Like a Boss – Introducing the 2017 Calibre Bossnut¬†
In 2015 Calibre made waves on the mountain bike market with the unveiling of the Bossnut mountain bike, the crown jewel in a range that was starting to receive all the right kind of looks from the two wheeled community. The Calibre Bossnut would go on to change what people thought a ¬£1000 mountain bike could be, it won ‘Bike of the Year’ 2015 from MBR magazine and came runner up in 2016 also, as well as a string of great reviews from other established mountain bike press.
It’d be easy to sit back on the early success of the Bossnut, but the Calibre team went back to the workshop with one thing on their mind; ‘Can we make this even better?’
Meet the new Boss
The introduction of a one piece rocker link has increased the lateral stiffness of the frame, which frees up space to accommodate a larger rear tyre, meaning you can switch up the tyres in winter, to make the bike a true year round machine.
Small changes that bring huge advantages:
- Wider WTB tubeless ready rims, which give a stronger wheel and better tyre profile for more control and grip.
- The effective top tube of the bike has been stretched; this gives more room to manoeuvre and makes way for a shorter stem compared to the previous Bossnut, which in turn gives better steering control and you the confidence to go harder and faster in steeper terrain.
What we all loved about the original Bossnut was it’s ability to bring together some fantastic branded components and put them all together to create a spec list that reads like a festival that just booked all your favourite bands. This continues with the 2017 Bossnut:
- Rock Shox Sektor Silver Forks
- Monarch R Rear Shock
- Shimano Deore Drivetrain
- Clutch Rear Mech
- Shimano Hydraulic Brakes
- 760mm Ritchey Handlebar
Oh….and it can do a bit of this too:
When you combine all these components you end up with a bike that wants to go faster while still offering you a high level of control. The drive and rear mech work overtime to make sure the chain stays in place over even the roughest trail. The short stem combined with the 760mm handlebar offers superior control on steep terrain, but more importantly allow you to throw the bike around in confidence.
It’s a bit like when you think you’ve just beat the end of level Boss – and something much badder, much more well equipped comes along to challenge you.