Bombtrack Hook – in brief review

New ’cross-influenced road bike

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
GBP £1,400.00 RRP | AUD $2,649.00
It’s tough, but is the Bombtrack Hook bombproof?

Our review

A tough frame with a comfortable ride, but we feel you should get more for the money
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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).

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  • Highs: Tough, comfortable, decent kit
  • Lows: Not quite enough for the price

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.

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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.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Hook (15)
Brand Bombtrack

Brakes Avid BB7 Road disc
Cranks SRAM Force (46/36, 12-28)
Fork Carbon/alloy steerer
Frame Material Columbus Cromor steel
Front Tyre 35mm Continental Cyclocross Race
Handlebar BT
Rear Tyre 35mm Continental Cyclocross Race
Saddle Bombtrack Rail
Seatpost BT
Stem BT
Weight (kg) 10.56
Wheelset Mavic Crossone
Year 2015
Weight (lb) 23.28
Frame size tested M