- Droppers – Rockshox or Thomson?
I had a Reverb, it broke and have just got a Thomson as a replacement. Thompson looks nicer, easier to change the cable if there’s issues (my Reverb needed bleeding periodically as the seat kept dropping – so does my brothers).
In saying that – Reverb are great, lever feels good and are cheap.
I considered a Lev but read too much about internal cables snapping, the levers huge on the bars and paying for a southpaw puts it over £300.Posted 3 years agoFOGSubscriber
Have’t used a Thompson but have had a Reverb for a couple of years. It has been moved from bike to bike and has proved excellent. It has needed bleeding perhaps twice in 2years . Bar control a bit vulnerable but not a problem so far. There are usually some deals somewhere to take the Reverb under 200 quid so always cheaper than Thompson, got to be Reverb really.Posted 3 years ago
I’ve always been keen to ride my bike with the seat up. It’s from back before droppers where around and I made a point of learning to ride tech with the seat up, so I didn’t need to stop and drop it.
Last night I rode my Superlight down a steep and rocky trail (one of the “downhill” trals in wharncliffe) with the seat down, and I’m now thinking a dropper is the way forward. 🙂
So, Rockshox or Thomson? I like that the Thomson is cable operated and not hydro, but a reverb is £200ish (with a bleed kit), and the Thomson is £280…
Anyone had both? is the Thomson worth the extra cash?
Cheers.Posted 3 years agojohnnyboy666Member
I have Thomson that is about 10 months old and it is currently with iride for the 2nd time. It starts of rock solidbut both times starting to develop play. The first one had the collar undo and the post got scored. Secondone started to undo but I got it earlier but even doing it up if still now has play in it. I have asked Merlin for a refund so I can get something different but not sure what my chances are.Posted 3 years agosteviedSubscriber
My Lev is back in Germany for the 2nd time in 10 months. 1st time the seat started to drop 1″ just sitting on the bike (took 3 weeks to get back), this time the inner string has snapped (4 weeks and counting so far 👿 )Posted 3 years ago
If it fails again I’m entitled to a full refund or replacement. I’ll be going with something different if it does.
Probably go with the Thomson as I don’t like the expense/faff of the hydraulic reverb.
BTW Thomson are £240 @ Merlin 😀The Flying OxMember
I considered a Lev but read too much about internal cables snapping, the levers huge on the bars and paying for a southpaw puts it over £300.
An alternative viewpoint: I’ve got a KS Dropzone (which as far as I can tell is just a laid-back Lev) that has a tiny bar mount lever that can be stuck on either side, has no internal cables to faff with, and cost me £129 delivered. It performed brilliantly at ‘Ard Rock last weekend. No idea why I resisted for so long.Posted 3 years ago
Thomson ordered from merlin
Hope you used Quidco to get 2% back too?
FWIW I got a cheap CRC reverb and it came with all the trimmings, I’d kind of expected it to be OEM. Bit of luck of the draw maybe
I find this a bit crap TBH and think it should be noted on the description. I got some Reba forks in a clear bag from CRC. where’s my damn rockshox box! I wanted to recycle it. 😛Posted 3 years agowreckerMember
The first reverb I had was a bit crap. It was an early one with the silver lock nut. Temperamental.Posted 3 years ago
The newer one (black lock nut) has been great. Bleed it once a year which is no more difficult than changing a cable anyway.
Not used the Thomson so can’t compare though.creameggMember
Based on my experience of Reverb’s I’d go with the Reverb every time. Had both mine for 3 years and have worked perfectly without any maintenance at all other than a quirt of fork juice after every ride. (Ride 2-3 times a week, including throughout winter). Out of around 20 people I know who have Reverbs, none have had any issues. Out of 2 guys with the Lev, both have had issues. The only fault with the Reverb is the remote is fragile and liable to crash damage (even when mounted under the bar) and can be costly to fix. And Reverbs can be had on a regular basis (with bleed kits) for as little as £160. I even paid £130 for my last one (Planet X)Posted 3 years ago
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