The latest news from the high-end US brand, Thomson: a titanium gravel bike! Fittingly, their proven seat post is now available in titanium as well and we were also able to catch a sneak peek of their 27.2 mm stealth dropper post.
Admittedly, Thomson’s titanium gravel bike isn’t entirely new seeing as they’d already presented it at the NAHBS in Sacramento at the beginning of the year. Unfortunately, it’s not 100% ready for production yet, but after 2 years of development, it shouldn’t take much longer and we can expect to see it reach the market in the spring of 2020. But it’s just too sexy not to show here.
While US customers will have the option of buying a complete bike, we Europeans will most likely have to make do with a frameset. It should go for around $ 3,000 and since Thomson are mostly a components brand, the set will include a carbon fork, stem and handlebars. Of course, there will also be options for a wide variety of seat posts.
Here are a few photos of one of the prototypes:
Some of the details have been confirmed: the Thomson Ti-Gravel bike will be available in 5 sizes from XS-XL. It will feature flat mount brakes, a 12×142 rear axle and a reliable, easy to install and affordable BSA bottom bracket. There is talk of a 74° seat tube angle and 70° head angle – so it will be quite offroad-oriented. Fittingly, there will be space for tires up to 42C wide and stealth dropper post cable routing. Some of you might be asking yourselves which dropper they’ll spec since Thomson don’t yet make a stealth 27.2 mm dropper post – not yet. However, insider information and the dropper fitted on the bike confirms that, along with the new frame, the popular Thomson dropper will soon be available in a 27.2 mm diameter with travel options between 65, 100 and 125 mm.
Speaking of seat posts, the titanium Thomson seat post featured at the NAHBS is now ready for production and should soon be available at a Thomson dealer of your choice. It will only be available in a 27.2 mm diameter and it will come in two lengths (350mm, 410mm), pricing expected to be around $ 300. We couldn’t get confirmation on the euro price but it should come out at 1:1 to the dollar.
More infos at bikethomson.com
Did you enjoy this article? If so, we would be stoked if you decide to support us with a monthly contribution. By becoming a supporter of GRAN FONDO, you will help secure a sustainable future for high-quality cycling journalism. Click here to learn more.
Words & Photos: