By Jason Sumner, Associate Editor
In a deal that’s been rumored for some time, Tomac USA, the bicycle company owned and operated by legendary rider John Tomac and pioneer designer Doug Bradbury, has joined forces with American Bicycle Group, which owns Litespeed, Merlin and Quintana Roo.
The deal will shift most of the marketing, production and day-to-day operations responsibilities from Tomac to American Bicycle Group. “It’s not a buyout where they own the business,” Tomac said. “It’s a licensing agreement that gives us access to resources we were lacking in the past.”
The Tomac USA product line consists of three aluminum frames — the 204 Magnum downhill, the 78 Special (cross-country full-suspension), and the Buckshot (hardtail).
Tomac said Bradbury, who founded Manitou, will continue building the 204 Magnum downhill bikes in Colorado Springs, and added that there was no plan to move any production overseas. “We’re looking at different possibilities right now. Tennessee [where American Bicycle Group is based] is definitely a possibility,” he said.
Tomac will also continue running the Tomac Racing team, which includes downhillers Rich and Gary Houseman, and cross-country rider Greg Randolph.
“This whole deal just takes some of the pressure of Doug and myself,” Tomac said. “It’ll give us more time to do the things that are important to us. I’ll have a lot more time to work with the team.”
During his 15-year career, which ended in retirement a year ago, Tomac won just about everything he could have, including eight World Cup races, the 1988 national criterium championship, and cross-country gold at the 1991 world championships.