IB13: Tomac Returns to Bikes with Saratoga Made Consumer Direct Titanium Montezuma
After a brief absence, Tomac Bikes is back – with a completely different business model. After signing with global consumer direct brand Planet X, Tomac will be working with On-one head designer Brant Richards to develop a complete line of made-in-the-US Tomac bikes that will be distributed through Planet X. The first bicycle to come out of the partnership is this titanium Montezuma which is built by Saratoga Frameworks, the team that used to build Serotta bikes. Creating an entire US-made line is no easy task, but Richards feels their consumer direct business model will make it possible.
At first glance, a gravel or dirt road bike may seem like an odd choice from the champion mountain biker, but Tomac was known for running drop bars off road. That and it looks like an awesome bike. The 3AL/2.5v titanium frame has an optional carbon top tube and Paragon Machine Works Poly Drop dropouts which allow for different axle set ups.
A 44mm Paragon head tube allows for tapered forks or straight steerers if you have one lying around.
This bike was built up with Shimano’s new BR-785 hydraulic discs with Di2 components as well as prototype hydraulic line disconnects.
A PF30 BB has been shimmed out to run Ultegra cranks, while nice bolt on cable guides keep the rear brake line in check.
The frame as shown retails for an impressive $2500 with the carbon top tube, or $2000 without. Production will begin in less than 60 days with 5 stock sizes to be offered. Richards also notes that US ti road bikes, mountain bikes, and more are on their way in the future.