The BikeYoke Revive dropper seatpost that set the benchmark for reliability and serviceability is quickly to go wi-fi, in a brand new electronically actuated improve that may put an finish to any inner cable routing hassles. We bought a primary look and a few first saddle drops on some almost completed prototypes at this time, and it appears actually promising.
Plus, BikeYoke’s Stefan Sack all the time has a whole lot of cool concepts bouncing round inside his head, so he confirmed me some prototype mountain bike pedals and a brand new handlebar, too!
BikeYoke Revive Wi-fi digital MTB dropper seatpost
The key to BikeYoke’s new Revive Wi-fi dropper is that the one elements which are utterly new are the digital dropper actuator, the wi-fi distant, and every personal’s rechargeable batteries. The technical hydraulic internals are the identical confirmed Revive mechanical dropper applied sciences, all the way down to the truth that the wi-fi publish shares the identical service elements because the common Revives.
That’s form of an enormous deal, as a result of that is going to be an costly dropper, however you may ensure that the publish will proceed to go up and down easily for a very long time, and any bounce you get from air sneaking previous its inner seals is well corrected with the little Revive reset lever.
The Revive Wi-fi dropper communicates with its wi-fi distant through Bluetooth LE. That additionally means there is a chance for a little bit of adjustability within the velocity of return through a companion cellular app, however you received’t want an app to make use of and even arrange the dropper. Each distant & dropper have 2 tiny LEDs (purple & inexperienced) that may present the battery standing of one another at a easy look.
Each wi-fi dropper and distant have their very own self-contained li-ion inner battery that’s mentioned to work for ‘a number of’ months of standard use, rechargeable with a typical USB-C port on every. Which means eradicating the publish out of your bike to cost, which Stefan says is form of a bonus characteristic to verify mountain bike riders don’t depart their publish in eternally till it seizes of their body.
BikeYoke says the brand new wi-fi dropper is definitely even a bit lighter than the unique variations. The electrical actuator that opens and closes the valve to function the publish does add a little bit of weight, however that’s offset by the truth that the small self-contained wi-fi distant is significantly lighter than a mechanical distant with an extended section of steady housing and wire cable inside.
The addition of the actuator does add about 13mm extra total publish insertion size on the backside of the dropper, however BikeYoke has additionally trimmed roughly 5mm of stack off the publish’s head – ensuing within the wi-fi dropper being about 10mm longer than a mechanical Revive.
The usual distant is tremendous tiny and made to take up minimal house on the bar – will probably be an injection molded plastic half in ultimate manufacturing, probably with a detachable alloy clamp. It requires little or no pressure to actuate, and felt as quick as any mechanical dropper I’ve used. There’s not a ton of tactile suggestions pushing a tiny button in about 2-3mm to drop the publish (in comparison with the lengthy throw of a mechanical dropper distant). However it solely took me about 3 pushes of the button to get a way for the quick press-then-drop movement, and it was in fact, rather a lot simpler than any mechanical distant.
BikeYoke additionally confirmed us a good smaller distant that makes use of a small wired-in separate battery that may be mounted inside a handlebar for bars with inner shift wire routing.
That may probably be an OEM-only choice a minimum of at first, however it reiterates the chances of how simply you may function a wi-fi dropper with all types of distant. BikeYoke additionally makes their very own lock-on multi-density Grippy grips, and has thought of the likelihood they might even combine the distant button into one in all their grips sooner or later.
Attention-grabbing potentialities, certainly.
BikeYoke Revive Wi-fi Dropper – Pricing, choices & availability
Formally the brand new BikeYoke Revive Wi-fi is a MY24 (mannequin yr 2024) product that means you’ll have to wait till the beginning of subsequent yr to get one – ideally they need to be prepared for shoppers by the spring driving season. That’s nonetheless fairly a methods off, and as BikeYoke finalize a number of the manufacturing particulars of their distant, they nonetheless don’t have an official worth but. However on-the-record/off-the-record, they recommended that BikeYoke are concentrating on a retail worth that’s an excellent bit cheaper than the SRAM AXS dropper or possibly half once more costlier than mechanical Revive posts – together with the wi-fi distant.
As for sizes, it would basically be provided in all the identical choices because the mechanically-actuated Revives since they share a whole lot of practical internals – so which means a minimum of 30.9 & 31.6mm diameters, and journey choices from 125mm as much as 213mm. It would come on this silver anodized model if there’s good response previous to manufacturing, in any other case they will all the time fall again on black.
Prototype modular platform pedal undertaking
One other prototype undertaking are these modular platform mountain bike pedals. The thought was to develop a stable, dependable alloy pedal physique with a serviceable axle and rotating elements, then bolt on a replaceable composite physique with the traction pins.
That modular design will permit BikeYoke to supply a minimum of a few platform sizes, and likewise allow them to tweak supplies and pin placement. These prototype pedals are machined from slippery Delrin engineered plastic with 7 lengthy replaceable traction pins per facet, and 4 bolts that maintain the alloy & plastic bits collectively.
Now that BikeYoke have ironed out the supplies and connection factors, the following step might be optimizing the decrease forefront of the pedals’ outer platform to slip over trailside obstacles. We’ll hold tabs on the following levels of BikeYoke flat pedal improvement.
Prototype 35mm consolation mountain bike handlebars, too!
The brand new BikeYoke wi-fi dropper additionally occurred to be mounted on prime of some in-development carbon mountain bike bars that weren’t completely spherical. With a flattened profile within the rise of the bars, BikeYoke is ready to steadiness some actual vertical consolation with the torsional stiffness of contemporary 35mm diameter bars. The bars additionally characteristic titanium mesh reinforcement within the brake/shifter/distant clamping space for additional safety.
BikeYoke says the brand new carbon bars don’t have a set launch date but, as they’re nonetheless working to optimize layup to get the very best rider consolation, whereas nonetheless passing probably the most stringent power, stress & impact-resistance testing in the marketplace.
Don’t fear, I personally discover nearly each fashionable 35mm bar too stiff, so I’m be holding a detailed eye on this undertaking and can share extra information each time I do know extra.
And for positive, we’ve put our identify on a brief record to check the BikeYoke Revive Wi-fi dropper as quickly as one is able to evaluate!