Looks good. But doesn't come out in anything less then the 30.0 and above sizing so no go for me. And besides even if I had the extra money I would never buy it the first year out. As I learned long ago when you wait till the second year all the bugs get worked out.
I expect a sudden increase this year in the used dropper post market as people clamber for the newest and greatest the just have to have.
it's a stepping post, so probably it has machined indentations on the post itself.
this is a problem wear point as well as the release pawl. the pawl of that size to fit in the post has to be made from hardened steel where the post is aluminum. an aluminum/steel gear like interface is not always the best. i was shown a bunch of different posts like this that worked great new but have failed in the end. it was always this indentation in the post. maybe they figured out this problem point... time will tell
Dropper posts have to get to sub $250 to be realistic. $400 and up is insane.
Thomson won't be cheap. But the reality is we will eventually see more offerings like the TMARS from overseas. We have already seen the previous attempts that where seen on Price Point via Sette back in 2007/2008. Also via Kind Shock or more commonly called KS. They where not round tubed but did the same job.
The area that seems to be the topic of discussion especially in Europe is dropper posts in the below $150 price area. Though with Enduro racing making big gains this may become a reality. Look at the big two parts makers..SRAM and Shimano. While they get all the press Sun Race is quietly getting a market share. And from my experience their cassette's are just as good as Shimano's.
Not at you but..
It's easy to diss the efforts of the 9point8 crew...just like it was easy for the bike industry to diss the guy who had the Gravity Dropper idea. Reality is it's guy's like these who create improvement's in products or the new one's. Back in the day Breeze and Angel gave us the Hite Rite. The improvement for that came from IRD who created the first remote system to operate it. This evolved into the Gravity Drooper to what we have now.
I am on the second season of the Reverb and so far so good. I don't understand the need for 5 mm increments. I also don't like the big lever. I don't need fine adjustment though I can get them. I only use it when I need the post out of the way completely. I just push it down and I don't care about a few mm here or there. Otherwise it is set at my riding height. I am only using the drop function to go down steeps with rocky/rooty stuff that is better when you can get far back. Also useful for doing ups onto higher logs or rocks sort of trials style.
It won't take long after a owner riding one decides he has a better solution. No different then guy's with Gravity Dropper's who didn't like the lever and retrofitted a Crank Bros/Maverick or the KS bar remote.