Downhill Champ John Tomac Forming Bike Company
Teams with Manitou inventor Doug Bradbury
Thursday, January 22, 1998
Uberlegend John Tomac, mountain biking's O.G. (Original Gangsta) and winner of nearly
every off-road title under the sun recently announced he'll be making his
bikes with longtime collaborator and inventor of the Manitou
Currently the U.S. National Downhill Champion, Johnny T. is fully
full suspension mountain bikes and will be producing a three bike freestyle line
the label of, hold on to your hats, Tomac Bicycles. The line will
consist of an 8' long travel downhill bike, a "freeride" type of FS
bike and a
FS cross-country model.
"This is a great opportunity for me
to use my
racing and knowledge to design bikes from the ground up..."
Plans are to build 500 of each model in the
Schwinn Cycling's resources. Frames will be built at the Yeti factory
Durango, Co. and outfitted with Mert Lawwill's rear triangle which
used on Schwinn's team downhill bikes.
Tomac will race his prototype DH bike through the 1998 racing season
gears up for a '99 product line. "This is a great opportunity for me
to use my
racing and knowledge to design bikes from the ground up," he said
also great to be working with Doug again. He knows how important my
is to me and he has a history of making great bikes. It should be a
Doug Bradbury, who founded Manitou in 1985, and later sold the
Answer Racing, has a history both with Tomac and bicycle suspension.
really excited to be back with John and it feels good to get back to
of building and designing bicycles," said Bradbury. Two years ago
showed a radical motorcycle-influenced DH bike at Cactus Cup, a
rumored to be influencing Tomac's own bike.
Ari Cheren, Mountain Zone Correspondent