Before the era of dropper posts, the Thomson Masterpiece was the gold standard of seatposts. Today, it remains popular among the XC racing set. These same customers have been asking Thomson for a carbon version and now it’s here. Depending on seatpost diameter, they are 10-30 grams lighter than their alloy counterparts. The new Carbon Masterpiece will begin shipping early next year. It will be available in 27.2, 30.9, and 31.6mm diameters in 330mm and 410mm lengths. Price has yet to be announced.
Thomson’s setback posts also receive an update. Gone is the distinctive kink replaced by a 3D forged aluminum head. The old post had 16mm of setback, while the new version has 25mm. Retail price is not set yet, but the posts should start shipping in early January. A carbon version is also in development.
New Dropper Post
On the dropper post front, Thomson is working on an updated version of the Covert. Changes include a new shop serviceable cartridge and simplified internals that should help to improve their already impressive reliability.
With the new dropper comes an improved lever. It will be available aftermarket and can be retrofitted with the current post. Unlike the old unit, this lever is modular and can be run upright or sideways like a shift paddle.
In other news, Thomson is currently developing 35mm versions of their stems and bars. We also heard rumors that flat pedals were in the works. For more info, visit www.bikethomson.com.