The internally routed Elite Covert Dropper uses the same sealed cartridge design as Thomson’s original Elite Dropper but has a new actuator that threads on to the bottom of the seatpost. This means the cable now comes out of the base of the post rather than ending just under the saddle, making it compatible with ‘stealth’ routed frames.
Providing you have the basic tools required and follow Thomson’s step-by-step instructions, installation is easy and straightforward, almost to the point where you think, “Is that all?”. The only issue can come from overtightening the actuator – it can cause the post to rise up of its own accord if it’s done up too tight.
The newly refined remote lever is a pleasure to use and can also be slotted neatly up against your grip, making it easy to reach and preventing any compatibility issues with your other handlebar controls, no matter what brakes or gear shifter(s) you’re using.
Actuation of the post’s stop-anywhere 125mm of drop is effortless and smooth. There’s zero play or side-to-side movement thanks to Thomson’s cam design, making the Elite Covert Dropper one of the most solid feeling dropper posts out there and helping to justify the price tag, which is the same as the market leading RockShox Reverb Stealth post. The construction is of the highest quality, just as we’ve come to expect from Thomson, matching the superb performance.