News of our SwitchGrade™ prototype broke out in early 2021 and word spread quickly – much quicker than we had anticipated in fact. From the outset, universal compatibility was a major goal for us and today, SwitchGrades are compatible with most of the market leaders including droppers from OneUp, PNW, Fox, RockShox, eThirteen, Raceface, KS, TranzX and many more. Yet there was one brand that eluded us due to some considerable challenges (as if this making a SwitchGrade wasn’t hard enough).
Proudly Introducing SwitchGrade for the BikeYoke Revive dropper post
BikeYoke is recognized as purveyors of highly innovative and well-engineered components and their top of the line Revive dropper sets the benchmark for reliability and smooth operation. It’s likely why we received countless emails, texts, and DM’s asking us to make a Revive- compatible SwitchGrade, especially from European and US customers. Designing SwitchGrades to be near-universally compatible was a major undertaking due to the immense variety of seatposts on the market and the absence of design standards apart from lower tube diameters. The BikeYoke Revive posed a considerable challenge due to some tough constraints, most notably its diminutive posthead.
“Man where to start? Likely the toughest part of developing the SwitchGrade in general was designing for the small space we had to work with between the saddle and seatpost while retaining acceptable stack height. This didn’t give us a lot of room to work with especially when aiming to make something compact and light yet strong enough to withstand the abuse of Northshore and Sea to Sky riders who we modeled it for. The BikeYoke was even more difficult because of the small posthead dimensions but we made it work.” – Colin Adamson, Aenomaly’s Lead Design Consultant.
The SwitchGrade for the BikeYoke features a unique base that departs from the quad-scallop design seen on our other models. This was done to accommodate the Revive’s compact posthead. The “Type 4” model also saw the introduction of dual asymmetrical bridge structures for added strength, ease of installation, and to reduce overall size, all the while maintaining a geometric and aesthetically appealing form which aligned with our design language.
Launching the Bike Yoke compatible version of the SwitchGrade was an important milestone for us because it aligns with our goal to address customer needs and wants. As a small family-owned startup we could not be more proud of this model which we believe is on par with BikeYoke’s attention to detail and engineering excellence which, in our view, ranks among the best out there.