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    Official John Tomac Picture Thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by kokopelli
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    The good ol Mongoose days. That bottom black and white picture is cool. I recognize Jimmy Donnel, Max Jones, of course Tomac, and the other two guys dont look familiar...

    Those bring back some good memories. Is it just me or is racing not the same anymore?? I think its just me.
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    Here are some of the one's I have...


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    from the times when races were races and not dominated by 110 pound-weighing fitfu**ers
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Here are some of the one's I have...
    How steep is that hill??? Imagine pros pushing their bikes up a hill during a race... That looks like something that I would do.

    Is that race at Skyline Park in Napa by any chance?

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    No, thats a World Cup in Europe somewhere Im pretty sure. I think St. Wendel.........Not sure though. Maybe Houffalize?

    I dont think Grundig (see the number plates) was a sponsor when Napa became a world cup.

    Tomac always rode up climbs that most others would walk. He was an amazing rider in every respect. He was also tested at the Olympic training center to have one of the smoothest and most efficient pedal strokes ever tested. Roadie or anybody. I dont think there will ever be anybody able to replace him or do what he did. He did so much for the sport. He was truly a phenomenon. To see him ride on a fast technical section is something that one could not forget.

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    and thats why i love this picture. It shows what JT was like...and what racing was like in those days.

    And yes, the picture is taken during a 'Grundig-Cup' Race in Houffalize, Belgium. I'm not quite sure, but it should be from 92.

    tioga even used that picture for advertising the Psycho...although JT used the Farmer Johns in that race

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    Those two guys on Ritcheys next to him are two of the best XC riders ever as well. Henrik Djernis and Thomas Frischknecht. Hank won the worlds 3 years in a row I think and Frischknecht got lots of silvers and one gold. Well, two golds now. But those two guys were always some of the first to get off and run up a hill as they came from a cyclocross background. Ritchey used to really dominate in the early 90s....Those "P" series bikes won a lot of world cups. Probably more than any other bike.

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    Yes, thats 92 as he has the world champion colors on. Wow! Farmer Johns in 92! Never thought that happened.

    He was a stud. He is a serious legend in my eyes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by laffeaux
    How steep is that hill??? Imagine pros pushing their bikes up a hill during a race... That looks like something that I would do.

    Is that race at Skyline Park in Napa by any chance?
    I can say that I have the same pair of shoes he's wearing in that picture...and that I can push hills like that in my middle ring at a full sprint for 4 miles straight. *cough*cough*

    That's why it's one of my fav. pictures. Heros climb hills everyone else has to walk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed
    The good ol Mongoose days. That bottom black and white picture is cool. I recognize Jimmy Donnel, Max Jones, of course Tomac, and the other two guys dont look familiar...

    Those bring back some good memories. Is it just me or is racing not the same anymore?? I think its just me.
    It's not just you, F-b, racing has changed. Even at the "national" level races in the '80s were low key. The factory Trek-WTB team traveled in a '67 GTO convertible, primer grey with WTB stickers on the doors and fork mounts bolted in front of the trunk lid.

    Local events today feel more intense and the riders less friendly than the big events did then. Still better than most road races, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed
    No, thats a World Cup in Europe somewhere Im pretty sure. I think St. Wendel.........Not sure though. Maybe Houffalize?

    I dont think Grundig (see the number plates) was a sponsor when Napa became a world cup.

    Tomac always rode up climbs that most others would walk. He was an amazing rider in every respect. He was also tested at the Olympic training center to have one of the smoothest and most efficient pedal strokes ever tested. Roadie or anybody. I dont think there will ever be anybody able to replace him or do what he did. He did so much for the sport. He was truly a phenomenon. To see him ride on a fast technical section is something that one could not forget.
    We had a NORBA National in Eugene OR in 1986. The course had a 1/4 mile long, steep, straight up the fall line climb. Us locals had cleaned it only twice - ever. Tomac was running a 36 x 28 low gear (no grannie) and rode it clean - in the saddle - 6 straight times - during the race. He was the only pro to do that and that included Tinker, Ned, Max, Mike Kloser, Paul Thomasberg, Joe Murray and a bunch of others.
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    New question here. More of the Tomes

    Thanks Kokopelli! Great pictures!!!

    I've got a couple of interesting Tomac inpired restore projects underway and these pics were really interesting.

    Never knew that he rode the drops on the Raleigh. Thought this was limited to his Yeti season, but you learn something new every day.

    Here's links to my favorite Tomac picture site currently, though this thread might soon eclipse it . . . .

    http://216.239.41.104/search?q=cache...hl=en&ie=UTF-8


    Here's a tough Tomac question for the the thread . . . can anyone identify the pink sticker on the top tube of his C-26?

    How about the sliver sticker just below the top tube on the seat tube?

    Been trying to find the answer to both of these questions and identify the stickers . . . can anyone help me?
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    Tomac Mongoose pic

    By the way . . . the Tomac picture where he's in the Cowboy hat holding the goose was taken at old Peddler bike shop which I use to wrench at . . .

    Here's a shout out to "The Peddler Bike Shop" in Long Branch New Jersey - one of the world's greatest bike shops. http://www.thepeddler.com/

    One of the guys in the photo, Wally, now runs another great shop
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    One interesting factoid - The Peddler bike shop was hired to provide mountain biking technical expertise and consulting for the first "Mountain Dew" commercials featuring mountainbikes back in the day . . . oldschool "do the dew"!

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    The drops lasted only a couple of the early World Cups in 91. For the first Norba race he was in the states and didnt have his drop bar bike as it was in Europe. He didnt want to go through all the hassle of setting one up with drops so he just raced with his flat bar. He thought the flat bars were so much nicer/faster that he never went back.

    He did have a much longer and lower drop setup though than a typical WTB style set up. He was trying to imitate his 7-11 Eddy Merckx set up as closely as possible.

    Regarding the stickers, the silver one is an Easton E9 sticker. The same sticker is on the Merlin made Raleigh frame....

    The pink one doesnt look familiar....

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    @mtnwing: Can't identify the pink one myself. But he didn't race this sticker on all his C-26. Toughest thing will be getting a C-26, won't it



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    A handshake?

    How much was that handshake worth in 1989?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kokopelli
    @mtnwing: Can't identify the pink one myself. But he didn't race this sticker on all his C-26. Toughest thing will be getting a C-26, won't it

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnwing
    Tough agreed . . .. but not impossible . . . stay tuned pictures . . .

    Is this one yours?

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    I'd be a lucky man if that one was mine. No, that's the frame Parker sold on ebay.

    Little bit off topic: Wanna see a C-26 puzzle;-)

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    Johnny T

    Heres one that looks to be the Park City National. This ones early 1990 as you'll notice he has not been given his C-26 yet. Hes on a steel FRO here. I wonder where this one is. I would love to have it!

    I have some more pics at home I think....
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    1991

    Heres another. This ones from 91. The Norba National Finals in Vermont. Here he is hammering up the climb with Tinker withering in the background. 1991 was Tomac's year. He won the NORBA National Championships, the Grundig World Cup, and of course the World Championships in Italy.
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    Pulled from another thread.

    This one must be Michigan. 1990, steel FRO. I like this shot.

    It looks like he hit the dirt. A rare thing for him.

    On a related note, did anybody see that jump Tomac hit in the 2000? X games. It was the final heat race and Tomac was in 2nd or third and hit this jump that launched him 40 feet in the air. Had Steve Peat (or maybe Eric Carter) not been in his way when he landed he would have won that race. It was amazing. He said afterwards he didnt want to use that jump untill the final to keep it a secret. ESPN.com used to have the video on their site but I think its gone now. I dont hear much about it really considering how amazing a move it was. Anyway, just another amazing addition to Tomacs legacy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy©®™
    It's not just you, F-b, racing has changed. Even at the "national" level races in the '80s were low key. The factory Trek-WTB team traveled in a '67 GTO convertible, primer grey with WTB stickers on the doors and fork mounts bolted in front of the trunk lid.

    Local events today feel more intense and the riders less friendly than the big events did then. Still better than most road races, though.
    Yeah, that part has changed (of course Yeti had that box van that started it all in 89 or so)but if you look at the start lineup from say 1990 and then one now, there are probably more pros now but most of them youve never even heard of. Heck, back then, all the fast experts and juniors were in the magazines and had good sponsors. Look at Jeremy Horgan Korbelski, nobody hardly knows who he is. Hes the best the US has to offer right now. I could list 20 factory guys from back in the day. Now I only know a few. But, like I said, that might just be that my interest is waning due to lack of stars like Tomac, Herbold, Grewal, Overend, etc....

    Maybe its a change in sponsorship. THe companies used to really promote their riders. Even Shimano had those ads with quotes from all the top riders, and then GT had those huge ads just for a certain rider etc. The riders seemed more like stars back then. Its kinda dead now in my eyes. Anybody else?

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    Here's one in his 'swimsuit'

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    I'll try two pics in one post here. Both are 93, the first I dont know where it is, the second is Durango Ironhorse Classic.
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    Thanks to John and Herbold...

    I think Tension Discs are the coolest thing ever.
    I know they don't work well, have lots of flex, and fall out of true or blow up completely if you look at them the wrong way....not to mention (still) expensive and now hard to find.
    To own one is not enough. I'd run them all the time if they held up better. I guess it's as strange as riding a 10 year old bike....

    Anyone have interesting or heart breaking stories regarding their T-discs?
    I guess it's a bit OT...
    I think John should go back to using them! There, better.

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    Those beautiful Tomac helmets!

    Found this one on the Bell Helmet's website. Apparently they've been sponsoring Tomac since 1986. Funny to see him without a beautifully painted helmet. He almost looks mortal!

    Interesting read on Bell's long history with helmets including Evil Knievel among others.
    http://www.bellbikehelmets.com/main/about/timeline.html
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    Here's a really rare one.

    The other one should be from around 89.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed
    Those two guys on Ritcheys next to him are two of the best XC riders ever as well. Henrik Djernis and Thomas Frischknecht. Hank won the worlds 3 years in a row I think and Frischknecht got lots of silvers and one gold. Well, two golds now. But those two guys were always some of the first to get off and run up a hill as they came from a cyclocross background. Ritchey used to really dominate in the early 90s....Those "P" series bikes won a lot of world cups. Probably more than any other bike.
    YES! Good old Hank really ruled!
    Imagine winning the worlds 3 times in a row...!? + he got an obscene lot of secondary placings (worlds, EuroChamp'ships and Nationals)
    Dont think that anyone will do that again..

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    Another old Tomac pic

    This one is from an old SI trading card that recently sold on ebay . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by laffeaux
    How steep is that hill??? Imagine pros pushing their bikes up a hill during a race... That looks like something that I would do.

    Is that race at Skyline Park in Napa by any chance?
    ----------------------

    I'm pretty sure that is Hunter Mountain, New York 1992.
    I raced that day and remember that hill very well (raced Junior expert at the time.)

    Great pic, it brings back some memories...

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    Heres a Grundig World Cup shot from 89. Its a titanium Mongoose with that cool Yeti fork.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed
    Heres a Grundig World Cup shot from 89. Its a titanium Mongoose with that cool Yeti fork.
    I always wondered why when you're handed a number at a bike race they always say not to deface it. Now that I see what Tomac did to his number plates, it all makes sense.

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    Number plate oragami

    You've got a point there Laffauex!

    If you look back at pictures in this thread he's got a different shape with every plate! It must be an undocumented speed secret!

    off to find some sharp scissors . . .

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    Tomac Raleigh titanium bike

    Eric and all,

    I was at the Recyclery in San Rafael today, They have a Tomac Ti bike in the front of the shop locked up, 18 1/2 inch, only $499.

    Just passing along a lead if someone was interested. Not sure of model, but definely a titanium bike.

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    I think the main complaint with number plates is the inability to adjust your brakes or shifting on the fly. Tomac always cut his up. If you look closely at his 1990 World Championship number plate (drop bars and Yeti C-26) you will see he cut it up and then had to put a full size white back ground behind it probably because the promoter made him.....

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    Here's a few more

    I took in 1994 at a NORBA national in Spokane, WA
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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleDiamond
    I took in 1994 at a NORBA national in Spokane, WA
    Cool pics DoubleDiamond. Thanks for sharing!
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    funny how tioga always made their fork for tomes. But never for any1 else

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    Classic shot there. Those forks there are actually just Showa forks. A few companies put their name on that particular fork.........

    But yeah, never understood Tiogas marketing plan with those forks.

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    Tioga forks

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    funny how tioga always made their fork for tomes. But never for any1 else
    Actually, nearly identical "Showa made" forks were sold to the publicly under the "Trek" name brand (DS2, DDS3, Mogul air/oil). I've been told that Tioga would trick out the air/oil internals (as nearly all pro race teams do with their forks) for Tomac, but the legs and sliders were identical to stock Trek forks I believe, just recolored. I think the crowns may have been different on some, and Tomac actually used a stock Rock Shox Mag 21 fork brace on these forks much of the time.

    Tioga did actually sell one "Tioga branded" fork to the public but it was a very low end elastomer model similiar to the Tange "Struts" if you remeber those.

    Even though they never publicly sold the highend Tioga forks to the public, I think it was good marketing move, as suspension forks are very noticeable part and it helped associated Tomac's success with the Tioga brand name. With the exception of the frame it's the largest part on a bicycle that you can print your brand name and easily see the brand name in photo's, even when the bike is moving.

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    1987

    Here are a couple from 87. This is the Fat Chance/Mongoose frame. Sorry for the poor quality. I just took a couple shots from an old magazine I was looking through. In the second shot you can see Mike Kloser, Rishi Grewal, Tinker, and Ned. They all look so young. Not sure who that is over Klosers shoulder. It looks like Laurence Malone but I dont think he ever rode for Ritchey...... Love those old Oakley factory pilots!
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    The 1988 Eagle-wings!

    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed
    Here are a couple from 87. This is the Fat Chance/Mongoose frame. Sorry for the poor quality. I just took a couple shots from an old magazine I was looking through. In the second shot you can see Mike Kloser, Rishi Grewal, Tinker, and Ned. They all look so young. Not sure who that is over Klosers shoulder. It looks like Laurence Malone but I dont think he ever rode for Ritchey...... Love those old Oakley factory pilots!
    Cool pics from 1987! Thanks Fillet-Brazed!

    Here's Tomac on his Mongoose 1988 signature frame which was made by a small Japanese frame shop according to old articles. He was the first pro to have an MTB signature frame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnwing
    Cool pics from 1987! Thanks Fillet-Brazed!

    Here's Tomac on his Mongoose 1988 signature frame which was made by a small Japanese frame shop according to old articles. He was the first pro to have an MTB signature frame.

    Troy Lee eat your heart out on those cool helmet graphics . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnwing
    Troy Lee eat your heart out on those cool helmet graphics . . .
    Also perhaps the first documented photo evidence of his addiction for trimming up number plates for that ultra-aero speed advantage . . . .

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    here are a few scans from old mba's
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    Mongoose John Tomac Signature

    Quote Originally Posted by mtnwing
    Cool pics from 1987! Thanks Fillet-Brazed!

    Here's Tomac on his Mongoose 1988 signature frame which was made by a small Japanese frame shop according to old articles. He was the first pro to have an MTB signature frame.
    Here's a old Mongoose an ad from 1988 showing John and his Tomac Signature Frame.

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    PS - Anyone got one of these old Mongoose Tomac Signature's they want to sell me? I'm willing to pay top dollar!

    Email: carbonbikes (at) mountainbikes (dot) net if you do!
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    Cool ad! He looks so young. I guess he was thrashing on the big boys at age 19. Id like to have one of those bikes also. A while ago you mentioned that it was made in Japan?? Is that right? I have a writeup of I think the Tour de Rockies MTB race where Tomac just crushed everybody at 20 years of age and his second year of MTBing. Ned, Rishi, Thomasberg, Murray, everybody. I'll have to post it here sometime.

    Regarding the pic of the 91 you asked for a few days ago, the only digital photos I think I have of the 91 are all in this thread. Any shot of him on the Raleigh with the Manitou 1 is 1991. There are no good closeups. My favorite shot is that one at Vermont where hes standing up that climb dropping Tinker! I was also wrong about the clear Tension disc not being used in 91. He did use it but only at the last race of the year at the Worlds in Italy. Theres a shot in this thread.

    I do think Ive got some closeups of his 91 bike in an old Winning magazine. I'll try and hunt it down. Anybody remember Winning??

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    Tomac ODi ad

    Odi Mountaineer Grips ad. How 'bout that hair do! Shades of Max headroom.
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    Old Tioga T-bone ad with JT

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    Tioga T-Bone ad - I like this one!

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    Thanks so much to everyone for this post.

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    some of the good old times he joined team yeti
    I got the mountainbiking bug in 1990 and Johnny T was the man. I still have a huge poster of him railing a corner on a Raleigh, wearing one of those black skin suits. I was stationed in Sicily. Riding, drinking beer and women were my priorities in life. Oh yes....life was good.

    Fillet-brazed...it is not just you. When was the last time you saw an ad of some mountainbike product with a Pro rider that everyone easily recognizes? Do not even ask me to name the top 5 riders in this country now and I am directing, next month, one of the local races that is part of the Oklahoma state championship series.

    In 1995, I went into a local shop near Keesler AFB in Mississippi. A guy had a Giant that John Tomac had autographed the top tube for him at a race on the east coast somewhere. When he returned to Mississippi, he hung it on the wall at the shop and rode a different bike. Wow, was that cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Here are some of the one's I have...
    That is the '92 Hunter Mtn World Cup. That was just about the most ridable section of that course

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuspectDevice
    That is the '92 Hunter Mtn World Cup. That was just about the most ridable section of that course
    Most ridable!?...Perhaps you forgot to ad the ' ' at the end of your post or I didn't pick up on the sarcasim.
    If that was the most ridable section....and everyone is walking....tough race.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Most ridable!?...Perhaps you forgot to ad the ' ' at the end of your post or I didn't pick up on the sarcasim.
    If that was the most ridable section....and everyone is walking....tough race.
    No, it really was the most ridable section of that race course. The promoters pretty much just ran the race straight up and down the two main fireroads, and this was a few days after, I think, Hurricane Andrew. From all acccounts I read ( I was 11 at the time and a complete Tomac Freak), Tomac, Don Myrah, and Mike Kluge were the only people who were riding more than 30% of that course. "mudman myrah" won the day with his 'cross technique, and Tomac and Kluge battled it out for 2nd. Tomac being Tomac he pulled away from Kluge on the final decent.

    The next day was the USPRO roadrace in philly. Tomac and Roll both enetered as free-agents, back when that was still aloud, Tomac finished in the top 20 somewhere and Bobke got like 35th.

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    Are you sure thats not Houffalize Belgium? A couple Euros said it was. I never raced at Hunter Mt so I dont know. It looks like a pretty deep Euro field to me.....

    How can you say that was the most ridable part of the course if only one guy out of an entire international pro field is riding it?

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    [QUOTE=laffeaux]TomacQUOTE]

    one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready no go tomes go!
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    I love this thread! Anyone have some mid-'90s pics of him when he was riding for Giant?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WuJJ
    I love this thread! Anyone have some mid-'90s pics of him when he was riding for Giant?
    Giant 95 at the worlds I think.

    Might also want to checkout these related threads:

    Pics of Tomac on the original bike at the 1990 worlds replica:
    1990 Worlds Race Yeti C-26 John Tomac Replica

    Pics of Tomac's 1991 Worlds bike.
    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.p...ight=Tomac+1991

    Pics of CycleShark's 1990 Worlds Yeti C-26 Tomac backup bike can be found at:
    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.p...ght=Cycle+Shark
    http://www.mtb-news.de/forum/showthread.php?t=111165

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    Here are a couple Ive recently come across. The first is from 87 on his "Mongoose". Notice the Farmer Johns front and rear! The second is his 1990 Yeti FRO before he was given the C-26 for the Worlds in Durango.
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    Hi,

    thanks for the great pics. I really wonder where this Drop Bar Yeti is today. This is really one of the most famous race bikes for me, always impressed me after I saw that full page shot of Tomac going down an singletrack in MBA (shown above in another post). The geometry of the Bike is also very interesting, since stock Yetis still had paralell 71° Seat and Head angles till the end of 1991.

    P.S. I think Tomac had two of these Drop Bar FROs. I remember a advert or a pic from Yakima where there were two Tomac FROs on the rack, one with the green fork and one with the yellow.

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    this used mba issue just sold for....$38
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cycleshark
    this used mba issue just sold for....$38
    I watched that to the bitter end. It was esp. fun for me because I have the same issue!
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    The Legend and me

    Can you tell how goofy excited I am?
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    (Sea Otter Classic, Laguna Seca CA, 2001)


    This is the guy that inspired my mountain bike "career".


    Here's the Yeti I purchased in 1989 -- 'cause I always wanted the best just like JT

    <img src=http://gallery.mtbr.com/data/mtbr/515/233998ChinaCamp1.jpg>

    Now she's serving as a singlespeed ....getting as much saddle time as all my other bikes.
    (Yep, that's a Bontrager "composite" fork -- original fork was "misplaced" during a brief period when the bike was in the hands of my step-brother).
    I think I love this bike now as much (or more) as I did when she was new.

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    Found a few more...

    Found a few more JT pictures, but alas....they are post Tension Disc. c. 1996












    And a link to all the photos in the series...
    http://www.bicycle-photos.com/tomac/index.htm
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    Earliest Tomac Pics Yet...

    Here's a really old picture before anyone knew who he was. The picture doesn't even have a caption! That's a 24" wheeled bike with side-pull brakes--nice helmet graphics, too



    This is a spread of Tomac's '86 race bike (29 lbs.!).


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    Bigger...

    OK, here's the bigger versions (showing my newbie-ness here!):




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    Quote Originally Posted by filegiant

    What bike is he riding here?
    The looped stays would indicate Yeti, but the picture seems too old for that.
    It's different than the 'Inside the Pros Bikes' pic...

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    It looks like a 24" BMX cruiser he's got converted, hence the looped rear triangle. The bike's got BMX rear-entry, horizontal drop-outs so he's added a cheap rear derailleur hanger and taped the shifter housing along the length of the bike. Also, that seatpost has to be "custom" as it's like double the length of a standard 300mm post. The rear tire appears to be a Tioga Comp III. The helmet says "Mongoose", so I'm bet that's what it is.

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    Wow! Where did you find that old one? Ive never seen that. Very cool. John rode as a pro BMXer for Mongoose with atleast a few national titles. John always loved the outdoors and Mongoose gave him a mountain bike and the rest was history. He started putting in huge miles and at 19 was stomping on the big boys. That bike is most likely either a Mongoose 24" BMX cruiser or a Mongoose KOS 26" cruiser which coincidentally was a big inspiration for John Parker and the YETI FRO as you can see by the rear triangle.

    That must be one of his first few races. Notice the Profile cranks and Suntour XC Pro pedals. Very cool pic. I have seen him pictured with that helmet before but never with that bike! Please post more if you have any!!

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    That was just a random picture in my May/June '86 issue of "Fat-Tire Flyer". I remember spotting it back in '87 and thinking how cool it was!

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    Uno mas. A pic on the famous Mammoth pumice. Must be 92.
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    Quote Originally Posted by laffeaux
    How steep is that hill??? Imagine pros pushing their bikes up a hill during a race... That looks like something that I would do.

    Is that race at Skyline Park in Napa by any chance?

    That shot was taken at the Mt Ste Anne World Cup in Quebec, ~1992. The hill is very steep. I can distinctly remember pushing my bike up that pitch when I raced expert.

    I was standing there when the pros raced up the first lap. Tomac was the only guy to ride it, but Frischknecht got rid of him before too long.

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    It's been a while...we need a few new pics...



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    Nice! Its good to see some new ones. Ive never seen those two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed
    Nice! Its good to see some new ones. Ive never seen those two.
    They're fresh scans. On the second pic, you can see the hours logged on the T-disc!
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    What the heck is in his...

    ear?

    is that a radio so he can get updates from his pit crew?

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    JT interview.....

    in MBAction (Jan. 1987).. It's a 3-page article.. I'm gonna use a seperate post for each page... Can't think of a more appropriate place than this thread to post this.. JT is Da' Man..
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    page 2 (of 3)......

    and another......
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    page 3 (of 3)......

    My apologizies if these photo's are less than clear.... I'm at my wits' end on how to make them any more clear..
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    JT wearing camo......

    (the Bell helmet) and spanking a suspension dinosaur.......
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    Thats Toby. Just kidding. Nice one!

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    All this old stuff

    The Dude just won KAMIKAZE in September 2004 !!!!


    Ok photo of 2004 Kamikaze in action

    Crappy photo of 2004 Kamikaze in action

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    [QUOTE=SKullman]All this old stuff

    [QUOTE]

    Consider the forum my friend.

    There was a thread on his 04 victory though...it'll come up in a search.
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    I know there are other threads...but man; you guys were/are talking like the poor guy's dead

    I felt the need to inject a little "In your Face!" Just think, this guy started in the eighties, retired in the ninties, hasn't touched a bike in over a year, and stomps on these pros in 2004. Insane! I met the guy at Cactus Cup many moons ago, He's a legend...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    What bike is he riding here?
    The looped stays would indicate Yeti, but the picture seems too old for that.
    It's different than the 'Inside the Pros Bikes' pic...

    (Welcome to the forum btw!)
    I asked Johnny T about this picture, here's what he said:

    "That's one of my first mountain bikes that I built up from a 24 bmxer and it's also one of the first X-C races I raced in. That would put it at..I believe the winter of 85-86 and
    the race was the Tour of Tampa Land in the SanFernando Valley foothills of
    So.Cal.. "

    Pretty cool.

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    sorry about the poor quality pics, there hanging on my walls, there lots more somewhere, but there you go...
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    ER... whoops... sorry about the size there...

    and the orientation...
    not much thought put in to that post...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mik_git
    ER... whoops... sorry about the size there...

    and the orientation...
    not much thought put in to that post...
    Cool posters Mik...if you ever want to get rid of them, let me know!
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    i got heaps more, will ahve to scan in and post up, sorry but there all mine, muhahaha

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    Heres another World Cup shot. Not sure which race but somewhere in Europe. This is the only race he ever did with drop bars on the Raleigh. The race after this one here was in the US and he didnt have time to set up his bike in the states with drop bars so he raced with flat bars. He liked it and never went back.

    His bars look a bit flared out. I wonder if hes running some Bridgestone (Nitto) Dirt Drops or perhaps the Specialized version. I dont recall the Yeti drops being flared at all.
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    OK, i'll try posting some smalleer stuff...I hope:






    feel free to edit if to big...(as i know you will :-) )


    HO! THERE STILL BIT, AND THATS THE SMALL ONES, I THINK I'LL HAVE TO DO SOME RESIZING... and not use caps lock

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    Quote Originally Posted by mik_git
    OK, i'll try posting some smalleer stuff...I hope:


    feel free to edit if to big...(as i know you will :-) )


    HO! THERE STILL BIT, AND THATS THE SMALL ONES, I THINK I'LL HAVE TO DO SOME RESIZING... and not use caps lock
    Yeah, sorry 'bout that Mik. I had to delete the pictures from your other post because the pictures were killing to load time and the huge size was doing funky things to the board.

    This new set of pictures are better! 800-1000 pix. wide and about 150k or less in file size is the best for viewing and page loading.

    I'm not sure how many people here still use dial up...but this entire thread must load slow with all of our pictures!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Yeah, sorry 'bout that Mik. I had to delete the pictures from your other post because the pictures were killing to load time and the huge size was doing funky things to the board.

    This new set of pictures are better! 800-1000 pix. wide and about 150k or less in file size is the best for viewing and page loading.

    I'm not sure how many people here still use dial up...but this entire thread must load slow with all of our pictures!
    oh its not a problem, i didn't realise they were going to be SO big, they aren't normally, but i got a heap more that are all as big as the first few...

    i know what its like to have dial up, just converted from 28 super slow to super fast adsl...OH it amazing to have pages just load rather than take 20 minutes...

    anyway if anyone want to lookie at my pick for now, got to www.photobucket.com and look me up...

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    A nice little spread on 'The Bike'...





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    We the people ...

    nice article

    I remeber oh so clearly walking back through the field carpark @ the 93 grundig world cup in plymouth to see about 30people around the back of a minivan. there on a stand was tomacs raleigh being cleaned by Bob. I still have the pics hahahaha.
    What really made me laugh was the spare replica semi visible in a bike bag alongside the minivan!
    Bob was being questioned about the disk drive & I remeber him saying he used bathroom sealant to keep the tioga disk drive spoke protector stuck to the actual disk.

    cool memories

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    Nice article! Gettin all amped up eh? Is mr Brown showing up today?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed
    Nice article! Gettin all amped up eh? Is mr Brown showing up today?
    Completely amped up! Even brought the camera to work to greet Mrs. Brown actually...
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    downhill kaprun / austria 1993

    just took this pics from a austrian site....

    tschuuss uncle pete
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