has been designing mountain bikes longer than most people give them credit for. Bob Haro rolled the first 26" Explorer series mountain bikes off the production line in 1986. Since then, Haro has had ups and downs in the mountain bike world. The last two years saw a total hiatus from the company for new developments on the mountain bike front.
However, for 2013, Haro Bikes is coming to the table with a loaded deck, including their first full-carbon bike, several all-new 29-inch wheel bikes, and dedication to their roots in their new dirt jump bikes. Haro invited us to their hometown of Carlsbad, near the beaches of San Diego, California to check out the new goods. Here's what will be in your local Haro dealer for 2013:
The all-new Flightline Carbon series is Haro's first venture into the carbon hardtail world. Haro has hooked their wagon to the 29er by choosing to run it on all of their 2013 carbon bikes. The FLC29 frame is designed from T-700 high modulus carbon fiber tubes and has a claimed weight of 2.9 pounds.
This top-end model, dubbed the FLC29 Pro sports a complete XT build kit, RockShox suspension, and ultra-lightweight Ritchey WCS carbon components.
This lower-cost version of the Flightline carbon is dubbed the FLC29 Comp. It uses the identical frameset as the FLC29 Pro, but comes with a more basic parts package to bring down the pricetag.
The FLC29 Comp is designed to give the rider an incredible value without skimping on the parts that matter. The bike will sport the same BB92 bottom bracket, internal cable routing, tapered headtube as the more tricked out FLC29 Pro, but will retail for $1900. Haro also gives the rider confidence that this bike will be upgradable for years to come by offering a limited lifetime warranty on all of their carbon frames.
Flagship Aluminum Series
The Flagship Aluminum series is designed to make a truly ridable 29er for the best possible price. We have always been skeptical of 29ers that cost less than $1000, but the FL29 Comp is designed to alleviate many of the downsides we've experienced in the past. The bike comes with lightweight and low-rolling resistance tires, hydraulic brakes, and a hydraulically damped fork.
No, this bike isn't ready for the start line at a World Cup race, but its certainly trail worthy. Somehow, Haro even found a way to sneak in a 3x10 drivetrain on this bike. The FL29 Comp retails for $900.
Steel Reserve Series
The Steel Reserve series bikes are all single speed, all made from steel, and all about attitude. With the help of their BMX heritage, and world class slopestyle athlete Greg Watts, this bike returns to the Haro lineup for 2013 ready to take abuse. Every Steel Reserve bike is 100% built from 4130 Chromoly steel and comes stock as a single speed.
The top-end 1.3 version will feature and X-Fusion Velvet R fork, three-piece tubular cranks, pivotal seatpost, and Gravity Gap components to finish out the cock pit.