New Calibre Mountain Bikes descend into GO Outdoors!
They’re finally here…and it was definitely worth the wait!
The new Calibre mountain bikes rolled into GO Outdoors this week and are already starting to turn heads. They clearly came with one thing in mind – to get people mountain biking…for less!
Calibre bikes were inspired by riding at UK trail centres, purpose-built bike tracks which today are driving UK mountain biking to new heights. The idea behind Calibre bikes is simple: to offer great quality bikes that can tear up the trail, without a big price tag.
Let’s see how they measure up!
The Two.Two is a straight talking hardtail mountain bike with 100mm front suspension. It’s not often at this price tag you will see a Rock Shox suspension fork sitting up front, and the XC28 does a great job. Offering enough travel to take on challenging terrain, whilst the turn-key lockout feature allows you to switch the forks to fully rigid for tackling road or ascents.
The frame is built from lightweight aluminium and designed with one-piece wishbone seat stays to give more forgiveness over rougher terrain. The geometry ensures you can saddle up for as long as you need and lets you climb just as well as you can descend.
The rest of the bike is oozing with top brand components, which is great to see in this price range. A set of Shimano M395 hydraulic disc brakes with 160mm rotors give you plenty of breaking power, and the Shimano Deore 27 speed gearing system with Truvativ triple chainring cranks ensures a great range of gears and a smooth ride when you’re on the trail.
Just when you think that that’s it for the good stuff, the Two.Two is finished off nicely with a set of Schwalbe Smart Sam 2.25” all-terrain tyres.
The Two.Two stands out as a great bike to get you started in the world of mountain biking and definitely offers a great spec for the money. Whether it’s a day at one of the trail centres or planning your own route across the hills, the Two.Two can certainly deliver.
The Point.50 is the Two.Two’s harder hitting bigger brother, designed around the same lightweight alloy frame but with a Rock Shox XC32 120mm travel suspension fork up front.
The bigger fork slackens off the geometry meaning you can have a lot more fun on your descent and get away with that little bit more over rougher terrain. Still benefitting from the turn-key lockout, you will be able to switch the forks to fully rigid for road and ascents.
Offering that extra protection over rougher terrain and aiming to allow the bike to be ridden more aggressively, the Point.50 drops the traditional triple chainring setup and adopts a better suited FSA dual chainring crank with bashguard.
Backing this up with a SRAM X5 cassette, front and rear gear hangers and rapidfire shifters, you still get a total of 20 gears, whilst the bashguard protects against any loose rocks as you whip along the trail.
Stepping things up a notch, the Point.50 comes with Avid Elixir 1 hydraulic disc brakes, offering greater stopping power than the Two.Two and once you let this one roll, you’ll definitely need it.
The Point.50 is definitely shaping up to be a real contender in the mountain bike world and is definitely a hardtail mountain bike that won’t be frightened of being pushed to its limits. With great components throughout and a bigger travel fork, the bike takes you gradually into the more advanced side of mountain biking and will help you to hone your skills.
So that’s it. They look great…they sound great…but how do they ride?
We’ll be back in a few weeks to see how they favour on the local trails, stay tuned for more!