In Issue #109 of Singletrack Magazine, we put 10 different height-adjustable seatposts through the grinder as part of our Dropper Post Group Test.
This is Fox’s second dropper post in its history. The first, the D.O.S.S. (Drop Off Stupid Stuff) post was fully mechanical, with a ball-bearing mechanism, only three positions and probably the biggest bar lever we’d ever seen. While it worked very well, the limited positions and clunky action didn’t win many fans. Fox has stepped it up for this year though with the Transfer.
It features a cable actuated stealth operation with a neat and tidy assembly. Available in 30.9 and 31.6mm diameters, the Transfer can also be had in 100, 125 or 150mm travel options. Oh, and there is an external, collar actuated version too for those without stealth routing.
The cable nipple is captured at the seatpost end, which leaves the lever end to capture the cable with a grub screw.
There are two lever options – an under-bar for those running one-by and a bar top, press-down lever for those with a front shifter. The levers are priced separately, which bumps the price up somewhat. The levers themselves, though, are wonderful. The action is the smoothest of any we have had on test, and as light and frictionless-feeling as can be. Return speed of the post is governed by how far you press the lever and is easy to manage. Push the lever in quickly, and the post returns quickly. Push it in slowly, and the post returns slowly. Brilliant.
In use, the 552g Transfer is smooth and light in action. The tiny lever falls under the thumb very well and it encourages regular changes in saddle height – almost as much as shifting. The two-bolt head allows for precise saddle adjustment and the optional Kashima coating adds to that smooth feel. There is a certain amount of wobble/rattle to be felt at the saddle nose from new. This can be adjusted by replacing the brass keys with one of Fox’s precision replacements available in different sizes. To be honest, though, a couple of mm at the saddle nose doesn’t bother me, and is undetectable whilst actually riding.
A hugely easy to use seatpost with a really good quality feel. It’s not cheap, and it seems a little cheeky to charge extra for the choice of levers however great the lever, but this is finally a dropper worthy of Fox’s reputation for quality and performance. 12 months on and a full winter of muddy, wet and abusive riding has seen the Transfer remain slippery smooth without any noise or cries for servicing.
Not fussed about Kashima gold? An all-black Performance Series version is available for £50 less.
|Brand:||Fox Racing Shox|
|From:||Mojo Suspension, mojo.co.uk|
|Price:||Post: £316 (external) - £369 (internal). Remote: £69|
|Tested:||by Chipps Chippendale for 12 months|