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Which Bombtrack bike is for you?

By Bruce Lin


gosse van der meer bombtrack cyclocross racerBombtrack cyclocross pro, Gosse van der Meer, putting his bike through the wringer. | Photo Credit: Sam Buchli

Bombtrack is making a name for itself with tough, practical, and affordable bikes. It was born out of the rough-and-tumble world of BMX where bikes are ridden hard, mistreated, and violent crashes are a given. These bikes are tough enough to shrug off the abuse and keep on going. 

Radio griffen pro dirt jumper bikeMy personal Radio Griffen Pro, made by the people behind Bombtrack.

Bombtrack’s parent company, WeMakeThings, is behind a couple of the bike industry’s most renowned BMX brands — WeThePeople Bike Co. and Radio Bikes. I have lots of experience with these two BMX brands. I’ve been riding (and crashing) a Radio Griffen Pro dirt jumper for the last three years. Last fall, I bought a WeThePeople Trust BMX to thrash at the skatepark. These bikes have held up to the worst I can throw at them, and I fully expect any Bombtrack bike to do the same. 

Based out of Cologne, Germany, Bombtrack was founded in 2011. It began when the founders of WeMakeThings discovered, with time and age, that their obsession with BMX had evolved into a passion for riding “big-wheeled” bikes.

Bombtrack bikes familyThe Bombtrack family | Photo credit: Bombtrack

So they decided to start a fresh brand to focus on building the type of road, gravel, and mountain bikes they wanted to ride. Due to their success in BMX, they quickly secured funding to produce a single bike model in Bombtrack’s first year. This grew to four models in the second year, and it has been growing ever since.

Bombtrack might not have the name recognition of the bike world's big players, but sometimes that’s a good thing. It’s a low-key company making cool bikes with solid components for affordable prices. Instead of spending on advertising, Bombtrack relies on the distributors and riders to help spread the love.

If you need a bang-for-your-buck ride, Bombtrack might be the answer. In fact, if you look through our inventory of Bombtrack bikes, only one model costs more than $3,000. It's one of the best brands for budget-minded cyclists.

Which Bombtrack bike is for you?

Bombtrack now produces a full lineup of bikes with road, cyclocross, gravel, mountain, adventure/touring, and urban bikes. Bombtrack is sure to please steel aficionados. Most bikes are built around rugged and comfortable steel frames, with some lighter carbon or aluminum options for a few specific models. Below are the bikes offered here at The Pro’s Closet.

Road bikes


Bombtrack Tempest road bike reviewWho it's for: Road riders, road racers, and weekend warriors
Frame options: Steel, carbon

The Tempest is Bombtrack’s pavement-devouring road bike. Comfort was a key design goal, but not at the expense of efficiency and speed. The standard steel Tempest uses a Columbus Cromo frame with revised tubing, new a T47 threaded bottom bracket, and a carbon fork to boost compliance. It’s equipped with a Shimano 105 groupset mated to TRP Spyre mechanical disc brakes. The carbon Tempest upgrades to a Shimano Ultegra group with hydraulic disc brakes. It is a bit stiffer and lighter for a sportier ride. The carbon frame also retains the T47 bottom bracket for reliability.


Bombtrack Audux road bike reviewWho it's for: Road riders searching for versatility and comfort
Frame options: Aluminum, steel

The Audux is Bombtrack’s unique take on a modern endurance road bike. It’s most notable feature is the 650b wheels that provide unmatched comfort and give it enough versatility to cross over from smooth pavement to rough roads to gravel. The Audux has clearance to fit both ultra-wide tires and mudguards. It retains short chainstays for snappy road handling. There is a full range of mounts and braze-ons on the fork and frame to accept either panniers or bikepacking bags. The aluminum AL version uses a Microshift 1x groupset while steel versions use a mix of Shimano 105 and Ultegra components.

Mountain bikes


Bombtrack Cale mountain bike reviewWho it's for: Trail riders 
Frame options: Steel

The Cale was designed using Bomtrack experience building BMX bikes and the Beyond+ models. The Cale is a burly hardtail mountain bike that uses contemporary trail geometry with a longer reach (433mm for medium) and a slack 67.5-degree head angle. It’s made to be stable and easy-riding on long trail adventures, but fun and capable when the terrain gets more technical. The front end is controlled by an MRP Ribbon fork with 120mm of travel. A SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain and KS dropper complete the package. The Cale uses 27.5”+ wheels and tires but is also compatible with 29” wheels and tires.


Bombtrack Beyond+ mountain bike reviewWho it's for: Bikepackers exploring mountain bike trails
Frame Options: Steel

The Beyond+ is a rigid mountain bike made for bikepacking and long-distance adventures on rough terrain and singletrack trails. Fatter 27.5’’+ wheels and tires help maximize grip and comfort. The bike’s geometry is designed to remain stable once loaded with bikepacking bags, but it has a lively ride when ridden unloaded. The SRAM NX Eagle drivetrain provides plenty of gearing for climbing steep grades while loaded down. There is routing for a dropper post and a suspension fork can be added if needed. The Beyond+ ADV model includes a backswept Jones H-bar and carbon fork.

Hook ADV

Bombtrack Hook ADV gravel mountain bike reviewWho it's for: Adventure riders transitioning between smooth gravel and rough singletrack
Frame options: Steel

Bombtrack calls the Hook ADV its most radical bike to date. It defies definition (though Bombtrack calls it a mountain bike) and blurs the line between gravel and mountain with a steel frame, drop handlebars, suspension fork, dropper post, and mountain bike tires. Plus, it has plenty of mounts for bikepacking bags. The Hook ADV is a bike ready for any adventure. The MRP Baxter gravel fork provides 40 mm of travel and, when paired with the radically wide and flared Ritchey VentureMax handlebars, it helps you maximize control on rougher terrain. An 11-speed SRAM Rival 1x groupset and high-volume knobby tires complete the machine.

Gravel bikes


Bombtrack arise singlespeed gravel bike reviewWho it's for: The maintenance-adverse or singlespeed gravel aficionados
Frame options: Steel

The Arise is a versatile gravel singlespeed made so you can spend more time riding, and less time wrenching. The comfortable steel frame can accept mudguards and a rack for touring, and wide knobby tires for venturing into the wilderness. The Arise 1 uses Tektro mini V-brakes that are easy to adjust and service while the Arise 2 upgrades to mechanical disc brakes. The Arise is a great option for riders on a tight budget, or those who need a bike that can handle the worst weather conditions. The frame and hub come ready to accept a geared drivetrain should your priorities change.


Bombtrack Hook gravel bike reviewWho it's for: General gravel riders and racers
Frame options: Steel

The Hook is Bombtrack’s “classic” gravel bike with 700C tires and a steel frame. It has direct mounts for a top tube bag, three bottle cage mounts, and standard rack and fender mounts, so you can load it up or leave it stripped down for faster group rides and races. It’s comfortable and easily adaptable. The Hook 1 uses a sub-compact crank and 9-speed Shimano Sora group while the Hook 2 upgrades to a SRAM Rival 1x group.

Hook EXT

Bombtrack Hook EXT-C gravel bike ReviewWho it's for: Gravel riders and racers looking for more comfort and traction
Frame options: Steel, carbon

Bombtrack calls the Hook EXT the “hooligan” version of the Hook. It uses the same steel frame and carbon fork as the standard model, but switches to 650b wheels free up space for bigger tires. This gives the Hook EXT the ability to smash its way through tougher trails that would stall most other drop handlebar bikes. The EXT-C upgrades to a lighter and stiffer carbon frame for those with racier intentions. Both models use Sram’s Rival 1x groupset. The Hook EXT is the best choice for handling the widest variety of gravel terrain, and it allows you to cut loose when roads get rowdy.

Cyclocross bikes


Bombtrack Tension cyclocross bike reviewWho it's for: Cyclocross racers
Frame options: Aluminum, carbon

The Tension is a lightweight cyclocross bike made to handle tight, technical cyclocross courses. The Tension 1 and 2 use a hydroformed aluminum frame and carbon fork to provide a full-on racing experience. A SRAM Apex 1x groupset ensures it’ll keep the chain on through rough and bumpy sections. It’ll survive multiple seasons' worths of mud without complaint.

gosse van der meer bombtrack cyclocross victoryGosse van der Meer | Photo credit: Bombtrack

The Tension C takes it to the next level with a lighter and stiffer carbon frame and SRAM’s high-end Force 1x drivetrain. It’s capable of competing at the pro-level and has won several UCI races beneath Bombtrack’s pro rider Gosse van der Meer.

Touring bikes

Arise Tour

Bombtrack Arise tour bike reviewWho it's for: Long-distance, self-supported touring riders
Frame options: Steel

The Arise Tour is a bike made to escape civilization. It’s a simple touring bike with Twin Tubus racks, mudguards, and Supernova dynamo lighting. A sub-compact crankset combined with Microshift derailleurs and a big 11-42t cassette gives riders an enormous gear range for ultra-long-distance bike tours while loaded up with bags. It uses classic, utilitarian bar-end shifters and mechanical TRP Spyre brakes that are reliable and easily repaired in remote areas.


Bombtrack Beyond touring bike reviewWho it's for: Mixed-terrain touring riders
Frame options: Steel

The Beyond is a touring bike you can take off-road and live aboard for weeks at a time. It’s made to cross countries and continents via any road or trail. The steel frame provides a comfortable upright riding position. The sub-compact crankset and SRAM Apex shifters paired with a GX mountain bike derailleur make it easy to tackle most climbs. Mechanical TRP Spyre disc brakes can be easily serviced in remote areas with a minimum number of tools. There’s even a Beyond Junior kid’s bike so you and your little one can go adventuring together.


If you're looking for your next bike, see our full collection of Bombtrack bikes.

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