Line 29 is Pretty Fine

Calibre Line 29

Well this was a bike that had slipped under my radar for a while. The Calibre Line 29 hard tail. I must admit that the bikes spec list takes me by surprise. This is a pretty fine line up and this is also a bike that receives rave reviews from the cycle press. It actually makes me wonder how Calibre do it. Their hugely popular Bossnut took the budget full suspension market by storm and this bike should be no different really.



Calibre Line 29

The line 29 was designed for fast flowing single-track and big mountain riding. The geometry of this frame is quite interesting because, it is basically a slack XC set up so it is somewhere in between XC and Trail in my mind. To me this seems like a pretty good idea for an all round bike for the kind of person who wants one quality machine to do all jobs. The slacker geometry and wider wheel base are going to give good control over the rough stuff. The 29-inch wheels are really going to get you going as well.

Calibre Line 29

Specification

The specification on this bike is very good especially when you consider the price point of £899 (with discount card) the list price is a more understandable £1200 but for the sake of the membership to GO Outdoors you can get it for the amazing £899. There are some really stand out features on this bike alongside the general overall quality specification and I would like to detail some for you here.

BrakesSram guide T

The chosen stopper for this machine is the SRAM Guide T. This is an excellent 4 piston stoppers with great modulation. These brakes test very well and are great for the heavier rider. As the extra pistons give it more bang for the buck. The Guide T is a high specification brake. This is not a brake normally found on lower end models.Rockshox

Fork

A great choice here to go with the Rockshox Recon 130mm travel boost fork. The boost option is going to give you that great wide front wheel stance and extra control with them big wheels.

Gearing

This is another stand out as Calibre have Given you the SRAM NX 11 Speed setup. The NX is very popular and very reliable. Up front, we have the Samox Alloy 2 piece crank which is very robust and of course it is a 1×11 setup for more reliability on the rough. At the rear of the bike we have the Sunrace 11-46T cassette. The 46 Tooth cog will give you that extra boost when hitting the big climbs on the trail.

Tyres

I love the way that Calibre have done their homework on this setup and gone for the WTB Vigilante up front with a very chunky 2.6 width. On the back we have the very grippy WTB Trail Boss with a 3.3 setup.KS Dropper Post

Seatpost

Well this was a big surprise for me as I don’t recall a bike at this price point that comes pre installed with a dropper post. This is the most upgraded part on mountain bikes today. The dropper post has become the must have accessory. The ability to get the seat out of the way when hitting the trail is great. Then when you need the seat you just hit the lever and it pops back up. (for people who do not know). Calibre has given us the KS Rage- Stealth dropper with 125mm of drop. This is a budget end dropper post but, it has performed well when reviewed on other sites.

Here is the complete spec list for you.

Brakes – Details SRAM Guide T brakes with 180mm front and 160mm rear rotors
Brakes – Type Hydraulic Disc
Cassette/Freewheel Sunrace 11 speed 11T-46T Black
Chainset Samox Alloy forged 2 piece
Fork Rock Shox Recon RL 130mm Boost – 42mm offset, Alloy tapered steerer
Frame 6061 Alloy, 148 x 12mm Boost bolt through
Front Hub Formula 15mm bolt through 32H (110mm x 15mm – Boost)
Gear Details SRAM NX 11 speed
Gear Shifters SRAM NX 11 speed
Handlebar Calibre Trail 760mm width, 30mm rise – 31.8mm
Head Set FSA Orbit tapered No. 57E
Pedals Resin platform pedal (test pedals)
Rear Derailleur SRAM NX 11 speed
Rear Hub Formula 12mm bolt through (148mm x 12mm – Boost)
Recommended Use Cycling, Everyday Use, Weekend
Rims Calibre Trail 32H i26
Saddle Calibre
Seatpost KS Rage-I stealth – 125mm drop 30.9mm
Special Offer Yes
Speed 11
Stem Calibre Trail 45mm
Tyres WTB Vigilante TCS Light High Grip 2.6″ front and WTB Trail Boss Comp 2.3″ rear
Wheel Size 29″
Brand CALIBRE
Colour Black
Weight (kg) 14.9kg (Large without pedals)

Line 29

On top of this great spec package Calibre have put together a great frame. The stealth black paint over the 6061 Hydroformed Alloy frame make this bike look like it is going 100 miles and hour when standing still and to my mind this makes it a great head turner.

There are many 29ers on the market now and the popularity of the newer stronger versions are getting more and more popular due to rolling speeds and the control doubts of the past seem to have disappeared as the technology develops. There are still some riders who do not entertain the 29-inch wheel but this is now on the change.

In conclusion

Calibre have put a lot of time and effort in to this latest version of the Line 29. Long and slack up front for a quick, controlled ride with a low BB for a planted feel in the corners and as you would expect it comes complete with a spec that you won’t find on any other bike at this price point. The stealth paint and sorted geometry makes this one of the sickest looking and fastest bikes in the Calibre range.

It is important to consider that not all bikes are created even and some people compare this bike to the Voodoo Bizango and it really is not in the same bracket. The Line 29 has a much slacker geometry, a much better braking system as the Bizango use the lower end Shimano M315 which is a two piston low end stopper. The Tyres on the Bizango are thinner and not end specific and to my mind the Line 29 has a much more robust boost fork. The Line 29 also has a wider gear ratio. Of course none of this really matters as the fact that the Line 29 comes with a stealth dropper should really settle the argument.

The Line 29 is a much better investment and a more modern machine. It should be stated that the Bizango is actually a very good bike for it’s £650 price point but that is for another review.



 

Line 29

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10 thoughts on “Line 29 is Pretty Fine

  1. I grew up riding bikes, for years I have owned bikes. I have to be honest with you, I have not had one like this. This felt like a dream. I have never read a bike review like this, man! I want one. Calibre Line 29 hard tail is a bike in a different class. Thank you for the review. That is awesome!

  2. I have long been looking for a quality bike so that I could get back into riding, but haven’t found anything that I like. However, I may have to look for into the Calibre Line 29 as it has got a really sleek look and looks like it can handle anything you put it through. It’s nice that you mention it is a great all-around bike as I would love something I could take around town as well. Nice review!

    • This is a great bike and it is actually a very high specification bike for its price tag. Calibre as a brand are making some big waves in the cycle industry.

  3. Among the bikes out there that can be used for fitness and exercise, this Line 29 is the best as it looks sturdy as compared to others that are in similar price range. I’m planning to buy my own and thinking of how they are going to ship this bike right to my door steps (I’m from the Philippines). I used to frown at bikes like this thinking it is not usable or applicable to our place here which is composed of hills and mountains. But then, after seeing that this has 11 speed, I think terrain would no longer be a problem for me.

  4. I must say that the physical looks of this bike is awesome. it is actually the first point of attraction for me. getting into the specifications, i think that this will be a good gift for my brother. i have not seen the vodoo bizango so i will not bother to make a comparison.

    i hope to see more articles from you

    • The Stealth appearance of this bike adds to the appeal. If you did get one of these you would be very happy. I know I would be.

  5. I can see that there has been much improvements made on this verison of the calibre bikes. having a fork from Rock Shox Recon RL 130mm Boost – 42mm offset, Alloy tapered steerer, i am just so attracted to this line 29 right now.

    there is much detail with the entire system and this is great. thank you

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