Strengths: Stiff, Can be inexpensive if you find one used, Rides great.
Weaknesses: Rear hub is hard to find/ expensive if you do. Chain rubs the chainstay. And it isn't the lightest frame around.
This bike fit the bill perfectly for me. Picked it up used, the frame is solid and should last a long time. Just need to make sure I keep the rear hub in good shape. I really enjoy the ride, what else could I ask for.
Bike Setup: 2004 Frame, 888, Maxxis tires, E13 SRS guide, Truvativ cranks and Wellgo pedals
from San Jose. California
Date Reviewed: April 9, 2007
Strengths: Super stuff. Wide BB, Strong as living hell. Makes most bikes quiver in their puny little paths. Looks awsome. Corners like a crackhead running from the cops.
Weaknesses: Impossible to make most parts fit without extreme modifications or custom parts.
This frame is probably one of the stiffest out. Even a yeti 303 dosent compare to the stiffness of this frame. 165mm rear 20mm through axle makes this thing bomb proof. Ive hucked this, freerode it, urban rode it, and its never let me down. Parts are hard to find. If you dont know much about wrenching or custom fabbing stuff stay away. If you want a top notch bike no other will stand up to and have deep pockets or mechanical skills this is definately for you. I cant wait to test the new 2007 prototype tomac frame next month. I dont think I will buy another brand. The major headaches caused from putting parts on this thing is by far worth it.
Similar Products Used: Azonic Eliminator. Karpiel Armageddon.
Bike Setup: Tomac Mag 204 frame. (888r's, white brothers DH-3, Risse Trixxy, Monster T's), Profile DJ cranks, MRP chain Guide, Hayes mechanical brakes (I hate hydros). And a ton of other custom crap.
from New Hampshire
Date Reviewed: September 25, 2005
Strengths: super stiff, great suspension, looks PIMP!
Weaknesses: no chianguide mounts on the frame, rear hub needs to be serviced every month or it seizes up, bushings wear out every six months, the linkages clog with mud.
A very sweet but finickey bike that is very stiff and could benifit from a shock upgrade. Get this bike if you ride in dry conditions and can afford to get a fith element or something. All the problems that i had with it probably have to do with the extremley wet conditions i ride in. Overall a pretty sweet bike with looks that cant be beat.
Bike Setup: boxxer wc,5th element,mavic 521 thomson
from Seattle, WA
Date Reviewed: May 27, 2004
Strengths: Unbreakable Frame, 8 inches of hammer-gel smooth-progressive suspension, reliable linkage that is so easy to maintain, even while standing in line at Whistler. A real plus is the four pinch bolts that lock in the rear axle. It is bombproof cause thier is nothing to bend. I race this bike, hit the shore on this bike, and could not be happier. It handles completely nuetrally, in the air it completely disapears beneath ya, and corners on rails. The bottom bracket isn't too low, though for pure freeriders, this is not the bike, cause it is fairly long and low.
Weaknesses: chain slap? boo hoo. My only complaint is minimal, cause if your racing you should be running tubeless, but that said, changing tires is a chore cause the back end is so built up. Personally, I could care less as long as nothing bends, creaks, or breaks. And nothing ever has.
Its fast, versatile, and the ladies all want a ride. There are few bikes like it, and none faster. Unless I haven't been training... but that, my friends,, is another story.
A friend has a Tomac Magnum 204 that he'd love to upgrade the rear shock. It has the vanilla on there now, can he put a newer DHX or RS coil on there? I'm about 400 miles away from the bike so I can't check the clearances.Read More »
I've had my Tomac 204 Magnum in storage for a few years now and want to build her up. I've no other forks other than a newly serviced pair of white RS Totem coil forks with 1 1/8th steerer. Should I mate the two together or not?
Any critisms and/or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.Read More »
I just got the Frame with the chain guide and there is no rear axel. I was wondering where the best place to buy the rear axel and hub is or if another aftermarket one will do just as nicely.
I know the Hugi 440 comes in 165 mm
Just need to know before I start building and spending the molah. ... Read More »
the head tube is short and the down tube is lowwer will it hit?
is it long enough to keep the head tube up enough, as the 204 already has a fairly steep headtube for a DH bike
obvioisly i will want the 7" travel version!
any thoughts?Read More »