The PNW Components dropper post lever, AKA the Loam Lever, is one of the best-feeling dropper levers we’ve had the pleasure to use to actuate an adjustable height seat post.
The Loam Lever Gen 2 is an updated version of the design and receives an additional mounting position to the lever body and increased spacing for even more mounting adjustment and personalization than the original design. In addition, the Loam Lever v2 also gets a larger, redesigned thumb pad that makes the push easier, with a comfortable and grippy silicone pad.
- CNC’d aluminum body and lever with sealed cartridge bearing and silicone thumb pad
- Clamp Styles: Standard 22.2mm hinge clamp, SRAM MatchMaker X, Shimano I-SPEC II, Shimano I-SPEC EV
- Weight: Lever only: 36 grams
- 22.2mm clamp: 12 grams
- SRAM MatchMaker X: 10 grams
- Shimano I-SPEC EV: 10 grams
- Shimano I-SPEC II: 6 grams
- MSRP $69
On the trail
PNW Components put a lot of thought into this touchpoint, and it shows. If you used to ride with a first-generation Rockshox Reverb dropper and have experience a sore or sprained thumb after a ride with a few last-minute panic drops, using this lever is a joy.
Like the original Loam Lever, it features a fully-seal cartridge bearing and stainless hardware. The large bearing also makes for a gradual bend to the cable, and if you’ve ever experienced a broken cable with early cable-actuated posts, you know this is a desirable feature. If you haven’t, know that this design should ensure you finish every ride with a usable dropper post.
Though the Loam Lever is designed to pair with PNW dropper posts, it’s compatible with any cable-actuated post that clamps at the lever and is a significant upgrade to the user experience.
We’ve been running a PNW Components dropper post on our bike packing project bike build, (with the v1 lever, which was already great) and if you haven’t run one the of PNW dropper posts, like everything coming from PNW, it’s a reliable piece of kit that works the way you want it to and at a killer price point.
The Loam Lever gen 2 is available in all of the mounts you could want: 22.2 clamp, SRAM MatchMaker, Shimano I-SPEC EV, and Shimano I-SPEC II. Since we’re regularly changing up parts and bits on our bikes for reviews and testing, we’re a fan of the 22.2 clamp which allows us to run it on any bike and brake we want without having to hunt down an adapter.
The Loam Lever g2 lists for $69. Check it out at PNWComponents.com.