Is Thomson's Elite Dropper the ultimate uppy-downy seatpost?

Dropper seatposts have one major problem – reliability. So when we spotted the new Thomson Elite Dropper at Eurobike we got pretty excited. The US company's products have that special something that has you reaching for your wallet and, unlike other impulse purchases, they soldier on for years.

There's no fancy internal cable routing, dual lever or coloured anodising here – durability is the main goal. The Elite Dropper uses a sealed cartridge with a nitrogen spring to take care of uppy-downy duties and has a specially shaped shaft to eliminate slop.

There's 5in (127mm) of infinitely adjustable travel on offer and target weight is just 450g. The post is planned for release in spring 2013, priced at US$380, and will come in 30.9mm and 31.6mm diameters.

Thomson's new dropper seatpost. Picture by Dan Milner

Thomson's new dropper post comes with a choice of under-saddle lever or remote operation. Picture by Dan Milner

Thomson's new dropper seatpost. Picture by Dan Milner

The remote lever is discreet and the post itself has a classy look befitting the Thomson name. Picture by Dan Milner

Thomson's new, from left, Downhill, Titanium and All Mountain bars. Picture by Dan Milner

Thomson also had some new riser bars on show at Eurobike – the Downhill, Titanium and All Mountain. Picture by Dan Milner

Thomson's new Downhill bar and DM stem. Picture by Dan Milner

The alloy Downhill bar is 780mm wide, with a 12mm rise, 6º backsweep and 4º upsweep. Picture by Dan Milner

Thomson's new 50mm DM stem. Picture by Dan Milner

Thomson are also bringing out a new 50mm-reach version of their DM stem. Picture by Dan Milner

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