Thomson’s been teasing and testing their Covert stealth dropper posts for some time, but like with the original, they’ve used those days/weeks/months to make sure they’re gonna hold up to their reputation for bombproof quality. Now, finally, they’re here along with the 27.2 external dropper.
Despite just hitting their docks, the Covert posts are moving quick. They’re seeing more movement on the 30.9 size and are out of stock at their HQ, but there is currently stock at their distributors (BTI and QBP). The 31.6 have higher stock both at Thomson and in their distributors. The 27.2 dropper also started shipping recently, hitting distributors last week. They don’t have the Covert stealth routing option, but they are one of few options for bikes with the thinner post diameter.
Retail on all three of these are $479, about $30 more than the externally operated 30.9 and 31.6.
All of their dropper posts get a full 5″ of travel, for now. Thomson’s David Parrett says they’re looking at options for having a 6″ travel option and finding ways to limit travel for those that don’t want or can’t use all five inches. They’re also talking about a “comfort” dropper that would have a small amount of suspension built into an otherwise functioning dropper post. And that Pavé road dropper post? They’re still working on that, too, and the non-bent setback seatpost we heard about is in testing.
For stems, there are three new sizes available. The 0º x 60mm is a blocky looking one like their 50mm DH looking stem, and the new 10º x 70mm and 10º x 80mm look like the traditional X4 stem, but provide a +/-10º rise. (stem shown above is 100mm, the only pic available immediately)
They’re working on a 0º x 40mm, too, but ran into some machining delays. Look for that one soon.