Review: Thomson Elite Covert Dropper Post

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In Issue #109 of Singletrack Magazine, we put 10 different height-adjustable seatposts through the grinder as part of our Dropper Post Group Test.

Thomson rightly has a reputation for precision machined components and the Elite post really reinforces that. Available in 125 or 150mm travel options, and in 30.9 and 31.6mm diameters, the post has a very clean, sharp look to it. The name ‘Covert’ implies that it’s been redesigned from the original to work with seat tube ‘stealth’ routing. This has added a red anodised cap at the base of the post that holds the cable outer and the regular gear inner wire head to actuate the post. Top marks to Thomson for using a bare cable nipple at the post end as it makes installation pretty simple.

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You can have the Elite Covert dropper post in 125 or 150mm travel options, and in 30.9 or 31.6mm diameters.

The cable outer casing is compressionless spiral-wound brake cable outer, which is far more flexible than gear outer and helps the cable make some of the sharper bends (like into the seat tube base) that are needed with some internal dropper routing. Anyone who’s had a Thomson rigid post will be familiar with the secure saddle mounting of the twin bolt head. Like most of the other posts on test, there’s barely any layback (5mm), so your seat tube is effectively a degree steeper if coming from a layback rigid post. Weight is a ballpark 567g with lever. Movement of the post depends on a nitrogen-charged cartridge, which isn’t user serviceable, but it is replaceable and along with all the internals, is covered by a two-year warranty, with some speedy customer service.

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The compact alloy remote offers compatibility whether you run a front shifter or not.

At the lever end, the simple push-down thumb lever fits in well, even with a front shifter and it has lost the ‘kneecap slicing’ sharp edges of the original non-stealth post. The lever action is smooth and straightforward – press hard for quick drops and raises, press a little for a slower action.

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The Elite Covert dropper is smooth in action, and slop-free too.

There’s a little more lever resistance than say the Fox, but the lever action is very easy to get used to and saddle drops are unconsciously achieved very quickly. The post shows absolutely no sign of side-to-side movement, which will please the precise. It also doesn’t extend when lifting the bike by a dropped saddle.

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The all-alloy construction is classy. It don’t come cheap though.


The Elite is a solid, beautifully made post with a very controllable smooth action. One-by riders might like a different lever, but there’s little here that needs improving.

Review Info

Product:Elite Covert Dropper Post
Tested:by Chipps Chippendale for 6 months


Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (0)

    Agree – this is a great dropper

    However the “is covered by a two-year warranty, with some speedy customer service” is a stretch of the imagination….

    1st return – 12 weeks later my LBS replaced it from their own stock

    2nd return – 6 weeks

    Latest generation post has been more reliable so far 🙂

    I think its a great post but I cant agree on the matter of the control button as supplied. my cable routing had a tight turn out of the seatpost so maybe that’s to blame but I found it to be quite useless. eventually i ditched it for the wolf tooth lever also reviewed in singletrack. from then on life is peachy.

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