Review: Haro FLC 29 Pro carbon 29er hardtail

Lightweight hardtail offers an amazing ride and value

29er Cross Country
Parts Mix

The true standout of the build spec of the Haro FLC 29 Pro is the SRAM 1x drivetrain. Compared to most other bikes in this price range, the 1x is a real bonus, since most of the competition comes with a Shimano SLX/Deore 2×10 set-up. For racing, the 1x is a must and even for all around trail riding, the light weight and simplicity of the 1x is superior. With a 42 tooth cog in the back and a 34T ring in the front, we were able to climb everything we normally can with a 2x drivetrain.

The downtube of the FLC 29 Pro is massive and provides plenty of stiffness.

The downtube of the FLC 29 Pro is massive and provides plenty of stiffness.

The SRAM X0 hydraulic disc brakes worked great, with good modulation and no howling or squealing. The 180/160mm rotors provide plenty of stopping power for this light weight ballerina. The Ritchey WCS bar, stem, seatpost and saddle are smart choices with solid performance and good weight vs. cost factors.

For the suspension side of things, the Rock Shox Reba RL 29 was impressive. It’s interesting to note that Haro switched from previous years when the Rock Shox SID was spec’ed. For all around riding the Reba RL is adequate but racers would surely prefer the lighter, more tunable SID. The SRAM Roam 30 wheels were stiff enough for our uses, although we kept the fact that this really is an XC rig in our heads. We did not push the wheels too hard. For what we didn’t like about the parts mix, read below.

What we’d change

The Kenda Turnbull Canyon tires at 29×2.00 definitely rolled fast, but unless it’s race day, we would swap out for something a bit wider to help expand the capabilities of this bike. The Ritchey WCS Ergo Locking True Grips are nice for weight weenies, but we’d prefer something with a bit more cush. Both of these things (tires and grips) are super easy to change and tire and grip choice can be very subjective anyway.

The foam grips are good at saving weight but were a bit too hard.

The foam grips are good at saving weight but were a bit too hard.

Haro Flightline Carbon 29 series

Haro makes two versions of the FLC 29, the Pro reviewed here and the Comp that is equipped with a Shimano 2×10 SLX/Deore drivetrain. The Comp comes in the same 3 sizes and a similar graphic scheme, but in red and black in instead of blue. The Comp comes with a Rock Shox 30 Gold fork and retails for $1899.99.

Bottom line

The Haro FLC 29 Pro provides a good option for the rider that is looking for their first 29er experience that doesn’t want to spend a ton of money. Also, if you are a part-time XC racer or you are thinking about becoming one, this bike provides a very good platform that will serve you well on race day and on your weekly fun, trail rides. The light weight of the FLC 29 Pro and the efficiency of the high-modulus carbon will have you out climbing your buddies who are sticking with their old 26ers. Sure, there are fancier models out there from some of the bigger name brands, but most of those bikes in this price range will be heavier and won’t provide a 1x drivetrain. Another thing to note, the MSRP is $3699.00 but the actual street price of this model is lower. The Haro FLC 29 Pro shows that Haro isn’t just for BMX anymore.

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About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.

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