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Fox shook up the dropper post game in a big way when they released their all new Transfer back in 2016. It checked all the right boxes in terms of function, appearance, and most importantly, reliability. We've given it top marks with our in-depth review, we recommend reading our thoughts if you're curious. For this year, the Transfer gets updated seals, improving overall function, and remains the steadfast dropper post that we've come to know and love.
The Transfer Internal model is a cable-actuated post, with “Stealth” routing that exits the bottom of the post and is routed internally through the frame. A tool-free connection makes installation and removal a cinch. On the inside, a 400 PSI nitrogen-charged hydraulic cartridge provides smooth up-and-down action with infinite placement throughout the stroke. The Transfer is available with two remote options (sold separately): a 1X under-mounted lever that takes the place of a front shifter on your handlebar, or a top-mounted 2X/3X remote that sits above the bar on either the left or right side. Instead of stocking the post with one remote and forcing you to buy a different model if need be, Fox opted to just sell the remote separately so you can choose. Either way you go, the lever feel is very smooth, and requires minimal force to engage. A barrel adjuster near the remote allows for small cable tension adjustments, often used to compensate for cable stretch. Another knob allows you to adjust the return rate of the post. Finally, Fox also implemented a pressure release button, which does just what it sounds like: it releases pressure buildup in the post, which can affect overall performance as well as return rate. Pressure buildup is often caused by large changes in elevation, as well as temperature changes.
The zero-offset head of the Transfer post is reminiscent of Thomson’s ultra-reliable two-bolt design found on the Elite seatpost. The lower part of the head is machined right into the stanchion itself, instead of bonded like some other droppers out there. The two-bolt design offers ample fore-aft adjustability, and virtually eliminates any possibility of slipping. Underneath the head is the entry to the inside of the post - be aware, that 400 PSI nitrogen cartridge we mentioned earlier WILL blow up in your face if you attempt to disassemble the post in any manner other than what Fox instructs.
Fox is offering the Transfer in two series options - the Factory and the Performance. The Factory model has a genuine Kashima-coated stanchion, while the Performance model has an anodized black stanchion. All internals and functions are identical between the two models.