Hoy Sa Calobra .001 review

The entry point to Sir Chris Hoy’s road bike range, the Sa Calobra .001 doesn’t forego ability, strength, or a very smart appearance

Hoy Sa Calobra .001

Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Sa Calobra .001 offers road riders all the thrills of a very responsive frame with some tried and trusted components. It’s not a super-competitive deal financially, but we doubt there’ll be any complaints about performance.

Reasons to buy
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    Well made, and looks great

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    Good spec

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    Direct ride feel

Reasons to avoid
  • -

    Could do with a lower-ranging cassette

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Last year, when Evans and Sir Chris Hoy launched Hoy Bikes, the more cynical British cyclists suggested it was a marriage of marketing convenience to take on the Halfords/Boardman partnership. However, we were invited to spend a day with Sir Chris before the brand launch, and the real story was quite different.

Chris found most off-the-peg bikes unable to handle his power and wanted to make his own bikes to rectify this. The personal preferences of the people behind the bikes come into play. So while somebody like Chris Boardman, 45, grew up on road bikes that had traditional geometry and the excellent bikes that bear his name tend to reflect that, Chris Hoy, 35, grew up with BMX and mountain bikes, and the frame shapes of his machines are a lot more compact and aggressive.

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