- Hydro-formed frame made from Japanese Chromoly w/12mm Breezer thru-axle dropouts
- 700x45mm or 650B x 47mm tire capacity
- Full-carbon 12mm thru-axle fork with bottle, fender and rack mounts| Shimano Ultegra w/RX800 clutch rear derailleur
- 3T cockpit
Breezer Steel 4130 CroMo: The material Joe started with, and still the staple material that most Breezer bikes are constructed from. Chromoly tubing has earned its place in cycling’s list of top-rated materials as it offers incredible strength-to-weight properties, up to 5 times the fatigue & tensile strength of 6061-Aluminum, while also offering excellent ride quality characteristics. Add to this the ability to repair the material after welding and you can understand why adventure riders have trusted this material most to safely carry them around the world for decades. Beyond that, the tubes are highly manipulated beyond simple butting profiles. JFE STEEL TUBING: Used on flagship Breezer models, we source special, untreated tubing straight from one of the largest steel producers in the world based in Japan. We do this as it allows us to modify the outer shape and thickness of the tubes in ways that can’t be done with off-the-shelf pre-treated tubing. The biggest advantage is the ability to hydroform the tubes to create our D’fusion tube profiles. This process requires special control of the tube temperature for forming that result in a shape that offers greater rigidity for the tube junctions without added weight. D’FUSION TUBING: Breezer D’Fusion tubing uses an extensive hydro-forming process to shape the ends of tubes that connect critical points in the frame. This process strengthens Breezer frames with a unique D-shape profile that eliminates the need of added weight and material by utilizing the tubing’s broad radius section (the flatter portion of the D) to allow stress to flow through a broader area, reducing the risk of fatigue. Along with the added strength benefit, the forming process also helps deliver the light and lively ride quality that Breezer frames are famous for.
You can see and feel the shaped tubes. Joe Breeze knows steel and how to get it to perform well. Obviously he is working within the boundaries of a production bike at a moderate cost, but it reminds me of the tech that Tom Ritchey puts into his frames. Very nice for the money, in fact it is an interesting comparison between the two bikes since I just recently had the new Ritchey Outback in ‘da house. Beyond that we have Shimano Ultegra R8000 with the RX version rear derailleur. That one has a clutch in it from the MTB line of parts. Very nice to see that, although it has the most value with 1x systems. An 11-34 cassette paired with a 50/34 crank gets you a 1 to 1 low which is pretty versatile. The wheels are WTB rims in the new i21ST Light version, tubeless ready of course. The tires are a 34mm all rounder, the WTB Exposure, also tubeless ready. The bike came with tubes in place. A 3T/Oval cockpit and WTB Volt saddle completes the touch points. First Impressions: The bike has a very understated look about it. I do miss the graphics where Breezer was in more of a script font. Just looked more elegant to my eyes. Progress, I suppose. But the grey and black tones are nice and easy to get along with. The tapered head tube blends well with the carbon fork and smaller diameter frame tubing. It’s a pleasing bike to look at overall, with a compact, sloping top tube. The suggested retail of the Breezer Inversion Team is $2849.00. When you look at Ultegra bikes like this, you are typically well over 3 grand in a carbon framed bike. This seems to me to be a good price point, but I suppose you could do better in an aluminum frame if you are all about that. I tossed on some SPD pedals and put it on the scale of truth and justice: 23 pounds pretty much, so take close to a pound off that for the pedals. I do not expect steel to be light, not like carbon light anyway, but this Breezer is right where my Ti bike is pounds wise. I am more concerned about the bike as a whole, how it rides, etc, than a weight number, so for this target audience, this weight is a good place to be. I will be on this after I get it set up to my liking. I will be swapping in some bigger tires to check for fit/clearance and I will be running it with some WTB Byways in the 650Bx47 size. More on that and how it is to ride soon, as I have been clocking miles on it already. Hint…liking it. NOTE: Breezer Bikes sent over the Inversion Team at no cost to Riding Gravel for test and review. We were not paid, nor bribed, for this review and we always strive to give our honest thoughts and opinions throughout.
_________________________________________________________________________ About The Author: Grannygear hails from SoCal and spent most of his cycling days as a mountain biker from the formative years of mountain biking all the way up to the present day. His day job is in the tech sector, but he has spent time writing about off road 4X4’s, 29″ mountain bikes, and cycling in general. Grannygear and Guitar Ted have worked off and on together since 2009 after a chance meeting at Interbike. With gravel cycling on the rise, Grannygear has been exploring how this genre’ works in SoCal and now does guest pieces for RidingGravel.com in his spare time. _________________________________________________________________________