The Breezer Ignaz X was designed by Joe Breeze, who built the first production mountain bikes in 1977. Before that, he, Gary Fisher, and several other Northern California racers were modifying 1930s Schwinn bikes by putting on lighter wheels and adding a rear derailleur, and racing downhill at Marin County's Mount Tamalpias. The Ignaz X was a tribute to the founder of Schwinn, whose first name was Ignaz.
The Breezer Ignaz X was produced from 1996 to 1998. In '96 and '97 they came with blue paint, and in their final year of production they were burgundy. Like all of my bikes, I built this one by starting with a bare frame.
My Breezer Lightning mountain bike
Starting with a 2000 Breezer Lightning frame that was advertised locally, I built up this bike using parts chosen for strength and durability as well as light weight. The result is a 21-pound bike that's strong enough to ride anywhere I'd want to ride, but also responsive and fast.
My Klein mountain bikes
Above is my 19-pound 2000 Klein Adroit Pro, and below is my 18-pound 2000 Klein Attitude Race.
I built up both of these bikes from bare frames, using Trigon 550-gram carbon forks, Terry saddles with carbon rails, Thomson Masterpiece seatposts with
titanium bolts, Ergon GP1 grips, Alpha Q 110-gram carbon bars, Syntace F99 100-gram stems with titanium bolts, XTR M970 shifters and derailleurs, Avid Ultimate
and SL brake levers and brakes, Kool Stop brake pads, XTR M980 pedals, XTR M970 cranksets, XTR M971 or Dura-Ace 7700 rear derailleurs, XTR M970 nickel-plated
chains, Dura-Ace 7700 titanium cassettes, 1500-gram (per pair) wheels with DT Swiss 240 hubs and Mavic 517 rims, Slime 26X 320-gram tubes, and Continental Race
King Supersonic 450-gram tires.
With the relatively heavy Slime tubes that add about 11 ounces to a bike compared to conventional lightweight tubes, the Sedona Orange Klein Adroit Pro weighs
19 pounds three ounces, and the Big Sky Blue Klein Attitude Race weighs 18 pounds two ounces.
Below is my other 2000 Klein Adroit Pro, which still has its original Manitou Mars CL (carbon-leg) air-suspension fork.
After years of wanting a Klein mountain bike, this is the first one I bought. When I bought it as a complete bike it was in rough shape, and I ended up replacing everything but the frame, headset, and stem.
This is the bike that I usually ride after dark, with a CatEye LED taillight and a pair of CatEye LED headlights that clip on. At just over 21 pounds, it's heavier than my two other Klein mountain bikes due to its heavier fork, but it's the most comfortable off-road and very fast.