Posted by Miles Arbour
Quietly released this week, the new Breezer Thunder is a fully rigid steel mountain bike with a reasonable price tag and some pretty appealing features for bikepacking. It’s built up around a Chromoly steel frame and fork, boost hub spacing and thru-axles, external cable routing (as well as internal dropper post routing), and has clearance for tires up to 29 x 2.95”. The Thunder is offered in a single Shimano Deore 1 x 12-speed build complete with Shimano MT-501 hydraulic brakes and chunky WTB Vigilante TCS 29 x 2.5″ tires.
The frame itself is fully kitted out with mounting options, including rack and fenders, standard bottle mounts, triple pack mounts on the fork legs and the seat stays, plus additional bosses on the top tube and under the downtube. It’s safe to say that the Breezer Thunder will have no problem lugging whatever you need for a night out this fall. Find the full build kit and additional specs below.
- Frame Breezer custom-butted-chromoly steel, BSA Threaded BB, 148 x 12mm
- Fork Chromoly disc, rack / fender & side bottle mounts, 110 x 15mm through-axle
- Crankset Shimano 34T
- Bottom Bracket Shimano BSA threaded
- Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore 12-speed
- Shifter Shimano Deore
- Cassette Shimano 10-51T, 12-speed
- Chain Shimano Deore
- Wheels WTB 29″ ST i30 TCS disc, Formula hubs- Boost 148/110mm, SAPIM Leader 14g spokes, 32H
- Tires WTB Ranger TCS Light Tubeless Ready, 29 x 2.6″, folding bead*
- Brakes Shimano MT500 hydraulic disc, 180/160mm rotor
- Headset FSA 1 1/8″, No.42 internal, 36° ACB-sealed, 6.5mm aluminum top cover
- Handlebar Breezer Riser Bar, 780mm width, 8° backweep
- Stem Breezer, 3D-forged 6061 stem body, 0°
- Grips Breezer lock-on
- Saddle WTB Volt Comp 142×265, cromo rail
- Seatpost KS RAGE-i, 30.9mm diameter
*Note that Breezer specs the tires differently on two different places on their web site. We sent them a question to clarify and will update this page when we find out.
After a quick glance at Breezer’s geometry chart, it looks like the Thunder shares more than a few similarities with our recently reviewed Kona Unit X: a long wheelbase, slack-ish head tube angle, and a more trail-worthy riding position that should make it a great all-rounder. Currently, the Breezer Thunder is offered in one colour, gray w/burnt orange, and retails for $1,499.99 USD through your local Breezer dealer. Head over to BreezerBikes.com to learn more.