Cinelli Bootleg Hoy Hoy review

Never mind the extravagant name – it's a hybrid

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £900.00 RRP

Our review

Big boy hybrid with all the gears you’ll ever need, but the Hoy Hoy’s no lightweight
Buy if, You want a tough, practical, versatile bike and don’t mind the extra mass
Pros: Great gear range, good components and a solid, comfortable ride
Cons: Narrow bar and its weight hamper its climbing
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The Hoy Hoy is a hybrid by any other name. Our guess is that Cinelli wanted to hide the fact that this is ‘just’ a hybrid by giving it such an absurd moniker. Twice.

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We doubt that Sir Chris Hoy is receiving royalties for the multiple uses of his surname, either. As with the Cinelli Saetta road bike we tested a little while back, Cinelli hasn’t splashed its cash on a colour palette, preferring matt black with a hint of red and white details. The name may shout, the looks don’t, so what of the ride?

Wide-ranging ratios

Cinelli has really gone to town when it comes to gearing, making the most of the triple chainset by adding a wide-ranging cassette. The 26×34 bottom gear is a wall-crawling granny gear, while the 48×11 is only slightly smaller than a 50×11, and bigger than the 50×12 found on a lot of road bikes.

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The grips are one of the few bits of ‘shouty’ style on the hoy hoy – though they’re not the greatest in use:

The grips are one of the few bits of ‘shouty’ style on the Hoy Hoy – though they’re not the greatest in use

The sprockets are pretty well spread out too, so while the jumps can be largish, there’s nothing that really catches you out when you’re riding. We can’t think of any situation where you’re ever likely to run out of gears, which you can’t say about every bike.

The third chainring may add a few grams and a tiny percentage to the weight, but you won’t notice that in the overall scheme of things. You will notice that you can ride in the saddle whatever the severity of the slope and the load you’re carrying.

The brakes too are fine, the Shimano cable discs being a solid option. They don’t have the massive single-finger stopping of hydraulic disc brakes, but the combination of power and control is decent for general and leisure riding. The Alex wheels and Maxxis tyres are tough, but they’re not light, so forget sprinting against your friends to the next road sign, unless they’re on similarly sturdy machines.

Enjoyable and practical ride

The Hoy Hoy! combines a longish stem with quite a narrow handlebar, and on our steeper climbs we’d have liked a wider bar for more aggressive climbing and the ability to get out of the saddle more comfortably; we also found Cinelli’s plain round grips a bit meh.

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We found the hoy hoy a pleasant and capable urban companion for the most part:

We found the Hoy Hoy a pleasant and capable urban companion for the most part

As on a lot of flat-barred bikes, if you’re regularly riding longer than a few miles at a stretch, we’d seriously consider fitting bar ends or alternative – non-round – grips, such as Ergon’s GP2, which combine a more friendly palm-shaped grip with a small bar end (the GP3, 4 and 5 offer longer bar ends).

That lack of alternative handholds was the Cinelli’s only real limiting factor when it came to comfort. You can feel the firmness of the alloy frame via the 31.6mm seatpost, but the ride never became wearing through the saddle.

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The Hoy Hoy is a hugely enjoyable ride, and with front and rear mudguards (that’ll be fenders, US readers) and fittings for a rear rack it’s practical for all-round commuting. You won’t be as fast as on a drop-barred bike, but it’s versatile and tough. It’s got one little secret up its very dark sleeves as well – large reflective details on the lower fork legs and the seatstays.

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Product Specifications

Product

Name Bootleg Hoy Hoy
Brand Cinelli

Available Sizes S M L XL
Rear Wheel Weight 2610
Wheelbase (cm) 100.5
Top Tube (cm) 57
Standover Height (cm) 80
Seat Tube (cm) 49
Chainstays (cm) 44.5
Bottom Bracket Height (cm) 29
Weight (kg) 12.45
Trail 4.7
Stem Cinelli Vai Bootleg Custom, 115mm, 31.8mm clamp
Shifters Shimano Acera
Seatpost Bootleg 31.6mm
Seat Angle 73
Saddle Selle San Marco Ischia Bootleg Custom
Rims Alex 22mm
Rear Tyre Maxxis, 35mm
Bottom Bracket FSA square taper
Frame Material Columbus 6061 aluminium
Brakes Shimano BR discs, 160mm rotors
Cassette Shimano 11-34, 9-speed
Chain KMC X9
Cranks FSA Dyna Drive 48/36/26T, 170mm
Fork Steel trekking
Fork Offset 4.7
Front Hub Shimano
Rear Hub Shimano
Front Tyre Maxxis, 35mm
Front Wheel Weight 1950
Handlebar Bootleg Hoy Hoy! 57cm, 31.8mm clamp
Head Angle 75
Headset Type FSA
Rear Derailleur Shimano Acera
Frame size tested XL