Forme’s Hooklow range has had a major overhaul for 2015, and the upgrades certainly turn the 2 into quite a compelling proposition.
Comfy and versatile if slightly hefty steed
The hydroformed alloy frame with its good-looking hexagonal cross section tubing is now joined by a carbon disc-specific fork. Thankfully Forme has retained mudguard and pannier mounts, meaning this would be a useful option for commuters who like to mix tarmac and trail.
The hydroformed alloy frame’s hexagonal cross-section is aesthetically pleasing
The frame and fork both have clearance for up to 40c rubber, though it comes fitted with slimmer 28c Kenda Kwest tyres. On the road the Hooklow feels suitably smooth thanks to those big treads, and the new fork does a good job of smoothing out rougher surfaces. Comfort is something the Hooklow does well thanks to the fat tyres and the Forme-branded saddle, which offers decent padding and a great shape.
The wide gear range comes in handy when the road starts to rise, as there’s no getting around the extra mass the Hooklow is carrying. So don’t expect any Froome-like attacks, just settle into a rhythm and climb at a steady rate.
Decent in the dirt
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