Tom Rogers

Name: Tom Rogers
Position/Title: Engineering, Product Development, Innovations, Specializing in rear shocks, dampers and air spring designs.
Education:

  • High School Diploma
  • I’ve been involved in the MTB business since 1986, 27+ years
  • Co-inventor of TPC
  • Inventor of TPC+
  • Head technician and test rider on all Swinger rear shocks
  • Co-Inventor of TPC Lock-out
  • Test rider and suspension technician at Answer Products for 10 years
  • Lead suspension tuner Answer Products – 1994 – 2003
  • Test rider, product innovator and suspension technician at Marzocchi USA for 9 years
  • Inventor of Roco WC Coil shocks 2005 – 2012
  • Product innovator on all ROCO rear shocks 2005 – 2012
  • Mountain Bike Hall of Fame Nominee

Nick Name: Soulrider, TR

Years working in the Bike/Suspension Industry: 19 years

Biggest contribution to the bike world :

  • Innovated, tested and developed new suspension designs from the beginning
  • Professional MTB racer and role model from 1987 – 1995
  • Tuned suspension for numberous National and World Champions spanning over 19 years.

Most complicated project been involved in

  • Rear Air shocks
  • Lock outs, front and rear

What gets you off about mountain bike suspension?

  • Riding a new design.
  • Experience to make it better and sharing that with everyone.

Greatest biking accomplishment(s)

  • 2nd World Cup XC – 1991 – France
  • 2nd World Cup XC – 1991 – Park City
  • 1st National DH – 1991 – Durango, Colorado
  • 10th Overall National DH Series Overall – 1990
  • 10th Overall National XC Series Overall – 1990
  • 10th Overall National XC Series Overall – 1991
  • 12th National DH Series Overall – 1991
  • 15th World Cup XC Series Overall – 1991
  • 8th World Championships XC – 1990
  • 8th World Championships DH – 1990
  • 3rd World Championships HC – 1990
  • 8th World Championships XC (Vet) – 1997
  • 2nd 12 hours of Big Bear – 1997
  • 3rd Dodge 150 – 1989
  • Averaged 18.5mph for 162miles, 9.5 hrs solo.
  • Averaging over 20mph, solo century.
  • Climbed all but 3-14,000 feet peaks on the West Coast
  • Rock climbed at 5.12yds
  • Ran a 4:10 mile

Best bike ever owned: SC Blur LTC

Current stable of bikes:

  • SC Blur LTC
  • SC Tallboy
  • Ibis HD
  • Ibis Mojo
  • Scott Addict
  • 1990 GT Zixang
  • 1988 Curtlo Predator
  • 2000 Schwinn Stingray

#1 riding spot in the world: Whistler, Switerland, Italy, Downieville…. There’s just too many to pick just one.

Favorite food to eat after serious day of shredding: Alaskan Salmon

Favorite Beer: Stone IPA, New Belgium Ranger IPA, Wolf Creek IPA…there’s just too many to pick just one.

How do you like ur coffee/java: a little cream please

How many times have you attended to interbike: 25 years

Favorite Idol and why: Greg Lemond – He was winning the Tour de France (3 times) when I was racing mtb’s full time. I inspired me to win.

Best mtn biker of all time: John Tomac

Personal or favorite quote: I asked the question, “How do you get sponsored?” He answered,  “Win races” – John Tomac (Big Bear South, 1987) I went on to win that race as an expert and I got sponsored from 1987 – 1995.
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