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BikeYoke Revive 272 brings proven dropper seatpost to down-gravel & XC: Review

With just 80mm of travel, BikeYoke has scaled back their most-popular, never-spongy Revive dropper seatpost to 27.2mm in the new Revive 272 – admitting that they have given in to the peer pressure of the gravel boom. Now, adventurous gravel and even hold-out cross-country riders with 27.2 posts and stealth internal routing can benefit from dropping their saddle when the going gets rough, without the worry of installing a dropper only to suffer the bouncy fate of a failed IFP with air inside.

We tested it out, and break down the ups & downs…

BikeYoke Revive 272, 80mm travel 27.2mm gravel dropper post

Apparently since day 1 with the original Revive dropper – a distant 6.5 years ago – customers have been pestering BikeYoke for a 27.2mm version, certainly predating the gravel explosion. But BikeYoke continued to resist, as it is just incredibly difficult to fit their complex, long-life hydraulics inside such a small space.

BikeYoke Revive 272 dropper, 80mm travel 27.2mm gravel bike dropper seatpost review, with Posedla Joyseat saddle

Well, modern XC bikes moved to 30.9 & 31.6mm posts, but a lot of gravel bikes stuck with the OG seatpost size – whether for traditional small diameter looks or the added comfort benefit of the better flex characteristics of a smaller diameter cylinder. And now crazy gravel cyclists are riding their gravel bikes like mountain bikes – obviously on MTB-friendly singletrack, but also underbiking or down-graveling even more technical trails.

So, BikeYoke sucked it up and spent the time and R&D effort into squeezing their Revive tech into a 27.2mm dropper.

Wait, what is so special about a Revive dropper again?

Let’s go back in time 6 years to remember: the key to a Revive dropper is the unique patented configuration of its internal hydraulics that allows it to be reset, or essentially re-bled, when air bubbles invariably sneak past the flexing internal seals as your weight flexes the post. This common cavitation of the sealed IFP that occurs in most hydraulic dropper posts makes the post squish, and requires a replacement internal piston in most/many cases.

The Revive is simply revived by turning that bolt at the top (with a 4mm hex or the included min-lever on newer posts), pushing down on the post to let the air up and the oil back down. Then, releasing and going back to perfect drops and no squish at the top of extension.

So, what’s actually new?

BikeYoke Revive 272 dropper, 80mm travel 27.2mm gravel bike dropper seatpost review, detail

The diameter & drop are the real new bits on the outside. The Revive 272 dropper is 27.2mm in diameter, and features a short 80mm of travel. The diameter rationale is obvious, but the short travel essentially boils down to making it fit the most amount of bikes – you only need 125mm of exposed seatpost in your bike to fit the new BikeYoke Revive 272. That means even gravel bikes with nearly horizontal or barely sloping toptubes will probably still fit the new dropper. And like on their “Cape Epic winning Divine SL” dropper, BikeYoke hopes you don’t get so incredibly rad on your gravel bike that you would need 213mm of drop… leave that for their bigger diameter Revive Max.

BikeYoke Revive 272 dropper, 80mm travel 27.2mm gravel bike dropper seatpost review, tech details

The new Revive 272 also take the cut-to-length adjustability from their short-travel Divine SL dropper post too. That means that while the 400mm length the Revive 272 is delivered to you is comparable with a long 27.2 posts and suitable for sloping geo XC bikes, you can also cut up to 100mm off the lower end of the shaft for gravel applications. Cutting it down to 300mm long overall also has the benefit of saving an extra 45g for those gravel weight weenies still reading… after having not been scared off of the outrage of putting a heavy dropper on a dropbar bike.

Tech details

BikeYoke Revive 272 dropper, 80mm travel 27.2mm gravel bike dropper seatpost review, 387g actual weight

BikeYoke claims a real weight of 385g for the uncut post – mine was a bit lighter than that since it weighed just 2g more with the addition of the optional 5g mini Revive Quick Reset lever which I like to have on the post. There is a version with titanium bolts that sheds 10g vs. my standard steel bolts. And you can save more by cutting it to length, which I eventually will do when I go into gram-saving mode one rainy day.

As usual, the Revive 272 dropper is user-serviceable, and BikeYoke sells affordable service kits that are pretty easy to install without complicated tools or hydraulic bleeding techniques.

Riding Impressions of the BikeYoke Revive 272

BikeYoke Revive 272 dropper, 80mm travel 27.2mm gravel bike dropper seatpost review, everything bike

I popped the dropper into a do-it-all steel cross-to-gravel travel bike a friend built for me and drilled for internal routing, to see how it fared. And I can only say good things about the Revive 272. Much like previous Revives it goes up and down on command just like it says it will, and likely will for a long time to come. And you can even adjust the internal air pressure if you want a more forceful pop back up.

BikeYoke Revive 272 dropper, 80mm travel 27.2mm gravel bike dropper seatpost review, dropit like it's hot

After having suffered from IFP cavitation on budget droppers that lasted only a year or so, I really appreciate the value in paying more upfront for a Revive dropper that will last much longer. Admittedly, the Revive is not cheap. But I personally have an original generation 31.6 Revive on a personal XC bike since late 2017, and with a few resets along the way and a <20€ service kit, it still works great. It’s definitely the only dropper I have still in service for that long.

Remaining Limitation of Dropbar Droppers

BikeYoke Revive 272 dropper, 80mm travel 27.2mm gravel bike dropper seatpost review, drop bar remotes suck

Maybe the single biggest limitation to gravel dropper posts in my opinion is not the added weight – compared to my carbon PRO Discover seatpost this added 171g for the post alone plus another 125g in cable & remote – but rather that remote. BikeYoke does not yet offer their own dropbar dropper remote, because they aren’t yet happy with the ones they’ve been developing. And I can sympathize. I’ve ridden with a few different dropbar remotes and I’m not satisfied either.

BikeYoke Revive 272 dropper, 80mm travel 27.2mm gravel bike dropper seatpost review, dropbar remote limitations

The tight bends when routed inside a dropbar, or even just under the tape, combined with trying to wrap your bartape around the remote, all add up to annoying friction in the system. And let’s not forget the pain of installing the post. To get a dropper into your bike you usually need to slide around 10-15cm of housing through your frame’s internal routing to get it to stick out of your frame to attach the post. If you are using an uncut Revive 272, that adds an extra 10cm of housing. Now with a remote under your bar tape or next to your stem, that’s impossible without a giant cable loop out front. (On a MTB bar with the remote next to the grip, you can move the remote close to your cable port during install, but not really so with a drop bar setup.)

For now, I think the best solution is hanging a flat bar remote next to your stem, with a pretty sizable cable loop in the end. And I will anxiously await a BikeYoke Dropbar Triggy remote with a better routing solution…

BikeYoke Revive 272 – Pricing & availability

BikeYoke Revive 272 dropper, 80mm travel 27.2mm gravel bike dropper seatpost review, up close

The new 27.2mm x 80mm travel BikeYoke Revive 272 sells for $370 / 370€ with standard steel hardware, or $395€ with titanium bolts. You can also add one of BikeYoke’s flat bar remotes for an extra 40-65€, but they don’t have a mount to fit around a 31.8mm clamping area next to your stem as far as I’m aware. The new Revive 272 is available now direct from BikeYoke.

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109 COMMENTS

    • Well, I guess some of us actually enjoy the benefits of a dropper seatpost for added control and maneuverability on rough terrain. But hey, to each their own. You do you, and let us gravel riders do us. Happy trails!

  1. I mean, sure the Revive dropper is cool and all, but does it come in pink? Because thats what I really need in a seatpost!

    • Are you serious? Comparing a dropper post to a turbo boost? Thats like saying adding a cup holder to a car is the same as installing a rocket engine. Lets not get carried away here.

    • Actually, some riders appreciate the versatility of an 80mm travel dropper for varied terrain and added control. Its not about necessity, but personal preference. So, while it may seem excessive to you, others find it useful. Different strokes for different folks, right?

  2. Are you serious? A dropper post on a gravel bike is a game changer! It adds versatility and control, allowing riders to tackle challenging terrains with ease. Dont knock it till you try it, my friend. Its all about enhancing the riding experience.

  3. I mean, who knew a dropper post could be so exciting? But seriously, the BikeYoke Revive 272 seems like a game-changer for gravel and XC riding. Cant wait to try it out!

    • Seriously? A dropper post on a gravel bike? Thats just unnecessary gimmickry. Stick to the basics and focus on the ride, not fancy gadgets. Gravel biking is about adventure, not trying to turn it into a downhill race.

  4. Are you serious? Dropper posts have been a game changer for mountain bikers for years! Its about time gravel riders catch up. Dont knock it till you try it, my friend. Youll wonder how you ever rode without one.

    • Hey there! While its true that dropper posts may not be a necessity for gravel biking, they definitely have their perks. They allow for more control and maneuverability on technical terrain, giving riders an extra edge. Ultimately, its all about personal preference and the kind of trails you tackle. Cheers!

    • Seriously? A dropper post for gravel adventures? Come on, man! Dropper posts are for mountain biking, not gravel riding. Stick to the essentials and stop trying to overcomplicate things.

  5. Wow, this BikeYoke Revive 272 sounds like the ultimate dropper seatpost for all the gravel and XC riders out there! Cant wait to give it a try!

    • Ive tried the BikeYoke Revive 272 and its far from being the ultimate dropper seatpost. The performance is average at best, and there are other options out there that offer better value for money. Keep your expectations in check.

    • Wow, clearly youve never experienced the benefits of a dropper seatpost on challenging gravel terrain. Its about control, stability, and maximizing performance. Standing up and pedaling isnt always the answer. Open your mind to innovation and stop limiting yourself.

    • Dropper posts offer more than just convenience. They enhance control and maneuverability on technical descents, helping riders maintain stability and confidence. Its not about overkill, its about pushing boundaries and maximizing the gravel biking experience. Try one, you might be pleasantly surprised.

  6. Who knew a dropper post could be so exciting? The BikeYoke Revive 272 is a game-changer for down-gravel and XC riders. Cant wait to try it out!

    • Ive tried the BikeYoke Revive 272 and honestly, its just another overhyped gadget. Dont get your hopes up too high. Stick to the classics if you want a reliable off-road experience.

  7. Yes, we absolutely need dropper posts for gravel biking. It provides better control, especially on technical descents. Dont limit yourself to outdated notions. Embrace progress and enhance your riding experience.

    • I hate to burst your bubble, but a dropper post on a gravel bike? Seriously? Unless youre planning to hit some gnarly downhill trails, its just unnecessary weight and added complexity. Stick to what actually matters for gravel riding, mate.

    • Are you serious? A dropper post with 80mm travel on a gravel bike is just unnecessary gimmickry. Gravel riding is about simplicity and versatility, not trying to turn it into some kind of turbocharged monster. Stick to the essentials and enjoy the ride.

    • I used to be skeptical too, but once I tried the BikeYoke Revive dropper post, I was blown away. The smooth action, reliability, and quick return make it a game-changer. Its definitely worth the hype! Give it a go and youll understand.

  8. I dont know about you guys, but Im all for a dropper post that works like a dream! The BikeYoke Revive 272 seems like a game-changer for down-gravel and XC riders. Whos with me?

    • Sorry, but Im not convinced. Dropper posts might have their benefits, but calling it a game-changer seems a bit exaggerated. I think there are other factors that can make a bigger difference for down-gravel and XC riders.

    • Seriously? A dropper post? You must lead a pretty mundane life if thats what gets you excited. There are far more interesting things out there to be intrigued by.

    • I totally disagree! The BikeYoke Revive dropper post is a game-changer. Its reliability and smooth performance make it worth every penny. Dont knock it till you try it! #underappreciated

  9. Wow, the BikeYoke Revive 272 seems like a game-changer for down-gravel and XC riders! Cant wait to try it out and feel the difference in action!

  10. Wow, this BikeYoke Revive 272 gravel dropper post sounds like the perfect addition to my bike! Cant wait to try it out on my next off-road adventure!

    • Seriously? Dropper posts on gravel bikes? Its just another gimmick to make people spend more money. Gravel riding is about simplicity and versatility, not adding unnecessary gadgets. Stick to the basics and enjoy the ride. #KeepItReal

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