Anyone who reads this blog regularly knows that McC (the chubby Scottish one) has a bit of a thing about fatbikes. The only issue is that even though he has champagne tastes he lives on a lemonade budget. That means that in order to buy a full fat bike he would have to get rid of one of his other bikes.
It’s a quandry but one that those clever guys at GoOutdoors might have solved for him.
The Calibre Dune Fatbike comes in at only £699 (£579 if you have a GoOutdoors discount card). The bike isn’t ugly and for the price it is pretty well specced but to be honest GoOutdoors have a bit of form for building amazing budget mountain bikes;
The pictures of the Dune are pretty impressive and we had a little spin around at the Mountain Mayhem event but not enough to form any strong opinions other than it didn’t feel like a cheap bike.
We have dropped the guys at GoOutdoors a line to ask them to send us one to review as there are not a lot of reviews. (Most of the mainstream cycling media stay away from reviewing budget bikes.) Apparently if you are a noob or have a bit less to spend you don’t deserve the same advice and support (we do not agree).
So as soon as Mr Sanderson and/or Jepsom see fit to send us one we will do our best to give it a thorough workout.
In the meantime we have looked at the user reviews on the GoOutdoors site (large pinch of salt required) and they seem favourable (funny that). In fact all 7 of the user reviews give the bike 5/5, there is not one single bad review.
Calibre Dune Fatbike User Review Quotes
Ridiculously good value, 25 October 2015By Andrew (Edinburgh)
Fantastic value fat bike- there’s some cost cuts in the spec like the cable brakes and very basic gears, but it all works adequately and the main frame, forks, wheels etc are all solid and well worthy of upgrades.
DO be aware it’s one-size-fits-most, but it’s pretty small- with the original seatpost probably 30 inch inside leg at the absolute maximum but maybe less. With a longer post it can go up a bit. Shame it only comes in one size!
Very well set up but the shop had fitted the fork back to front, do check!Fat value fun, 29 October 2015By Ali (Southampton)
Felt a bit self conscious as I glowed down the road and into the woods. Lighter and more agile than expected. Climbs muddy wet leaves with ease. Takes a while to get used to cornering and weighting the turn with such big tyres. Running tyres with low pressure feels like you have suspension. Whizzed through muddy sections I’d normally sink into. Still managed to skid off on wet clay! I’m 5’5″ and frame is a good size ( normally ride a small frame) good stand over height. Will change pedals. Chain rings are quite small so great for climbs but you’ll be peddling like crazy to go fast on the flat.
Calibre Dune Picture Gallery
Calibre Dune Fatbike Full Build Specs
|Frame:||Lightweight 6061 alloy frame with trail-tuned fat bike geometry and 12mm bolt through dropouts|
|Fork:||6061 oversized alloy trail forks with 15mm bolt through|
|No. of Gears:||16|
|Gear Details:||Shimano Altus and Alivio|
|Gear Shifters:||Shimano Altus 2 x 8 speed|
|Front Derailleur:||Shimano Alivio direct mount|
|Rear Derailleur:||Shimano altus|
|Chainset:||Lasco Fat Bike|
|Cassette:||Shimano 11 – 34T|
|Brakes – Type:||Mechanical Disc|
|Brakes – Details:||Tektro Novela mechanical disc brakes with 160mm 6 bolt rotors|
|Brakes – Levers:||Tektro Auriga|
|Rims:||Calibre Fat Bike drilled double wall|
|Tyres:||Schwalbe Jumbo Jim Evo Folding LiteSkin 4″|
|Front Hub:||KT 15mm x 150mm 32H|
|Rear Hub:||KT 12mm x 197mm 32H|
|Stem:||Calibre Trail 70mm extension|
|Saddle:||Calibre Dune single line|
|Handlebar:||Calibre trail 700mm 1″ rise 9 degree backsweep|
|Head Set:||FSA No. 57|
|Seatpost:||Alloy 31.6mm 350mm|
If you like what you see then head over to Go Outdoors and pick up your Calibre Dune Fatbike if not then wait till they send us one and we will review it and let you know what we think.