Bombtrack Hook - in brief review£1,400.00

New ’cross-influenced road bike

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As far as we know, Bombtrack is the first brand we’ve tested that takes its name from a Rage Against The Machine song (‘Bomb’ here being hip-hop slang for ‘great’. Thank you, Wikipedia).

    The Hook is flagged up by Bombtrack’s UK distributor as a road bike, but it clearly has a hefty dose of cyclocross DNA. This does make it tough enough for tackling kerbs and even steps, but limits its speed and acceleration.

    The ’cross gearing, with its 46/36 chainset, also means you lack a big top gear on the flat and descents. But it bombs along nicely enough over poor surfaces, the steel frame, 27.2mm seatpost and 35mm rubber keeping the comfort high.

    The BB30 bottom bracket, tapered steerer and lovely flared handlebar ensure the handling is reassuring rather than explosive, and given its weight and good cable disc brakes, it descends better than it climbs. It has eyelets and bags of clearance for front and rear mudguards, but the absence of rack mounts is a bit of a shame, limiting its versatility.

    We did enjoy riding this Bombtrack, but it’s going to have to do a little bit more to get you hooked. It’s tough and comfy, but it’s the same price as the Cannondale CAADX Rival, for example, which has SRAM’s hydraulic brakes.

    This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

    Simon has been cycling for as long as he can remember, and more seriously since his time at university in the Dark Ages (the 1980s). This has taken in time trialling, duathlon and triathlon and he has toured extensively in Asia and Australasia, including riding solo 2900km from Cairns to Melbourne. He now mainly rides as a long-distance commuter and leisure/fitness rider. He has been testing bikes and working for Cycling Plus in various capacities for nearly 20 years.
    • Age: 53
    • Height: 175cm / 5'9
    • Weight: 75kg /165lb
    • Waist: 33in
    • Discipline: Road, touring, commuting
    • Current Bikes: Rose SL3000, Hewitt steel tourer
    • Beer of Choice: Samuel Adams Boston Lager
    • Location: Bath, UK

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