There's been a buzz in Lincoln about this for a couple weeks now, but now it's official. Tomac Bicycles is back, and they're based out of good 'ol Lincoln, Nebraska. Here's the word from the pages of Bicycle Retailer and Industry News:
Tomac Brand Licensed to Joel Smith, Brand to Relaunch in 2007
JUNE 19, 2006 --
“Starting my own business and basing it around a great brand and name like Tomac has been a dream of mine,” said Smith. “The focus will be on producing bikes that you really, really want to own. In my 20 years of mountain biking, there have only been a few that fit into this category. My plan is to make more.”
The company will be headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska, where Smith resides.
“The common misconception is that there is no mountain biking in Nebraska, but you’d be extremely surprised,” Smith said. “The biking and the biking culture are really good in Lincoln. Riding is also close to town.”
The Tomac brand was originally formed by a partnership of Doug Bradbury, founder of Manitou suspension forks, and John Tomac, one of the most respected and accomplished racers of all time.
“Bradbury and Johnny T. will still be heavily involved in the company,” said Smith. “They both have such a strong understanding of the bikes, the market and the industry that they are strong resources for me, especially during the start-up period.”
The Tomac website, www.tomac.com, will be relaunched in mid-July with information about the brand direction and future bicycles.
Interested consumers, retailers and distributors should contact Smith directly at email@example.com or (402) 261-3988.