JBX1 First Prototype bike, curved fork blades with additional fork braces. This was the very first bike that was built specifically for the purpose and outfitted with all new components. Earlier bikes had been modified balloon tire bikes that were not up to the stresses placed upon them. This bike had been purpose-built and used the best parts for each function whereas the earlier bikes used whatever was "laying around the shop". This specific bike now resides in the Oakland Museum, #2 is in the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame and #9 is in the Shimano Museum.
1976 and 1977 drawings:
JBX1 drawings (with and without labels):
Series I (Ballooner II) Next 9 "production" bikes that followed JBX1. Still have the extra frame laterals. 9 of the first 10 were nickel plated. Built using straight gauge cro-moly airplane tubing using the basic geometry from the Schwinn Excelsior balloon-tire bike. The complete bikes sold for $750 with pump, water bottle, spare inner tube and repair kit. The first bikes had 22" seat tubes to accommodate the 180 mm seat posts of the day. The top tube sloped down to the 5 1/4" head tube which would accept a standard Schwinn fork.
Ballooner II spec sheets:
Series II, before there were any mountain bike specific parts. Check out the French touring parts (TA cranks, Mafac brakes), Italian parts (Cinelli stem, Campy quick releases, seat post and headset), English Brooks saddle, Japanese drivetrain, and USA hubs. Imagine trying to pull all these parts together from all these different sources.....must have been entertaining! Series II loses the frame laterals.
Breezer page from the 1980 Trailmaster catalog:
Breezer spec pages from 1980 plus fork crown drawing:
Series III, the Breezer stem attaches to a brazed-in stub in the fork (similar to the current Ahead stem). The forks were Reynolds steerer tubes and tandem blades with a Cunningham designed tubular 4130 arch. 1983 is the first Year for the Shimano Deore XT "deer head" components. Frame sets (frame, fork and stem) retails for $1,100 and they were distributed by MountainBikes (Gary Fisher, Charlie Kelly) for a time.
Multi-maker bike review, including Breezer, from March 1983:
1983 Spec Sheet:
One of two chrome plated Breezers. Number 48 was full chrome while this one was partially painted. Photos by Mush Emmons:
Joe Breeze interview from Mountain Biking for the Adventure, June 1985:
"Descend with Conviction" ad from 1985:
First year for American Breezer made by American Bicycle Mfg. Corp in St. Cloud, MN.
November 1987 Bicycle magazine article with several different mountain bikes including the American Breezer:
American Breezer aluminum frame made by the American Bicycle Mfg. Corp. in St. Cloud, MN. Also available with the Browning automatic transmission.
American Breezer, also available with the Browning Automatic transmission.
American Breezer with the new Shimano Deore XT II group.
Experimental Breeze-built bike with a 78!! degree head tube
Kite Bike made for the December, 1989 through January, 1990 Braunstein-Quay Gallery, in San Francisco, show called The Art of the Mountain Bike.
American Breezer available with your choice of Shimano, Campy or Suntour drivetrain. Magazine lists aluminum fork??
February 1990 Breezer Road:
First year for the new Breezer models not made by American. Moves to a full steel line up as opposed to the American aluminum bikes. Two Lightning models with Shimano Deore XT parts. The Lightning Flash is the higher end fillet brazed frame made by Shitamori in Japan.. The Thunder and Storm have a little less expensive components. A model named Sky was sold in Canada and England. The bike used mainly LX components (one step below the Storm) and never appeared in a Breezer catalog.
January 1991 Hite Rite ad:
1991 Breezer catalog, courtesy of Joe Breeze (PDF, click below):
Two Lightning models with your choice of Shimano XTR or Suntour XC Pro with Racing Geometry. The Thunder and Storm have stouter tubing, longer chain stays and higher bottom bracket. A model named Sky was sold in Canada and England. The bike used mainly LX components (one step below the Storm) and never appeared in a Breezer catalog.
August 1992 Mountain Bike Action magazine Thunder review:
November 1992 Bicycle Guide Lightning review:
New Cloud 9 model with Titanium bolt kit and super-light parts kit, bike weighs in at 20.9 pounds. The Lightning continues as the XTR equipped bike. The Softride Suspension stem is optional on all models including the Beamer which features the Softride Beam rear suspension. The Storm is now an LX equipped "budget" bike. There is a new Panoramic tandem bike as well as the Venturi road bike with an Ultegra and Dura-Ace mix.. Clipless pedals (Shimano Deore XT SPD) show up on several models.
The Lightning becomes more affordable with an XT mix of parts. Threadless forks and stems with Dia Compe Aheadsets come on all bikes. The Beamer continues with the Softride Beam rear suspension. Grip Shift makes an appearance on the Beamer and Jet Stream. The Storm goes entry-level with a bunch of STX parts. The Venturi road bike continues.
1994 Breezer catalog:
The sheets below describe the improvements made for the 1994 model year:
August 1995 Breezer Beamer Bike review:
Breezer Cro-Moly tubing on all models with optional Breeze fork, Rock Shox Judy or Rock Shox Quadra 21. Introduction of the Ignaz X, a "tribute" bike to Ignaz Schwinn the founder of Schwinn bikes. The Ignaz X is loosely based on the early mountain bikes that were made out of converted balloon tire bikes.