Bombtrack Bikes Drops the Hook, Charges into Cross with Steel and Disc Brakes

 

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At this point, Bombtrack Bicycle Company is probably better known for their single speed and fixed gear options like the Limited Edition Adidas bike. If single speed culture or fixed gear freestyle isn’t your thing, Bombtrack’s latest project might have you taking a second look.

Entering into uncharted territory, the brand has introduced their new cyclocross bike, the Hook. Details next…

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For the Hook’s maiden voyage, Stefan ‘Fish’ Vis took one of the first production bikes and crashed the Bike Transalp – a 7 day adventure ride across the Alps from north to south. Not sure if the race organizers would allow him to compete on a CX bike while most of the riders were on full mountain bikes, Stefan ended up finishing well in the overall mountain stage results and 739th out of 1200 riders over all. Not bad for a guy with limited mountain biking experience on drop bars and a rigid carbon fork.

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The bike itself uses a Columbus “Cromor” double butted steel frame with a 44mm head tube and PF30 bottom bracket. Running QR axles front and rear, the Hook uses a carbon/alloy disc fork with a tapered steerer. Pictured with 10 speed components, the production bike will include the new 11 speed SRAM rival group and fittings that will accommodate hydraulic disc brakes (the hydraulic guides will be available starting with the second production run).

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Bombtrack Hooks will be available in Europe starting in October and are hoping to ink a deal with one or two American distributors very soon. The bikes will be available to the US through European mail order companies, but Bombtrack wants to make it easier for consumers to find the bikes in the US. The second production batch will include the hydraulic cable guides and will be delivered in January. At this point there will also be availability of frame and fork only.

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Bombtrack Hook Specs

Complete Hooks will include a SRAM Rival 22 drivetrain, BB7 Road S mechanical disc brakes, Mavic CrossOne wheels with Continental Cyclocross Race 700x35mm tires, and an assortment of BT Bikes parts for a combined build weight of 23.14 lbs.

Bombtrack Hook geo

Hooks will be sold in S, M, L, and XL frame sizes in Matte Grey or Metallic Red.

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Comments

Colin M - 08/18/14 - 5:56pm

Cool looking bike.

I’m happy to see they aren’t trying to hide the weight gain from a steel frame and disc brakes like so many other brands are. 23 lbs (10.5 kg) is good for fun riding and middle of the pack racing.

Drew Southern - 08/18/14 - 6:57pm

The niche-bike pie isn’t getting bigger. Maybe these cats are good with a microscopic piece, I don’t know, but that’s all that’s left. “Cool bikes” don’t bring new customers to the bike world, they just split the folks who can afford the N+1 bike. Even those guys tap out eventually. I feel like we’re going to see (or more correctly, not see) a goodly amount of small batch guys go under. It’ll be a shame, because there are a lot of good ideas and good bikes out there, but that’s where we are.
Also, this bike kinda looks like a steel version of a Conquest Disc R from 8 or 9 years ago. Not that that is a bad thing. That thing was pretty nice for 2005.
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Rick S - 08/18/14 - 8:39pm

Hmmmm…..anyone else notice the Mavic Crossone disc wheels?

Gary - 08/18/14 - 9:12pm

Wow, press fit BB on a steel bike. I guess it’s cheaper and easier to make ‘em this way.

Velo - 08/18/14 - 9:49pm

Why all the hate? Looks like a decent bike. I think I see some mounts too.

Any word on the price?

wzrd - 08/19/14 - 12:44am

aero helmet, baggy clothes.

pdxfixed - 08/19/14 - 2:30am

skyscraper bottom bracket height

JOHNNY - 08/19/14 - 5:00am

LOOKS REAL NICE, I LIKEE

Matthew - 08/19/14 - 7:38am

@groghunter and @wzrd: it seems you don’t know that guy? look here (for example): http://racefietsblog.nl/bike-transalp-met-een-cyclocrosser-vis-op-een-bombtrack/ – in europe he is quiet known as a bike rider and everything else than a “hipster enduro rider”… no hate neccessary this guy can ride ;)

thorsten - 08/19/14 - 8:04am

stefan vis a hipster…. haha. never heard that before

h. - 08/19/14 - 8:06am

the bike looks great holy. where to get in the states?

wertsrider - 08/19/14 - 10:55am

His arms are on fire. That must be really painful.

Hans Dampf - 08/19/14 - 3:46pm

Met this guy at TransAlp this year. Really nice guy, cool ass bike, & completely crazy to have ridden it though this year’s conditions. We chatted for a while about it all…. seemed like a genuinely nice guy having fun on his bike. Completely don’t understand the hate – guess it’s just easy to be a dick when your a random dude on the internet.

groghunter - 08/19/14 - 4:10pm

Not that my comment was apparently wanted, since it seems to have disappeared, but I was commenting on the act of taking a CX bike to an enduro race, & kinda just making a joke, but hey, if we need to be super cereal about things, whatevs.

Jon Palmer - 08/19/14 - 5:57pm

@pdxfixed 60mm BB drop is pretty standard for a cyclocross frame. It’s not a track bike. Some people/companies are making lower road frame height BB drops, like 70-75mm, but those don’t hop over barriers as well.

Greg Chappel - 08/19/14 - 8:44pm

BombTrack make some very cool bikes…this thing looks like fun and the dude riding it looks as though he’s having fun. I’m pretty sure that’s all that matters.

elli - 08/20/14 - 4:31am

this complete bike looks very reasonable indeed! a pity that there is no x-trasmall for us ladies :(

macek - 08/30/14 - 11:20am

saw that bike at eurobike and sat on it, it is just perfect, even the smallest detail – and all especially at that price range. good job guys, really.

justus - 09/03/14 - 7:35am

beautiful!

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