Build quality is excellent and rides like a top-end product.
Unlike its predecessor, the Fox DOSS — a fixed position, externally routed dropper post — Fox’s new Transfer is infinitely adjustable throughout its travel. It also features internal cable routing and, on this Factory version, a gold Kashima coating.
At £316, the price is in the ballpark for a high-end product, but it doesn’t include the cost of the remote. Fox is selling this separately, because it wants you to be able to choose between an under-bar 1x design, or push-down lever for 2x and 3x drivetrains. Both remotes are much lighter and sleeker than the old DOSS dual lever, but at £64 each, they make the Transfer one of the most expensive dropper posts on the market.
To justify the cost, this Factory model does come with a Kashima coat on the upper shaft. It’s hard wearing and also looks coordinated if you have a Kashima fork or shock on your bike. If you prefer a black post, there is a Performance Series model with a plain black anodised shaft, for £271.
Being cable activated, the Transfer is pretty easy to set up. The cable barrel slots into the bottom of the post, and the other end is clamped at the lever. There’s a barrel adjuster for cable tension, but you need to be careful not to wind this out too far — the threads are short and allow only three turns before it starts to get stressed. In fact, it actually broke on our test unit as a result.
Saddle position is adjusted via a simple two-bolt clamp, similar to that used on Thomson posts. Unfortunately, the 4mm bolts are basically in line with the post, so if you have to swap saddles it’s a more involved process because there’s not much room to turn the Allen key.
Return speed is not quite as rapid as the rocket powered Specialized Command post, but the Transfer is definitely on the quick side. When it reaches full travel there is a metallic clunk, and while I’m not a fan, other testers said that the ‘clunk’ made it obvious that the post was fully extended.
Build quality is excellent, and the Transfer rides like a top-end product, but there are droppers out there that have better sealing around the mechanism — there was a lot of dirt and grime on the Transfer’s cable mechanism when I pulled it from the frame after four months’ riding.
I also felt the 1x remote could have offered more tunability for the money. It lacks rotational adjustment and there’s only a single mounting option — we’d like to see a way of bolting it to SRAM’s Matchmaker system and Shimano’s I-Spec in the box too. Small details, it’s true, but that’s the difference between a nine and a perfect 10 rating.