For the latest 7 Bikes for 7 Wonders project, Ira Ryan from Breadwinner Cycles talks about what inspiration they found in the Wallowas for their rigid MTB. I love that most of the bikes inspired by Oregon are mountain bikes. Such great riding out there!
Komorebi is the Japanese word for sunlight filtering through the leaves of trees. That doppled light that kisses the forest floor. This was the inspiration for Breadwinner’s newest model, a rigid 29’r bikepacking rig. The Komorebi was built with expedition in mind. Self-supported, multi-day trips into the wilderness.
The Komorebi evolved from their classic 29r but is built with a rigid segmented fork made by Chris Igleheart with braze ons for anything you can imagine. The frame can easily handle frame bags, 3 water bottles and has eyelets for fenders and rear racks. Fitting tires up to 2.5” wide and optimized for comfortable swept bar bars but able to fit wider drop bars if you choose, the Komorebi is ready for anything.
“John, let’s just ride bikes, don’t bring your camera.”
I’ve heard it countless times and history has proven that no matter what, if I don’t bring my camera, I end up wishing I had. Especially when it comes to new trails. Extra especially when it comes to new trails in the Pacific Northwest.
On my last day in Portland, Ira and Tony from Breadwinner Cycles invited me on a Sunday afternoon trail ride, about an hour outside of Portland in the Brown’s Camp trail network. Up until that point, all I had ridden in the PDX area was Sandy Ridge and a few trails in Forest Park. Not exactly a sampling of the land.
The JB Racer may be Breadwinner’s flagship MTB but it’s far from anything new for Ira Ryan and Tony Pereira. When the two framebuilders decided to join forces to create the Breadwinner label, Ira Brought his knowledge of road and cross bikes to the table, while Tony weighed in on the MTB game.
Truthfully, the JB Racer is a continuation of the way Tony Pereira has been building cross-country mountain bikes for years. Named after Jeff Bates, one of Tony’s best friends who died from skin cancer, the JB Racer is a true to form XC race machine. Racing mountain bikes is where Pereira Cycles first made an appearance and Jeff Bates was one of the first to race under the brand.
When Breadwinner formed, Tony used his singlespeed MTB as inspiration for the JB Racer and here we are today. This and the Bad Otis offer two sides to the MTB coin. After we shredded Brown’s Camp last week, I shot some photos of Ira Ryan’s personal JB Racer. While there’s more to come from that day, I really wanted to showcase this bike on its own.
If you’re interested in one of these machines, the JB Racer starts at $1795 for a frame.
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Breadwinner Cycles was one of the brands that took up the torch, or tig welder rather, for the Rouge Roubaix Builder Challenge. Ira Ryan came out to St. Francisville with a stacked team, including Bicycling Magazine’s head editor Bill Strickland and a loyal customer Jake Rosenbloum from Asheville. Their selection was pretty much a shoe-in. When Ira began sifting through the applicants, he selected Hurl Everstone from Minneapolis.
With the Rouge Roubaix’s 40-ish miles of gravel and horrible road conditions, Ira and Hurl began discussing which bike would make the most sense for the race. Truthfully, both the Lolo and the B-Road would be ideal steeds for such an undertaking with their bigger tire clearances and geometries dialed in for all-road terrain.
Hurl selected a disc B-Road with Shimano Ultegra, Mavic Ksyrium Pro disc wheels, Pasela 28mm tires and Thomson bits.
… and as demonstrated, the bike shreds just fine.
The guys had an exceptional placement in the 3/4s, with Jake finishing 6th on his Lolo and Ira Ryan coming in 20th on his Lolo.
Last year’s Rouge Roubaix coverage was a huge success, so this year, we’re heading back with even bigger plans. A group of American framebuilders have assembled teams to compete in the event and to make things interesting, each company chose one lucky individual to be on their team via an application process.
These wild cards each have a custom bike waiting for them in Baton Rouge where they will compete alongside their new teammates. The teams are: Team Argonaut, Team Breadwinner, and Team Mosaic. This has been aptly dubbed the Rouge Roubaix Builder Challenge. Last but not least, we’re all lucky enough to have Chris Diminno from Chris King Gourmet Century on hand to provide nutrition. We’re gonna need it!
The Radavist will be on hand, documenting the bikes, the teams, the main event and some of the vernacular found in this truly unique part of the United States. If you’re going to be at the Rouge Roubaix, say hello and if you’re racing this weekend, best of luck!
Over the weekend, team Mosaic, Breadwinner and Argonaut selected their winners for the 2015 Rouge Roubaix Builder Challenge. Below are the final selections, with a short description as to why they were selected.
That’s a whole lotta bling for your buck. Disc, singlespeed cross bike with internal routing? I know cross season is almost over, but this Breadwinner Holeshot has my interest piqued. See more at the Breadwinner Flickr!
The dudes at Breadwinner are really killing it with their personal steeds. Here’s Tony Pereira’s personal Arbor Lodge. The details on this thing are insane, so you’ll have to go to the Breadwinner Flickr to see them all!