Tomac Carbide XC XC Full Suspension

4.88/5 (17 Reviews)
Weight : 2450 grams


Product Description

  • 90mm rear travel, designed for 80 or 100mm travel fork and custom tuned Fox RP23 rear shock
  • 5.4 pound (2450g) frame weight with Fox RP23 shock (large size)
  • Carbon tubes designed to promote overall stiffness,specific carbon lay ups for each size bike
  • Optimized wheel path to provide minimal chain growth and linear action
  • Low stand over height with plenty of seat post adjustability
  • Three sets of bearings for frame means easy service
  • Dual water bottle mounts on all but small size
  • Available in small, medium, large and extra large

The Carbide XC frame comes equipped with the Fox RP23 and low gloss carbon/ano black color only

Price listed is for frame only, also available as a complete bike



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User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jasper a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: March 7, 2014

Strengths:    Great price, weight, geometry. Shock design is racy, not the smothest ride, but good control. Buy if you want a racing XC bike with the capability of a little rougher XC / all mountain.

Weaknesses:    Not the smoothest ride. I broke two frames on the rear triangle near the bottom bracket. Definitely a design flaw; same fault twice, and the lbs indicated having seen more of the same failures. LBS support was horrible, but this was not the fault of Tomac. I am not a heavy rider at 80kgs and do not use the bike for anything other than XC.

Compared to Giant Anthem Advanced, the ride is a lot smoorther on the Giant, plus the frame quality is better. The weight is the same, but the price of the Giant is a lot higher. In the end the extra money is money well spent though, as my carbide's only lasted a year each.


Bottom Line:   
Very cheap for what it offers, looks great and rides well. Would not buy again because of design flaw in rear triangle.

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Duration Product Used:   2 years

Price Paid:    $2100.00

Purchased At:   Bikecustomizer

Similar Products Used:   Anthem advanced, generation 1 and 2

Bike Setup:   Crossmaxx SLR, M970XTR, Fox F100 FIT fork

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sebastian

Date Reviewed: May 2, 2013

Strengths:    Climbing
pedalling efficiency
light weight


Weaknesses:    nothing important
cable routing could be better?


Bottom Line:   
Absolutely love this bike, it gives you XC climbing efficiency plus trail/AM capabilities on singletrack

maybe the head angle could be better at 69,5 or 70 instead of the 70,5 but that would have to be tested
anyone has put a 120 (5 inch) fork on it?

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   specialized camber 2011
specialized stumpjumper ht 2012


Bike Setup:   xtr brakes
XT / X9 transmission
ztr crest wheels
rs reba fork

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by krausedmb a Racer from Breckenridge, CO, USA

Date Reviewed: April 12, 2011

Strengths:    Solid Frame, has taken some beatings and shows minimal signs of it. Stiff, climbs like a mtn goat. Descends great. Easy to service pivots.

Weaknesses:    Water bottle in triangle is hard to get in and out. Had to flip the shock. Helps a bit.

Bottom Line:   
Love it! Climbs great, descends fast, handles well. Great race bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Colorado trails

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $3100.00

Purchased At:   private owner

Similar Products Used:   Trek Fuel 90, Giant

Bike Setup:   XTR drive, Crank bros 4ti pedals, World cup sid fork, Juicy ultimates, Stans race wheels.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jmortiz a Racer from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Date Reviewed: August 4, 2010

Strengths:    Stiff, very light and ofcourse, a sight for sore eyes!!

Weaknesses:    None at the moment

Bottom Line:   
1st FS bike of mine, built from my previous pinnacle HT parts. Superb craftmanship from Tomac, a little worried at first try (have not rode a carbon bike before :)). Can't wait to bring the bike home in RP to really test it's endurance, currently riding it only on pavement @ 54 degree temp.!!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $4500.00

Purchased At:   BDH Bikes, Canada

Bike Setup:   Carbide XC frame, Shimano xtr full, easton handlebars and rims, thomson masterpiece, WTB laser V and Schwalbe Super Moto on pavement (WTB Exiwolf on off-road) tires.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ridefrp a Cross Country Rider from Dobson, NC, USA

Date Reviewed: February 9, 2010

Strengths:    Extremely stiff and light weight. Super climbing ability, extremely fast downhills

Weaknesses:    Absolutely none that I can find

Bottom Line:   
A great bike for someone that wants to take it to the next level. The first downhill I went down was a bit scary I wasn't use to that kind of speed, what a rush. This is the greatest bike I have ever ridden. My 2010 Trek doesn't compare in any way. It's a thrill to ride and if you get a chance please take it for a spin. If you have never tried a Rotor MTB crank with Q rings you really need to. I just ordered the Tomac Automatic for my everyday rider, enough said.

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Favorite Trail:   Westwood, Fisher River

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Cycleworks

Similar Products Used:   Trek Fuel Ex

Bike Setup:   Rotor Crank, Seat and Post. Minute Fork, Ritchey WCS bar & stem, X7 Shifters and Front, X0 Rear, AC MTB26 wheels, Kenda Karma and Dred Tred

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by byost a Weekend Warrior from Tranquility, NJ USA

Date Reviewed: January 3, 2010

Strengths:    Stiff, light carbon fiber frame with a great geometry for climbing - the center of balance is to the rear, keeping the front end very light. Also, the bike literally floats down the descents. I ride on very rocky trails in NJ, and the suspension has no problem dealing with rock gardens at speed.

Weaknesses:    Is it wrong to be infatuated with a piece of equipment?

Bottom Line:   
I love this bicycle. I'm embarrassed to admit that I chose this bike in large measure because of its looks. But once I got to know it better, I fell in love with the feel of the thing. I used to look at other bikes with lust in my heart, but no more!

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Favorite Trail:   Allamuchy St. Park, NJ

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   tomac.com

Bike Setup:   SLX components with XT rear, Avid Juicy brakes, Rockshox SID race fork, Fox Float RP23

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Fast Ltd76 a Racer from Colorado Springs Colorado

Date Reviewed: July 25, 2009

Strengths:    super light, lockout on the rp23 eliminates any bob. this bike climbs with very little effort and soaks up downhills like an all mountain rig!

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
highly reccomend the carbide to any serious xc rider/racer

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Favorite Trail:   anything around Crested Butte

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   tomac.com

Bike Setup:   reba, fox rp23, xtr, avid ultimate breaks, kenda tires

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by wabiker3576 a Cross Country Rider from Tualtin , Oregon

Date Reviewed: June 21, 2009

Strengths:    Nice stiff lightweight frame, climbs like a hardtail with the pro-pedal engaged , dis-engage for a plush downhill.

Weaknesses:    If I find one I will let you know...

Bottom Line:   
After riding FS years ago and not being impressed , I stuck with my Ti or steel hardtails for the last 10 years . But after seeing the Carbide and reading the reviews I felt it was time to try again, and was glad I did. I think it is a great platform for the rider that is looking for a bike that climbs like a hardtail and descends just as well as it climbs. And looks cool..

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Favorite Trail:   Devil's Gulch

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Cayuse Cycle's West

Similar Products Used:   Kona King Kahuna XO triggers & rear der. XTR front , Avid Ultimate Disc,

Bike Setup:   Sid WC 100mm , Avid Ulimate Disc, XO triggers & rear der , XTR front Der, Stans tubeless,

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Reporterkyle a Racer from Golden, CO, USA

Date Reviewed: June 11, 2009

Strengths:    The list of superlatives for this bike is fairly long -- super stiff rear triangle, super stiff front triangle, super stuff shock linkage, zero flex bottom bracket, relatively light weight, great durability, perfect balance, fantastic trail manners, a surprisingly plush rear suspension and a company with kick-ass customer service.

Weaknesses:    The dings on this bike are few and far between. It's a light bike, but not on par with SOME other XC bikes. Of course, the new Carbide SL - 4.5 lb frame - addresses that issue.

Bottom Line:   
I'm enjoying this bike more and more after each ride. It took me a few rides to get the fit and suspension dialed in, but now that I've got it right, I'm very, very pleased. Some thoughts:

CLIMBING -- The Carbide is the right balance between of pedal platform (thanks to the Fox RP23 rear shock)and activity. The rear wheel stays firmly planted and the suspensions feels bob-free. Love it. One of the biggest advantages is the fact the BB on the Carbide is completely flex-free, meaning all your power is going straight to the rear wheel. The Carbide is a great climber. I'm really enjoying it.

FLAT SINGLETRACK -- When you are getting into that killer, flowy singletrack, this is where the Carbide really shines. It is very quick edge-to-edge, but it is not sketchy or twitchy. Rather, this bike is perfectly balanced, begging you to push turns harder, lay it on the rail deeper and attack. It's a ton of fun. The suspension ably eats up trail chatter so you can keep the power down. The carbon frame is damp and feels great, eliminating the high frequency frame buzz you get with aluminum. This is my second carbon MTB and I am sold on carbon as a frame material.

DESCENDING -- Switch off the shock's ProPedal and let her rip. The suspension seems to have more performance and more plushness than what you would expect for a single-pivot, 4-inch travel XC bike. I had some reservations about the Carbide initially, but my demo ride on this thing last year is what sold me. This bike is so stable, so well balanced and appropriately damp that it just screams downhill.

TOTAL PACKAGE -- Hats off to the guys at Tomac for building a well-rounded and awesome XC full suspension. Anyone looking for a top-of-the-line racer or general XC bike should throw a leg over the Carbide. Unlike some of the other bikes out there, this bike has all the performance you expect from a brand bearing Johnny T's name and the durability to stand the test of time.

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Favorite Trail:   White Ranch; Winter Park, CO; Sun Valley, ID

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Big Ring Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Full-suspensin bikes I've owned and raced include Specialized Stumpjumper FSR, Yeti ASR and Scott Spark 15. I loved the Yeti and Scott, but was not a big fan of the Stumpy.

Bike Setup:   Top of the line race -- SRAM X.O. drivetrain and trigger shifters, XTR cranks, XTR front derailleur, Avid Ultimate brakes, Stan's No Tubes ZTR Olympic wheels on American Classic hubs, Thomson Masterpiece seatpost, Ritchey WCS stem and carbon bar, Eggbeaters and WTB Devo saddle.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ward Thompson a Cross Country Rider from Yucaipa, CA

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2009

Strengths:    This is just a great working bike. It's simple, light and pedals really nicely. I've use it to both train and for the occasional race, and I found it's just the perfect bike for doing everything.

Weaknesses:    I was a little nervous about owning a carbon bike, but it's been great so far. The bike is really light and really stiff, and I attribute it mainly to the carbon. I have fallen a few times on it, and the carbon took one serious impact without any damage.

Bottom Line:   
I rode a lot of demo bikes before I finally decided on the Carbide XC, and I glad I decided to buy one. It was the clear winner for me because, from the moment I tossed a leg over the bike, it just felt right. My impression continues to do the same. I like the bike more and more with age, which in the past, it has been an opposite experience.

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Favorite Trail:   Sycamore Canyon

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $4500.00

Similar Products Used:   I test rode a lot of different carbon full suspension bikes before I bought the Carbide.

Bike Setup:   Fox suspension, Shimano gears, Thomson seatpost and stem, Easton handlebar, DT Swiss wheels, Tomac tires.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jim El Granada a Cross Country Rider from El Granada, CA USA

Date Reviewed: May 6, 2009

Strengths:    Fantastic fit and finish which is coupled with a geometry that makes this bike amaze me. Great climbing and real smooth on the way down. Frame is real stiff laterally and feels as solid as can be under a 220 lb rider. It's also light. The brakes have great feel and power.. I love this bike. Joel and Clark at Tomac do an amazing job of customer support.

Weaknesses:    The only weakness is me.

Bottom Line:   
In 7 months I've ridden this bike over 700 miles and I can't wait to get on it again. This is a race quality XC bike that makes me ride to the best of my ability. Grinning from ear to ear. Buy it if you can risk riding becoming an obsession.

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Favorite Trail:   Whitmore Gulch, HMB. Cold creek, Lake Tahoe

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   2003 Tomac 98 Special pro, 2002 GT Timberline Hard tail. 2004 Salsa Campeon road bike.

Bike Setup:   Rockshox SID team fork, Fox RP 23 rear shock. XTR rear derailer. XT shifters & cassette. Truvative Carbon Noir Crank. Avid ultimate brakes with 180mm rotors. Easton monkeylite carbon bars. Sun Ringle Dirty Flea rims. Thomson stem

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by whtabbob a Racer from San Juan Capistrano, CA

Date Reviewed: April 10, 2009

Strengths:    Everything. As noted by Seiji it's very light because it's carbon, but it feels super-solid. Lock it out for climbing, then unleash the beast on the the DH. RP23 isn't a 'lockout' it's more propedal, so even when 'locked' it will still give you full travel when you need it.

Weaknesses:    None. I will have to maintenance the bearings soon, but I rode this thing hard all year. Cal State and National series races, plus training rides on tough SoCal technical trails, 8 hr endurance races, etc. Tomac was quick to send me a rebuild kit, too.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is incredible. John and Joel at Tomac love bikes and each have an amazing history in the sport, and it all comes through in this bike. This baby climbs on par with hardtails, even better on the technical stuff where you need rear wheel traction. But it really shines on descents and through the twisties. Solid and buttery smooth through corners and no thought about whether you should bomb a gnarly rock section or not, this baby can handle it.

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Favorite Trail:   Sagebrush Safari course

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Scott Comp Aluminum hardtail, Litespeed Tanasi Ti hardtail, Scott Spark (test ride), Trek Fuel (test)

Bike Setup:   Marzocchi Corsa SL, Mavic 717/Hugi 240 wheels, SUNLINE V-1 Carbon bar & lock-on grips, KENDA Karma tires, XPEDO MF-1A Ti-Ti pedals, SIGMASPORT BC1106 Team Computer, Avid Juicy Ultimate brakes, XTR cranks,shifters,rear derail/XT front derail & cassette. 25.5 lbs.
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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kelly Potter a Cross Country Rider from Boulder, CO

Date Reviewed: March 15, 2009

Strengths:    With every ride, I am more and more impressed with this bike. I ride a mix of rocky and smooth terrain and I was worried that the bike would not offer enough travel, but it seems to float through everything with ease. I also am impressed with how effecient the bike is. I have lockouts on both the front and rear shocks, but I never use them. The bike pedals well without using the lockouts. I have been riding the bike for over a year now and the bearings are still like new, as are the bushings in the shock eyelets. The attention to detail is really nice on the bike. The tube shapes and the use of carbon throughout the frame show that someone really tried to produce an excellent final product.

Weaknesses:    So far, I have found none. The bike is really great.

Bottom Line:   
I am in love with this bike. I have never written a review on MTBR, but the bike works so well and is so durable, I felt I had to let other people know.

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Favorite Trail:   Monarch Crest

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $4500.00

Purchased At:   Colorado

Similar Products Used:   Giant Anthem

Bike Setup:   Fox Float RL fork, RP23 shock, XTR rear derailleur, Truvative Noir cranks, Avid Juicy Ultimate brakes, Thomson seatpost and stem, Easton carbon handlebar.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Donald Megga a Cross Country Rider from Riverside, CA USA

Date Reviewed: February 26, 2009

Strengths:    Unbelievably stiff laterally (no flex), light weight (24 pounds built up with XT parts), excellent efficiency during pedaling, the best descending XC bike I have ever ridden, good bearing durability, dual water bottle mounts, clean cable routing under top tube, low stand-over height, good support from the manufacturer.

Weaknesses:    The derailleur hanger could be a little beefier, but I guess they have changed this already.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is pretty incredible. It's one of those bikes that does everything right, so you don't really have to think about it...you just ride. I use it for general XC riding on really rough terrain and then an occasional race. It feels like it has more suspension than similar travel bikes and it's so stiff, the handling is so precise and predictable. I've always liked the Tomac brand because it was the namesake of John Tomac, but this bike makes me a loyal fan for years to come.

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Favorite Trail:   San Juan Trail

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $4400.00

Purchased At:   Cambria Bike Outfitt

Similar Products Used:   Giant Anthem and Santa Cruz Blur XC.

Bike Setup:   Fox F100 fork and RP23 shock, Shimano XT cranks, shifters and chain, DT Swiss X1800 wheelset, Thomson seat post and stem.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by capn chris a Racer from CA

Date Reviewed: October 1, 2008

Strengths:    Exotic, light (23lbs), and RETARDEDLY fast. Seriously, the bike has made NO NOISE at all in a year of thrashing. Nothing. Buttery smooth and the most dependable bike I have ever owned. It's damn pretty too.

Weaknesses:    Only that it doesn't come with a free PRIMER DH frame as well.

Bottom Line:   
The TOMAC bike build and design quality is without equal. I have had several full suspension bikes in my life, ALL of which made a ton of noise after a very short time. the CARBIDE is a year in on some GNARLY courses and weekly rides, and has yet to even utter it's disapproval of my monkey-arse trying to break it. The guys at TOMAC also have been amazingly helpful with any and all questions. Greatest bike I have ever owned, and they seem to support racers a great deal on their blog site.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Titus, Klein, Conejo Ap/5

Bike Setup:   Carbide frame, top secret build kit.

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