Thomson Goes Red, White & Blue…Maybe


Thomson white painted and red and blue anodized stems and seatposts

Thomson’s Eric Lassiter, one of their engineers, took a few of the bike parts over to their aerospace partner and got a few bits and pieces done up in white. The paint is the same as what’s used on Gulfstream jets, so it should hold up pretty well.

The anodized red and blue are another experiment to gauge consumer response. Like it? Leave a comment. Oh, and that titanium handlebar is inching ever closer to production. They had a test model that had done 300,000 cycles on their fatigue tester and it still looked rock solid. That’s about double the CEN standard.



Fred Astaire - 07/20/11 - 1:30pm

Powder coated white? We like. Thompson should make it happen.

iamtinny - 07/20/11 - 1:33pm

those white parts look nice. Thompson better get on it quick, white has been around for ~3 years in the cycling accessories arena. They should be thinking about what is next. I think that flat stealth black is what’s going to be hot next year…

qwerty - 07/20/11 - 1:33pm


Slonie - 07/20/11 - 1:33pm


tiles - 07/20/11 - 1:34pm

“They had a teat model” wow!

seriously, the white is BOSS. please make this, Thomson

michael - 07/20/11 - 1:49pm

Yes, I want blue!

Rizza - 07/20/11 - 1:52pm


GMB - 07/20/11 - 1:55pm

would be curious to how the paint looks on a seatpost that has been adjusted. the anodized posts still look great after being moved from bike to bike over the year.

Tom - 07/20/11 - 2:03pm

@GMB: I definitely have my reservations about paint on a seatpost too. The finish on Thomson posts is one of the things I love about them. I think they are a bit late to the “white” bandwagon. As a side note: I am just happy they are still making silver components. Not enough people do raw or polished stuff, it always looks classy. I was so happy to hear Ritchey starting doing this to a few components :)

john - 07/20/11 - 2:08pm


Matt - 07/20/11 - 2:25pm

For road use, I’d love to have a white option from Thomson. White will always be desirable to many, its now classic, like silver and black.

I’d encourage green ano as well, and judging by its popularity on all sorts of bikes, it seems like at least as good a bet as blue. Red is always a must.

jon - 07/20/11 - 2:36pm

don’t drink the white kool-aid

Jason - 07/20/11 - 2:38pm

Thompson DO IT I will buy.

DiRt DeViL - 07/20/11 - 2:39pm

About time, need white and blue parts.

Robreck - 07/20/11 - 3:50pm

Oh hell yes!

RoDe - 07/20/11 - 3:56pm


chirosangaku - 07/20/11 - 3:59pm

WHITE & GOLD are the way to go!

SENN - 07/20/11 - 4:03pm


kyle Rozek - 07/20/11 - 4:15pm

I’d order a red stem and seatpost right now if available!

schmese - 07/20/11 - 4:28pm

The white is awesome!

BK - 07/20/11 - 4:46pm


Dicky - 07/20/11 - 4:53pm

If they go white, I don’t think I can afford the consequences.

tbeast - 07/20/11 - 5:03pm

forget about all this colour faffing…..make a crank set.

GrandPooBaa - 07/20/11 - 5:39pm

Oh Yes, White and Red and come on out with that Ti Bar too, I will snatch it all up!

Kevin - 07/20/11 - 5:45pm

DON’T DO IT! We like the simple engineering nature of your company. Keep it simple and clean, forget colors! Maybe a limited run but definitely not permanent addition. Wait…. if you made a titanium/polished gun metal look like the Deda Zero 100 then we’re talking!

yesplease - 07/20/11 - 6:06pm

Yes white and yes red.

Kovas - 07/20/11 - 6:10pm

Ditto DON’T DO IT.
You know what they say, paint is weight. That’s an 16th of a gram I can do without…. …I think.

gr - 07/20/11 - 7:05pm

I would love to see headset spacers from thomson that match their awesome post and stem machining.

I’ve emailed them about this before…maybe others can encourage them to do so?

paul - 07/20/11 - 7:32pm

totally do the white and maybe the red, don’t really care about the blue
but that white is sick

uglyyeti - 07/20/11 - 9:22pm

Red, YES

3DV, double YES

jason - 07/20/11 - 10:37pm

Would be the perfect complement to my Air Nine Carbon

Craig - 07/20/11 - 11:16pm


Stu - 07/20/11 - 11:18pm


TDub - 07/20/11 - 11:30pm

Blue! Blue! Blue! Blue!

KT - 07/21/11 - 1:09am

Purple please

KT - 07/21/11 - 1:18am

I’ll make it easy, masterpiece 27.2 setback and an X2 110mm in purple. I can pick up at interbike

alvin - 07/21/11 - 1:51am

go WHITE! with anodised blue ti bolts?! SCHWEETNESS!!!

nate - 07/21/11 - 4:42am

DO IT!!!

Guy Soper - 07/21/11 - 5:42am

Everybody knows that red parts make a bike go faster.

Bod - 07/21/11 - 6:51am

That’ll be Akzo Nobel Aeroflex paint, I doubt they’ll use it if they go in to production. It”ll be a 3 layer system of a chromate wash primer then an epoxy primer and finally the high gloss topcoat, it’d cost a fortune to use that system for production parts because of the cost of the paint and all the application steps. The layer thickness would be pretty thick and the service life is 5-10 years on aircraft (the epoxy hardens over time, becomes brittle and flakes off) so not ideal.
Sure if they went in to production they’d powdercoat them, much more durable and far cheaper.
The red and blue look nice but I like the classic silver and black.

Cory - 07/21/11 - 11:31am

Yet another for PLEASE DON’T DO IT!

Thomson is quality and class. Not flash. Colors should only ever be a limited production option (which is always cool for those who are able to get a hold of them, and still manages to not cheapen the brand.)

To be honest I would prefer only the Silver. Thomson ano Black is so far superior to everyone else in the industry that it became the standard, and now Silver bits are even sometimes hard to get. And it is so nice and shiny, it doesn’t match everyone else’s black.

Chris - 07/21/11 - 2:34pm

They can’t go into production fast enough

Tom - 07/21/11 - 5:02pm

@Cory: amen to that.

Adam - 07/21/11 - 9:21pm

Yes. But only in white. Black, white, and silver.

Ranier - 07/22/11 - 2:29am

I’ll have a set in white please!

Marcus - 07/22/11 - 4:17pm

Yes please. You had me at “Wh…”

Kevin - 07/23/11 - 9:27pm

Ano colors, other than plain blk or silver are lame. If I have a choice I go without or remove it to the natural metal color. Leave the white and stupid ano colors to so called american companies manufacturing in taiwan/china. Thomson PLEASE DO NOT do this. Looks like I am not the only one saying NOOOOO!

Defiance Bicycles - 07/24/11 - 12:29am

PLEASE, bring back 26.0 stems! 31.8 is fine, but looks terrible with a classic skinny tube steel frame. Bars that are bigger than the frame? UGHH! More color options are cool, but more size options are too.

Georgia Bob - 07/24/11 - 11:09pm

I know the company that did this for LHT. They can do any color you want, like purple. They do Aerospace parts for a living and bicycle parts would be simple. They are NADCAP certified, look it up if you doubt me.

The best part is for that company to do the “bicycle” parts, LHT “the bicycle part people” would get an “aerospace” certification coming from that Aerospace company . How often can my bike meet NASA certifications? I love it. Please LHT do all colors asked, great product, color enhanced.

Biking Bob

Chris - 07/26/11 - 7:52am

hell yeah

James - 07/26/11 - 12:24pm

Definitely would be in on the white stuff!

jackxon - 07/27/11 - 7:43pm

RED is awesome!!! Option for blue is cool too!

Les Carlson - 07/29/11 - 8:25am

White would be awesome. I am a huge fan of theirs and would buy a white stem and post tomorrow to replace my black ones.

pacofrommoracco - 07/29/11 - 4:51pm

GAsp! *poop*

I could sell the hell outta that…….
pretty pretty please?

Josey bikerboy - 08/09/11 - 10:13am

I really love love love LOVE the white! Silver is still my favorite, but white would be cool. I don’t really like the red and blue, but it’s a nice option.

Ryan - 08/09/11 - 8:49pm


Didn’t buy a seatpost yet because I didn’t really want black, I’d be all over white!

paul - 03/21/12 - 11:15pm

Come on Red
Red Red

Pepe la Pantera - 07/05/12 - 5:53pm

Holding out on purchasing new stem and post until these beauties hit the shelves. Hurry. Please. Pleaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaase. pp

Matt - 10/28/12 - 9:18am


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