David Parrett is the main man at Thomson. Here, he shows us the details of their all new Elite Dropper seatpost. The adjustable seatpost market is very hot and there are several big names invested in it. Thomson has taken its time but they have built an attractive dropper post in typical Thomson style.

We asked David why they are entering the complicated and demanding world of dropper posts and David responded by saying that they are losing loyal customers at a regular basis now as riders are migrating to dropper posts. Riders are giving up their rigid posts and going to dropper posts in increasing numbers and there seems to be now slowing down for this trend.

The dropper post category has been around a long time but there still seems to be opportunity in this market. Riders want a light, attractive and most of all reliable product. These qualities are obvious but they are very difficult to achieve on dropper post because it is a very highly stressed component. Riders in this category can be big and strong and they have an inclination to push themselves and the bike to the most demanding trails available.

So the stage is set and the world is watching. Thomson is a master in materials and machining and the reliability of their seatposts is unparalleled. Will they succeed in going from a static device to a fully active, suspension device? They're certainly off to a great start in the design and prototype stages.

Features are:
  • 5" of infinite adjustment
  • Variable speed of seatpost rise(due to cam actuator)
  • local lever or remote lever compatible
  • large internals to maximize strength and reliability
  • hex internal collet in stanchion to minimize unwanted seat movement.
  • Sizes: 30.9x400mm and 31.6x410mm
  • 450 grams
  • MSRP: $399.00
  • 2 year warranty
  • Available March 1, 2013

From the manufacturer:
"You want the increased control a dropper post gives you but you had to give up your Thomson post to have it. Not any longer, you can put your Thomson post back on the bike! Our cartridge based system is designed to have the longest service life in the industry. If repair is needed it is fast, affordable and simple. Every single component is the best available. Custom made Norglide bearing bushings, custom made Trelleborg O-Rings and seals, Thomson saddle clamps and fasteners, Motul Oil. This is the drop post good enough to be called a Thomson Elite. 450 grams, the lightest drop post available."

For more info: bikethomson.com