The Calibre Dune brings fat bike fun for under £600

This Dune fat bike from Calibre could soon be responsible for a bicycle obesity epidemic in the UK. You see, unlike most bikes of its kind on the market, the Dune is both cheap and light.

Take a look at this bike’s competition and you’ll fine plenty of lighter and even some cheaper options but none that we’ve seen can match its 31.9lb (14.46kg) complete weight for the ‘worth a punt’ price of £579.99 (with a Go Outdoors discount card – £5 p/a).

Related: Calibre Bossnut review


Yep, thanks to several clever spec choices and an alloy frame and fork, the Dune tips the scales at the same as or even better than some regular hardtails at this price. Most fat bikes are designed primarily for use on snow or sand and have geometry to reflect this, not so for the Dune, which was designed specifically to tackle regular UK trails. Should the white stuff arrive or you fancy a beach raid then it should work just fine, though.

Plenty of room for UK mud, despite the mammoth 4in treads

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We have a winning T-shirt design

Our judges have picked a winner for the recent BikeRadar T-shirt design competition, and it’s one for all the Strava hunters out there.

After whittling down the scores of entries by BikeRadar readers, our judges picked a design by Jason Ottinger, a 37-year-old graphic designer from Atlanta who loves to spend his free time riding the roads and trails of North Georgia.

Related: Strava and Zwift take the edge off winter training


“I made this design for all the Strava hunters out there,” he told BikeRadar. “We’ve all lost our best segments, and once the panic wears off, get out there, have fun, and be safe stealing them back!” You can check out his personal website at

Jason wins a £100 voucher to spend at BikeRadar’s online T-shirt store, and also gets his own design printed. The BikeRadar store is packed with adults’ and kids’ tees along with hoodies and even mugs – all printed with cycling-centric slogans and designs to help you show off your love for all things two-wheeled, wherever you go.

Congrats to Jason! Head on over to the BikeRadar store to buy his winning entry, and warn riders everywhere that you’re a Strava hunter.

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Top 5 road bikes of 2016

These are the five best road bikes that will grace the tarmac in 2016. Some we’ve ridden, some we can’t wait to ride, all are brand new and packed full of innovation. 

In our top five for 2016 are the Trek Madone, Cérvelo R3 Disc, Specialized Venge ViAS, Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod and Scott Foil. 


Which tops your list? Let us know in the comments below.

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Pro bike: Jolien D’Hoore’s Colnago V1-r

At the start of 2015, Belgian Jolien D’Hoore cited her Colnago V1-r as one of the things she was most excited about in her first season with Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling, and given the stellar year she’s had it seems her enthusiasm for her new bike was well placed.

Her biggest results include first overall and the green jersey at the BeNe Ladies Tour, victories at one-day races Omloop van het Hageland, Ronde van Drenthe, the Flanders Diamond Tour, and the Open de Suède Vårgårda, and stage wins at the Holland Ladies Tour and the Women’s Tour, as well as a successful defence of her Belgian National Road Race title.

Considered one of the best sprinters and most exciting young riders in the women’s pro peloton, the Belgian Bullet will ride for Wiggle Honda again in 2016.


We got a close look at her bike at this year’s La Course by Tour de France where she came second – although having crashed during the race it’s not the bike she actually finished it on…

A joint venture with that other iconic Italian brand Ferrari, the V1-r is the lightest frame Colnago has ever made, with D’Hoore’s size 48 weighing a meagre 835g.

All carbon monocoque, the main tubes, as well as the fork blades, have a subtle truncated Kamm tail-style profile, said to offer less wind-resistance than round tubes while providing a good balance of weight and stiffness.

  • Frame: Colnago V1-r – size 48cm
  • Fork: Colnago V1-r, 1 1/8in to 1 1/4in tapered
  • Headset: Colnago tapered sealed
  • Stem: Deda Zero100, 130mm x -8 degrees
  • Handlebar: Deda Zero100, 38cm (c-c)
  • Tape: Fizik Superlight Soft Touch
  • Front brake: Colnago Direct-Mount
  • Rear brake: Colnago Direct-Mount
  • Brake levers: Campagnolo Super Record EPS 11
  • Front derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record EPS 11
  • Rear derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record EPS 11
  • Shift levers: Campagnolo Super Record EPS 11
  • Cassette: Campagnolo Super Record 11, 11-27T
  • Chain: Campagnolo Record 11
  • Crankset: SRM Campagnolo 11-speed, 172.5mm, 53/39T
  • Bottom bracket: Campagnolo BB86 press fit cups
  • Pedals: Look Keo Blade 2 Ti
  • Wheelset: Campagnolo Bora Ultra Two 35mm
  • Front tubular: Vittoria Corsa CX, 25mm
  • Rear tubular: Vittoria Corsa CX, 25mm
  • Saddle: Fizik Airone CX Carbon
  • Seatpost: Colnago V1-r carbon
  • Bottle cages: Tacx Uma Carbon (1)
  • Computer: SRM Power Control 7
  • Rider’s height: 1.73m (5ft 6in)
  • Rider’s weight: 54kg (119lb)
  • Saddle height from BB, c-t: 725mm
  • Saddle setback: 45mm
  • Tip of saddle to midpoint of bar: 543mm
  • Saddle-to-bar drop: 90mm
  • Head tube length: 130mm
  • Top tube length (effective): 527mm
  • Total bicycle weight: 6.84kg (15.34lb), excluding SRM computer

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Selle Italia Novus Flow S

Selle Italia launched the original Novus in 1994, the result of a collaboration between the saddle maker and Ferrari. Selle provided the saddle knowhow and Ferrari engineering applied some composites knowledge and ‘active’ suspension within the rail attachment design.

It was also one of the first saddles to provide a central channel. It wasn’t as extreme as the Flow design seen on the modern version, but you can see where the idea came from.

The shape follows similar lines to the classic Flite, with a pitched up tail and a nose that rises out of the central hollow. What makes it different is how the nose sharply dips down in its final few inches, looking like the nose of a Formula One car perhaps that’s Ferrari’s influence.


Related: Selle Italia Flite Team Edition

The latest Flow S here is designed to meet Selle Italia’s ID Match S2 dimensions, so it’s 275mm long with the crucial width being 137mm. You can choose the L, which matches L2 sizing at 278x146mm. The expanding channel through the centre has a 100mm hole starting 100mm from the nose to relieve pressure.

Titanium rails hold the carbon-reinforced nylon hull, and it’s topped with deep padding and a quality finished cover. Plastic scuff guards on the nose and flanks should keep it safe from tears or rips, and the 222g weight is less than the claimed 225g.

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Trek Lush

Trek was the first brand to develop a range of women’s-specific bikes back in the 1990s. It’s been evolving the designs ever since.

Properly female-specific setup

The Lush is the cheapest of the four full-suspension bikes in Trek’s current range and offers significant extra control and smoothness without sacrificing easy-riding efficiency.

Trek really does make its women’s bikes different to its unisex/men’s bikes. That’s in contrast with brands whose ‘female’ and ‘male’ frames have identical geometry but different paint jobs and size assignments.


Unlike some makers, this isn’t just a scaled-down and repainted men’s bike – geometry and contact points have both been purpose-designed

While some might prefer a more stretched frame, most of our test team synced with the more compact dimensions of the Lush. The frame sizing is properly small, so try it out in person rather than just guessing.

Pocket rocket

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Inside FFWD's Dutch factory, where 'handbuilt' is the mantra

Rolf Timmerman, the director of FFWD, is buzzing with pride over what his firm has achieved in its short eight-year history. Based in the unassuming small-town of Zwolle, about an hour from Amsterdam, this tightly run wheelmaking company has seen significant success in a short time.

While other companies may bombard you with technical stories, wind tunnel data and performance-gain boasts, Timmerman claims that FFWD is simply about bringing the best-built wheels it can to market and backing that up with service and support levels no one else can offer.

“Every part of our wheel-building process is completely done by hand; [during] the rim manufacture in our facility in Asia the carbon is hand-laid. When the rims arrive here they’re are assembled by our team of wheel builders, finished and tensioned and stressed all by our highly trained staff.”


This is, of course, exactly the kind of bluster and marketing hype you expect manufacturers to spout. But as we spend a day within the building we see every piece of the process come together – and it’s hard not to walk away impressed.

When rims arrive at Zwolle, they’re checked and visually inspected before heading out to a test lab to be X-rayed and approved

Telepathic wheel knowledge

Fast reflexes

Crash landings

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Flare Roost Downhill Jersey

If you’re looking for a loose fitting long-sleeved jersey for downhill riding, or just riding the trails, we reckon you can’t really go wrong with the Roost from Flare.

We were impressed with how breathable this jersey, made from a lightweight polyester, is. It’s ideal for intense sessions, but also great for longer rides where you might want a bit more coverage.


The Flare Roost Downhill jersey is made in the UK

Flare always makes a visual statement with its gear, and the Roost Downhill range is no different. The joyfully bright turquoise option with vivid red stripe is certainly eye catching; there’s also a navy option with purple stripe, and Roost Downhill Shorts to match. 

Related: Flare Roost Downhill Shorts

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Verenti Substance Sora

Why would you buy a bike designed, at least in theory, for the off-road world of cyclocross for more urban duties? Well, in spite of the sport’s growing popularity we reckon more cyclocross bikes see action solely on city streets and country roads than competitive mud-plugging duties.

Verenti’s distributor Wiggle alludes to the wider ambitions of its Substance by saying that it’s also designed to be “a bit of fun around town, a sturdy commuter and a weekend rambler”. Ah, it all makes sense now.

The gearing is certainly more all-rounder than ‘crosser. Competitive ’cross bikes need their gears closer together, hence the common 46/36 setup. That might be handy for racing, but it leaves you short at both ends of the range when it comes to more general cycling.


Cable-actuated disc brakes offer ample power

The Substance’s 50/34 compact is a much better call for most uses, and gives a very impressive range when combined with the 11-32 cassette. The nine-speed Sora setup does mean biggish gaps between gears, especially at the lower gear range (bigger sprockets), but we think that’s a price worth paying. The 34×32 will get you up even the steepest hills (or help you carry loads comfortably), and only the likes of Mark Cavendish will find the 50×11 too small at the top.

Comfort and versatility

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BikeMotion Benelux 2015 mega gallery

On our way to checking out Holland’s FFWD wheels design and production facilities (look for a story on BikeRadar very soon), we got the chance to stop off at the Dutch BikeMotion show – so we thought we’d give you a gallery of some of the best bikes and bits from one of the biggest Benelux bike shows.


Salsa may have taken a bit of a low profile of late (at least in the UK), but the new generation of ‘hardtail drop bar bikes’ takes things a little further than its pioneering gravel machines like the Warbird. The carbon Cutthroat is designed to be the ideal companion for long-distance bikepacking racing. The race-inspired geometry features super long 445mm chainstays to get you up and over technical singletrack trails, yet still give plenty of stability and comfort for big endurance rides.


The Cutthroat features vast clearances at the rear

The bike features huge clearances and will accommodate up to 29 x 2.4in rubber (plus plenty of mud). It’s suspension-adjusted for a 100mm travel fork, though comes equipped with a full-carbon unit. At the rear there’s provision for 74mm post-mount brakes for rotors of either 140 or 160mm and a 142 x 12mm thru-axle.

Related: The weird and wonderful tech of the Roc d’Azur

Olympia and Scapin

Alchemist wheels


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