Thomson Update Dropper Post, Bars and Stem - Eurobike 2017

Sep 1, 2017
by Pinkbike Staff  
Thomson has updated their dropper post for 2018 with a number of minor refinements that they claim will result in a lower cost. The major differences between the new and old is a refined actuator and a slightly changed head. The cartridge system remains unchanged, with exception to an updated seal within.

Thomson have updated their dropper post. The 2.0 version features many of the same elements as the current post but Thomson are claiming a lower price though it is yet to be determined . The post will be available in 30.9 and 31.6 diameters with 150mm drop and there will be a 27.2 version available with 75mm drop.
Thomson's updated dropper features many of the same elements as the current post, but they are claiming a lower price (though it is yet to be determined).


The post, which is available with up to 150mm drop in the 30.9 and 31.6 diameter options—sorry folks, no sign of a longer travel version here—will also be available in a smaller 27.2-diameter with 75mm of drop. Thomson also mentioned that in the future there will also be a lever style thumb paddle for the post that will be able to be mounted above or below the bar.


The main difference between the updated 2.0 dropper and the current one is the actuator with the new version seeing some refinements.
The slightly updated head on Thomson s 2.0 dropper post allowed them to reduce manufacturing costs.
The main difference between the updated 2.0 dropper and the current one is the actuator and a slightly modified head, with the new version seeing some refinements.


Thomson was also showing their updated Elite X4 bar and stem. The components are mostly the same as their current line, only now they're available in a 35mm-diameter. The stem will be priced the same as their current 31.8 Elite X4, which goes for about $109.95 USD.


Thomson s Elite X4 stem will now be available in 35mm diameter options.
Thomson's Elite X4 stem will now be available in 35mm diameter options.

The 35mm diamter stem will be available in either 32 40 or 50mm lengths.
Thomson Elite X4 35mm-diameter stems
The 35mm diameter stem will be available in either 32, 40, or 50mm lengths.


The complement to their new 35mm diameter Elite X4 stems they're also introducing an Elite TR35 bar. The bars will measure 800mm wide and feature a 9-degree backsweep with a 5-degree upsweep. They'll be available in either 10, 20, or 35mm rise options.


Thomson will have 35mm diameter options of their Elite bar available.
  Thomson will have 35mm diameter options of their Elite bar available.

The bars measure 800mm wide and feature a 9-degree backsweep with a 5-degree upsweep.
The Elite TR35 bars will be available in 10 20 and 35mm rise options
The bars will be available in either 10, 20, or 35mm rise options.



67 Comments

  • + 53
 New Thomson Elite Dropper will retail for $479.94. Which is less expensive than their previous version which retailed for $479.95.
  • + 14
 @dirtworks911 A penny saved is a penny earned

Good looking products from Thomson, but nothing really exciting
  • + 12
 @indydave124: That's basically their slogan:

"Good looking products, but nothing really exciting."
  • + 1
 @indydave124: 5x9 bars in 35mm are not super common- Easton & Deity are the only two I know of. Kind of excited to see that from Thomson.
  • + 2
 @ninjatarian: yeah but I want something cool and new like a saddle that tilts as the post drops or headset that can be adjusted on the fly for climbing or descending geo
  • + 3
 @puttsey: Bomber dropper posts though. Solid, doesn't wiggle, hasn't needed service for a long time-- just works.
  • + 1
 Absolutely - still have the first gen with external routing. Have not had one issue, much less service it. They are pretty bomb proof. Maybe when it finally dies I will invest in one with internal routing.
  • + 1
 @nsteele: I had one with internal routing and it had a little wiggle, but that was ok.

The main problem was the suspension seatpost effect it built up rather quickly. It would squish down about 10mm or so when I sat on it.

It also had this annoying habit of not returning all the way up and required a pull to get it the last 15mm or so a lot of the time.

Then the severing of cables every ~300 miles was annoying.

My brother has the externally routed version and loves it. It doesn't sever cables and he hasn't had any issues like I had. The problems on mine weren't horrible, but I may have just put up with too much of it. They problems I don't want from such an expensive dropper.
  • + 3
 If you want a proper engineered product with unrivaled performance and reliability you have to pay the price. Same story with Chris King. Otherwise take some Chinese crap from Rock Shox that is faulty straight out of the Box.
  • + 16
 Blasphemy. I want 900mm drop
  • + 13
 Nothing unreasonable being asked here.
  • + 4
 I don't see any reason 170mm isn't the standard instead of 150...

Have so many friends who are average height and that is the right length.

I'm of course 6'3 and want 180+...but I also walk around every day and know there aren't as many of my kind
  • + 4
 @nvranka: My friend is 6'9" and 310lbs, he cant find frames that fit him so when he does ride an XL he looks like a dog humping a football. He had a custom frame built by MAXX that seems to work ok for him.

It would be nice if the industry would make components that fit taller people but I guess its more cost effective to focus on the majority of the population and forget about the few.
  • + 2
 @indydave124: yup! Wow...I can't imagine riding at 6'9 310lbs....

I'm a skinny tall guy, only 180 at 6'3....and I already shutter at some of the beatings my bikes take (whenever I can hear them, that is...usually have music on). 310lbs...he's right up there snapping frames with Minnaar!
  • + 1
 @indydave124: hahahahaha, that poor football. Best mental image ever.
  • + 1
 @nvranka: bikes don't last long under his frame, his new one seems to be doing ok
Here is a link to the bike he picked up. Its the XXL frame haha
www.maxx.de/en/bikes/fatbikes/bikes.php?name=HURAXDAX&id=145
  • + 1
 @indydave124: Reach 471mm and ETT 655mm at size XXL? I believe your giant friend would be better served by ION-G15. www.nicolai-bicycles.com/shop/bike/ion-g15-qlfline.html
  • + 2
 @jollyXroger: I texted him the link, thanks for the find!
  • + 1
 @indydave124: You're welcome. He might as well check this youtu.be/GDoUX7-ThEc
G15 should have kinematics similar to G16.
  • + 1
 Wildlings on bikes.
  • + 1
 @indydave124: or check pole bikes
  • + 1
 @nvranka: did it ever occur to you that it's more difficult to engineer/machine a longer post if it weren't than everyone would be making 200+ posts. Why do you think the 27.2 is only 75mm. A longer post needs to keep its tolerance and will inheritly be less durable.
  • + 1
 @loganflores: did it ever occur to me? Heh; I'm a consumer not an engineer, so I don't really give a f*ck to be perfectly honest. Take my money, give me what I want.

There are offerings at 185/200 at a similar price and reliability point...

All I know is I don't know anyone who wants 150mm, yet new entrants into the space often debut 125/150.
  • + 8
 Waiting for the test to tell us if the 35mm bar and stem are engineered to feel the same as the 31.8 bar and stem. If yes, then I can scrap my old stuff and reap the benefits.
  • + 6
 Bought a Thomson dropper after a series of poor experiences with a Reverb (although another Reverb that came on a bike I purchased subsequently has been very reliable). The Thomson is awesome, esp with a Wolf Tooth remote, but I had to sell a kidney to buy it and I need the other one. (The kidney, that is.)
  • + 1
 So did I & it seems to have developed side to side play in 3 months or so which is disappointing. Not enough to bother to warranty it yet, but it wasn't there out the box.
  • + 2
 Sent mine in 3x in a year. They all developed side to side, up and down, and front to back play relatively quickly. My Specialized IRCC has been going strong for 2+ years with no service whatsoever.
  • + 4
 I have an expensive paperweight of a Thomson post. Rebuild quoted at more than I paid for it.
  • + 1
 Had to move away from the Thomson dropper lever...the last few months I kept fraying the cable at the lever for some reason. Asked them about it and they basically said "get the Wolf Tooth" 22mm ReMote LA. Did that and boooooooom! Light bulb! So a new lever from Thomson can't come soon enough!
  • + 1
 I had the same problem when I had my lever. It was so annoying!

I appreciate that Fox has done the 'lever sold separately' approach because it allows you to get the lever you want and not pay for a shitty design (such as the case with the Thomson lever).
  • + 4
 So I should give up dreaming of a 27.2 dropper with 280mm of drop?
  • + 4
 Never give up.
  • + 1
 @choppertank3e you're not the only one! Dissapointing to see it go down from 125 to 75mm!
  • + 3
 As a hardtail owner, I would kill for a 175
  • + 1
 @siderealwall2: I don't need more than 100 on the fully, but I'd gladly run 200 on HT
  • + 4
 No you should not.
youtu.be/dQw4w9WgXcQ
  • + 3
 @pads: I like how the video started playing before anything else on the page loaded. I wonder if that's intentional on youtube's part
  • + 1
 @pads: I hate you for doing that to me
  • + 1
 I love the feel of my Thomson dropper, wish they would have these new droppers out a couple of months ago since I just put a Fox Transfer on my Hightower LT for the 150mm of drop.
  • + 1
 Wow! They've changed the dropper very slightly, cut a bigger hole in the stem and they've got a new alu bar. Hardly exciting, hope they paid well!
  • + 1
 I have the 27.2 external. 3 years running in the wet, muggy southeast Zero maintenance. Original cable. Not a single problem
  • + 3
 why Fu** with perfection.
  • + 1
 I don't care who makes it--if someone makes a 200mm dropper that actually fits in my frame this tall guy will buy it.
  • + 1
 Excited about the 32mm 4X stem, how soon can i get my hands on this? any chance of some 760 carbon bars to go with it?
  • + 1
 just got off the phone with Karen at Thomson and she said the first the 35mm clamp stems will be available is early summer.
  • + 2
 Are the 35mm bars in Al only or are they doing the carbon version also?
  • + 2
 Why would I want my dropper post lever above the bar?
  • + 14
 To inspire you to raise the bar?
  • + 2
 @dingus: hey-yo!!
Buh-dum-ch!
  • + 1
 So you can fit the front shifter.
  • + 2
 @preston67: what's a front shifter?
  • + 2
 35mm X4 makes me happy
  • + 1
 Are the handlebars made in the US?
  • + 1
 Their previous carbon bars were made by Toray
  • + 1
 It's hard to tell. The stems are, but I don't think the bars are. I think Hope is the only company that makes riser mtb bars in not the far east
  • + 1
 @Coldspringer: Doesn't Renthal produce in Manchester?
  • - 1
 please change the dropper lever. it's so awkward
  • - 1
 I can hear the stem faceplates cracking
  • - 3
 Nice handlebars and stems but since I have seen the Specialized tilting dropper, I don't want anything else than a tilting dropper for my next seatpost.
  • + 3
 @IluvRIDING If you slam your butt hard enough you can tilt the saddle.
  • + 2
 I guess with a decent drop too, unlike what they currently have on offer, right?
  • + 1
 @CeeJayTheAwesome: And if you don't tighten your seatpost, you won't need a telescopic one!
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