At Interbike last September, a carbon 29er caught my eye. Turns out it was a Haro and the model was the FLC 29 Comp. We just received a test bike in for review, this one is the Haro FLC 29 Pro with XT build.
The frame is Haro’s High Modulus T-700 carbon with a tapered head tube, BB92 and slick internal cable routing. The bare carbon finish is beautiful and the simple white highlights are nice and clean. One thing we noticed right away is that the down tube is MASSIVE! It is 3 inches wide at the bottom bracket and measures a whopping 8.5 inches in circumference. We’ve only seen high end road bikes with down tubes this wide.
The other noticeable aspect of the frame is the flattish seat tubes. The carbon is drawn thinner here, no doubt in an effort to build in a bit of compliance for the rear.
The Haro FLC 29 Pro features a Rock Shox SID RL 29 Taper fork with 100mm of travel and a PopLoc remote lockout lever. The rest of the build features: Shimano 2×10 XT drivetrain, XT Brakes, Ritchey stem/bar/seatpost, Shimano MT66 29″ wheels shod with Ritchey Z-max Evolution 29 tires. The Prologo Chameleon grips (that look like wrapped bar tape) are pretty cool looking and match well with the Prologo Kappa Evo saddle.
MSRP for the Haro FLC 29 Pro is $3699.99 and comes in 3 sizes (15.5″, 17.5″, 19″). Real world weight for our 15.5″ FLC Pro is 25.06 lbs.
We just received the bike today, so we haven’t had a chance to ride it on dirt, but stay tuned for the extended review!
The Haro FLC 29 also comes in Comp and Expert versions (for $2609.99 and $2069.99 respectively).
For more info: www.harobikes.com