Before we even start talking (not for the first time) about the Calibre Bossnut, which several of our testers have now spent some quality time on, there are two things we need to cover.
The first is the Bossnut’s listed retail price – £1,299.99 – which magically shrinks to £999.99 on payment of £5 for a GO Outdoors loyalty card. (The retailer ships worldwide, so if you’re reading this outside the UK it’s well worth getting your calculator out at this point.)
Second, yes, local bike shops are a vital part of keeping us on the trails and for most of us were the first leg up into a life of bikes. But there’s no avoiding the fact that big sports supermarkets and online shops are now a major force in the bike business. Totally sorted, incredible value machines like the Calibre make it clear why too.
Sorted contemporary geometry and no weak kit links
The Bossnut chassis isn’t outstanding in any way, but it does everything it needs to very well. The tapered head tube and hydroformed main tubes create a stiff-tracking front end with plenty of standover space. The straight seat tube with QR clamp means easy saddle drop potential until you upgrade to a dropper post too.
Low-slung seatstays are braced by a small kicker link on the seat tube before meeting up with the RockShox Monarch damper to give 130mm (5.1in) of rear travel. The rectangular and square-section back end is equally tidy, with the QR rear axle the only hint that this is a budget bike.
An all-round blast on the trail
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