In a world of wireless shifting, wind tunnels and advanced frame damping designs, it’s rare to see a big bike company attempting to make their bikes more simple. Bombtrack is relatively new to the scene, first starting out in fixed gear freestyle in 2011.
The range has quickly developed over the last five years and now includes track, cyclocross, touring, urban and road bikes. The German brand draws on their manufacturing and development experience from their sister BMX company, We The People.
Bombtrack have focused on steel bikes for the majority of their range. While some of the higher-end models get Columbus Cromor or Reynolds 725 tubing, the Arise hearkens to its BMX heritage with a double butted, heat treated 4130 tubeset.
In its third generation, the Arise represents a push back on the ever-complicated and over-featured stock bikes available from the big manufacturers. With fully sealed bearings throughout, an investment cast fork (that exceeds EN testing for not only CX but also mountain bike standards), a Fabric Scoop saddle and Tektro RX5 brakes. The complete bike is intelligently spec’d from the get go.
The V-brake option and sliding vertical dropouts with a derailleur hanger provide the option to add standard road wheels and derailleurs. The bolt-on cable guides on the down tube can be removed to keep the bike looking clean in single speed mode, while the 700x45c tire clearance and full rack and fender mounts allow the bike to be used for light weight touring and bikepacking.
Expect a full review of the Bombtrack Arise over the next couple of months — we’re looking forward to giving it a good belting. Check out the rest of the 2016 range here. Bombtrack is distributed through a network of local bike shops by Pushie Enterprises. Shoot them an email to find your nearest dealer.