Former aircraft engineer and machine shop owner Ronnie Thomson began L.H. Thomson Company, Inc in 1981, and soon began focusing his attentions on the manufacturing of precision machined parts using computer numerically controlled equipment (CNC). In 1992, the company moved into a new 60,000 square foot facility in Macon, Georgia and expanded rapidly, working primarily in the aerospace industry.
By 1994, Thomson had entered into the bike market, and its patented bike products, including seatposts, seatpost collars, stems, handlebars and small parts such as seatpost clampsets, bolts and handlebar clamps, are currently available in 30 countries around the world.
In early 2014, an experimental range of Thomson ’Elite’ bikes was put into production for the first time – all models will be handmade from titanium, limited edition, feature the latest Thomson components, and will be completed with products from mainly US brands such as Industry Nine and Cane Creek. They will even be etched with the owner’s name.
The bike range will come in three models. The 275 is a 650B hardtail built for 120mm to 140mm, available in four sizes and limited to 200 models in the UK and 300 in the US.
Also in the range will be a 29er frame, single speed compatible but also offered with a Rohloff internally geared hub, and, for 2015, a gravel road bike with Thomson Pave seatpost.