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

27.5 Enduro Eurobike

It was cool to catch up with Joe Breeze as he showed us his new Repack All Mountain bike. This features a very innovative 160mm of full suspension travel with a mid-pivot chainstay. This design is called the M-Link Suspension and it comes from Sotto Design, a third party suspension design firm. The mid-pivot allows the rear end to be stiffer than a rear pivot design and there’s not as much stress on the bearings as a short pivot. The rear is also reinforced by a seat tube brace to support it for lateral stiffness.

The head angle is 68 degrees, as Joe said the wheel size gives the bike stability with its inherently higher axles. He didn’t want to go much slacker than that, as he wanted the bike to be capable but still quick and fun to carve and corner.

We expect to see the M-Link on other Breezer bikes in the future.

Video: Breezer Repack Launch.

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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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