Does the world need another 29er hardtail? It certainly needs one like the Flint, a 29er with a mid-West heritage in Lincoln, Nebraska, but that has been ride approved across the globe.
The Flint 29er offers unsurpassed performance, excellent value and features that offer unlimited versatility. Hand crafted out of aircraft grade AN6 aluminum, the Flint features custom butted top, down and seat tubes, triple water bottles mounts, a Bushnell eccentric for SS or gearing and a low weight of 3.4 pounds for a large size frame.
The Flint was my race bike for this year's Nebraska state series, and whether I was running it singlespeed or geared the bike was so fast, so comfortable and so easy to ride. It's really the best 29er I have ridden.
Over a year in development, the new Flint 29er hardtail is a 29er built for all-out adventure.
Lightweight at 3.4 pounds, the frame is single speed or gear ready, and ready to rip.
- Lightweight AN-6 aluminum with custom butted top, down and seat tubes
- Designed for use with 80 or 100mm travel fork
- 3.4 pound frame weight (only 29er lighter is carbon)
- Standard head tube uses normal headsets
- Frame standard with Bushnell Eccentric for SS or geared capability
- Triple water bottle mounts on all sizes
- Up to 2.55 tire clearance
We started with a fresh piece of paper when we designed the new Flint 29. What we wanted was a very versatile bike that was lightweight, stiff, durable and able to excel in all conditions.
The Flint is just that. It's a 29er that's packed with features, that's designed from the ground up to breath speed, and we guarantee it will make your friends jealous.
The Flint is singlespeed or geared capable, using a made in the US Bushnell eccentric that expands and locks into an oversize bottom bracket shell. The BB shell, like the rest of the frame, is made of out AN6 aluminum. We have found AN6 aluminum provides a unique ride quality when used on a hardtail: it is light weight of course, creating a frame that is under 3.5 pounds for a large, but it also provides a responsiveness (we call it liveliness) that most aluminum frames lack. This is also a result of the shaping of the seat and chainstays as well as the butting profile of the top and down tubes.
Nailing the geometry was another critical factory for the Flint. After multiple prototypes and many hours of ride testing, we focused on angles and tube lengths that help provide the very best in what the big wheels have to offer. With the increased wheel size we felt that many aspects of traditional thinking and understanding of geometry's were moot. So paper we set out to get something exacting; a bike that was lively, stable at speed, and tracked well in the tight stuff. Taking the time to work with multiple prototypes helped us nail down the race-bred feeling that Tomac's are know for, while the 29" wheels provide a new chapter in Tomac heritage.
Aside from a race-bred geometry, the Flint's features provide you with a bike that is truly a go anywhere, do anything machine. With triple bottle mounts and geared or singlespeed capability, it's bike that is as at home on the race course as it is on an all day adventure-style epic. From high altitude passes to beer laps with your buddies, the Flint won't let you down. And it's our attention to detail that will make this hard tail stand up to the test of time. With the bottle mounts and cable routing, rigid or suspended capable geometry, or the single or multiple gear options, we looked at every detail to bring you a bike you can fall in love with year after year.
|Flint 1||Flint 2|
|FRAME||3.4 lbs/1452 grams|
|COMPLETE||26 lbs / 11.8 kg||27 lbs / 12.25 kg|
|HEADTUBE||External Threadless 1 1/8th. Top ID 34mm, Bottom ID 30mm,
(Frameset doesn't come with headset)
|FORK||Fox Float F29 RL 80mm, 9mm||Rockshox Recon Gold Turn Key 29 80mm, 9mm|
|R/DERAILLEUR||Shimano XT 10-Speed||Shimano XT 10-Speed|
|F/DERAILLEUR||Shimano XT 3-Speed||Shimano SLX 3-Speed|
|SHIFTERS||Shimano SLX 30-Speed||Shimano SLX 30-Speed|
|BRAKES||Avid Elixir R||Avid Juicy 3|
|CRANK||Shimano XT 175, 42/32/24||Shimano SLX 175, 42/32/24|
|CASSETTE||Shimano SLX 10-Speed||Shimano SLX 10-Speed|
|CHAIN||Shimano SLX 10-Speed||Shimano SLX 10-Speed|
|WHEELS||Easton EA70 29, 9mm x 100mm Front, 10mm x 135mm Rear||Easton XC 29, 9mm x 100mm Front, 10mm x 135mm Rear|
|TIRES||Kenda Small Block 8 29x2.10||Kenda Small Block 8 29x2.10|
|HANDLEBAR||Easton EA50, 685mm||Easton EA30, 685mm|
|STEM||Easton EA50, 31.8mm, 90mm||Easton EA30, 31.8mm, 90mm|
|SEATPOST||Easton EA50, 30.9mm||Easton EA30, 30.9mm|
|SADDLE||Fizik Nisene||Fizik Nisene MG|
|Fork Travel||80mm (3.1ins)||80mm (3.1ins)||80mm (3.1ins)||80mm (3.1ins)|
|Head Tube Angle||71.5°||71.5°||71.5°||71.5°|
|Seat Tube Angle||73°||73°||73°||73°|
|Head Tube Length||90mm (3.54ins)||90mm (3.54ins)||100mm (3.9ins)||120mm (4.7ins)|
|Seat Tube Length||400mm (15.5ins)||432mm (17ins)||483mm (19ins)||508mm (20ins)|
|Effective Top Tube Length||580mm (22.83ins)||600mm (23.62ins)||622mm (24.48ins)||640mm (25.19ins)|
|Wheelbase||1064.4mm (41.90ins)||1084.4mm (42.69ins)||1106.6mm (43.5ins)||1125.1mm (44.29ins)|
|Chainstay Length||443mm (17.44ins)||443mm (17.44ins)||443mm (17.44ins)||443mm (17.44ins)|
|BB Height||314.5mm (12.38ins)||314.5mm (12.38ins)||314.5mm (12.38ins)||314.5mm (12.38ins)|
|Standover Height||764.3mm (30.09ins)||778.0mm (30.62ins)||806.6mm (31.75ins)||827.8mm (32.59ins)|
|Small||5'0" to 5'4||1.54m to 1.65m|
|Medium||5'4' to 5'8"||1.65m to 1.77m|
|Large||5'8" to 6'0"||1.77m to 1.82m|
|XL||6'0 to 6'6"||1.82m to 2m|
Setup Guide - Suspension Setup
One of the best ways you can maximize the performance of your bicycle is by ensuring correct sag. This is the amount the suspension settles into its travel under normal body weight.
To set sag, sit on the bike in a normal riding position near a wall to steady yourself. Without bouncing on the saddle or pedals, distribute your weight on the saddle and pedals in a normal riding position while holding the handlebars. Make sure you already have an o-ring on the fork leg. If not, attach a zip tie around the stanchion tube.
The fork on the Flint should have about 25 to 35% overall sag. This means the o-ring or zip tie should compress 25 to 35mm on a 100mm travel fork and 20 and 25mm on an 80mm travel fork.
Spring Adjustment-Air Shocks
To install air pressure in the main air spring, remove the air cap from the Schrader valve located above the large air spring canister. Attach the pump to the Schrader valve. The hiss you hear when unscrewing the pump is only the air left in the pump itself and not from the shock. This does not affect your pressure setting in the shock. Likewise, when you install the pump, the shock will fill the pump and reduces the registered pressure previously installed in the shock. This usually is a 10-15 psi difference between what was in the shock and what the pump is reading. This is all normal procedure when adjusting the air spring pressure. After removing the pump, be sure to reinstall the Schrader valve cap.