BikeYoke Revive 272 NSMB Andrew Major

BikeYoke REVIVE 27.2 Gravel Dropper

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BikeYoke has been making 'gravel' length dropper posts for a while now in the form of their Divine SL model. The Divine SL comes in a 30.9 or 31.6 size and like this new Revive, it's a trimmable post for those that don't need the full 400mm length.

While nearly every mountain bike is now using a dropper-friendlier 30.9, 31.6, or 34.9 internal seat tube diameter, the 27.2 size persists in the road and gravel world for a good reason. Comfort. Some companies have spent endless treasure trying to engineer more compliant and yet stiff-enough road frames when all they really needed to do was stick in a 27.2 Thomson Masterpiece post and ride.

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Dropper posts are great for gravel descents, technical trail sections, and stop lights when I don't feel like practicing my lackluster track-standing abilities.

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This CaneCreek shim has been in piles of bikes going back to running a Thomson Masterpiece in my road bike and a Gravity Dropper in my mountain bike.

I'm not saying that the 27.2 Revive has the pliancy of a Masterpiece but the very first thing I noticed after I shimmed the 80mm dropper into the 31.6 seat tube on my commuter rig is now much more back-friendly flex there is compared to my previous setup and actually any dropper post I've ridden. With my saddle up, looking down, if I bounce on the back of my saddle I can visibly see the rearward movement.

I know a couple of folks who don't run droppers on their groad bikes specifically down to the loss of compliance so I'm positive I'm not the only person who will see this as an excellent feature. I haven't ridden all the gravel-post options on the market - I'm comparing the 27.2 Revive to my mountain bike dropper experiences - so I can't say from experience that it's unique to BikeYoke. It'll be interesting to read about other riders' experiences in the future.

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The Revive 27.2mm has significantly more - very welcome - flex than any other dropper post I've ridden. It makes a difference to comfort on longer rides.

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The 80mm BikeYoke dropper replaced the 125mm Crankbrothers Highline I was previously running. I don't miss the extra 45mm of travel for this application.

Why 80mm?

The folks at BikeYoke had given up on making a 27.2 dropper post as there's just not a lot of space for the guts and it's all but dead as a mountain bike size. But the gravel market is hot right now and as riders are tackling some fairly technical terrain on skinny tires, or even looking for a more effective and aerodynamic position descending on the road, demand for lightweight dropper posts is ever-increasing.

The post is trimmable in response to the general weight weenie wonderment of the road world. I'm running it uncut at 400mm but hacking it down to the minimum length of 300mm drops another 45 grams if that's your jam. Uncut the post weighs 385 grams.

I quite enjoy having a dropper post on my commuter as much for hopping curbs, riding stairs, and stopping and starting at traffic lights as for any increase in off-road ability. Coming from the 125mm Crankbrothers post I've been using, 80mm is plenty of travel for anything and everything I'm going to ride on this bike.

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This is the longer-lever version of BikeYoke's Triggy Alpha remote. The hinging clamp is flexible for installation but solidly secure in use.


First off, I laughed lukewarm coffee out my nose reading the Revive 27.2 owners manual for the first time. Right there on page five, is the biggest boldest ACHTUNG BABY of a please don't drink the battery acid warning, and I quote:

" ATTENTION: DO NOT DRILL OR MODIFY YOUR FRAME IN ANY WAY. Doing so will void the warranty of REVIVE 27.2 and in most cases void the warranty of your bicycle.

DANGER: Any modification to your frame may cause the frame to fail, which could lead to injury or death."

Always drill at your own risk, or hire a professional frame builder or repair outfit, when it comes to modifying bicycles but if your frame takes a regular 27.2mm seat post and doesn't have an exit for Stealth routing please don't let the lawyers get you down.

If it's carbon, there are outfits like Robert's Composites popping up all over the world. If it's metal, your local custom frame builder most likely has you covered.

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I know that someone wanted to see the actual installation instructions.

It's absolutely a more complicated process to mate a cable to the Revive 27.2, and this comes down to its choppable nature. The post includes a long plastic wrench that's required to install or remove the actuator. In practice, I found it quite intuitive after reading the instructions but it's certainly more involved than the average dropper installation.

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Installing the Revive 27.2 is a little more complicated than just hooking up a shifter cable.

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Stacking everything up is quite intuitive, but keep it upright so the spring doesn't fall out.

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The long plastic wrench is included with the post. You need this to install and remove the cable.


Sacki at BikeYoke says this was the most challenging dropper post they've had to engineer, which comes down to space. It's why they didn't previously make a 27.2mm dropper post for mountain biking. But the post wasn't the only challenge, in terms of designing something from a gravel perspective.

I don't run drop bars, so I'm using the long-lever, split-clamp, version of BikeYoke's excellent Triggy Alpha remote. BikeYoke is working on a drop-bar-friendly remote but they haven't been happy with any of their prototypes so there's no ETA at this time.

There are plenty of drop-bar remotes on the market already. BikeYoke points to Fox, X-Fusion, Pro, and Wolf Tooth. I know a couple of people who love the Paul Components version as well.

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The Triggy Alpha has a very wide range of swivel adjustment that is separate from hooking up the cable. I ended up choosing a fairly standard position. Leverage is excellent with the long lever and the remote is smooth.


The 27.2 Revive is buttery smooth up and down as anyone who's ridden a BikeYoke post would expect. I haven't needed to use the Revive function yet, but this too works identically to the bigger and longer travel versions. The post includes a Revive lever that you can insert, or leave it off and use a 4mm hex key for a cleaner look. I Revive my posts so seldomly that it's not a chore to pull out a hex key when needed.

As with other Revive posts, this is fully rebuildable without any special tools, and all the individual components are available and replaceable.

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It will be interesting to see how the guts of the 27.2 Revive compare to the larger versions we've torn down for NSMB reviews.

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The Revive mechanism - actuated by a lever or hex key - remains the same in form and function throughout the lineup.

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I'm also working on wrapping up a review of the Manitou Jack dropper, which is a rebadged Revive. The link includes a number of teardown photos.

In terms of availability, the Revive 27.2 is coming online ASAP with inventory available from BikeYoke now and distributors receiving the product this week, so whether direct to your door or through your favourite local shop, it shouldn't take long to get sorted. They're selling, without a remote, for 370 USD.

As always, for more information, including some excellent rebuild videos, you can hit up BikeYoke's website. Full re-buildability being a key feature of all BikeYoke droppers, I'm going to wait and teardown this specific post further along in the review process.

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+3 Niels van Kampenhout Andrew Major Cooper Quinn

Currently, we do not have any spacers that fit the 272 internals. Everything there is sized down compared to the bigger versions: Shaft, piston, inner hydraulic tube, ... The problem is that there is not a lot of room for oil to flow around these potential spacers to get from one side of the pistionto the other. But we can look into that and if it works, we can offer as a future option.



Thanks Sacki, 

80mm is perfect for what I’m doing but I could see folks with clearance issues wanting to go a bit shorter and still run a dropper.


+3 Andrew Major Cooper Quinn Vik Banerjee

Commuting with a dropper around 2014 was a revelation. No more tip toe action while waiting at traffic lights, or putting a foot on the kerb. I'm a little surprised that these haven't been pushed a little harder by the industry. More useful than having 35 batteries on your bike....



So nice for curbs and stairs and stops. And getting going with an awkward load on my rack. 

Great use for an old top-short dropper that’s hanging around on your (or a friends) work bench!

And yeah, weird to me too that it hasn’t really caught on as OE.



Yep. Once you get used to it in all those scenarios, its SO nice to have. My first ride with the Easton gravel post was just commuting... and I was immediately completely sold on the concept of drop posts for drop bars.


+2 Andrew Major bighonzo

I kind of think most 27.2 droppers with enough travel are inherently comfy flexy. It's the small diameter main shaft. It's probably been a decade now but I had a 27.2 Thomson external dropper on hardtail and you could really feel the give on it. That custom frame actually developed a creak with rigid posts from I think a bonded in permanent shim/reducer, but it was always quiet with the dropper. I chalked it up to the flex occurring in the dropper before getting to the frame insertion area.



That’s an interesting take. It’s been so long since I rode a different 27.2 dropper (Gravity Dropper or Thomson) I just have no frame of reference.


+1 Andrew Major

Wow. I'm excited. Do you know if the Revive 27.2 is compatible with their travel reduction kit ( Wondering as I have only 80mm of exposed seatpost on my gravel bike.....otherwise I will go with the Enve G-Series dropper.. which no one has reviewed, but on paper meets my needs.

Finally, a really buttery smooth gravel 27.2 dropper.


+2 cornedbeef bushtrucker

I can’t imagine that you can’t clip on spacers to reduce the travel BUT I haven’t taken it apart yet. 

Hang tight and I will ask Sacki!

It’s sooooo smooooooth. Just, I need to go buy some more Os.


+1 Andrew Major

The Easton/Fox Transfer SL comes in a 50mm version - I've been running the 80mm version for about a year now and its been great.



But could you see yourself switching other than for clearance issues?


+1 Andrew Major

I've got a 50mm AXS Reverb as well. While I wanted the longer travel Reverb, they simply weren't available, so went with 50. 

And, the difference has been significantly less noticeable than expected. If you ride 50-80 back to back, you can tell, but the 50mm is enough for anything I'm doing on gravel tires.


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