From designing and building the first modern mountain bike, to creating the original dropper post, the unicrown fork, the first hollow mountain bike cranks, 3D dropouts, compact road geometry, and more, Joe Breeze has been pushing bicycle technology forward for over 40 years. Ahead of the curve since 1974, innovation is part of Joe's DNA.
APEX Disc Mount
The Breezer Apex Force Transfer (AFT) brake mount anchors the rear disc-brake caliper on both the chainstay and seatstay. This construction method offers both a strength and weight-savings advantage due to allowing the stress of the caliper’s braking force to be distributed over a larger area between two tubes instead of just the chainstay. The dynamic braking force inherent to this position also out of danger from objects that could impact it in a crash or while navigating technical terrain.
Breezer Compact Geometry
Joe created the compact frame geometry with the goal of having the smallest frame possible while using longer-length parts like seatposts so bikes properly fit riders. The benefits were both to save weight and increase stiffness for pedaling by having shorter frame tubes. Before this, road frames were traditionally very tall and used short seat posts. This was problematic because the small-diameter steel tubes would flex very easily. Joe’s geometry made the frames much more agile while also offering greater maneuverability both on and off road.
Joe Breeze’s iconic Breeze-In dropouts offer twice the rigidity and half the weight of standard dropouts; after almost three decades they are still used by custom frame builders to this day. The hooded shape was a break-through in design that allowed two major advantages over traditional cast or forged dropouts. First was a much stronger connection between the chainstay and seatstay tubes to the dropout and the second was the ability to save weight by using less material for the forging. Breeze-Ins also enable the tubing length to extend as close as possible to the rear axle and avoid using heavy and stiff CNC yokes or mounting plates, keeping the tubing the star of the show and the ride quality as high as possible. Now made for both quick-release and thru-axle applications, Breeze-In dropouts improve shifting, wheel changes and, of course, ride quality.
Breezer D’Fusion tubing uses an extensive hydroforming 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.
Japanese JFE Steel
Breezer sources special, untreated tubing straight from one of the largest steel producers in the world based in Japan. This 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 Breezer's D’fusion 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.
The material Joe started with, and still the staple material for most Breezer bikes. 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. 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.
A signature feature on all adventure models. Frames and forks come designed with multiple mounting options for racks, fenders and bottle cages. These features allow you to fully customize & personalize your Breezer for the type of riding you love most. Whether it’s loading up with five water bottles to traverse across barren wastelands or outfitting some new waterproof bags on front & rear racks for a weekend bikepacking trip, Breezer has you covered!