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    Giant Contact Dropper Post with Specialized SRL Remote

    I love my Giant Contact Dropper post but like all droppers the remote sucks. I have a 1x setup so I have a free matchmaker spot sitting unused. I found that Specialized has a new remote for just this problem. Enter the Specialized Command Post SRL remote. I had to order it at my local Spech dealer and a few weeks later was excited to install. Here's the issue. The cable setup is backwards. The Giant post has the cable post end attached to the bottom of the dropper. The free end is held with a set screw inside the remote. The SRL remote is meant to use the cable post end. That leaves the free end at the dropper with no way to attach it. Here's my solution after a trip to the hardware store (an Ace with a huge selection of hardware odds and ends). My dropper is setup stealth but I imagine this would work the other way as well.


    1 - threaded rod .25" x .25" with 8/32 threads

    2 - set screws - with 8/32 threads, shortest they have

    The small threaded piece is the roughly the same diameter as the dropper mounting hole. This takes place of the black piece that held the cable post end.

    A hole needs to be drilled perpendicular to the threads that will allow the cable end to pass through. The set screws must meet in the middle of the drilled hole. I shortened one to set flush on the outside and filed the ends flat for better contact and hold against the cable

    Pass the cable through the drilled hole. Use the dropper to measure the needed length. Attach the set screws to hold the cable in place. I used pliers to hold the rod while I snugged the set screws down tight. Cut as close as you can and file the ends flush. There is a barrel adjuster on the remote so install and adjust out any play.

    I've been using this setup for 4 months now and have no issues. The cable hasn't slipped at all. You could add some blue locktite for some added insurance. The new remote looks better and is worlds easier to use. My dropper is now perfect. I used the 100mm drop that came with my bike all last season and just installed the new 150mm with the same setup. Let me know if there are questions or if you need more pics.










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    Good stuff, luckily cable operated posts are easy to mix and match.

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    how hard was it to get your cable length set?

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    It wasn't too hard. I had to make one adjustment. You can use the bottom of the dropper to get a good idea of the needed length just by holding the cable to the side and eyeing it. I got it so I only needed a few clicks to get it tight. Don't tighten the set screws down too tight at first or they will deform the cable enough so you can't pull it through for adjustments. The tricky part is the cable has to be cut to fit in the dropper. If you go too short you either have to shorten your housing or get a new cable. It's well worth it to be rid of that joke of a remote.

    I could pull it and measure the distance if needed.

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    Can I ask what you paid for the SLR Remote? I just picked up a new Contact Switch post and already anxious to find a nicer lever for it.

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    $55-60 I think, well worth it!

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    Nice write up!

    I've got a 2015 Command Post IR with the SLR remote. I love the remote, the post however requires a learning curve. I don't mind its speed, but the 3-position can be a challenge finding the middle spot.

    I've still got my old Reverb (now on my wife's bike) and I'm hoping I can sell and replace it with a Contact. The Command Post would go on my wife's bike with the Giant remote, and the Contact would go on my bike with the SLR remote.
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    Awesome write up. Thanks for posting.

    I just went through this, albeit with the Race Face lever which could have worked with a similar DIY mod.

    In the end I chose the Fox lever, as it's a direct bolt up for the GIANT dropper post, no DIY necessary. Just like the factory GIANT lever, the cable end slides into the lever, and is secured with a retaining bolt / set screw in the lever.


    FOX Racing Shox Transfer Dropper Seatpost Lever Assembly | Backcountry.com

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    Will the raceface turbine lever work with the switch seatpost?

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    No, but yes.

    The levers and seat post work by connecting one end of the cable to the seat post or lever, and the other end connected to the seat post or lever by a stopper (metal cylinder looking thing).

    The stopper is on the Giant Switch seat post, and the bare cable connects to the Giant lever on the handlebars. This is the same for the Fox lever.

    However, the RaceFace Turbine lever connects at the lever by the metal barrel, and then the other end connects to the Giant seat post, which should be connecting by a barrel also.

    So...on the factory setup plus the Fox lever, you have a barrel stopper at the seat post, and a bare wire at the lever. However, on the RaceFace Turbine lever you need a barrel stopper at both ends of the cable (at the seat and at the lever), which means you need to purchase a metal barrel stopper and crimp it to the bare end found at the lever.

    Thus, it does not technically work with the Giant Switch dropper post, but you can make it work by adding the metal barrel at the lever end of the cable. (see Amazon link above, though that specific link didn't have a perfect fit barrel stopper so maybe you can find a different set of stoppers that would have a barrel stopper that fits better into the Race Face lever).

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    Nice hack! Though you can also get a threaded barrel made for the KS LEV for $5 from our local or friendly online shop. The set screw isn't supplied but can be ordered or scrounged pretty easily. That way you also get a hex to hold the barrel while tightening the set screw.

    Wolf Tooth's new ReMote (which, full disclosure, I had a hand in) has a cable clamp at the lever, and I've been using it on the Contact, Specialized Command, and Fox Transfer. If your post has a cable clamp at the post (like the KS or Command), you can just cut the barrel off of the cable and do all of your setup from the lever end.
    Giant Contact Dropper Post with Specialized SRL Remote-wolf-tooth-remote-mounted-4.jpg

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