The most respected person to ever throw a leg over a mountain bike, John Tomac was just a youngster when he began winning bike races. The Owosso, Michigan native won his first major event at the age of 16, becoming the National BMX Cruiser Class Champion in 1984. He won an XC World Championship in 1991 and is a 10- time National Champion. From BMX, to road, to DH and XC mountain bike racing, Tomac is the most versatile cyclist to ever ride. With his Kamikaze win in 2005, his cycling career has stretched over 20 years.
Joel Smith is a 12-year veteran of the bicycling industry and a mountain biker for over 20 years. Smith started his cycling career as a freelance journalist for MTB Magazine, but worked his way up to be the editor of Mountain Biker and Bicyclist Magazines. Smith left the magazine world in 1998 to work at Answer Products. When Smith left Answer Products eight years later, he was in charge of sales in North America, as well as marketing and product development. A loyal Tomac fan since Johnny's Yeti drop-bar days, Smith is the man in charge of the Tomac brand.
A native of Lincoln, Nebraska, Carrie Smith has been riding and racing mountain bikes for the past 15 years. After a 9-year stint in California, Carrie is back home and now claims Wilderness as her home-turf riding area now (a ten minute ride from the Tomac world headquarters). Carrie is in charge of the business side of the business, handling everything from the books to H.R. This photo of her is from a recent trip to Colorado, where she descended the Rainbow trail on a rainy day in August.
The man in charge of quality control and production planning for all new Tomac mountain bikes, Dylan Huang has been working in the bicycle industry for the last five years and in the sporting goods industry for ten years. His relentless focus on the product details has earned him the nickname "El Coyote" (because he will eat you alive if the product does not live up to 100% quality). A graduate of International Trade at Tung Hai University and a native of Taichung, Taiwan, Huang is an avid mountain biker and basketball player.
Tomac's webmaster, Chris Armstrong has been building websites for over 10 years. After moving west from Toronto, Ontario in 1997, he finally settled down in Whistler B.C. and found himself right in the middle of the gravity biking scene. Most days you can find him riding his bike on the trails or cutting some fresh powder lines on the mountain.
David Earle is a veteran bike designer. Highlights of his bicycle industry career include a five-year stint at Bontrager Cycles (1993-1998), two years at Specialized (1998-2000) and five years at Santa Cruz (2000-2005). He ended his time at Santa Cruz as the Director of Engineering. His design highlights include the Santa Cruz Nomad and Blur, Specialized P3, Specialized Festina team bikes, and frame and component work for Bontrager. Currently splitting his time between Santa Cruz, California and Taichung, Taiwan, David a sucker for a motorcycle trip to Laos or heading down to Thailand for some R&R. David designed the new trail and XC bikes and runs his own company called Praxis Works.