Nukeproof OKLO  2015 Mountain Bike Review

Nukeproof OKLO 2015

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At A Glance

Dropper posts have been around for a while now, and in fact most bikes are shipped with them these days. Arguably they are the greatest advancement to riding since decent suspension, and if you haven’t ridden with one yet you are missing out. Up until now though, the dropper post has been an expensive addition or upgrade to any riders bike, yet Nukeproof have just changed that with the OKLO! Retailing at around £179, $280 or €246 it suddenly opens up the world of the dropper to a much wider audience.

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It features 125mm of drop, a cable actuated, hydraulic infinite adjustment system and a triple key-way design to reduce lateral movement. The design is also “air less” which puts a lot less stress on the seals and increases the durability and reliability.

On The Trail

We’ve been running one of these posts for a while now, in essence it is very similar to the award winning KS Lev post that has been around for a couple of years. The infinite adjustment is smooth and comes back not at ball busting speed, but fast enough for you to be able to make quick adjustments on the trail.

The lever on the OKLO is fantastic, it can be placed on either side of the bars and either top-mounted or under-mounted to suit preference. This opens the post up to everybody out there as lever position is so critical for some riders. The lever itself is cable operated, this has both advantages and disadvantages. Firstly, it is easy to adjust the length of the cable, it can be done in minutes with cable cutters. Secondly, you can easily maintain the cable on the trail with tools in your backpack, should it stretch or slip.

As a disadvantage however, it is susceptible to trail wear and tear, unlike the closed fully-hydraulic system of the popular Reverb. Mud and water can get into the cable making it stiff and, in a worse case scenario, unusable. Of course, correct maintenance and care can prevent this. Changing the cable regularly and ensuring it is maintained will keep this post running indefinitely. In our experience putting a new cable in at least once a year will ensure the post works on the money every time.

Overall

If you want a great dropper post, but don’t want to spend the earth, then the OKLO is it. It runs the same tech as posts that are way more expensive, whilst delivering reliable performance. With very little lateral play and smooth actuation this is the game changer that changed the game changer…

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This review was in Issue 34 of IMB.

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By Rou Chater
Rou Chater is the Publishing Editor of IMB Magazine; he’s a jack-of-all-trades and master of none, but his passion for bikes knows no bounds. His first mountain bike was a Trek 820, which he bought in 1990. It didn’t take him long to earn himself a trip to the hospital on it, and he’s never looked back since. These days he’s keeping it rubber side down, riding locally and overseas as much as possible.

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