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Calibre Rake 29er Hardtail Mountain Bike £296.65 @ Go Outdoors
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Calibre Rake 29er Hardtail Mountain Bike £296.65 @ Go Outdoors

£296.65£34915%Go Outdoors Deals
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Posted 26th Jul 2019

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At the comical RRP of £649, this isn't a great deal. At the usual price of £449 that's a reasonable deal. At the sale price of £349 it is a great deal. At £296.65 it is an outright bargain. No question about it.
Well specified for the money, good geometry and at this lower level of basic mountain bikes, 29" wheels are always a good choice over 27.5"

The blurb from the website :

Whether you're riding around the countryside or tackling the local trail centres, this is the perfect bike for the job.

Calibre's Rake is a superb hardtail mountain bike with fast and efficient 29” wheels, ideal for taking on technical climbs across rugged terrain.

The geometry of the frame allows for comfort on the longer rides, yet allows for enough room to ride more aggressively at trail centres.

It's supported by Rockshox XC 30 suspension fork with 100mm travel helping to keep the bike in control whilst wanting to go faster.

Kitted out with full Shimano groupset for slick shifting and maximum reliability, the Shimano hydraulic brakes provide more than enough power to keep everything in control.

Backed up by WTB tyres, the short stem and wide bars give the rider amazing control on the steep and technical terrain.

"Forget the price and just ride flat out!" BikeRadar score 4.5/5 (full review here)




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Please check the info tab for geometry details
Rake Geometry S M L
Seat Tube 406mm 460mm 520mm
Effective Top Tube 600mm 620mm 641mm
BB Drop 61.5mm 61.5mm 61.5mm
Rear Centre 443mm 443mm 443mm
Seat Angle 74° 74° 74°
Head Angle 69° 69° 69°
Head Tube Length 105mm 107mm 110mm
Bottom Bracket Cartridge 110mm axle
Brakes - Details Shimano M315
Brakes - Levers Shimano M315
Brakes - Type Hydraulic Disc
Cassette/Freewheel Shimano HG200 11-36T
Chainset Prowheel Flint 22x32x44T
Fork Rock Shox XC30, Rock Shox XC30 Turn Key Lock Out
Frame Lightweight 6061 hydroformed alloy frame with one piece wishbone seat stays
Front Derailleur Shimano Altus
Front Hub Shimano TX505 Centre Lock
Gear Details Shimano Gear Shifters Shimano Altus
Gender Mens
Handlebar Ritchey MTN Trail 760mm width, 20mm rise
Head Set FSA
Pedals Alloy platform pedal
Rear Derailleur Shimano Acera
Rear Hub Shimano TX505 Centre Lock
Recommended Use Cycling
Rims Calibre Trail Rim
Saddle WTB Volt Sport
Seatpost Calibre trail 30.9mm 400mm length
Speed 27
Stem Calibre Trail 60mm
Tyres WTB Vigilante 2.3" front and WTB Trail Boss 2.25" rear
Colour Red
Wheel Size 29"
Brand CALIBRE
Weight (kg)14.5
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42 Comments
Before the usual questions come in about whether this is better than other deals at the moment. It is far superior to the carrera hellcat which was available for £70 less than this but that now seems to be out of stock anyway.

This has far better brakes (Shimano Hydraulic Discs), fork (Rockshox XC30 has hydraulic dampening), gears (shimano Acera/ Altus - not the greatest but good for this price), handlebar (760mm wide for excellent control), hubs (TX505's) and tyres (WTB). Other things may be subjective such as geometry and own brand components such as wheels.

With the kit list on this, I can't see how they could possibly be making any profit whatsoever.

This is almost on par with the Voodoo Bizango which is currently at £650, but occasionally drops down closer to £500 and is an absolute steal for that kind of money.
A couple of choice upgrades on this and you could have yourself a better bike than the Bizango potentially.
Bit heavy
ciarandanielbyrne126/07/2019 15:08

Bit heavy


Decent weight at this price point.
If you are concerned about weight, changing the wheels will see you lose a couple of KG very easily.
Unless you are training for competition, forget about the weight and enjoy the ride.
Forks don't have much travel
ciarandanielbyrne126/07/2019 15:34

Forks don't have much travel


Ha! Loving the sarcasm! A quality, well damped 100mm fork on a bike under £300 is exceptional value for money.
Can you post a link for a better bike for similar money?
Nice price but am looking for a road bike
Good value, the fork is very respectable - lots of bikes at similar price points fit pogo sticks. It's quite a heavy fork, but it's smooth and nicely damped.
I see this has fork lock out. This is good for riding on smooth terrain and roads, is that correct?
Guys admittedly I was looking for the subway 2 but this has fallen into my price bracket. I would use it mainly to ride on road to gym and for night cruises, or occasional bits on grass. Is it the right bike for me?
Edited by: "Shoobz" 26th Jul 2019
essexsi26/07/2019 16:21

I see this has fork lock out. This is good for riding on smooth terrain …I see this has fork lock out. This is good for riding on smooth terrain and roads, is that correct?


Correct. If you mainly ride on smooth surfaces a lock out fork makes a huge difference and you could run the tyres at the maximum pressure for less rolling resistance.
Shoobz26/07/2019 16:22

Guys admittedly I was looking for the subway 2 but this has fallen into my …Guys admittedly I was looking for the subway 2 but this has fallen into my price bracket. I would use it mainly to ride on road to gym and for night cruises, or occasional bits on grass. Is it the right bike for me?


This is more versatile than the subway 2 but that bike sounds like it would be more suited to your type of riding.

This would probably fly along if the fork was locked and the tyres were changed for something more road friendly like the Schwalbe G-One 29.

The tyres it comes fitted with are suitable for off road and will not roll that well on road if you are worried about speed.
V12AMG26/07/2019 16:50

Correct. If you mainly ride on smooth surfaces a lock out fork makes a …Correct. If you mainly ride on smooth surfaces a lock out fork makes a huge difference and you could run the tyres at the maximum pressure for less rolling resistance.


Thanks for taking the time to reply. This looks ideal for me, was looking at Carrera s in Halfords and this seems a little step up from them. I certainly won't be pushing any bike too hard but nice to know I could if I wanted. Cheers Si
essexsi26/07/2019 17:06

Thanks for taking the time to reply. This looks ideal for me, was looking …Thanks for taking the time to reply. This looks ideal for me, was looking at Carrera s in Halfords and this seems a little step up from them. I certainly won't be pushing any bike too hard but nice to know I could if I wanted. Cheers Si


Yes, this bike could be pushed very hard and way more capable than the skills of 99.9% of us.
Long term, if you mainly ride on roads, look at some smoother rolling tyres once the originals wear out.
V12AMG26/07/2019 16:56

This is more versatile than the subway 2 but that bike sounds like it …This is more versatile than the subway 2 but that bike sounds like it would be more suited to your type of riding.This would probably fly along if the fork was locked and the tyres were changed for something more road friendly like the Schwalbe G-One 29.The tyres it comes fitted with are suitable for off road and will not roll that well on road if you are worried about speed.


Thanks for replying!

If I did buy this I guess I could change the tyres for a sleeker pair once these have worn out?

As for the fork, is it possible to lock these? Is it something I can do or do I need to take to a shop?

Once again, thanks for replying.
Just picked one of these up
Shoobz26/07/2019 17:15

Thanks for replying!If I did buy this I guess I could change the tyres for …Thanks for replying!If I did buy this I guess I could change the tyres for a sleeker pair once these have worn out?As for the fork, is it possible to lock these? Is it something I can do or do I need to take to a shop?Once again, thanks for replying.


There is a little lever switch on top of the fork that locks it. You can do it yourself in 1 second.

There are lots of smoother tyres in this size as road bikes and gravel bikes all have this diameter wheel. A gravel bike tyre is the best of both worlds, or the worst of both worlds depending on how you look at it.

If you are really going to do some miles, don't cheap out on tyres.
I cycled 6000km last year on my road bike alone and I have learnt never to skimpy on tyres, especially when it gets wet!
V12AMG26/07/2019 17:31

There is a little lever switch on top of the fork that locks it. You can …There is a little lever switch on top of the fork that locks it. You can do it yourself in 1 second.There are lots of smoother tyres in this size as road bikes and gravel bikes all have this diameter wheel. A gravel bike tyre is the best of both worlds, or the worst of both worlds depending on how you look at it.If you are really going to do some miles, don't cheap out on tyres.I cycled 6000km last year on my road bike alone and I have learnt never to skimpy on tyres, especially when it gets wet!


Thank you very much mate! I'm thinking I can get this bike I stead of the Carrera Subway 2. Much appreciated mate!
Despite no pedals shown in picture this does comes with some. Pedal panic over!
Looks decent bike for the 💰
essexsi26/07/2019 16:21

I see this has fork lock out. This is good for riding on smooth terrain …I see this has fork lock out. This is good for riding on smooth terrain and roads, is that correct?


Lockout is more useful when you need to pedal really hard, such as standing up on a steep climb. I generally leave it off on smooth road/terrain in case I hit an unexpected bump/pothole since most respectable forks don't bob under normal peddling.

Also, its actually bad for a lot of forks to leave the Lockout on all the time.
V12AMG26/07/2019 14:59

Before the usual questions come in about whether this is better than other …Before the usual questions come in about whether this is better than other deals at the moment. It is far superior to the carrera hellcat which was available for £70 less than this but that now seems to be out of stock anyway.This has far better brakes (Shimano Hydraulic Discs), fork (Rockshox XC30 has hydraulic dampening), gears (shimano Acera/ Altus - not the greatest but good for this price), handlebar (760mm wide for excellent control), hubs (TX505's) and tyres (WTB). Other things may be subjective such as geometry and own brand components such as wheels.With the kit list on this, I can't see how they could possibly be making any profit whatsoever.This is almost on par with the Voodoo Bizango which is currently at £650, but occasionally drops down closer to £500 and is an absolute steal for that kind of money. A couple of choice upgrades on this and you could have yourself a better bike than the Bizango potentially.


I bought a bizango recently. I’ve been extremely happy with it. I got mine for £550. Putting a difference of £250 extra for this bike. I’m just unsure with a budget of around £250 you’d be able to make the modifications to bring it to bizango level. What happens when you want a dropper post... just not sure you could overtake the bizango with this. And if so could you state what you’re referring too? I think the advice ought to be It’s a great bike for the price if you wanna commit to minor upgrades pedals, grips. If you want to be equipped it’d surely have to be the bizango for the money...
Edited by: "louiearch9309" 26th Jul 2019
Konrad_Newton26/07/2019 21:08

Lockout is more useful when you need to pedal really hard, such as …Lockout is more useful when you need to pedal really hard, such as standing up on a steep climb. I generally leave it off on smooth road/terrain in case I hit an unexpected bump/pothole since most respectable forks don't bob under normal peddling.Also, its actually bad for a lot of forks to leave the Lockout on all the time.


The XC30 has a "TurnKey" damper for hard-hits when locked out.
Since this is a bit of a budget bike, the fork is no exception. It's a spring fork with very little in the way of adjustment, so you will need to lock the forks out for heavy pedalling. No biggie, really. You can try cranking up the preload, but as it's a pretty cheap fork, it isn't gonna make that big of a difference.

Got this fork on a Scale 70. Perfectly adequate thing. Does have a tendency to eat dirt...
louiearch930926/07/2019 21:31

I bought a bizango recently. I’ve been extremely happy with it. I got mine …I bought a bizango recently. I’ve been extremely happy with it. I got mine for £550. Putting a difference of £250 extra for this bike. I’m just unsure with a budget of around £250 you’d be able to make the modifications to bring it to bizango level. What happens when you want a dropper post... just not sure you could overtake the bizango with this. And if so could you state what you’re referring too? I think the advice ought to be It’s a great bike for the price if you wanna commit to minor upgrades pedals, grips. If you want to be equipped it’d surely have to be the bizango for the money...


I don't disagree with your analysis. If you want to ride it as you bought it, of course the bizango is a better bike. Currently more than twice the price of this though.
If your budget reaches to £550 and you are willing to wait for the next sale, then go ahead, the Bizango at £550 is a great deal in my opinion.

If you want to buy something now and budget is tight, you could buy this now for under £300 and add a dropper post for less than £100 in the future when you have some more cash. The biggest upgrade here would probably be the wheels for me.
Yes, a 1x drivetrain is popular and fashionable right now but in real world use it doesn't really make a difference and the clutch rear derailleur is only an advantage on pretty rough stuff.

The reality of the rest of this bike Vs the bizango - most people would never notice the difference, even riding them back to back.

Us bike nerds like to over analyse specification sheets and focus on individual bits of kit but all the best bikes I've ridden are far more than the sum of their parts.

Having ridden expensive bikes in the past, cheaper bikes give me much greater satisfaction as I don't worry so much if anything breaks or if it gets stolen.
An absolute steal at this price, We got the Women's Helllcat last week for my missus and that is a lot of bike for £202 (NHS discount etc) This bike however is a step up from that, go on, buy one, you know you want to!
Decent bike to stick an e-bike conversion kit on.
does anyone know if the wheels easily clip release or do you have to pay more for that
Edited by: "anonymousmackem" 27th Jul 2019
anonymousmackem27/07/2019 10:56

does anyone know if the wheels easily clip release or do you have to pay …does anyone know if the wheels easily clip release or do you have to pay more for that


This has quick release.
Looks like code has expired
Are there any working 15% off codes still?
z8030/07/2019 17:21

Are there any working 15% off codes still?


Don't think so. Just decided today to start looking for an MTB for my son. Will wait until the next discount codes and see what's available.
Annoying I had it in basket last night and code accepted ok, but decided to leave to the morning at which point it was expired. Oh well...
today is my payday

goes to buy

back to full price and code no longer works

Not a happy camper
Edited by: "cirian1975" 31st Jul 2019
z8030/07/2019 20:36

Annoying I had it in basket last night and code accepted ok, but …Annoying I had it in basket last night and code accepted ok, but decided to leave to the morning at which point it was expired. Oh well...



Todays my pay day

same plan foiled
Anyone know of any working codes?
Waiting on my loc from cycle to work scheme
If you have the time and a local store... Go in and explain to the manager that you reserved the item online before the promotion was ended. Their online reservation system isn't great and he will probably override it to give you the bike at the deal price.

In the future, don't wait until pay day, just go through the click and collect process. They will always keep the items for you for several days , especially if you call them to let them know you are a serious customer but just can't pick it up yet.
Deal gone unfortunately
Yes, its expired. I just found this as an active deal and am currently looking at bikes - very disappointed as I probably would have snapped this up today! Coming up as £449 now
Rode this and it's not for me, way way way too slack! The triple B felt much better however I don't know if they are different I can only say how they felt.
69 degrees on the Rake, 65.8 degrees on the triple B, so the Triple B is significantly more slack.
Chalk and cheese comparison. Hard-tail vs full suspension. £650 RRP vs £1600 RRP. The list goes on.

69 Degrees is not considered slack in of itself but other parts of the geometry may make different riders feel more at home or more comfortable based on size, weight and preference.

I would not attribute you not liking it to the head angle. As a side note, at slow speed I prefer a steeper head angle but the faster I go, the more the slack head angle comes into it's own. Especially on any loose or undulating terrain.
V12AMG12/09/2019 12:25

69 degrees on the Rake, 65.8 degrees on the triple B, so the Triple B is …69 degrees on the Rake, 65.8 degrees on the triple B, so the Triple B is significantly more slack.Chalk and cheese comparison. Hard-tail vs full suspension. £650 RRP vs £1600 RRP. The list goes on.69 Degrees is not considered slack in of itself but other parts of the geometry may make different riders feel more at home or more comfortable based on size, weight and preference.I would not attribute you not liking it to the head angle. As a side note, at slow speed I prefer a steeper head angle but the faster I go, the more the slack head angle comes into it's own. Especially on any loose or undulating terrain.


Got you, I go that the wrong way around. I defo did not like the head angle. I'm only after full sus for my knees. I also need to get one I can install a motor, same as the triple B looks like its out for me due to the location of the rear suspension. The hunt continues ;-)
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