2018 Breezer Doppler Cafe in pearl yellow and black. Courtesy: breezerbikes.com

The Breezer Doppler Cafe is a butted chromoly steel  650b 11-speed that comes with full fenders.  The MSRP is $1100.

The 650b wheelsize, also called 27.5, has become very popular in the mountain bike world.  At 584 mm, it’s the “just right” size for many mountain bikers, in the middle between 26ers (559 mm) and 29ers (622 mm). 650b has also become a popular width for cross and “gravel” bikes.  From a transportation bike standpoint, the advantage of 650b is that it lets you run wider tires for a cushier ride.  Jan Heine of Bicycle Quarterly raves about the advantages of 650b tires in his “remarkable journey of discovery” series.

Another thing to like about this bike is its 11×1 gearing, which means you get plenty of gear options without having to deal with triple or even double chainrings.  This really simplifies the ride.

Finally, I should admit my bias for retro steel bikes.  This one just looks cool.

And while I’m admitting biases, our love for Breezer should be clear by now.  In looking for bikes that met our standards, we started with Breezer.  Our first bicycle post in Feburary 2008 was about the Breezer Citizen.  Our second post was about the Breezer Uptown. Breezer just makes solid transportation bikes, and they keep getting better and better.

There’s been a lot of hype about the Doppler Cafe.  Here’s a sampling:

Bicycling

Bicycle Times

CX Magazine

Bike Rumor

Where can you find this bike? Check with your local bicycle shop.  In Washington, DC, that would be The Daily Rider.

Specifications
Sizes 49cm, 52cm, 54cm, 56cm, 58cm, 60cm
Color(s) Pearl yellow w/black
Frame Breezer butted-chromoly steel, 44mm headtube, BSA Threaded BB, 142X12 through-axle dropouts
Fork Full-carbon disc, tapered steerer, 12mm through-axle w/rack, fender & side bottle mounts
Crankset Forged 1X, 40T
Bottom Bracket Sealed-bearing, BSA
Pedals na
Front Derailleur na
Rear Derailleur SRAM Apex 1
Shifters SRAM Apex 1, 11-speed
Cassette SRAM 1130 Powerglide, 11-42 11-speed
Chain KMC X11
Wheelset 650Bx32H WTB STP i23 TCS disc, tubeless compatible, sealed bearing hubs, 14gSS spokes
Tires WTB Horizon, 650x47mm wire bead
Brakeset Tektro HD-T285 hydraulic disc, 160mm rotor
Brake Levers Tektro HD-T285 Hydraulic
Headset FSA 1 1/8″, No.10 internal, 36° ACB-sealed, 6.5mm aluminum top cover
Handlebar Breezer Sweeper Bar, 680mm width, 25Deg backweep
Stem 3D-forged 6061 stem body, +/-7°
Tape Breezer Ergo cork
Saddle WTB Volt Comp 142×265, steel rail
Seatpost Breezer, 6061 alloy, 27.2mm diameter
Fenders Stainless fenders w/ struts
Headlight na
Taillight na
Rear Carrier na
Drive Unit na
Weight 29.45lb/13.39kg(size 56)
*Spec subject to change without notice
Geometry
Size(Semi-Compact Frame) 49cm 52cm 54cm 56cm 58cm 60cm
Seat Tube, Center to Top A 49 52 54 56 58 60
Top Tube, Effective C 508 534 555 565 585 600
Head Tube Length D 100 120 145 160 175 190
Seat Tube Angle E 75° 74° 73° 73° 72.5° 72°
Head Tube Angle G 70.5° 71° 71.5° 71.5° 71.5° 72°
Chainstay Length H 450 450 450 450 450 450
Wheelbase I 1025 1038 1047 1067 1070 1077
Bottom Bracket Drop J 68 68 65 65 62 62
Fork Offset K 50 50 50 50 50 50
Stack M na na na na na na
Reach N na na na na na na
Standover O na na na na na na
Stem 80 90 100 110 110 120
Handlebar Width 40 42 44 46 46 46
Crank 170 172.5 172.5 175 175 175
Wheel Size 700c 700c 700c 700c 700c 700c
Seat Post Diameter 27.2 27.2 27.2 27.2 27.2 27.2

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1 Comment

  1. anniebikes

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    I have long admired Breezer's transportation line of bicycles and their ethos in particular. They get what commuting machines really are and pack their models with the right accessories. And what an awesome color for a bike!

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