Showing posts with label Breezer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Breezer. Show all posts

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Breezer Doppler Cafe

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 11x1 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
Sizes49cm, 52cm, 54cm, 56cm, 58cm, 60cm
Color(s)Pearl yellow w/black
FrameBreezer butted-chromoly steel, 44mm headtube, BSA Threaded BB, 142X12 through-axle dropouts
ForkFull-carbon disc, tapered steerer, 12mm through-axle w/rack, fender & side bottle mounts
CranksetForged 1X, 40T
Bottom BracketSealed-bearing, BSA
Pedalsna
Front Derailleurna
Rear DerailleurSRAM Apex 1
ShiftersSRAM Apex 1, 11-speed
CassetteSRAM 1130 Powerglide, 11-42 11-speed
ChainKMC X11
Wheelset650Bx32H WTB STP i23 TCS disc, tubeless compatible, sealed bearing hubs, 14gSS spokes
TiresWTB Horizon, 650x47mm wire bead
BrakesetTektro HD-T285 hydraulic disc, 160mm rotor
Brake LeversTektro HD-T285 Hydraulic
HeadsetFSA 1 1/8", No.10 internal, 36° ACB-sealed, 6.5mm aluminum top cover
HandlebarBreezer Sweeper Bar, 680mm width, 25Deg backweep
Stem3D-forged 6061 stem body, +/-7°
TapeBreezer Ergo cork
SaddleWTB Volt Comp 142x265, steel rail
SeatpostBreezer, 6061 alloy, 27.2mm diameter
FendersStainless fenders w/ struts
Headlightna
Taillight na
Rear Carrier na
Drive Unitna
Weight29.45lb/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



Monday, November 30, 2015

Breezer Downtown 8

Breezer Downtown 8. Photo courtesy of breezerbikes.com
The Breezer Downtown 8 has a MSRP of $609.

We've talked a lot about Breezer's Uptown models.  They are fully-dressed aluminum commuter bikes that come standard with a full chaincase, fenders, rear rack, internal gear hub, and even dynamo lights.  So it would be hard for Breezer to top that.  Unless...

Unless you really like the feel of steel.  Downtown is Breezer's classic chromoly steel town bike.  It comes with a chainguard, fenders, rear rack, bell, and Shimano Nexus 8 IGH.  The only thing missing is the lights.  It would be even better with lights, but you can add your own battery-powered lights.

Here are the full specs:


Specifications
SizesS (48 cm), M ( 52 cm), L (56 cm), XL (60 cm)
Color(s)Gloss Red w/ Cream
Main frameBreezer Chromoly Steel, Dual Water Bottle Mounts
Rear triangleBreezer Chromoly Steel
ForkBreezer Steel
CranksetBreezer Aluminum, 38T
Bottom BracketVP-BC73C Cartridge-Style
PedalsAlloy Body, Chromoly Axle
Front derailleurna
Rear derailleurna
ShiftersShimano Nexus 8 Revo-Shift, 8-Speed
CassetteShimano, 18T
ChainKMC
WheelsetBreezer Aluminum Front / Nexus 8 Rear 36H Hubs, Vera DPM18 Aluminum Double-Wall GSW Rims
TiresVera CityWide, 700Cx35 w/ Puncture Protection
Brake setBreezer Aluminum Linear Pull, Cold-Forged, Stainless Hardware
Brake leversBreezer Aluminum, 4-Finger Ergonomic w/ Kraton Grip
HeadsetFSA Sealed, 1 1/8", Threaded
HandlebarBreezer North Road Aluminum, 25.4, 26mm Rise, 590mm Wide, 33° Sweep
StemBreezer Aluminum, 25.4, Quill-Style
Tape/gripBreezer Perforated Comfort
SaddleBreezer Comfort
Seat postBreezer Aluminum, 27.2mm
FendersSteel, Stainless Hardware
Headlightna
Taillightna
Rear CarrierBreezer Tubular Aluminum w/ Spring Clip
AccChainguard, Kickstand, Bell
Weight, kg/lbs15.37 kg / 33.81 lbs

*Spec subject to change without notice
Geometry

Sizes

S (48 cm) M (52 cm) L (56 cm) XL (60 cm)
Seat Tube / Center To Top A
480 520 560 600
Top Tube - Effective C
590 600 610 630
Head Tube Length D
140 155 170 190
Seat Tube Angle E
72.5° 72.5° 72.5° 72.5°
Head Tube Angle G
71.5° 71.5° 71.5° 71.5°
Chainstay Length H
457 457 457 457
Wheelbase I
1071.1 1081.8 1092.5 1113.3
Bottom Bracket Height J
271 271 271 271
Fork Offset K
45 45 45 45
Standover Height O
774.8 791.8 824.6 851.2
Stem Length

80 80 100 100
Handlebar Width

590 590 590 590
Crank Arm Length

170 170 170

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Breezer Uptown 8


2014 Breezer Uptown 8. Credit: breezerbikes.com
In the beginning, there was Breezer.

When I first started Bikes For The Rest Of Us, Breezer was the U.S. company that stood out from the crowd. The first bikes I wrote about back in 2008 were Breezer's 3-speed Citizen and 8-speed Uptown. The Breezer Uptown 8 easily qualifies for my Pick Six.

If you look at the pictures, it's obvious why the Uptown stands out:

full chaincase!

fenders!

rear rack included!

internal gear hub!

But there's something else that distinguishes Breezers. Do you see it?

With Breezer transportation bikes, dynamo lights are standard. The Uptown has a Shimano 3W front hub that powers Busch and Muller headlights and taillights. So, when Edwin did his Lights for the Rest of Us piece on bikes that come with dynamo lights, Breezer really stood out.

As E. Williamson commented: "Breezer -- whatever model you like, for their lone promotion of dynamo lighting within the American market."


Beginner Cycling agrees:


You should also read Tom's test ride review in 2012.

Honorable Mention: Breezer Uptown Infinity.


Friday, January 10, 2014

Breezer Uptown Infinity


Photos courtesy of breezerbikes.com
The Breezer Infinity LS is currently on sale at Bike Wagon for $1,050.

If you read Edwin's epic Lights for the Rest of Us (and you really should, if you haven't), you probably noticed that Breezer stands apart when it comes to offering bikes with dynamo lights.  The Infinity also has a Nuvinci 360 hub, which basically makes shifting something you don't have to think much about (For more info, read Simple Cycle's review of the hub).

So, you don't have to think about lighting, and you don't have to think about shifting.  No wonder Maurice Tierney compared this bike to a toaster in his Bicycle Times review.  Comes with a full chaincase, fenders, and a rear rack.  Here are the specs on the LS:


SizesLow-Step: XS (15"), S (17"), M (19"), L (21")
Color(s)Gloss Marine Blue
Main frameBreezer Custom-Tapered Aluminum, Single Water Bottle Mount
Rear triangleBreezer Custom-Tapered Aluminum
ForkBreezer Chromoly
CranksetBreezer Aluminum, 38T
Bottom BracketFSA 7420 Cartridge-Style
PedalsVP, Polished Aluminum Body, Chromoly Axle
Front derailleur-
Rear derailleur-
ShiftersNuvinci N360 Twist Shifter, ∞ - Speed
CassetteShimano, 18T
ChainKMC
WheelsetShimano 3W Dynamo Front/Nuvinci N360 Continuously Variable Planetary Rear, 36H Hubs, Vera DM25 Aluminum Double-Wall CNC SSE Rims
TiresVera CityWide Plus, 26x1.75" w/ Puncture Protection, Reflective Strip
Brake setBreezer Aluminum Linear Pull, Cold-Forged, Stainless Hardware
Brake leversBreezer Aluminum, 4-Finger Ergonomic w/ Kraton Grip
HeadsetFSA Sealed, 1" Threaded
HandlebarBreezer North Road Aluminum, 25.4, 26mm Rise, 590mm Wide, 33° Sweep
StemBreezer Aluminum, 25.4, Quill-Style
Tape/gripBreezer Ergonomic Dual-Density
SaddleBreezer Comfort Saddle
Seat postBreezer Suspension Aluminum, 40mm Travel, 27.2mm
FendersPolycarbonate, 50mm, Stainless Fittings, Integrated Lighting Conductors
HeadlightB&M Lumotech Lyt LED, Standlight, Auto Sensor, On/Off Switch
TaillightB&M DToplight Plus, Standlight
Rear CarrierBreezer Tubular Aluminum w/ Spring Clip
OtherFull Chaincase, Kickstand, Bell, Frame Lock

Friday, November 22, 2013

Lights For The Rest Of Us

On behalf of his sister-in-law, Edwin searched far and wide for bicycles in the U.S. market that come standard with dynamo lights.  We are grateful that he's chosen to share his research with us.

As a long time reader of Bikes for the Rest of Us, I like practical bikes. Bikes that are good for most people, most of the time. The kind that you can ride most places in most conditions. The kind where you can go shopping for a week’s worth of groceries, commute to work and head out at night. The kind of bike that, if you wanted, you could ride on a 30-mile charity ride. Or adventure ride with your friends. The kind of bike that works during the day and during the night, rain or shine, without modifications. Kind of like the cars we drive.

The key features to this kind of bike are comfort, so that you can ride it all day; fenders, so you don’t get wet; a rack or basket, so you can carry your goods; and most importantly, lights, so you can see and be seen.
After riding around cities for the first 30 years of my life without a permanent lighting system on my bikes, I was blown away when I finally made the investment in a dynamo hub a few years ago. It has not changed my bike style or bike practices, as I always biked most places most of the time; it just made it so much more dependable and safer. Now I ride with my front and rear lights on all the time. I think it is safer and I stand out whether biking alone or in a crowd. My front light is a Busch and Muller Lumotec IQ Premium Fly RT Senso Plus ( I hope this name is actually shorter in its native German!)

Lumotec front light. Credit: Peter White Cycles





The lower lights stay on all the time – day time running lights! And the top light turns on at night for a more traditional head light with a horizontal cutoff according to German lighting standards. (Yes, they exist, and you can read about them and other light-nerd stuff here.)
My rear light is a Busch and Muller Toplight Line Brake Plus.

Credit: Peter White Cycles.
 

It has a great, steady rear light that brightens when you brake!

I bought them both from the man who knows more about bicycle lighting than anyone else in the U.S., Peter White.

Enough about me. What inspired me to write this post was looking for a good production bike for a friend. Actually, for my sister-in-law, which is slightly more pressure than just for a friend. I was thinking the best bike for her would be the kind of bike I described above, that comes with fenders, racks, and dynamo lighting, so she could ride at night without worrying about whether her batteries were charged or her lights had been stolen off her bike last time she parked it for a few minutes outside.

So I started thinking about the options for a stock bike, sold in the U.S., that fit these criteria. And here is what I found, with a few notes on the specifications of each. I have ridden very few of these bikes and so this is not a review, but more of a gathering of what is out there. Let me know in the comments if there are others that you know about that are not listed.
Breezer

These bikes are fairly widely distributed and can even be found in two of our five bike shops here in Nashville. Models that come with a Dynamo hub are: 
All Breezer courtesy www.breezerbikes.com




o   Price: $1099

o   Dynamo Notes

§  Dynamo System: Shimano  DH 3N20-NT

§  Front Light: B&M Lumotec Lyt

§  Rear Light: B&M DToplight Plus with Standlight

o   Other: Comes in diamond frame and step through. The rear hub is a NuVinci 360 Continuously Variable Planetary gear system. In short: there are no gear “steps,” but a gradual change in ratios.
Uptown 8




Uptown 8 LS




o   Price: MSRP $849

o   Dynamo Notes

§  Dynamo System: Shimano  DH 3N20-NT

§  Front Light: B&M Lumotec Lyt

§  Rear Light: B&M DToplight Plus with Standlight

o   Other: Rear hub is a Shimano Nexus Revo-shift 8 speed internal hub. Comes in diamond frame and step through frame.
Uptown 5



Uptown 5 LS


o   Price: MSRP $789

o   Dynamo Notes:

§  Dynamo System: Shimano  DH 3N20-N

§  Front Light: Trelock Bike-I Uno LED

§  Rear Light: Trelock Trio Flat Standlight

o   Other: Rear hub is Shimano Nexus 5 speed. Comes in diamond frame and step through frame.
Beltway 11


o   Price: $2099

o   Dynamo Notes

§  Dynamo System: Shimano DH S501

§  Front Light: B&M Lumotec IQ Fly

§  Rear Light: B&M DToplight Plus with Standlight

o   Other: Rear hub is Shimano Alfine 11, a high quality internal gear hub with a wide range of gears.

Beltway 8



o   Price: MRP $1569

o   Dynamo Notes

§  Dynamo System: Shimano 3N30-QR

§  Front Light: B&M Lumotec Lyt

§  Rear Light: B&M DToplight Plus with Standlight

o   Other: Rear hub is Shimano Alfine 8, a high quality internal gear hub with a moderate range.

Finesse


o   Price: MSRP : $1649

o   Dynamo Notes

§  Dynamo System: WH-S501-V-3D (Complete Wheel)

§  Front Light: B&M Lumotec IQ Fly

§  Rear Light B&M DToplight Plus with Standlight

o   Other: Rear hub is Shimano Alfine 8 internal gear hub, disc brakes.

Greenway Elite

Greenway Elite ST




o   Price: $899

o   Dynamo Notes

§  Dynamo System: Shimano DH-3N30-QR

§  Front Light: Trelock Bike-I Uno LED

§  Rear Light: Trelock Trio Flat Standlight

o   Other: This is the one Breezer dynamo offering with a derailer: 2x10 speed.


Novara

As REI’s in house brand of bicycles, Novara has tried several different bicycles with dynamo hubs, including the Transfer, featured on this siteOther models included the Fusion, also featured hereSadly, they are both discontinued. The current line up seems to include one bike with dynamo powered lights, the Gotham.

Gotham

Photo courtesy of REI.





·        Price: MSRP $1399

·        Dynamo Notes

·        Dynamo System: Joytech Dynamo hub

·        Front Light: specifications unavailable (looks like a handlebar mounted spotlight)

·        Rear Light: specifications unavailable

·        Other: Nuvinci N360 continuously variable transmission like the Breezer Uptown Infinity, but driven with a Gates carbon drive.
Marin

This company has turned out a lot of practical city bikes, commonly called “hybrids.” Not many have had dynamo lighting, but they have one out now.
Fairfax SC6

Photo courtesy Marin.
 
·        Price: Roughly $2000, MSRP not listed on site

·        Dynamo Notes

·        Dynamo System: Shimano Alfine Dynamo

·        Front Light: Super Nova E3 Pro

·        Rear Light: unknown

·        Other: Shimano Alfine 11 rear hub.
Electra

Electra is famous for its comfort bikes, Cali-style and their Dutch style Amsterdam models, some of which have dynamo hubs.

Amsterdam 8i




Photos courtesy Electra Bikes.


o   Price: $1200

o   Dynamo Notes

§  Dynamo System: Shimano Nexus

§  Front Light: Spanninga, unknown model

§  Rear Light: Spanninga, unknown model

o   Other: Shimano Nexus 8 speed rear hub, wheel guards, cutesy colors.

Fashion 3i


o   Price: $899

o   Dynamo Notes

§  Dynamo System: Shimano Nexus Roller

§  Front Light: Spanninga, unknown model

§  Rear Light: Spanninga, unknown model
Other: Shimano Nexus 3 speed rear hub, wheel guards, cutesy colors.

Other Options




·        Dutch/Danish and other Euro bikes

These are the real deal European style bikes sold by bike shops like  Adeline Adeline and Rolling Orange in NY, Bicycle Belle in Boston, JC Lind in Chicago, Dutch Bike Co. in Seattle, Clever Cycles in Portland OR, and My Dutch Bike in SF. These shops all sell bikes with dynamo lighting or will adapt dynamo lighting to your bike. You can add your favorite shop with dynamo bikes in the comments.

These shops sell bikes from several makers who have models with dynamo lighting. The prices tend to range from $1000 to $3000 when you add a few accessories! Some of those brands include: Brompton (UK), Gazelle (NL) Pashley (UK), Paper (UK), Pilen (SE), Retrovelo (DE), Van Moof (NL), Velorbis (DK), Workcycles (NL)

·   The big guys:
They don’t offer anything here in the US, though they have tried in the past. I never know if they drop these attempts because the public won’t buy them, or if they do not know how to sell them!
Specialized: This big bike company had a few dynamo versions of the high end commuter bike called The Source over the last few years. They also used to make a dynamo powered version of one of their Globe bikesThey don’t anymore.  On their Dutch site they still have several Source models with dynamos.

Trek used to make a cute bike called the Belleville that came in diamond frame or mixte with dynamo lights, fenders, with front and rear racks. A true bike for the rest of us. And it was featured here.

On their Dutch site, Trek has several bikes with dynamo lighting like this one:

Courtesy Trek Bicycle Products

Cannondale



I don't think they ever had one in the US, but on their Dutch site, you can find:

The Tesoro 3!

Courtesy: Cannondale
 
 
Giant

Overseas, yes, here in the US, no.

On their Dutch site… you can find:


·        Aero RS 0

Courtesy: Giant.
 
Jamis

I have read about Jamis' prior offering here, but their 2014 Commuter line does not come with a dynamo option.




Edwin Williamson
Nashville, Tennessee