamp, and also needed 10mm of travel reduction, but it's worth it. 

I feel the actuator design could still be better, from an insertion perspective, mainly because while it's shorter, it still is roughly flush with the outside diameter of the post, it'd be nice if the cable part was closer to centered. 

Reason is, a lot of aluminum bikes have a weld near the bottom of the seat tube. This is where the seat tube ends basically and reduces in diameter. With a one up style you can fully insert the dropper and the actuator clears the weld. With Bikeyoke the actuator will hit the weld so you lose a lot of potential insertion depth. 

So anyways I'm at 203mm with the Bikeyoke vs 210 with the oneup. Still worth it. 

I did also get a previous gen fox transfer back from fox service that apparently got an update. I like the action of fox the most of anything, but only when working. They've been unreliable AND not user serviceable which is not a great combo. Not sure if I'll bother.

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velocipedestrian
+2 Jotegir Cam McRae

I read some forum discussion, and some PVD rants, and thought about how when the post is raised it creates a slight vacuum inside. The gaps in the actuator are small, PVD drilled his to improve upward speed, but I was thinking more about the filth ingestion. 

I figured it was pulling crap in on the way up, then purging grease on the way down, with the same low airflow cause. I drilled a couple of holes in the actuator to test the theory... 

I haven't noticed much change in return speed, but there's definitely less purged grease on the post than previously.

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Heinous
+1 dolface

My Revives are the benchmark, but I'm really wondering when the wireless Bikeyoke that was teased months ago will show up. I've held off as long as possible on a new build but had to got with AXS given the uncertainty. I don't like AXS! 

Is there any word trickling through the NSMB wires?

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katko
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StacheTower16
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Owner of the Divine and Revive 2.0. Great droppers.  But how does the Revive 3.0 compare to a Wolftooth Resolve? They seem to be around the same price points and built for long term use.

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