SwitchGrade - Blackout
- 3 ergonomic positions optimized for climbing, descending, and undulating terrain: -10 degree forward, 0 degree mid setting, 12 degree rear position.
- Haptic feedback provides positive engagement for fast no-look changes on the fly, no tools.
- >1 degree change in effective seat angle.
- 20mm adjustable effective reach.
- Machined from 7075 T6 and 6061 T6 aluminum.
- Dimensions: 10cm (L) x 5.5cm (W) x 4cm (H).
- Weight: 170g (actual net change approx. 100-120 grams because SwitchGrade replaces stock rail clamps which average 60-70 grams).
- Compatible with a wide range of market leading seatposts and saddles (saddles must have 7mm rails). See Compatibility Guide.
- Designed and tested on the North Shore. Made in Whistler, BC, Canada.
- Patent Pending.
WHICH VERSION DO YOU NEED? Go to the Compatibility Guide to find out.
"This device could be a game-changer for many bikes and riders of all types."
"I ride with multiple folks for whom this could be the best upgrade to their riding experience since the dropper post."
"One seat position isn't actually the optimum position most of the time… sometimes on the super steep climbs you've got to get your weight right over the front and at the same time keep some pressure on the saddle so I think this is a really cool idea."
"All body types will benefit from the improved ergonomics when climbing and feel less vulnerable with a seat in a friendly, positive angle while descending."
Holy macaroni. I just wrote to Noel what kind of problems switchgrade solved for me. And by reading the reviews I see I'm absolutely NOT unique. So just like other people wrote. Back muscles are inactive even when riding something like 15% fire road. The handlebar when riding steep mountain is suddenly doing its job (which is steering) because it's not used to save myself from sliding back. So more control, less pain and my multi hour rides in Alps are gonna be MUCH more fun from now on. Already ordered 2nd one for my Giant. It came out that Type 5 is basically the same as Type 2 which is compatible with my favorite KS droppers. So I'm future proof in case Giant's dropper breaks. Thanks for such a great device. Here in the Alps it's really equally or maybe even more important than a dropper. And I only described half of the product (nose down). Nose up is something I'll be definitely using in bike parks as soon as they open here. Nice!
Ok.. so I gave this thing about 2 months of riding to give a fair review.
Installed this on a Bike Yoke equipped Nukeproof Giga. On long climbs, its saved my back from the post ride soreness I usually get. On the descents, I wished the saddle could tilt just a touch more.
Too early to report reliability wise, but in the mud, a quick blast of water post ride is all thats needed to keep it functioning.
Expensive, but worth the price. Awesome for long climbs. It puts you in a better position, so you save energy by not having to constantly push/pull on your handlebar and by pedaling way more efficiently. Way more comfortable for the lower back.
Also, you always keep your traction at the maximum. You know that feeling of needing to stand up on a steep section but losing all traction because there is no more weight on the saddle--> well this no longer exist. I recommend it for intermediate and advanced mtbiker (people who understand the importance of their weight ditribution vs stability/traction/frontwheel lift and wandering.
I was able to test the SwitchGrade in two trails. During a long climb of about two hours of medium slope (about 15%) I was able to alternate the two positions (0 degrees and -10 degrees). This allowed me to relax my lower back muscles. Downhill it is nice to have the possibility to set a positive angle, this leaves more room for the movements of disarticulation between the body and the bike.
This is undoubtedly one of the best bike gear so far since the introduction of the dropper post.
The pieces are beautifully machined and the installation is straightforward.
I've installed mine (V3) on the new FOX Transfer and it's perfect.
It works smoothly with a rock solid action.
Marco from Italy