Bombtrack Bikes Drops the Hook, Charges into Cross with Steel and Disc Brakes
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…
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.
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).
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.
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.
Hooks will be sold in S, M, L, and XL frame sizes in Matte Grey or Metallic Red.