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SOC16: New Breezer Inversion flips the gravel switch w/ butted steel road frame

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Breezer Inversion steel gravel road bike

If you haven’t checked out Breezer’s pavement collection lately, it’s worth a look, particularly the very svelte Liberty hybrid city/commuter bikes. Now, bridging the gap between those and their mountain bikes and jumping straight into the popular gravel segment is their first modern road bike, the Inversion.

Built with Breezer’s D’Fusion double butted chromoly and Apex brake mounts that mix flat mount front and standard post mount rear disc brakes, the bike is a real beauty. Behind it, inside the truck bed, is an original 1978 Breezer Series 1 mountain bike, that’s also worth a look…

Breezer Inversion steel gravel road bike

The tapered and heavily shaped headtube belies the fact the frame is made from steel. Inside it is a full carbon fork with internal brake routing.

Breezer Inversion steel gravel road bike

The fork’s dropouts have stealth fender mounts, and the back of the frame has full rack and fender mounts. Note the shaped seatstay bridge, too. Lots of little details like that make this a bike we’re lusting after.

Breezer Inversion steel gravel road bike

New Breezer dropouts are modified for 142×12 thru axles. The axle threads directly into a big, solid derailleur hanger.

Breezer Inversion steel gravel road bike

The rear brake sits on post mounts split between the chainstay and seatstay, yet somehow doesn’t come off as too much of a contrast with the sleeker flat mount brakes up front. The fork also uses a 12mm axle.

Breezer Inversion steel gravel road bike

Tire clearance measures at a max of 38mm, putting plenty of space between the chainstay and cranks, too. These are Turn Zayante alloy cranks with Praxis chainrings.

Breezer Inversion steel gravel road bike

The cockpit gets a healthy does of Oval components, including an all new flared drop bar made specifically for the gravel market.

Breezer Inversion steel gravel road bike

UPDATED: Pricing and availability is $2000 for the Inversion Team (Ultegra w/685 hydro discs, Praxis TURN Zayante cranks, WTB 30c Exposure TCS tires w/WTB Frequency tubeless rims) and the Inversion Pro at $1400-1500 (Shimano 105, TRP HY/RD discs, Vittoria 32C Zaffiro’s on tubeless-ready 19mm internal width Vera Corsa rims). The Pro’s pricing will be finalized when the bikes become available later this summer along with the rest of Breezer’s 2017 lineup.

1978 Breezer Series 1 model 2 original mountain bike

For a look at how it all started on the gravel, they had an original 1978 Breezer Series 1, this one being the second off the line and built for Charlie Kelly.

1978 Breezer Series 1 model 2 original mountain bike

Massive Magura moto brake levers with an obscene amount of reach.

1978 Breezer Series 1 model 2 original mountain bike

1978 Breezer Series 1 model 2 original mountain bike

1978 Breezer Series 1 model 2 original mountain bike

Bandana with a toe strap for a saddle bag.

1978 Breezer Series 1 model 2 original mountain bike

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Randall
Randall
6 years ago

I enjoyed this “press release”, but the bike’s not on the website yet! There’s a new bike every week (day?) so I wish they had the data live before they showed it…

WannaBeSTi
WannaBeSTi
6 years ago
Reply to  Randall

Showing off “yet to come” product is common for Sea Otter. A lot of companies have been using SOC for this years.

Garrett
Garrett
6 years ago

Thats a really good looking bike, I would be interested if I hadn’t just picked up a Traitor Wander.

Question regarding the brakes, I read that it is flat mount up front, and post mount rear. Is there a way to use a post mount brake on a flat mount? I had read that it was not possible. Is this designed for flat mount with an adapter for the rear? I believe that was a possibility with adapters.

TwoWheeled
TwoWheeled
6 years ago

You can run a flat mount caliper on a post mount with an adaptor, but I believe will be limited to 160mm min rotor size(somebody correct me there if I’m wrong). Post won’t fit to flat mount on the rear

bleui
bleui
6 years ago

BB type? please don’t go the Venturi way

blackui
blackui
6 years ago
Reply to  bleui

@bleui I think Venturi’s BB30 press-fit was just the standard in 2011, and the related BB86 is what the Inversion will use to provide a bit more crank clearance for the 142 rear.
What is wrong with the Venturi way? I personally wish all steel and ti bikes went back to BSA threaded and external cups, but the Venturi has an exact shell tube for the BB30.

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