Tomac Snyper 140: 140mm Trail Bike
I think Joel Smith has done some nice things with the Tomac line. They looked sharp and the build quality looked to be on par with other Asian manufactured bikes we saw.
I rode a Snyper 140 three or four years ago and was really impressed. In fact I remember placing it just behind the TNT 5 Spot for best 5″ trail bike that year.
This bike was really the only one we rode from the X-fusion tent where the suspension seemed to be out of sorts. The rear end was too stiff and really stalled on square rocks and ledges while climbing. Maybe it was just my tired legs talking, but I just couldn’t get it to behave correctly on the Girl Scout climb and I muffed several little tech sections that I cleaned easily on most bikes.
Other than that, the sizing felt good in the large and its geometry and cockpit fit felt comfortable while descending. Although the rear skipped over rocks and wasn’t as plush as some of the other bikes in this class that we rode. It would be nice to ride it again with some Rock Shox or Fox suspension to give it a fair shake.
This rear triangle felt laterally stiff and tracked well.
The rear end was so bad I honestly didn’t notice the fork too much… but I think it was decent.