Calibre Rail Mountain Bike half price AND 15% off: just £169.15 with code at Go Outdoors.
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Calibre Rail Mountain Bike half price AND 15% off: just £169.15 with code at Go Outdoors.

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Posted 25th JulEdited by:"Besford"
Let's say up front that this isn't going to be the best 'mountain bike' on the planet! What it is is a decent, well spec'd on/off road bike at a very attractive price and from a respected retailer who will set it up for you. It's a hybrid with a strong bias to the off-road really but plenty of people (and their kids) love the style of these on road too. 15kg isn't too shabby for this type of bike (suspension forks do add some weight). Great for some summer fun with some trails thrown in. A couple of excellent reviews.

RRP £399, usually offered at £249 and now with a further £50 off, plus use the code Summer15 to get this price (thanks to Uncle_Fester for the code).Worth putting on your shopping list if you are after this type of bike with a fairly limited budget. Free delivery at the moment if you can't collect from the store.

  • Lightweight alloy frame with confidence inspiring geometry
  • 27.5" wheels
  • 80mm of travel from the front suspension forks
  • 21 speed Shimano Gearing
  • Mechanical disc brakes
  • Available in frame sizes S, M and L

Bike snobs need not apply and supermarket BSO buyers won't like the price - so that probably makes it about right for many of us and/or our kids!
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A functional bike, but the Carrera Hellcat or Vengeance from Halfords is a significantly better buy for not much more.
Konrad_Newton25/07/2019 16:20

A functional bike, but the Carrera Hellcat or Vengeance from Halfords is a …A functional bike, but the Carrera Hellcat or Vengeance from Halfords is a significantly better buy for not much more.


You may well be right - but 'not much more' is a never ending quest which runs up and up!
Maybe you could add a price/link/explanation which could be helpful?

PS It's actually £58 (34%) more expensive after the Go Outdoors code is applied.
Edited by: "Besford" 26th Jul
Besford25/07/2019 16:21

You may well be right - but 'not much more' is a never ending quest which …You may well be right - but 'not much more' is a never ending quest which runs up and up!Maybe you could add a price/link/explanation which could be helpful?


hotukdeals.com/dea…976

The Hellcat has a branded fork (suntour xcm) which while low end is perfectly functional for the price point. The Calibre has an own brand fork, so it's performance is a complete unknown.

The Calibre uses a 7 speed derailleur which is really scraping the bottom of the barrel and the shifters are really low end too. I'd worry about the derailleur's ability to keep the chain in gear on rough ground. The other bikes use 8 speed dérailleurs which are also much more up to date and uses much nicer shifters.

The Hellcat is 1kg lighter.
15% off orders at Go Outdoors with code THANKU15
Their bikes look like bad cast offs from an aluminium recycling plant in Bangladesh, coincidentally where these bikes are made.....
RRP £399
mattd5525/07/2019 17:34

RRP £399


"... usually offered at £249 and now with a further £50 off..." plus the 15% off code
Edited by: "Besford" 26th Jul
devinn25/07/2019 17:05

15% off orders at Go Outdoors with code THANKU15


Thanks! Added to deal to bring to just £169.15!
Konrad_Newton25/07/2019 16:36

https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/carrera-hellcat-mens-mountain-bike-various-frame-sizes-3261976The Hellcat has a branded fork (suntour xcm) which while low end is perfectly functional for the price point. The Calibre has an own brand fork, so it's performance is a complete unknown. The Calibre uses a 7 speed derailleur which is really scraping the bottom of the barrel and the shifters are really low end too. I'd worry about the derailleur's ability to keep the chain in gear on rough ground. The other bikes use 8 speed dérailleurs which are also much more up to date and uses much nicer shifters. The Hellcat is 1kg lighter.


Thanks for the info.

Agreed the fork is an unknown, though it has 100mm travel and could be better than the cheap Suntour. In reality all sus forks at the bottom end of the market are pretty poor so I wouldn't put too much importance on that.

It's £58 (34%) more after the Go Outdoors discount is applied so I'm not sure they are direct competitors, though the Halfords one probably is a slightly better bike if you can stretch to it. If we compare apples with apples I think it would be difficult to find something as good as this for £169.

PS The Hellcat is no longer available (looks like it's sold out).
Edited by: "Besford" 26th Jul
Besford26/07/2019 10:43

Thanks for the info.Agreed the fork is an unknown, though it has 100mm …Thanks for the info.Agreed the fork is an unknown, though it has 100mm travel and could be better than the cheap Suntour. In reality all sus forks at the bottom end of the market are pretty poor so I wouldn't put too much importance on that.It's £58 (34%) more after the Go Outdoors discount is applied so I'm not sure they are direct competitors, though the Halfords one probably is a slightly better bike if you can stretch to it. If we compre apples with apples I think it would be difficult to find something as good as this for £169.PS The Hellcat is no longer available (looks like it's sold out).


Now this has gone to £169 it's a pretty good deal.
Silly question perhaps, but if I put some slick tyres on this, could it perform more like a hybrid? It might have its flaws but the colour is amaaaaaaazing.
easyphones26/07/2019 21:57

Silly question perhaps, but if I put some slick tyres on this, could it …Silly question perhaps, but if I put some slick tyres on this, could it perform more like a hybrid? It might have its flaws but the colour is amaaaaaaazing.


In principle, yes, but you may find the available selection of tyres in this size a bit limited.
Edited by: "Besford" 27th Jul
Code seems to have expired - back to £199 now!
Besford27/07/2019 12:47

Code seems to have expired - back to £199 now!



"Summer15" also 15%
Code still works.
easyphones26/07/2019 21:57

Silly question perhaps, but if I put some slick tyres on this, could it …Silly question perhaps, but if I put some slick tyres on this, could it perform more like a hybrid? It might have its flaws but the colour is amaaaaaaazing.


I’ve been down that route in the past (with a 26”er though) tyre choice doesn’t make that much of a difference. I think it comes down to gearing really.

But I reckon you’ll get plenty of choice of slicks and semi slicks for 27.5” tyres...
richardjharley27/07/2019 19:44

I’ve been down that route in the past (with a 26”er though) tyre choice doe …I’ve been down that route in the past (with a 26”er though) tyre choice doesn’t make that much of a difference. I think it comes down to gearing really. But I reckon you’ll get plenty of choice of slicks and semi slicks for 27.5” tyres...


Intriguing! I'm hoping to use this for commuting. Because it looks pretty. What do you think?
Really bugs me that Go outdoors charges you to shop there.
edinburgher28/07/2019 01:56

Really bugs me that Go outdoors charges you to shop there.


I agree: like Amazon Prime and Costco, though I got my card free at a recently opened store. I don't know if that's a common thing or not. Isn't it £5/year (easily saved on a single purchase)?
Edited by: "Besford" 28th Jul
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