More than a decade after he made his last off-road rig, mountain bike pioneer Joe Breeze is back with his first Breezer MTBs since 1998.
The Breezer Lightning and Thunder are now available at bike shops in the United States and Europe. The Thunder series includes three hardtail models including the Thunder Elite, the new top-of-the-line Breezer race bike ($3,100). The Lightning Team is for aficionados of steel. Breeze calls both the Lightning and Thunder “the lightest bikes on the market for their strength.”
The Thunder and Lightning frames feature Breezer D’fusion tubing, first introduced by Breezer in the 1990s. D’fusion tubes feature D-shaped cross sections that diffuse stress at key points in the frame while eliminating heavy and ride-deadening gussets, according to Breezer.
Curved down tubes provide clearance for long-travel forks while the seat stays wrap around the chain stay-mounted disc brake. This forward brake mount is not only more protected, according to Breezer, but also more rigid for less brake howl.
The iconic Breeze-In dropouts remain the lightest and most rigid in the business, and their reduced length lets the tubing be the star of the show.
“My 1990s Breezers were the most advanced hardtail frames of the day, so my goal with the new bikes was to update the frames for more suspension, more tire clearance and disc brakes, and once again provide the best available hardtail bikes,” Breeze said. “Cyclists will be delighted by the lively, fast ride. I was also happy to oblige Breezer fans with the spear-point livery from the roots of the sport, lest we forget where we came from.”
After establishing Breezer as a leader in commuter and transportation bikes, Breeze said he decided to begin building mountain bikes again due to strong consumer demand.
“So many people were asking for them,” he said.
Purchased in 2009 by Philadelphia-based Advanced Sports, Inc., (ASI) Breezer now has the horsepower to do both commuter and mountain bikes. ASI, the parent company of Fuji, Kestrel and SE Bikes, has expanded Breezer’s distribution to Europe with the goal of becoming a global brand once again. In addition to the U.S., Breezers are now sold in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Australia. The full line of Breezers can be seen at www.breezerbikes.com.