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…
For starters, it’s a top shelf build, with a Sturmy Archer coaster brake hub and Basic cranks and components everywhere else.
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.
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…
The reaction arm (the part that sticks out of the hub) is affixed to the fork leg with an intentionally overbuilt adapter.
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.
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).
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.