Tomac 204 Magnum Frameset

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Tomac 204 Magnum


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dylan Smith a Downhiller from poway

Date Reviewed: March 17, 2007

Strengths:    ummmm, every thing, this is a tank. every time i get on this bike i feel like superman. uber burly frame

Weaknesses:    the headset ovals out the frame if you have a bigger fork and it has a little wobble in it, but it is barely noticable when you have 8 inches of fork under your palms

Bottom Line:   
most disgusting bike ever welded together, everything else is a wal-mart special. you havent lived till youve hucked a tomac 204 magnum

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Favorite Trail:   meadowbrook

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   friend

Similar Products Used:   x2, warp, foes, rootbeer

Bike Setup:   monster t's, vanilla rc, race face and azonic components, shimano xt derailure........

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mikey a Downhiller from colorado springs

Date Reviewed: January 15, 2004

Strengths:    you wont find a cow that is this beefy. very stiff side to side. did i mention it is super beefy? with small tires it turns into the ultimate trailbike. and by ultimate trail bike i mean not too much of a chore to ride uphill but rad on the downhill. it doesnt pedal like it is 45-46 pounds. i think it is mostly frame weight or beefyness if you will. the progressive rate linkage takes drops like a marshmallow. such a sexy white bike i dont know why they didn't make it in white. i call mine albino maggie.

Weaknesses:    heavy but still pedals great had a few problems w/ mrdirt guide but realized it was loose. chain guide is loud and obnoxious

Bottom Line:   
if you wanna go fast and rip it up on your local downhill trails or fly high while freeriding this is the bike for you. or if you want a heavy duty trail bike just throw on some 2.1's and youre set. if you want to make cross country racing interesting this is the bike for you. if you want a road bike that you can off curbs and up curbs at 50mph without standing up then this is the bike for you. this is the funnest all around bike i have ever ridden
ill post another review after the 2oo4 race season is over and tell you how albino maggie and i did

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   veloswap

Similar Products Used:   none yet

Bike Setup:   02 custom white frame with polished swingarm tomac 204 magnum, 01 boxxer,raceface cranks, mrdirt, hayes, hadley/321 front, edco/321 rear, maxxis mobster2.7f and highroller2.5r.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by sam a Racer from england

Date Reviewed: December 6, 2002

Strengths:    indestructible, rising rate linkage, good looks , very long, 17mm thru axle, dishless rear wheel, 165mm hub, pedals well for such a heavy bike.

Weaknesses:    Heavy, Fox shock, rear hub very long , MUD!

Bottom Line:   
for the record i have a 2003 model , i dont think anything has changed in the design since '00 but im not sure.

I've entered length in both strengths an weakensses , the wheel base of my bike is aroun 46 inchs which is pretty damn big. This is great for big worldcup style courses but if you ride tighter twistier slower dh courses then its length can be a slight hinderance.

The frame is heavy , especially for a dh race bike but it doesn't ride like a heavy bike, it has a light ride despite its 45lb weight.

The only real problem i've had is with the rear hub which died on the last day of my holiday in the alps when i'd had the biek for 2 weeks, ii sent it back and got a warrenty replacement however the distributor claimed it failled as a result of excessive jet washing when i know i'd only ever used a regular hose pipe on the bike.

the massive rear end with its 17mm axle means the bike is exceptionally stiff when corning or landing squint.

the bike runs a realtively low BB which helps keeps the weight low and improves cornering even further , however i do seem to ground my pedals a little more than with other frames i've ridden so phrehaps some slightly short cranks would suit better.

The standard fox unit copes reasonabley well however i cant help feeling that a frame of this caliber would benifit from a equally good shock so i've been looking at upgrading to either a romic or a 5th at somestage. On the subject of the shock , it is nessecary to fabricate a somekind of mud guard to protect your shock because it is rather expoed to the rear wheel and the bushings tend to go pretty quick if its not well protected.

I love this bike , its perfect for some one of my 6ft5 16.5st size its ideal for racing and its made me faster.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   '99 tomac 204 magnum , marin team dh, 222, turner dhr.

Bike Setup:   manitou x-vert carbons , m4s, xtr etc

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rob a Downhiller from Salt Lake City, UT

Date Reviewed: July 1, 2002

Strengths:    Construction
Cornering
No brake jack
No dish rear wheel
It carrys all of its weight down low by the bottom bracket


Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
This bike absolutly rocks. It corners like no other bike I have ever ridden. There is no brake jack at all. It pedals really well even though it is heavy. But it is heavy because it is very over built. Every one of the pivots have 2 cartridge bearings in them. So in the main pivot there are 4 huge bearings. This makes the rear end of the bike very stiff. You can grab the swingarm with the wheel off and try to squeeze it together or pull it apart and it doesn't move. Right now 7/01/02 Go-Ride.com has some great deals on these frames. You just need to call and ask about it. Right now this is the best bike you can buy for the money. When these close out frames are gone the price will go back up to almost $3000 for the frameset. Even at that price it isn't bad. It comes with the best chainguide you can buy, a rear hub, and a bottom bracket. If you add up the cost of these parts you will be right in the range of any other high end DH frame. Bottom line--- If you want to corner like a Mofo buy a Tomac!

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Favorite Trail:   anything steep and nasty

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Go-Ride.com

Similar Products Used:   Dirt works Pirahna, Santa Cruz Bullit, & all of my friends DH bikes

Bike Setup:   Stratos s7 and s8, arrow wheels, intense tires, Mr dirt gizmo, Moriority pedals and Stem

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Brent Musick a Downhiller from Chattanooga, TN

Date Reviewed: December 25, 2001

Strengths:    Superior stiffness at BB, head tube and rear wheel.
Low center of gravity=great cornering. Gives rider a sense of fearlessness.


Weaknesses:    Limited choice of rear hub, can only run a 2.7" 26" wheel,

Bottom Line:   
I worked fro Tomac for a few months until they got greedy and laid me off. The bike instills vast amounts of courage into anyone who straddles the bike. Keep your eyes peeled at the races this summer my buddy and I will be there and we would be glad to let you take it for a spin.

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Favorite Trail:   Windy Gap (85 water bars, 4 miles down, Very steep)

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   Tomac

Similar Products Used:   Kona Stinky Five, Yeti

Bike Setup:   Manitou X-Vert Carbon, King Headset, Race Face SYStem stem, Azonic Bars, 8 Speed Sram shorties, Easton Post, Intense 2.7" tires, Tomac rims (built by me)Race Face BB and black 165mm North Shore cranks and Snafu flats

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by vincent poon a Weekend Warrior from canada

Date Reviewed: August 23, 2001

Strengths:    best downhill frameset availible to the public

Weaknesses:    complete bike is about 42lbs, but thats to be expected from a downhill bike.

Bottom Line:   
best bike for, handling, suspension performance, and strength. just buy one you'll see what i mean.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   intense m1

Bike Setup:   tomac 204 frameset, manitou xvert carbon, tomac 204 wheels,
sram 9.0sl, mr gizmo chain guide, michelin 2.8 frt/ 2.5 rear, hayes discs, answer protaper bars, kore b52 stem, king headset, easton ea50 post, titec el norte seat, easton cully pedals, raceface north shore cranks

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Michael from Redwood City, CA

Date Reviewed: June 3, 2001

Strengths:    Plush, great Handling... Corners well, stable at speed!

Weaknesses:    Price, weight

Bottom Line:   
This bike is truly amazing! I love the way the bike corners! It is very stable at speed - corners effortlessly. The bike is a bit heavy mine is 46 lbs with my build, but it doesn't feel that heavy when you're riding it - downhill that is... you can feel the weight when trying to ride uphill, or push uphill. The workmanship is top notch, and Tomac's customer serviceis superb! Go buy one!

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Favorite Trail:   Carlmont/Waterdog

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Intense, Foes, Ellsworth, Yeti

Bike Setup:   Monster T, Tomac/Sun Wheels, 01' Hayes 8" front & Rear, Race Face North Shore Cranks, Shimana 646/Azonic A-frame pedals, MRP, Sram 9.0, Thompson post, Flite Gel saddle, Azonic PDW bar, Shorty Deluxe stem, King Headset, Maxxis High Roller 2.35 rear, Maxxis Mobster 2.7 front.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jordan a Downhiller from albuquerque nm usa

Date Reviewed: November 27, 2000

Strengths:    plush,pedals well,exellent handling, confidence inspiring,great customer service,no brake jack for 00,cool looking,minimal rear wheel flex,

Weaknesses:    ive blown up two of the hubs but since then ive had no problems and tomac bikes replaced them imediately,its a little heavy but i don't feel it when I am riding,expensive!!

Bottom Line:   
overall i have been very happy with this bike.It is so far the nicest bike i have ever ridden .while i was a little bummed when i weighed the frame and it was 14 lbs but it doesn't feel heavy when being ridden.the customer service at tomac is fantastic they answer questions,hurry warranty work and don't treat people as if they were stupid.I thought it was a bit expensive but so far it has been worth it

all in all i am stoked

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Favorite Trail:   rio medio

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $3200.00

Purchased At:   fat tyre cycle albuquerqure

Similar Products Used:   intense m1 , rocky mountain RM9 , schwin straight six, bcd ,specialized fsr dh, kona stab primo

Bike Setup:   tomac wheels, hayes brakes , monster ts [also a bit heavy,but work well]thompson seat post,intense tires 2.4,yadayada

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rick a Racer from PA

Date Reviewed: July 20, 2000

Strengths:    Durable
Fast
Great customer support !!!!


Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
This is the follow-up to my October 99 review:
I've been riding this bike close to a year now and it still amazes me EVERY time I ride it !!! It's stable, well mannered, pedals decently, bullet-proof and looks great. And it is really fast !!!

This bike can make anyone better. I can now ride things that were unthinkable a year ago. It has saved my life many times where pilot error should have caused carnage. The 204 allows me to keep up with my younger friends (they keep looking back but I'm still there). I guess you can tell I like the bike.

And............ the people at Tomac are the best. If you looked up customer service in the dictionary you'd find a picture of the Tomac organization. Everyone is helpful and will always take the time to help you out. A first rate company !!! (Dave, thanks for all of the help)

Hope this helps to make up your mind. I'll definitely buy more Tomac products. See you on the lift !!!

Enjoy !!!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   GT Lobo
GT LTS DH


Bike Setup:   See my October 99 review (now has Y2k 7" Boxxer)

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Stinky Jim a Downhiller from Santa Barbara, CA

Date Reviewed: December 11, 1999

Strengths:    
Frame Construction/Finish.
Great Sus. Design (Thanks Mert!)
Has that Holy Shit, what is THAT! vibe.


Weaknesses:    
Maybe just the fact that in order to mount an MRP, you need to machine the boomerang a little, but that's not a big deal.
Oh, also the horrible, horrible brake jack. Luckily Brake Therapy is coming out with a rear thru-axle/floating brake mod, which will also get rid of the stupid QR dropouts. Who would want to run a rear QR on a DH bike?
Chainline is pretty bad, because of the ultra-wide BB, and the almost dishless rear wheel. I can't run my 32t rear cog, as the chain won't grab the chainring at all. But who wants to be in the 32?


Bottom Line:   
Bottom Line: The best DH bike I've ever ridden. The thing that amazes me the most is how quiet it is. When you hit a super-burly section, the only sound is the occasional chainslap, which will be gone when I get a chainstay guard. Smoove is the only word to describe it. Smoove is much better than smooth, for no apparent reason.
I wouldn't give this bike up for anything, not only does it ride better than anything else out there, it's one of only 200 made, and most of those aren't even in the states, they were sold overseas. Buy one if you can afford to.

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Favorite Trail:   
Tunnel

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
Yeti Straight 6
Schwinn Straight 8
Santa Cruz Super-8
Specialized/MRP DH


Bike Setup:   
'00 Answer MRD X-Vert Carbon (unbeliveable forks, by the way)
Sun MODO wheels
Dual Hayes (soon to be the Brake Therapy floating rear)
Race Face Cranks/BB
King HS
Easton Mag60 stem
ProTaper bars
Maxxis tire- I highly recommend the 2.7 Mobster/2.5 High Roller combo
Hurricane 100 Seatpost
Tioga XC/XL seat
Ringle pedals

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by masa a Downhiller from racer

Date Reviewed: December 2, 1999

Strengths:    
quality,
great rear-end alignment,(maybe as a quality)
geometly
not heavy at all


Weaknesses:    
rear shock is a little bit sticktion when i push a sheet.
other than that, nothing


Bottom Line:   
Thanks Brain. I got this frame from him as a used one. Nice bike. I like to turn any corners no matter how fast I go. It is definitly faster than when I rode my Intense before. When I ride on this, I always feel a lower position. I really like this feeling because of feeling in the bike, not on the bike. Rear end is just right aligment. It doesn't matter how rough trails are. Rear end is just plush. Pedaling is nice as well.
Rear shock is a little bit sticktion when it strokes at the begining. However, when I ride it, it is just as somooth as butter. Very progressive as well. I love to ride my Tomac.
It is worth to get it!!!

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Favorite Trail:   
anywhere I go

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
M-1 SL
TECH-IN DACHYON RCV (from Japanese company)


Bike Setup:   
SuperT, Hayes brakes
pretty much usual DH
set up

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Rick a Racer from PA

Date Reviewed: October 26, 1999

Strengths:    
Solid bike
Great Company
See my August 30th review


Weaknesses:    
None


Bottom Line:   
My second review. The 204 is a great bike. It goes where you point it, the back-end soaks up everything in sight, and the whole setup is very stable and durable.What it doesn't like: The 204 doesn't like big tires (I had the 2.7 Intense up front and a 2.5 in the rear). The bike is really stable with the 2.5 Highrollers on it and they work great in the rocks and mud. The big tires seem to take away the bike's flickability and slow down the handling. The same with heavier forks. A friend has a 204 with a Monster T on it and the extra weight up front once again slows down the handling. Maybe that's why Johhny T's bike has the lighter fork and runs 2.3 tires ???I can't say enough about the company. E-mails are answered promptly as are phone calls. It's a first-rate organization that really believes in customer service. I can't wait to save my pennies so I can buy one of their full-suspension xc bikes !!!

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Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
GT Lobo w/ Boxxer
GT LTS DH w/ UD150


Bike Setup:   
99 Boxxer (soon to be 7 Boxxer) Race Face Crank / ring, XT, Berserker seat, Yeti DH bars, ODI Lockgrips, Maxxis Highroller 2.5, 50 durometer tires, Sun Doublewide rims, Hayes disc brakes / Hugi hubs

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Rick a Racer from PA

Date Reviewed: August 30, 1999

Strengths:    
Solid, quality materials and workmanship.
Great technical support.
Excellent overall design (based on a modified Lawill rear design)
Smooth !!!!!


Weaknesses:    
None
( some would say price maybe, but speed costs money; how fast do you want to go ?


Bottom Line:   
Wow !!! I bought this bike used (Thanks Ted !!). The first time I rode it was at the Mount Snow finals. My first practice run on the bike was amazing..... smooth is the only word that comes to mind. The rear end (8)soaks up the big and little hits equally well. The whole bike is very well behaved and incredibly stable (would you expect anything else from Johhny T ?) It turns well, it jumps great (I'm not a jumper but the 204 is balanced perfectly when you do catch some air), and overall is confidence inspiring. I went so much faster on this bike (fast enough to flatten a Mammoth rim !). The course we rode at Mt Snow was fast and loose (dry for practice, raining for the race) and the 204 tracked like a train. It would go over fast,steep, loose rock sections that other riders were going around because the rear end was soaking up the hits while maintaining enough traction to to make the turn.
Support - The Tomac crew is fantastic. I had a couple of questions at the race and was invited into their pit for some first hand instruction. Subsequent questions have been handled promptly both by e-mail and phone (Thanks Dave !!)Tomac is a first class operation (is that a surprise ?) If you want a first class ride from a first class company (not to mention a first class racer)get a Tomac !!!!! (Actually if you're a Veteran / Masters downhiller, don't get a Tomac !!! Just kidding.....)

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Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
GT Lobo w/ Boxxer
GT LTS DH w/ WB UD150


Bike Setup:   
204 Magnum , 1999 Boxxer, MRP World Cup2, Raceface crank/dh ring, XT 9-speed, Hayes disc brakes, Sun Mammoth (soon to be double-wides) rims, Intenses 2.7 / 2.35 dh tires, 636 pedals

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Tomac 204 Magnum rear shock?

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 »

Totem 180 Coil on a Tomac 204 Magnum?

Hi all, 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 »

Question regarding Tomac Magnum 204

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 »

will a marzocchi 66 work on a tomac 204 magnum?

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 »

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