Eurobike 2013: Breezer Repack 160mm Travel Bike with 27.5 Wheels

27.5 Enduro Eurobike

More info from Breezer Bikes:
Modern full-suspension kinematics have evolved over the years from placing the critical chainstay pivot located near the rear axle – producing a flexy and limited system – to a short link pivot in front of the rear wheel, a high-stress system with long chainstays. MLink™ places this critical pivot in the middle of the chainstay, balancing out these opposing forces for a smooth and efficient system. Breezer Repack is the only bike available with this new technology.

MLink’s mid link pivot rotates only 3 degrees. Compared to short link systems’ large rotations, rapid accelerations, direction changes, and therefore, increased bearing wear, MLink’s fewer rotations translate into super smooth suspension travel and less stress on bearings and pivots. Compared to long link flexy systems, MLink allows for a rigid, triangulated rear end with riding forces diffused across widely spaced, low rotation bearings – supplying the stiffness essential for full suspension to function at its best.

MLink’s balanced anti-squat and anti-rise design creates an extremely efficient system that balances out opposing pedaling and braking forces. Current rear pivot and short link systems focus on one or the other: reducing pedal kickback in unbalanced systems through shock lockouts or anti-squat only – suffering brakejack as a result – or focusing on minimizing brakejack and subsequently creating inefficient pedaling systems that bob or require rear suspension lockouts for climbing.

“Dave and Luke at SOTTO have managed to create a full suspension system that doesn’t require a pedal platform or lockout to make it climb well. Bikes climb best when the suspension is active and engaged. Without good suspension, you’re essentially riding a hardtail, and your bike’s no longer responding to the trail. Being able to leave your rear shock open is a big advantage,” explained Burke. “To make a bike go downhill really, really well, you usually have to give something up in ride quality for the climbs. But in our case, we feel we’ve created a bike that sacrifices nothing.”

“Beyond increased rollover and stability, bigger wheels mean your axles are higher up and further out relative to the bottom bracket. This makes it harder to go over the bars on gnarly downhills or pitch backwards on steep climbs. I call this ‘riding in a valley of confidence,’” explained Breeze.

But a longer wheelbase can make a big-wheeled bike handle sluggishly. Breeze believes chain stay length and front center must be shortened in order to achieve superior handling – a characteristic that has become synonymous with Breezer bikes through the years. With slack head tube angles, the rider must lean the bike harder into the turn, which increases the likelihood of lost traction or sliding out.As Breeze says, “Shorter is faster and more efficient.”

The Repack will be available across the globe in January 2014. For more information on this revolutionary new suspension system, plus Joe’s Breeze famed geometry, watch the Repack launch video HERE and visit to learn more.

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  • Geoff Olson says:

    Looks clean. The rear looks nice and stiff. How about a test ride?

  • Patrick says:

    Different vpp style at the end, but no rearward path during compression of the supension

  • MissedThePoint says:

    In-between wheel size + in-between 4-bar/VPP style linkage + in-between price. What kind of ride experience should I expect out of that, I wonder.

  • r1Gel says:

    I just took a look at the bike geo numbers. TT length seems long. The small has a 600-mm top tube paired with a 60-mm stem. Hmmm… I’, in between S and M. This would make the overall reach on the small too much for me.

    • Dave Mays says:

      Maybe you actually have something going for you there if the Top Tube is a bit tool long with a 60mm stem. A few companies are starting to realize that a longer TT paired with a shorter stem leads to a better handling bike. Maybe use the longer TT to your advantage and pair it with a short stem. For example check out the Kona Process series, they are getting crazy good reviews for this style of geo.

  • eric stobin says:

    looks like a fantastic bike, Joe! Joe is an absolute perfectionist and bicycle visionary, so I am confident that the Repack bike will be a big hit. lots of good luck!

  • Scott says:

    Just had a chance to ride one of the pre-production bikes for about 17 miles yesterday – not too gnarly of terrain, more of an XC ride where I was looking for some bumps and rough/rutty sections where I could. This bike was impressive! Climbs like a short-travel XC bike, but was very smooth descending down some rougher trails and fire roads. Would have liked to take it to Tamarancho, but the day’s schedule wouldn’t allow it. Being a pretty die-hard 29′er rider, I was pretty much convinced that a longer travel 27.5 bike could really work. This bike had no bob, no brake jack, and really felt like it was railing the turns. One of the guys in our group is a pretty good downhiller (regular podium-topper at the Toro races, and he flew it down Cinderella on Sunday a couple of times, and was also very impressed with the overall ride on the bike. Before you make comments on a new design, ride the bike when you get a chance – then if you don’t like it, you can make a comment on why you didn’t. The only downside I could see on the design is that the link moves up on compression and the chain smacks the stay pretty hard. Definitely needs a good stay protector, even with the Shadow+ Rear Mech. That said, it didn’t affect the ride at all. You could just hear it. Fun bike. Can’t wait to see the production bikes in February. (Disclaimer – we carry Breezer’s commuter bikes at our shop – weren’t planning on carrying this model – but now that a couple of us have ridden it, that will probably be changing!)

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