Interbike 2009 – Breezer Lightning and Thunder Mountain Bikes
INTERBIKE 2009 – Breezer showed off their two new hardtail mountain bikes, the steel Lightning Team (above) and alloy Thunder Comp. Both are built with triple butted, hydroformed tubes with signature Joe Breeze frame details, dropouts and disc brake mounts.
The heavily shaped tubes give the bikes an elegant but fast appearance, and they’re spec’d well. The Lightning gets full Shimano XT drivetrain and hubs with Mavic rims, Fox fork, Schwalbe Rocket Ron tires and a Ritchey WCS cockpit. For $3,749, you’ll roll up the start line ready to rock.
Ka-Chow! Hit ‘more’ for detail photos and as Lightning McQueen would say, what “always comes after Lightning…”
The Lightning Team has an integrated headset built into the triple-butted, heat treated cromoly frame.
Classic styles and steel are a throwback…just like the straight (non-tapered) 1-1/8″ headtube.
Two trademark Breezer touches are the Breezer dropouts, which have a “shell” over the top of them that provides a larger weld contact area for the stays, and the internally mounted rear disc brake mounts. Ã‚Â In fact, the only other brand we saw this on at Interbike this year was the Focus Raven Extreme. This design aligns the force of the brakes with the forward motion which, on a hardtail, won’t do much with regards to brake jack, but hopefully stiffens things up such that they won’t squeal, squeak or scream.
The hydroformed goodness extends even to the details like this seatstay brace.
The bottom bracket junction is fairly straightforward. Ã‚Â It’s set up for standard bottom brackets.
2010 BREEZER THUNDER COMP
The Breezer Thunder Comp is the alloy brother of the Lightning. Ã‚Â It has a triple-butted 6066 aluminum frame with lots of hydroforming and is spec’d with a Shiimano Deore drivetrain and hubs with Mavic rims, Ritchey cockpit and tires and a Rockshox Reba suspension fork.