2013 Breezer Cloud 9 Elite Mountain BikeAre you ready to light some singletrack on fire? A full high-modulus carbon frame with Shimano XTR parts, WTB Stryker tubeless ready wheels and Fox suspension; say it's so, Joe -- say it's so. Joe Breeze, one of the legendary pioneers of mountain biking, along with Gary Fisher and Tom Ritchey, has pulled out all the stops on the 2013 Breezer Cloud 9 Elite 29er mountain bike. Technology has come a long way since the 1977 Breezer #1 bike (on permanent display at the Smithsonian Museum), but so has Joe's 35 years of design experience.
While many XC bikes utilize a tapered head tube and an oversized BB92 bottom bracket like the Cloud 9, the Joe Breeze D'Fusion shaped carbon tubes that makeup the high-modulus frame are the key to unlocking both trail speed and power. The unique D-shaped profile on the top and down tubes near the head tube intersection and at the top tube/seat tube intersection strengthens the design. Significant stress travels through these joints and D'Fusion tubing's broader cross-section diffuses that load over a wider area, reducing the risk of fatigue. In the rear triangle, D-Fusion adds rigidity to the chain stays through a wider cross-section, while positioning the broader area outboard to reduce chain suck. D'Fusion tubing eliminates ride-deadening and heavy gussets, and lets the tubing do the lightweight power transferring was designed to do. The Breeze-In dropouts offer twice the rigidity and half the weight of standard dropouts. Breeze-Ins enable the stays to extend as close as possible to the rear axle, making the tubing the rightful star of the show. The dropouts improve shifting, wheel changes and the overall ride quality. Additionally, the Apex disc mount places the rear brake caliper on the chain stay instead of the seat stay. The increased diameter of the chain stay provides a huge increase in torsional stiffness over the smaller seat stay. Not only is braking performance increased and trail chatter decreased, but the brake is also safely protected instead of dangling of the seat stay. Finally, a size Medium frame weighs in at only 1050 grams (published weight).
Fox is widely recognized as a leader in fork design and performance. The Cloud 9 Elite features the all-new Fox Float 32 CTD FIT 29 fork with 100mm of travel, a tapered head tube and a 15QR thru-axle design. While the name is a convoluted mouthful, the design couldn't have been made easier for any rider to use. Forks in general have become over-complicated to tune. Lockout, rebound, preload, both high speed and low speed compression -- it can be overwhelming. The new CTD design (Climb, Trail, and Descend) utilizes one lever to quickly switch the compression to the ideal setting. The Climb setting adds low-speed compression to diminish bobbing when standing on the pedals. Trail mode presents moderate low speed compression to balance efficiency and the Descend setting features the ideal blend of high and low speed compression for plush action on steep and aggressive sections of trail.
The Cloud 9 Elite is built with Shimano XTR components. As you may well know, XTR is as good as it gets. The 38/26 XTR Race M985 double-ring crank complements race-day performance with a narrow Q-factor and unparalleled power transfer. The XTR i-spec shift levers, which shave weight by unifying the shifter and brake band clamps for clean, uncluttered cockpit setup, are of course matched to a set of XTR brakes with 180/160mm rotors. The new 10-speed XTR rear derailleur has a re-engineered architecture that provides a smooth, linear feel at the shifter and is remarkably stable despite suspension movement, trail chatter or inevitable cable contamination.
The Cloud 9 Elite is finished off with a host of WTB and Oval Concepts unidirectional carbon components. Most notably, the WTB Stryker TCS i9 tubeless ready wheels and WTB Nano tires simply rip the trail to shreds. The set, without tires, weights in around 1700 grams, which is the perfect balance of lightweight performance and durability. Stryker wheels are stiff, strong and light, and are the proverbial feather in the cap of a remarkable cross country mountain bike design.
- High-Modulus Carbon Fiber frame with tapered head tube and BB92 bottom bracket
- Fox 32 Float 29 FIT CTD fork with 100mm of travel and a 15mm thru-axle design
- Shimano XTR 2x10 drivetrain with a 38/26 XTR crankset and Shadow Plus Design XTR rear derailleur
- Shimano XTR brakes with 180/160 rotors
- Oval Concepts UD carbon handlebar, stem and seatpost
- WTB Stryker TCS i19 29" wheels and WTB Nano tires are tubeless ready
2013 Breezer Cloud 9 Elite Mountain Bike
- bottom bracket:
- Shimano BB92 Press-Fit Bearing System
- Shimano XTR Hydraulic Disc Brake, 180mm Front, 160mm Rear
- Shimano M771 10-speed, 11-36T
- Shimano HG74 10-Speed
- Shimano XTR 10-Speed, Hollowtech II, 38-26T
- Fox 32 Float 29 FIT CTD, 1.5" Taper Steerer, 15QR Axle, 100mm Travel
- High-Modulus Carbon Fiber, Joe Breeze D'Fusion Tube Shaping, Tapered Head Tube, BB92 Press-Fit Bottom Bracket
- front derailleur:
- Shimano XTR 10-Speed, Direct Mount
- Breezer Silicone Race Grips
- Oval Concepts 850SL, UD Carbon, 31.8, 710mm Wide, +/- 5mm Rise, 9° Sweep
- FSA Orbit 1 1/8"-1 1/2", Fully Integrated, 36° ACB-Sealed, 7.8mm Aluminum Top Cover
- Shimano XTR Hydraulic Disc Brake
- rear derailleur:
- Shimano XTR 10-Speed, SGS, Shadow Plus Design
- rear shock:
- WTB Silverado, Carbon Rail
- Oval Concepts 810, UD Carbon, 31.6mm
- Shimano XTR 20-Speed, I-Spec
- Oval Concepts 813, UD Carbon, 31.8, 6°/84°
- WTB Nano 29x2.1" TCS (Tubeless-Ready)
- WTB Stryker TCS i19 29" (Tubeless-Ready)