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Should I buy a Breezer?

Old 06-16-14, 03:50 AM
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Should I buy a Breezer?

Dear members, I've posted this on a different thread and got no answers, probably was a wrong thread

When I got my drivers licence, my bike has been rotting in my garage ever since. In the last few weeks, I've started cycling again which reminded me how much I loved it in the first place. However, my current bike has a 16-17" frame which is way too small for me, as I am 6 feet tall.

So I was looking at some new bikes with a little help from my friends, and the conclusion was that I'll buy a 19" frame 29" wheels hardtail MTB, and my price range is quite limited (I'm still on college).

Most of them have suggested Trek, Kona, Specialized and Fuji bikes up to $700, but the one that caught my eye is a Breezer Storm 29. In my country, it retails for $1000, which is way over my budget, but there is a special sales event where they are available for $650 if you pay cash. Here are the specs https://www.breezerbikes.com/bikes/specs/storm-sport-29

Most of my bike loving friends have said that the price is okay, since most bikes from established brands have exactly the same components, but that they would never buy one because it is such an obscure brand. Still, the retailer is offering 5-year warranty and free servicing costs for $50 added to the price.

Breezers are very rare in Europe (specially Serbia) and I've never heard of them, but my friend from the States says that I should buy it because it's a legendary name and the bike has really good handling, something that I might enjoy.

Should I buy it? I really like the fact that it's so rare, but it also scares me a bit.

Thank you for your help!

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Old 06-16-14, 05:01 AM
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Breezer is a recreational bike brand in America. The ones that I've seen are fully accessorized commuter bikes. Nice aesthetics, too. The quality is acceptable.

The 29-er at the link you specified has lower end components. Maybe worth the cash in Serbia, not really in the US. Don't get the warranty...it will not replace worn or failed components like the fork or rear derailleur.
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Old 06-18-14, 07:20 PM
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Breezers are smartly designed bikes, and their race bike line is really designed to satisfy experienced bike handlers. Most reviews, you'll find, say that their 29er handling is among the very best. Breeze really focuses on tubing and crame design in a way most don't, and put cool details like short, asymmetric stays, which really gave 29ers a liveliness and agility that most didn't have a few years ago.

For those of us steeped in MTB history, Breeze is a guy known for being a Founding Father, a pioneer, an innovator. His place in the history of bike design is legendary. His Venturi road bike has always been a sought after gem, but the new gen bike set a new level and many firsts in steel frame building. If you're concened about legacy, respect, and bona fides over simple brand marketing, that's a bonus. Also, they're a small brand, so they offer a more individualistic ride; you won't have the same bike everyone else has.

So I'd say Yes, you should buy one! I don't know that the Sport range is as compelling as the Race line, but it's probably going to be a bike that is a solid contender in its category, but more distinctive.

I'd seriously consider adding a Breezer 29er to my stable.
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Old 06-24-14, 12:59 PM
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If you look up the bike online you will come across bike shops selling this bike in a couple different versions. The difference is the level of components as shown here: Breezer Bikes - Tuckahoe Bike Shop You are likely looking at the lowest level components which are pretty low end. It is not the awful parts level we see in places like WalMart and other mass merchandisers but not what I would want to see on a bike supposedly retailing for $1K. The Tektro hydraulic disk brakes on this bike show up on Ebay as pulls from new bikes where they upgraded to a better brake. The last one listed sold for $52 for the entire set. If you are going to spend that much on a bike you will do way better choosing a bike without low-end suspension and low-end hydraulic disk brakes. I've used high quality hydraulic disk brakes (older Hope C2) and they are fantastic but I would not want really cheap ones over better quality mechanical disk brakes. I'd also rather have a standard bike with better components than one than one that looks spiffy but doesn't work very well.
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