Cinelli Bootleg Hobo – in brief review

Long rider

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £1,299.00 RRP
Cinelli Bootleg Hobo: for when you have all the time in the word…

Our review

If you’re looking for an expedition-friendly beast of burden, the Hobo will leave you feeling like a king of the road
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Cinelli’s Hobo is a lot of bike, weighing over 30lb, but it’s built for comfort over speed, and it’s kitted-out for full-on touring: Tubus racks with a 58kg payload, 38mm tyres and 27 gears, the largest sprocket eight teeth bigger than the inner 26t chainring. It even has a spoke holder with spare spokes.

  • Highs: Comfortable, well-chosen kit
  • Lows: Comfortably not a light machine

The gearing means that in spite of its mass there should be a gear low enough to keep you in the saddle and cranking rather than off the bike and pushing. Wheels shod in Vittoria’s Randonneur Trail rubber cope well with road abuse, the central strip rolling reasonably on tarmac, with a broken tread for towpaths, tracks and gravel.


Bar-end shifters and cantilever brakes are old-school but work well, and the shifters can be adjusted to work in friction mode (rather than STI) in case of mechanical problems. The over-a-metre-long wheelbase ensures stability, complemented by comfort from the steel frame and big-volume boots. 

Product Specifications


Name Bootleg Hobo (14)
Brand Cinelli

Brakes Tektro Cantilever
Rims Alex
Weight (lb) 34.17
Year 2014
Weight (kg) 15.5
Stem Cinelli DNA
Shifters Shimano
Saddle Selle San Marco Bioaktive
Rear Tyre 38mm Vittoria Randonneur Trail
Cassette 13-34
Rear Hub Shimano Deore
Handlebar Cinelli DNA
Front Tyre 38mm Vittoria Randonneur Trail
Front Hub Shimano Deore
Frame Material Columbus rustproof steel
Fork Triple-butted chromoly
Cranks 48/36/26 FSA
Frame size tested L