For this 2021 Bombtrack made sure that anyone could find an option that fits their needs by launching a huge range of bikes. The German brand provides a large portfolio of bikes, most of them for off-road riding. All types of materials, wheel size compatibility, and components range are at anyone’s disposal, so it is then just a matter of picking the one that fits best the needs of the individual.
The Bombtrack Hook bike range might be designed with a focus on gravel riding, but that doesn’t stop it from also being a perfect tourer, commuter or even cyclocross bike. The bikes that comprise the Hook EXT subrange are characterized by their robust wheels optimized for hard-riding gravel. However, some setups are also considerably lighter, with the Hook EXT-C as a clear example.
The Hook EXT TI is one of their latest developments and, this time, titanium was the chosen material. Bear in mind that it comes only as a frameset, not an entire build. This model has been launched as a limited edition with only 50 units for sale, which emphasizes its exclusivity.
The frame is welded from 3Al-2.5V titanium, but the EXT V2 fork is full carbon to improve bike handling. It comes with internal light cable routing, allowing further cage mounts. The through-axle in the fork is 12 mm, the same as in the rear.
The mounts for bottles and bags are spread all over the frame. Already in the top tube, one can find some possibilities to take into account. With a triple cage mount both on the down and seat tube, one can choose where to locate their bottle cages. The frame has an additional mount underneath the down tube and a rear rack mount.
That said, one can appreciate the large number of luggage configurations allowed by this frame. Whether used or not for long adventures, the fact of not being restricted to use only certain types of racks or bags is a considerable upside.
The bike is designed with huge tire clearance, in line with the rest of the Hook range. The CNC machined yoke maximizes chainring clearance, too. With the 27.5 x 2.0 inch wheels of the setup shown in the photo gallery, one can really match what MTB bikes can do on rough terrains.
The down tube and top tube are biaxially ovalized. According to Bombtrack, this shape optimizes power transfer and steering precision.
The rear derailleur is mounted with a SRAM UDH hanger, and the cable routing exits directly out of the back end of the chainstay. The way cables are arranged by default is not the only possible option; depending on the drivetrain a complete inner cable routing, also including the possibility of incorporating dropper post routing, is also feasible.
Gravel continues rising in popularity and titanium frames are still an option to consider, so by acquiring one of the limited units of this Hook EXT TI frame, no one would argue that one knows what they are doing.