MARIN, CA (May 2014) Breezer® introduces Supercell™, the latest generation of its category defining full-suspension bikes. Supercell features 29" wheels and 120mm of MLink™ suspension travel. Joe Breeze, creator of the modern mountain bike, teamed up with Sotto Group, the industry's leading full-suspension kinematics engineers, to design a groundbreaking new trail bike that redefines big wheel handling and full-suspension efficiency.
"When we introduced Repack™ last summer, Breezer's new all-mountain bike, it climbed and handled so well it completely changed people's perception of what an all-mountain bike could do," said JT Burke, Breezer Product and Brand Manager. "And with Supercell, our new trail bike, we're pushing that even further. Our patented MLink suspension technology is so efficient, lockouts are a thing of the past; and Breezer riders are seeing just how fast a balanced and efficient full-suspension system can climb."
When Joe Breeze launched his first full suspension bike in 1997, he teamed up with MIT engineer John Castellano on the SweetSpot™ suspension system and introduced the Breezer Twister - a cross-country/trail bike with an unheard of 130mm of travel. When starting the new Breezer full-suspension project in 2011, Joe again sought out the industry's leading kinematics experts to improve upon suspension designs that had evolved over the last 15 years. The engineers at Sotto Group were at the leading edge of these advancements, responsible for many of the new suspension systems on the market today, including Yeti's Switch™ system and now MLink.
Modern full-suspension kinematics have evolved from placing the critical chainstay pivot near the rear axle -a flexy and limited system - to a short-link pivot placed 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 Supercell and Repack are the only bikes available with this new technology.
MLink's balanced anti-squat and anti-rise design creates an extremely efficient platform 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.
"With MLink, Sotto has precision-engineered a full-suspension system that doesn't require a pedal platform or lockout to make it climb well," said Joe Breeze. "Bikes climb best when the suspension is active and engaged. When locked out, you're essentially riding a hardtail - your suspension no longer responding to the trail. Being able to leave your rear shock open is a big advantage."
"MLink pushes the bar far ahead of our competition," said Burke. "And by combining MLink with Joe's famous Breezer handling, Supercell connects riders with the trail in an intimate and predictable way, helping them go faster and have more fun than ever before."
When designing for big wheels, experience counts, and Joe Breeze has been driving modern bicycle and frame design forward for 40 years. Breezers have a reputation for great handling, a trait Joe has designed into his bikes since 1974. Supercell continues this tradition.
"The characteristics of a good 26er were refined over three decades, and in the move to big wheels, it's important to take advantage of all the great benefits they offer," said Breeze. "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'."
But to prevent sluggish handling on big wheel bikes, the wheelbase must be kept in check. Breeze believes chainstay length and front center must be shortened in order to achieve optimal handling.
"Optimizing trail for the higher axle height allows the rider to lean their bike less for a given radius turn," said Breeze. "Slack head tube angles on big wheel bikes mean the rider must lean the bike more for the same turn, increasing the likelihood of lost traction or sliding out. Optimal trail and shorter wheelbase is faster and more efficient."
Supercell will be available in early April in the US and May globally. For more information on the Supercell model lineup, MLink technology, and Joe Breeze design, visit supercell.breezerbikes.com.
About Breezer Bikes
Breezer Bikes is the first and oldest mountain bike company, started in 1977 when Joe Breeze hand-built the first ten modern mountain bikes. These historic bikes are on display at the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, the Shimano Museum in Osaka, Japan, and soon, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Breezer is also the original US transportation bike brand, winning more Editors' Choice Awards for transportation bikes than all other bike companies combined. Each and every Breezer today continues to be designed 100% by Joe Breeze. Applying 40 years of engineering and design expertise, Joe makes cutting-edge mountain bikes in carbon fiber, aluminum, and steel and puts this same critical focus into Breezer transportation bikes that are fast, light, and fun. To learn more, visit www.breezerbikes.com.