Breezer Supercell 29er Full Suspension

4.4/5 (5 Reviews)
MSRP : $2599.00

Product Description

Supercell redefines big wheel handling and full-suspension efficiency. Supercell features 29" wheels and 120mm of MLink suspension travel.

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by larbike a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: December 27, 2016

Strengths:    Suspension design, frame geometry, component spec.

Weaknesses:    Could be lighter, but it pedals like a much lighter bike.

Bottom Line:   
I bought the 2015 Team model which was on clearance at Performance Bike. The component spec is outstanding: Fox CTD forks and shock with Kashima coating, Full XT build, Shifters, Cranks, Brakes, Hubs. WTB saddle, tubeless ready wheels and tires. The suspension is supple but firm and makes pedaling very efficient. The bike climbs like a goat and feels very stable on uphills, flats, and downhills. Handling is extremely nimble and it handles tight trails very well (almost exactly like my 26 bike). I have noticed a marked improvement overcoming trail obstacles due to the 29 inch wheels. It does take a little longer to crank up to full speed compared to a 26er, but the bike holds its speed impressively well. My strava tells me that my times have consistently improved over the trails that I normally ride, which has been a pleasant surprise. I am very happy with the bike so far, the only possible negative is the lack of bike snob appeal (nobody has heard of the brand), but I am enjoying the ride too much to care.

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Favorite Trail:   OP Schnabel

Duration Product Used:   1 month

Price Paid:    $2700.00

Purchased At:   Performance Bike

Similar Products Used:   Kona Hahanna
Schwin Rocket 88
Fezzari Nebo Peak

Bike Setup:   Fox CTD Fork and Shock (Kashima coated), full Shimano XT build, WTB volt saddle, WTB Tubeless ready i19 Frequency rims and Trail Boss 2.25 tires. Oval Carbon fiber Handlebar. Oval grips, stem, seat tube

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by pamcfall a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: September 14, 2016

Strengths:    Suspension work well
Fit is correct for my size

Weaknesses:    cable routing

Bottom Line:   
6'2' 195 -- bought a large Expert model.
Old ride - Mongoose Canaan Comp
First ride on home course indicates much smoother transition over roots and small to moderate bumps.
Bike is fast and corners well - certainly different than my 26, but not noticeably.
Will update review once i have more rides in.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Clones123

Date Reviewed: January 17, 2016

Strengths:    Specification (Team-build), Geometry, should be durable and relatively low maintenance.

Weaknesses:    Durable frame = heavy. My Team in XL weighed 31.9 lbs with pedals which isn't absurd. Lower-spec builds weigh more obviously.

Bottom Line:   
The 2015's are just left over 2014 builds with different tires. The Team-build carries Shimano's XT M785 component group (I-Spec A) from 2012 and includes a "Super Light" carbon fiber handlebar (good) and 19mm inside-width rims (less good). The 2016 bikes have the updated 2015 XT M8000 component group (I-Spec II) which is a major step up along with wider 23mm inside-width rims which is a little better for tubeless. For 2016, a nice-looking Raceface cockpit group replaces the generic-looking Oval-brand components and the fork is a Fox 34 instead of 32mm stations.

The feel of the bike reminds me of the Fisher/Trek HiFi Deluxe (100mm) or Rumblefish (120mm) which I've always liked a lot. It's comfortable and relaxed and nearly everyone comments that it rides lighter than it is. I don't notice the extra pound or two while appreciating that I'm never going to sweat warranty issues with the frame or rear triangle.

My 2015 Team bike was a lightly used Factory Demo unit on sale for half-price. I would gladly have paid $700 more for a 2016 Team Factory Sample (shown but not demo'd) but my size was only available at normal retail price or $2,200 more - not worth it.

If you're buying I-Spec A or I-Spec B components you should understand what you're missing in not buying Shimano's updated I-Spec II. Google it.

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Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   Performance Bike

Similar Products Used:   HiFi Deluxe, Rumblefish, Fuel, Mach 429, Stumpjumper FSR, Anthem

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Patrick

Date Reviewed: June 9, 2015

Strengths:    Ride quality, Components, Cornering, Descending, Climbing

Weaknesses:    Heavy-ish

Bottom Line:   
Im a biker of moderate skill and technical knowledge. So far Ive logged about 35 miles in 4 rides and I love this bike. I paid $1400 for it and I think its one hell of a bargain in a full suspension bike at that pricepoint. At $2600, I would have considered other options

The bike took about 15 min to unpack and 15 min to assemble and hour for me to adjust the shifting and suspension. I kept thinking how heavy it was during the build. Pricepoint and Breezer did a nice job setting up the bike up and packing it

On the trail I forgot the bike was heavier than my hardtail (Gravity 29.3)

The Gravity weighed 31#. The Supercell is 33.2#. I can feel the extra weight cranking up hill but it just doesnt matter because the traction from the rear tire just drives you right up whatever you have to get over. First ride at Pontiac Lake I PR'd Little Puke which is a fairly tough hill by Michigan standards. The Supercell rolls, climbs, and corners better than my previous ride and I end up using less total energy during a ride. It also descends with a sweet confidence that Im not accustomed to and seems to have no limits to its top end speed. It wants to go as fast as I want it to. The suspension really smooths out the trail and the bike goes down whatever line you choose.

My only beef is the weight. Why is this bike 33#? Didnt they optimize the frame using FEA? The frame seems overbuilt but perhaps they are targeting larger riders? On the plus side it is well built and high quality and will take years and years of abuse.

If they could knock down the weight to 27-28# this would be a world class bike. My buddy has a carbon Anthem that is probably the best handling bike Ive ever rode. ( I do have somewhat limited experience) This bike would be in that class if it shed some weight!

So Im putting on a CF handlebar, seatpost and lighter seat. Im also going tubeless. This should knock it down to 31# so we will see if this makes any difference

I gave the Supercell 4 chilis for value. Its really a 5 at $1400 but not at $2600
4 Chilis for the overall rating just because nothings perfect.

Overall its a great bike and I cant wait to ride it again!

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Favorite Trail:   Pontiac Lake

Duration Product Used:   1 week

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   Pricepoint

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Doug_J

Date Reviewed: May 24, 2015

Strengths:    Value - Got this via Pricepoint at 46% off for the 2014 (1st year version)
Design - Joe Breeze input! Great geometry.

Weaknesses:    I bought the Expert, the base model. We'll see how the X-Fusion suspension does. So far so good, but it's only been one ride.
Weight- If you're a weight weenie this may be a couple of pound heavier than you like. I haven't bothered to actually weigh mine yet, it rides light so I'm loving it.

Bottom Line:   
A little background first:
I didn't know anything about the Supercell or Breezer bikes in general before I saw the 2014 Supercell on sale at Price Point. I read as much as I could and learned a great deal about Joe Breeze and the long history of Breezer bikes. In 1977 Joe's "Breezer 1" was the first frame built specifically for what became mountain biking, it's resides in the Smithsonian.
So the pedigree is there, the geometry and handling from years of experience is there, and Breezer bikes collaboration with the Sotto group for the suspension design brings that final element to the table.

This review is for the Supercell Expert. Purchased during a sale, the bike shipped very promptly and arrived with the Breezer box packed inside another box with the additional small items I ordered, very well protected. After assembly I did a torque check of all fasteners, adjusted the brakes, derailleurs and installed my pedals. (BTW, it doesn't come with pedals, so if you don't have a favored set already you'll need to buy some) I set the sag 25% or a bit less and she was ready to ride.

This is my first 29er, and even though the reviews mention the handling I was concerned it would feel sluggish coming off my lefty equipped Cannondale Rush. Not at all. The Supercell felt great right away, and after a couple of ergonomic adjustments I was ready to go. Took the bike out to the San Joaquin River trail near Fresno, CA. The point I entered the trail starts off with a steep, rutted single-track downhill and the bike performed superbly. The brakes were broken in and working great by the time I got to the bottom. The only thing that held me back on the rest of the ride my my own weakness, since i haven't been riding my legs and lungs were not cooperating.
I realized quickly that I should have set the bike up with a bit more sag, since it was a bit stiff and chattery over the light hack on the trail. However, it climbs great, is very flickable in the switchbacks, stable and precise downhill, rolls over and through the rocks FAR better than the Rush. X-Fusion suspension worked well, and the interesting mLink rear was very compliant but didn't waste any of my meager energy in the climbs. Yay!
It's very new, and only time and miles will confirm my initial ride impressions, but it rides great, it's a good looking bike and the build quality appears to be excellent, I'm very pleased with the purchase. I gave it 5 flamin' chilis for value. I only gave it four overall since my experience is limited and I don't want to overdo it. Really more of a knock on me than the bike.

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