The Domestic Bomber is a new steel-tubed cruiser bike from the small batch Nor-Cal builders that takes a modern look at retro components to future proof it. While it looks simple, there’s a LOT to appreciate on this rigid urban mountain bike worth looking at…

domestic bomber steel cruiser bicycle with coaster brakes

For starters, it’s a top shelf build, with a Sturmy Archer coaster brake hub and Basic cranks and components everywhere else.

domestic bomber steel cruiser bicycle with coaster brakes

The frame is made of 4130 Chromoly steel, with oversized tubes for a bombproof (or bomber?) build, making it a great play bike for hucking off curbs or getting rowdy around town.

domestic bomber steel cruiser bicycle with coaster brakes

Up front is a Sturmy Archer drum brake hub, using the only cable seen on the bike with a single brake lever. And here’s where the bike starts to get really interesting…

domestic bomber steel cruiser bicycle with coaster brakes

The reaction arm (the part that sticks out of the hub) is affixed to the fork leg with an intentionally overbuilt adapter.

domestic bomber steel cruiser bicycle with coaster brakes

The seat tube gets three water bottle bosses, arranged to hold an Anything Cage.

The point was to make the bike capable of using a small front hub e-bike motor to create an assisted version in the future. So, that little reaction arm is strong enough to handle the torque from a hub motor, and the Anything Cage is strong enough to hold a small battery pack.

The goal was to create a bike that could easily get up and down the hills of San Francisco for a commuter, then quickly convert to a normal pedal fun bike on the weekends.

domestic bomber steel cruiser bicycle with coaster brakes

Tire clearance is a bit tight with bit mountain bike treads, but the stout frame should limit flex that would lead to tire rub (just don’t get anything caught in there…or run narrower tires).

domestic bomber steel cruiser bicycle with coaster brakes

domestic bomber steel cruiser bicycle with coaster brakes

Price and availability? All they’re saying is “Coming Soon”, but you can follow them on social and more from their website to get on the list.

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Seraph
Seraph
7 months ago

Kinda wish it was disc or at least caliper brakes in the rear. Not really getting rowdy around town on a coaster brake at my age.

Mark
Mark
7 months ago

What kind of front brake could be used on the bike with a front hub motor?

Enrico
Enrico
7 months ago

Gorgeous looking bike. Niche though. I Agree with the need to have discs for more than one reason(even small discs). Still a gorgeous looking bike.

Loll
Loll
7 months ago

The biggest mistake is coaster rear brake. San Francisco, with the hills and the feature along Embacadero is a place begging for manuals and rear wheel hops trialsin style. Sure, if you are a pro, you can do that with any brake or even no brake, but thats not the market audience here is it?

Mr Sodapop
Mr Sodapop
7 months ago

A mtb hard tail in 2021 w no tire clearance Clarence? Really? My mb-0 in the early 90’s had more tire clearance.

Seth
Seth
7 months ago

Looks like it has a rather slack rake angle, but the fork doesn’t appear to be offset to accommodate such. Might have quite a bit of trail. I’d be interested to know if it has “floppy” steering at slower speeds.

Dave McLaughlin
Dave McLaughlin
7 months ago

A little background on the @domesticbikes Bomber…
The bike is built in tribute to the early Repack Bombers. The designer @yodavemac grew up bombing fire trails on his coaster brakes bikes and was a pioneer in the formative years of mountain bike racing, with Repack in the early 80’s as his first ever race.
So back to the bike…the chrome fork,
Sturmey drum, coaster brake and leather seat are in homage to that time in the evolution of the sport. We gave a knob to advances with 27.5” wheels, threadless 1 1/8” headset and alloy cranks.
We grew up on bikes know discs will work better in San Francisco, but that’s not the point here.
This bike was created with Joe Breeze, Charlie Kelly, Otis Guy, Gary and the other Repack riders in mind.
Check out @domesticbikes on IG for more information and news what we’re up to.
Thank you for reading.
The Staff
Domestic Bikes

yodavemac
7 months ago

45mm trail…

Built in tribute to the Repack bombers, hence the coaster brake and drum.

Joe Scully
Joe Scully
7 months ago

I like the setup, I get the concept the only add on I would like to see are mounts for racks.

Michael Johnson
Michael Johnson
7 months ago

These brakes are more than sufficient! Not sure what everyone is bitching about, it’s all about simplicity. This type of brake was used on tandems for years.

PRH
PRH
6 months ago

re the comments about discs, I love the Sturmey Archer drums, have been riding them on my SS for years. You have to pull harder but they are very strong, and the biggest benefit is imperviousness to rain-mud-snow, and the fact that you never have to replace brake pads (which equals safety as you can just park the bike in the evening and get on in the morning and the brakes will always work, without adjustments and service). The cartridge bearings in these hubs roll really well too.

The mounting points on this frame for the torque arms are lovely, really cool. The whole design is very interesting. Only thing it seems to lack is bottle – fenders – racks mounting points on frame & fork. Would be a great commuter bike too, hope the public realizes it and will buy it.

Dirt McGirt
Dirt McGirt
6 months ago

Wow. It amazing to me, after 30 years in the bike biz, how feeble-minded and easily led the vast majority of the mtb community is these days.

I T S A K L U N K E R

No discs needed.

Unless you’re a chump as rich dude.

Dirtbags for life!