The Thomson 27.2 dropper post has moved into production and should hit stores in late May. Retail will be $479, a bit more than the Regular ones because they’re a bit tougher to make.
Shown here with the lever for ease of display, it’ll come with the remote, cable operated remote. The lever is an aftermarket accessory.
The Covert stealth dropper is also in production, coming online in late April in limited supply and fu inventory by late May also. Preorders have eaten up most or all of that, so if you haven’t ordered yet, get on it.
The saddle clamp is the same size, just looks a bit bigger on the skinny ~22.2nm diameter slider of the 27.2 post.
To get it all to fit inside the thinner post, they had to make the lower section 20mm longer to avoid having a piggy back system.
The 27.2 and Covert posts will have a set screw added to the collar as added protection just in case the Loctite breaks free. They’ll ship with this updated design from the start and the 30.9 and 31.6 posts will have it added as a running change soon.
The Bluetooth wireless remote dropper post we heard about when we toured their factory is moving along nicely. The electronics are being tested and finalized at Michigan Technical University. It’s on their bench and working, and they’re figuring out the best way to have the linear actuator move the pistons. They’re also playing with details like having the switch backlit, making it easier to see at night, and making that light change color to reflect battery charge status. Once they’re done with it, complete electronics sets will be shipped to Thomson for getting ready to go through the manufacturing process and assembly. Some of the challenges ensuring signal strength will go through frames and weatherproofness.
They’re looking at making a travel limiter, too.