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    Just put in a Bikebling order, so we'll see...

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    Thomson Elite Dropper Post Thread

    Anybody received one yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mazspeed View Post
    That's cool, glad they ship quickly. I did notice that if the cap is off, the hook refuses to latch into the little bar in there. I almost want to glue it in but realize that's not a great idea. Thanks.

    The hooks face out on the LEV.

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    3rd week of may is what I've gotten from pretty much everyone. Universal said they'd be posting them to their site soon so you can get a notification for it. With the %15 this may be the best deal if you can snag one. I've also had several guys tell me from everything they know and have heard they're going to be worth the wait.

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    My post should be here Tuesday and then I leave for CO later that week and will be stopping at 4 IMBA Epics on the drive out, so I will happily post a review of it.

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    Anyone received one yet? My LBS has a stock alert for when they show up at QBP (distributor) - they've heard nothing yet.

    I thought Thomson was shipping these to distributors a few weeks ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DBY View Post
    The hooks face out on the LEV.
    Thanks, I changed it, much better. Dumb mistake on my part.

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    Just got a call from the LBS, my post is IN!! to bad I cant test it out till next Monday because I am having my back wheel rebuilt.
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    Can someone here tell me what the stealth version is? Am I to understand that one would need a special frame with internal routing set aside just for the post cable?
    Like half of everything I ride comes out of Jenson. Figure that out.

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    no pictures --> this thread is disappoint.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lycra Matt View Post
    Can someone here tell me what the stealth version is? Am I to understand that one would need a special frame with internal routing set aside just for the post cable?
    Correct! Also, Spag help you if you ever want to take the post out to adjust it or mend it.

    Stealth dropper posts will rank along with flex stems in five years time...

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    pick it up last night!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChevyM14 View Post
    pick it up last night!
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    On of the many reasons I stick with Thomson parts: the beauty of a machined part that follows from its simple purpose. *DROOOOOOOL*

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    That is a thing of beauty ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fix the Spade View Post
    Stealth dropper posts will rank along with flex stems in five years time...
    I predict . . . that you will be wrong. It's actually quite simple to remove and service the post. The stealth reverb already has a quick-connect for simple servicing without needing to bleed the system. You just need to ensure that the post is setup properly so that you leave enough slack in the line to pull the post.
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    post pics of the seatpost on the bike dagnabit!!!! Thats what we want to see, not pics of the clamp in your hand. Come on man.......

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    You are one lucky.... person.

    When I talked with Thomson via email last week I was told they only received and shipped to distribution 100 posts.
    You got one...

    The rest of us wait a minimum of another 3 weeks, but, my guess is we won't see posts until well into summer or after.

    Bummer, I've had my order in for at least 5 months.

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    Thomson Elite Dropper Post Thread

    Lol JRA. I agree. Bike porn needed.

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    I had my order in since late January. I have a really good big bike store in with in walking disance and have been going there for my hole life, so I am glad the came thru. The thing that sucks is I will not be able to try it untill Monday because my bike was getting the back wheel rebuilt and now I am away for the weekend. Will give a full report on Monday with lots of photos!
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    Wooooo Hoooo......

    got one of mine today..



    Still waiting for the second one for my son's bike, I'm told a couple weeks....

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    Would you do me a kindness, and take an up-close shot of the stanchion seal and collar?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 007 View Post
    Would you do me a kindness, and take an up-close shot of the stanchion seal and collar?
    I'll try and get it for you tomorrow when I install the post on my Nomad C.

    It looks similar to a fork seal.

    I can tell you this; this post is a LOT lighter than my KS i950r and the remote lever is 2/3's the size. That lever is a piece of art... as is the post itself...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DWill View Post
    It looks similar to a fork seal.
    As in Fox or Rockshox?

    That's stil the big unknown with this post, no (i.e., who makes the internals)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 007 View Post
    As in Fox or Rockshox?

    That's stil the big unknown with this post, no (i.e., who makes the internals)?
    Sorry as in Fox.

    All the different manufacturers are actually listed on the post. There are four or five total.
    Plus somewhere on the web I saw a video that listed all of the manufacturers involved.

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    Thomson Elite Dropper Post Thread

    Is the non stationary cable a real deal breaker?

    Anyone have one on a Tallboy C? If so, what length?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DWill View Post
    Sorry as in Fox.

    All the different manufacturers are actually listed on the post. There are four or five total.
    Plus somewhere on the web I saw a video that listed all of the manufacturers involved.
    Okay. I was wrong. Here are three different manufacturers listed on he post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DWill View Post
    Okay. I was wrong. Here are three different manufacturers listed on he post.
    What are they?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 007 View Post
    What are they?
    I don't remember them all. Norglide was one cant remember the other two and don't have the post handy.

    Here's a li k to the video, I think they ate all in this vid.

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    No 27.2? /cry

    I guess I need to update my bike to fix this problem. Such a bummer. Anyone heard if they will make a 27.2?

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    they are working on the 27.2, it should be out some time in the summer or fall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fix the Spade View Post
    Stealth dropper posts will rank along with flex stems in five years time...
    No chance...my softride stem still works after 22 years. We are lucky if a dropper post works for a full year

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    Ok I got to take a good ride with my new post yesterday and here is my report:
    This thing is awesome! it goes down without hesitation. when you push the lever, it goes moves fast, and ease. I have been on bike with the rock shock, and the command post and one other and this is the best post hands down. I also don't need to push down and forward as much as the others even thought it is not a straight down shot. it dos not seem to need as much force to move the seat down as others do ether. I like the speed it comes back up. seem just right. the seat has no movement left to right. when I am on it it feels just like my fixed Thomson post. the last thing is the way the cable runs on my bike it is 100% out of the way at all times thanks to the side braket that comes with the post. it is a small thing that make a big deal in the way the cable stays out of the way.

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    Anybody know a place with 30.9 in stock?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChevyM14 View Post
    Ok I got to take a good ride with my new post yesterday and here is my report:
    This thing is awesome! it goes down without hesitation. when you push the lever, it goes moves fast, and ease. I have been on bike with the rock shock, and the command post and one other and this is the best post hands down. I also don't need to push down and forward as much as the others even thought it is not a straight down shot. it dos not seem to need as much force to move the seat down as others do ether. I like the speed it comes back up. seem just right. the seat has no movement left to right. when I am on it it feels just like my fixed Thomson post. the last thing is the way the cable runs on my bike it is 100% out of the way at all times thanks to the side braket that comes with the post. it is a small thing that make a big deal in the way the cable stays out of the way.


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    Sorta liking the look of that remote - similar(ish) to the KS lever. Does it use a brake noodle to route the cable 90deg from the bar?

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    No, the cable just comes out of it.
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    Was going back and forth between the RockShox Reverb and the Thomson Elite Dropper. Was about to order the Reverb because JensonUSA is having a killer sale on the 2012 models. Unfortunately I'm a sucker for looks, and I can't stop thinking how beautiful this dropper looks. That, and with the 2 year dependability goal really sold me. I'm not too thrilled that this isn't self serviceable, but oh well. Stealth is not an option for me, as I really don't want to void the warranty.

    Ordered from Art's Cyclery with free 2-day shipping. Can't wait to get this installed and start putting it to good use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chunkylover53 View Post
    Anybody know a place with 30.9 in stock?
    QBP is out of them already (they have a few 31.6 post as of 5/22) with expected arrival of 6/7 for new stock. 113 accounts have a watch on this post so they will go FAST. I just ordered the 30.9 X-Fusion Hilo SL since they had it at QBP but I may return it and get the Thompson since I'm not in a huge hurry. Thing looks dam sweet!
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    Quote Originally Posted by skidad View Post
    QBP is out of them already (they have a few 31.6 post as of 5/22) with expected arrival of 6/7 for new stock. 113 accounts have a watch on this post so they will go FAST. I just ordered the 30.9 X-Fusion Hilo SL since they had it at QBP but I may return it and get the Thompson since I'm not in a huge hurry. Thing looks dam sweet!
    When I spoke with the guys at Thomson week before last by email I was told they only shipped about 100 posts in the first round. He said there was a "significant" number of posts that would go into distribution in a "few" weeks.
    I feel very, very lucky to have gotten on of the first 100 or so that were available.

    I'll feel even more lucky when I find time to put it on my bike and ride it...

    My guess is the price will help keep them in stock a little longer than might otherwise happen with a new product, but, we will see...

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    Finally had time to get my KS off and install my new Thomson.
    Got a short ride in on it tonight, I love this post. The thing is sooo smooth it looks and works beautifully.

    The only bummer is that the cable and housing that came with the post was too short, I had to get new housing and cable. It's really too bad to because the housing that is included is way cool.

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    The coolest remote lever ever…



    Almost done, shorten the housing a bit and cut the cable and its done…



    Done, now it's off for a ride…




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    Quote Originally Posted by DWill View Post
    The only bummer is that the cable and housing that came with the post was too short, I had to get new housing and cable. It's really too bad to because the housing that is included is way cool.
    Looks great!! Hopefully I'll get mine installed this weekend. Could you please let me know what size frame you have? I'm worried that I may run into the same problem.

    Thanks in advance

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    Don't want to steal this thread but...

    I really like that cable guide at the bottom of the seatpost. I've tried the double ziptie approach but it "floats" around too much. Anyone have ideas on applying this method to other dropper seatposts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnnydrz View Post
    Don't want to steal this thread but...

    I really like that cable guide at the bottom of the seatpost. I've tried the double ziptie approach but it "floats" around too much. Anyone have ideas on applying this method to other dropper seatposts?
    could use one of the seatpost mounted bottle openers. Like this one.

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    Done, now it's off for a ride…

    That dog looks STOKED! Nice looking post, enjoy ~


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    Quote Originally Posted by tapcon View Post
    Looks great!! Hopefully I'll get mine installed this weekend. Could you please let me know what size frame you have? I'm worried that I may run into the same problem.

    Thanks in advance
    Nomad C large frame. If I could have have run the cable along the top tube on the same side the remote is on the housing would have been just long enough.

    There were problems with that. The loop of the cable coming off the bar would have likely hit my knee unless I zip tied it to another cable or brake line at the head tube, not a good solution.

    I think the problem with the housing length was a couple things. First the width of my bars, they're 150MM, and second the lever on the post itself is on the left side of the post. The post cable has to run from the left side of the bar across the head tube (with enough loop so the bars can turn) down the top tube, up and across the seat post to the attachment point.

    All that left the housing about 6 inches to short and the cable about a inch or two to short.

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    Despite me getting in at 2am this morning, I woke up around 7am to install my brand spanking new Thomson Elite Dropper.

    The packaging was top notch (sorry, no pics of the packaging). After inspecting and gawking at the post, I took out the remainder of the contents. Unfortunately there were a couple of things missing from my package. There was no under-the seat lever, and there was no barrel adjustment. Maybe they were not supposed to come with them, as there was no parts list in the instructions or anywhere on the box. But at least I had pretty much everything I needed to install the post.

    Installation:

    Let me get this out of the way...if you are not mechanically inclined, take it to your local shop to get it installed. The instructions were not easy to follow. As you can see from the pics, I routed the cable along the top frame. I used Rock Shox hydraulic cable guides. This allowed plenty of room for the cable to move when I dropped the seat. I have a Trek Fuel EX 7 19.5 frame and a Bontrager Rythm Pro Carbon handlebar at 750mm. The cable JUST made it from post to bar end. I am probably going to buy some new cable and housing as it's a little too tight for my liking. With that said, the Thomson cable and housing are well made and look great. All in all, I was happy with my first attempt at a cable installation.

    Performance:

    Let me preface by saying that I am a novice rider, and that this is my first dropper post. With that said...THIS THING IS AWESOME!!! I went out for a ride and found myself making excuses to drop the post and bring it back up. It never hesitated going down (much thanks to my fat body), and came up smooth as silk every time. When the post was up, there was no give and felt as rock solid as my OEM fixed post. There was zero play in the seat. Everytime I picked up the bike when the post was down, it stuck like glue. I look forward to getting a lot more use out of this product.

    I honestly thought I would not like the remote, but it proved to be unobtrusive and easy to use.

    Bottom Line:

    Performance: 10 (so far)
    Looks: 10
    Installation: Easy (If you are mechanically inclined)
    Packaging: 9 (one point deduction because of missing parts)

    If you can fork out the money, this seems to be well worth the coin!



















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    One last thing...want to give a shout out to Art's Cyclery for a fair price with free 2nd day shipping.
    Whether you're peddling or twisting the wrist...you're still riding on two wheels...and that's good enough for me

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    She's got the looks!

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    Tapcon, unless you ordered the under seat lever won't be in the box. Thomson sells them as a "accessory" if you want one you gotta buy it.

    It also does not come with a noodle, at least mine didn't have one either.
    If you noticed when you tightened the set screw on the cable the it really isn't necessary. Just adjust the cable.

    My KS came with a noodle, but I never used it. He KS needed one, talk about a pain in the a#s cable install, the KS would what you would be talking about.

    The new Thomson is a super easy to install by comparison. I had mine done in 20 minutes not counting the time spent running to the store to get housing and a new cable that were long enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DWill View Post
    Tapcon, unless you ordered the under seat lever won't be in the box. Thomson sells them as a "accessory" if you want one you gotta buy it.

    It also does not come with a noodle, at least mine didn't have one either.
    If you noticed when you tightened the set screw on the cable the it really isn't necessary. Just adjust the cable.

    My KS came with a noodle, but I never used it. He KS needed one, talk about a pain in the a#s cable install, the KS would what you would be talking about.

    The new Thomson is a super easy to install by comparison. I had mine done in 20 minutes not counting the time spent running to the store to get housing and a new cable that were long enough.
    Thank you for the information. I was obviously mistaken that it came with the lever and noodle. But you are right, the installation was a lot easier than I thought it would be.
    Whether you're peddling or twisting the wrist...you're still riding on two wheels...and that's good enough for me

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