Mountain biking is expensive, isn’t it? The folks at Calibre don’t think it needs to be. Calibre wants you to progress. To get out on the trail, have fun, and not be held back by the bike you’re on. Their bikes are affordable, and designed to deliver a ride experience that isn’t compromised. Gain confidence, develop your skills, and have day after day of fun out on the bike. They believe that getting started and having fun is the best route to becoming a lifelong rider, and all the benefits that brings. Their mission is to make that experience as accessible as possible.
Based in Sheffield, they spend hours out testing tyres, brakes, gears, brake pads, looking for the best value components to put on their bikes. The result is a carefully tested and selected mix that delivers a bike that works, without breaking the bank. If you want to know which are the best budget brakes or tyres, look to a Calibre. 2-pot brakes from one brand, 4-pot from another, pads selected for maximum performance. You might be seeing brands you’re less familiar with, but you can be sure they’ve been chosen after many days testing out in the woods, rather than a meeting room and catalogue.
You can’t dress a donkey up as a stallion, so at the heart of the Calibre bikes are frames that are carefully designed to accommodate the kinds of standards you’d usually expect to pay big money for. Calibre uses factories that can build them frames that will stand the test of time, at a price that leaves room for components that will make riding fun. There’s a full range of off-road riding options to be had, from the £500 Lost Lad gravel bike, to the T3 Line hardtail range. Plus, if you’re looking for the Bossnut’s successor… well, there might be a thing or two in the works… if you’re sharp eyed and out in Sheffield, maybe you’ll spot a secret or two?
You are their factory rider.
There’s no top-drawer race machine with electronic tricks and weight shaving carbon in the Calibre line up. Their flagship bike is the one they want you, the everyday rider, to experience. Born from a belief that mountain biking should be accessible and fun, the Calibre team sets out to build the best possible bike at budget that’s below many brands’ cheapest offering.
Head to their website to see the range and get on out there.