No component has boosted fun factor or on-trail versatility like the dropper seatpost. Now ubiquitous among high-end trail bikes, there's easily a dozen or more quality dropper posts on the market, with the majority of those being cable actuated by a lever at the handlebar. Although functionality is relatively close across the sport's most popular posts, they're not all equal at the lever in terms of engagement, reliability, set up, or ergonomics. That’s where Wolf Tooth and its aftermarket ReMote lever come in.
The Wolf Solves Problems
Minneapolis-based Wolf Tooth Components was founded by a group of cyclists with backgrounds in engineering and manufacturing. They combined forces with the goal of making existing products better with aftermarket hop-ups.
Wolf Tooth offers two handlebar-actuated dropper post levers for 1x-specific drivetrains: the ReMote (tested here), and the ReMote LA, which has a longer lever and is designed for posts which may require more leverage to operate, or for riders seeking effortless lever actuation. Wolf Tooth says both versions are compatible with all current cable-actuated dropper posts. Depending on one's desired mounting hardware (SRAM MatchMaker, Shimano IS, or Wolf Tooth's 22.2-mil bar clamp), the ReMote's price ranges from $59 to $69. My ReMote with Wolf Tooth's universal bar clamp weighs 36 grams and sells for $69.
The ReMote might look simple at first, but has some unique features. The aluminum construction targets long-term durability, and the machine-knurled lever surface provides additional grip at the thumb. Unfortunately, crashes are simply a part of the game, so Wolf Tooth cleverly engineered a failure point allowing the lever to break away from its base during a spill. This not only prevents a more expensive piece of the lever from busting, but it helps protect knees, a thigh, or any other body part which unexpectedly finds itself on a collision course with the cockpit. If the lever paddle does break away, replacement bits are affordable and offered through Wolf Tooth’s website.
If you've ever laced a shoe, you have most of the technical know-how to install Wolf Tooth's lever. In fact, I'd bet slip-on-clad Jeff Spicoli could probably pull it off. Anticipating the possibility of using the ReMote lever on a few different bikes, I opted for the universal handlebar clamp.
The dropper cable is attached at the lever, and a machined path for the cable, plus clamping screw and washer, makes installation a snap. Clamping the cable at the lever also makes the ReMote compatible with dropper posts which use barrel adjusters at either the remote or at the end of the actual post. Eventually, most cable-operated components eventually require fine tuning, and the ReMote's barrel adjuster makes those on-the-move tweaks simple.
On The Trail
I've put a lot of hours of use on the ReMote in combination with Fox's Transfer post, the KS Lev Integra, and Specialized's Command Post. My primary trail bike is currently equipped with the Command Post, and its remote lever is one of the best-performing stock, cable-actuated levers available. After using Wolf Tooth's ReMote for a few months, its durable construction and ease of actuation became very apparent. Although it's not flashy with its subtle, matte-black finish, the Wolf Tooth lever does have a higher-end look than some of the oddly shaped or awkwardly positioned levers seen in the wild. The large-diameter, sealed cartridge bearing pivot creates a very smooth, nearly effortless engagement.
The Wolf Tooth lever sits noticeably closer to the handlebar than other shifter-style dropper levers. This reduces the distance the thumb has to travel, and helps keep the lever out of the way of kneecaps or shorts during a tumble. When hammering along challenging terrain, the knurled lever paddle provides a distinct connection when juggling through seat heights, allowing for more focus on the terrain ahead. For a relatively unassuming product the ReMote adds some nice performance benefits to an already top-performing dropper post. It's also an excellent upgrade for popular dropper posts with not-so ergonomically friendly levers, like Fox's Transfer and KS' Lev series.
$69 / wolftoothcomponents.com