When the news came that Fox was about to release the new Transfer adjustable height seat post, expectations were high. After all, the DOSS has been the most reliable post we’ve used to date. While it wasn’t without flaws, the post simply worked. And when it came time to return it to Fox for service, the cost of the rebuild was only $50.00.
All dropper posts are going to require maintenance at some point, and with rebuilds for other models running 2-3 times the cost of what Fox charges, the relatively inexpensive fee represents a significantly lower cost of ownership in the long run.
Customer service from Fox is top notch. When a technician at Fox contacted me to let me know they didn’t have a part in stock for the rebuild, instead of making me wait weeks for it to be available, he sent back a completely new post for the cost of the rebuild.
Our primary nags with the DOSS were the ergonomics and feel of the thumb lever, which took a good amount of force to actuate at times. If the cable was dirty it could get very difficult. Travel on the DOSS was limited to 5″, and we found ourselves wishing for at least another inch of adjustability as well as a stealth/ internal routing option.
Out of the box, it was clear Fox had listened to rider feedback as every faucet of the post design had been improved for the better. The new and improved Transfer post keeps the best features of the DOSS, and ramps up the rest. The easy to adjust seat clamps are still here, as well as the clean aesthetic, which has only been improved with the internally routed “stealth” design. Doing away with the two position adjustment in favor of infinite adjustments, it also increases in travel to a full 6″ of adjustability. There are also two different level options for 1x or 2x, which are packaged and available separately in order to reduce the cost of buying into the system.
- Infinite adjust
- Drop options: 4″ (100mm), 5″ (125mm), 6″ (150mm)
- Available in 30.9 & 31.6 diameters
- Internal and external cable routing options
- Kashima or Black
- Multiple lever (1x/2x) options, packaged and available separately
Installation like the DOSS was simple; you’ll never need worry about packing a bleed kit on road trips as your spare derailleur cable is all you’ll need.
On the Trail
Fox has straight up nailed it with the new Transfer. The light feel of the lever is the best of any post I’ve used to date, and makes for quick adjustments. A light touch is all that is required and although the return speed isn’t adjustable, the post has a consistent, brisk return speed, and the low lever force makes it easy to control.
With months of use logged, the Transfer is everything we could want out of an adjustable height seatpost. Assuming service intervals are the same (or better) and the cost to service them is the same as the DOSS, the Transfer is in a class of its own.
There are quite a few options for adjustable height seat posts now, but at this point we’ll always choose the one that works the best with the most reliability— and that post is the Transfer. The Transfer is available in a few different versions including an more affordable all black performance model or the Kashima coated version we tested. MSRP on the Kashima coated Factory Series model is $314 with the 1x lever available separately for $65.
Bottom line: the Fox Transfer is the best post we’ve used to date. With bikes being more and more capable these days, our only request is a model with an additional inch of adjustment. Hopefully that is on its way soon, as I’d like to add a Transfer post to each bike I own – it’s simply that good.
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