Lowdown: Fox Transfer Dropper Post

The new Fox Transfer is the follow-up to the Fox DOSS, which was reliable but missed in a few areas, including ergonomics, action, and price. But instead of getting discouraged, Fox used this experience to develop a better product.

This Fox Transfer has infinite adjustment and is available in varying lengths up to 150mm. External and internal cable routing versions are also available, and there are 1x and 2x ergonomic lever options. Finally, there is a black-stanchion version and Kashima-coated performance version, which is said to have longer service intervals. Now if only this post performs as promised, we'll have a winner.

Remote options: Left below (1x); left/right (2x/3x)Coating: Factory Series has Kashima coated upper
Cable: Wire w/ tool-free quick disconnect Coating: Performance Series has anodized upper
Diameter: 30.9mm or 31.6mm Price: $379 (Factory) or $329 (Performance)
Travel: 100 mm, 125 mm, 150 mmRating:
5 Flamin' Chili Peppers
5 out of 5
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Pluses

Minuses
  • Reliability
  • Length limits travel on some frames
  • Affordable
  • Not compatible w/most third-party levers
  • Consistent, light cable action speed
  • No 27.2mm version
  • 1x and 2x compatible levers
  • Lack of angle bolts makes tightening hard
  • Internal and external cable routing options
  • Infinite and damped
  • Solid locked position
  • Premium Kashima option
  • Reliable, easy to adjust 2-bolt head

Review: Fox Transfer Dropper Post

We're pleased to announce that we've had months of experience on this post on several different bikes and are ready to anoint it a full-fledged winner. We've tried both internal and external cable routed versions and both have performed admirably.

Bolts are not angled so one has to be careful not to scratch the stanchions when using an allen wrench.

Bolts are not angled so you gave to be careful not to scratch the stanchions when tightening.​

The first and most important attribute is seatpost action and this one performs with the best. Seatpost action is infinite and damped, with speed controllable with the lever. When it's up, it stays up with no sag or creep. It's a solid lock and that cannot be overstated, as this is a key contact point with the bike. Any play, creep or movement will affect one's riding, so a solid interface is key to controlling the bike.

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26 grams for the 1x lever.

Weight is 26 grams for the 1x lever.​

Ergonomics are good, with the lever in the right position for either a 1x or 2x drivetrain setup. The Fox levers are a little smaller and sharper than our favorites, as we prefer levers that feel just like the SRAM or Shimano shift paddles.

Reliability has been flawless for us so we have nothing but good things to say about this key aspect of this product category. The Kashima coated version performed a bit smoother than the normal version after a few months of no-maintenance use.

17 grams for the 2x lever.

Weight is 17 grams for the 2x lever.​

It is also worth noting that this is a mechanical cable type, making it easier to install and maintain. The Reverb uses a hydraulic cable and that is a bit more difficult to install and service, especially when internally routed. The RaceFace/Easton are best-of-breed cable types as well, but they are harder to install, as they use a unique interface at the bottom of the seatpost.

On one of our rides, the inner cable broke (due to a bad install) but we were able to install a new cable with no issues at all.

The sleeve from frame to stanchion provides a short stack height.

The sleeve from frame to stanchion provides a short stack height.​

It's close to perfect but not quite. One downside of this post is it uses a big air cartridge that requires more room in the post so the insert length is longer than some key competitors. For example, it is 28mm longer (inserted) than a RockShox Reverb with the same 150mm of travel. This is relevant for bikes with bent or interrupted seat tubes where the insert length can be a limiting factor. This can also affect the maximum length drop that a rider can use for their bike and height. But in the grand scheme of things, this is one of the best dropper posts we've ridden, yet it's very affordable at $329.

For more info please visit www.ridefox.com