Fox Transfer dropper post review

Smooth action, durable construction, and a price that won't break the bank

26 grams for the 1x lever.

Weight is 26 grams for the 1x lever.

Ergonomics are good, with the lever in the right position for either a 1x or 2x drivetrain setup. The Fox levers are a little smaller and sharper than our favorites, as we prefer levers that feel just like the SRAM or Shimano shift paddles.

Reliability has been flawless for us so we have nothing but good things to say about this key aspect of this product category. The Kashima coated version performed a bit smoother than the normal version after a few months of no-maintenance use.

17 grams for the 2x lever.

Weight is 17 grams for the 2x lever.

It is also worth noting that this is a mechanical cable type, making it easier to install and maintain. The Reverb uses a hydraulic cable and that is a bit more difficult to install and service, especially when internally routed. The RaceFace/Easton are best-of-breed cable types as well, but they are harder to install, as they use a unique interface at the bottom of the seatpost.

On one of our rides, the inner cable broke (due to a bad install) but we were able to install a new cable with no issues at all.

The sleeve from frame to stanchion provides a short stack height.

The sleeve from frame to stanchion provides a short stack height.

It’s close to perfect but not quite. One downside of this post is it uses a big air cartridge that requires more room in the post so the insert length is longer than some key competitors. For example, it is 28mm longer (inserted) than a RockShox Reverb with the same 150mm of travel. This is relevant for bikes with bent or interrupted seat tubes where the insert length can be a limiting factor. This can also affect the maximum length drop that a rider can use for their bike and height. But in the grand scheme of things, this is one of the best dropper posts we’ve ridden, yet it’s very affordable at $329.

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  • Matteo Nidnogales says:

    You can’t run a dropper without remote. Please post weight *with* remote & uncut housing. “Post only” weights are meaningless.

  • jc says:

    Does the listed price include the remote? Thought I recall seeing that the post and remote lever kit are sold separately.

  • Tom says:

    Picked up this post a few months ago when it became available. Did a lot of research and waiting and measuring before buying my first dropper post. I am impressed with this dropper. I have the Kashima coated internal routing on my Tallboy. Easy install and not a single issue. I am also 225lbs, which puts added stress but no issues so far. Great product and price!

  • Francis Cebedo says:

    >>Factory (kashima) retail $315 and Performance (black ano) retail $264. Droppers do not come with remote. If you need a remote, they retail for $65.

    Pricing without the remote is just confusing and makes comparison difficult.

    And most definitely one needs a remote. There is no non-remote operation possible and this post is not compatible with most other third-party remotes.

  • matt payne says:

    My fox tranfer 150 is running well. I do wish the insert-able section was just a tad smaller so I could fit an inch further (flush). Its shorter than the reverb, but a longer than the kind lev.

  • Luke says:

    If you’re much over 6ft and actually want to be able to have your seat in the lowest position, but still have it in a climbing position that won’t wreck your knees, a 150mm dropper won’t do. You either end up with a high seat on steeps, a seat too low to climb on efficiently, or you manually adjust the seat anyway.

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