BikeYoke Divine Dropper Post Review
Words & Photos by Rob “The Rake” Dunnet
BikeYoke may not be a company that a lot of our readers will have heard of. BikeYoke started out by manufacturing yokes to allow the use of a standard shock in Specialized frames that came sped’c with weird, proprietary shock mounts. Their second product is the Revive dropper post. It is a dropper post that BikeYoke says will solve reliability issues, save money, save time and don’t need to be sent to a service center. They also boast that the hydraulic system of the Revive is basically “maintenance-free.” Their technology and promise of reliability come at a price though, as the Revive dropper post retails for $450.
The BikeYoke Divine that we tested here comes in at an easier-to-stomach price point ($289 – $379), so we wanted to see if all the big promises of BikeYoke’s $450 post would hold true as we reviewed the more economical Divine.
The BikeYoke Divine dropper posts are available in 30.9- and 31.6-millimeter diameters with a drop of 125, 160 and 185 millimeters. The full extension of the post can be reduced up to 20 mm with the use of 5 mm spacers that BikeYoke supplies with the post. The Divine is a cable-actuated hydraulic system that is actuated by a standard thumb paddle.
Something that the Divine has that other dropper posts don’t is the ability to automatically bleed the hydraulic circuit. Every time the post is fully compressed the hydraulic circuit automatically resets itself. This function should reduce and eliminate any up and downplay in the post. Something that a lot of dropper posts suffer from.
Installation of the BikeYoke Divine was quick and painless, I was replacing a cable-actuated dropper post so all I had to do was insert a new derailleur cable into the existing housing and follow the simple directions that BikeYoke includes with the seat post. Most; if not all, home mechanics should be able to install the Divine in under an hour. During installation, I was disappointed to find that the two bolts used in the seat clamp were not Allen bolts but Torx. T25 is a common sized bolt, but none of the multi-tools that I own have one included with them. It isn’t a bit deal until something goes wrong and I’ve forgotten my T25 at home.