Video: Calibre Bikes Releases Bargain Sentry Enduro Race Bike

Mar 21, 2019
by Calibre Bikes  
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Press Release: Calibre

Only 6 years on from our first bike, the £350 Two.Two hardtail, Calibre has moved on and stepped up.


With a selection of shorter travel bikes in the range, the Sentry was the logical progression for us. Modern ‘progressive’ geometry complimented by top name parts represent incredible value for money, resulting in a truly race ready bike which doesn’t need any alterations out of the box to perform at the highest level. With EWS racer Chloe Taylor and the rest of the Calibre team (sorry Kenzie, still need to do some growing!) on board for 2019 we decided to build a Pro level bike that really does prove the Sentry frame is worthy chassis for racers.


The ground up design came from our own desire as riders to have a fast, confident bike that would allow the rider to concentrate on the big hits and fast lines, simply a bike that would look out for you at all times – a Sentry. After nearly 2 years of development, hours working with Rock Shox on shock tunes and 5 prototypes ridden and raced all over the world, we are finally (yeah we know it’s taken a while – good things come to those that...) ready to release the Sentry and Sentry Pro.



At £2,000* the Sentry brings 150mm of rear supplied by custom tuned Rock Shox Deluxe R and 160mm front travel from the awesome new Yari RC with 42mm (shorter) offset fork. SRAM NX Eagle supplies the GO while the stop is from the renowned Guide RE (200mm front, 180mm rear rotors). WTB tubeless ready ST wheels coupled with WTB Tough High Grip Vigilante 2.6” and Trail Boss 2.4” tyres provide the grip as well as out of the box protection from punctures/cuts for a true race ready ride straight out of the box.




The Sentry Pro is £2,800* and brings the same frameset but with upgrades in the suspension in the form of the Super Deluxe Coil with Twist remote lock-out and the class leading Rock Shox Lyric RC2. Gearset is increased to the SRAM GX Eagle and brakes go up to the mighty Code R (200mm front, 180mm rear rotors). WTB take care of the wheels again with the AYSM rims to create a light and stiff wheel and again the WTB Tough High Grip Vigilante 2.6” and Trail Boss 2.4” tyres for race ready out the box.




You, but faster – Calibre Sentry

Due in stock end of April, register your interest here:

Calibre Sentry
Calibre Sentry Pro

Follow Calibre on Instagram and Facebook for more updates.

*with GO Outdoors discount card - £5





117 Comments

  • + 62
 All that bike for such a good price and you can go and touch it in an actual shop (rather than ordering blind off the internet from the direct to consumer brands)…. what is this witchcraft and skulduggery?!?!
  • - 25
flag NYShred (Mar 21, 2019 at 5:30) (Below Threshold)
 Sweet looking steed, attractive price, well spec'd. Bummer about the bottle placement and sloppy external cable routing. Well done Calibre. I'd prefer throwing a coil on the Sentry and pass on the Pro, those red lowers with chrome branding ruin the look of every bike it's on.
  • + 3
 @NYShred: It's still direct to consumer, they just happen to have their own retail locations.

None of these are sold through bike shops, so they still cut out the middlemen and pass some savings to the consumer.
  • + 50
 Also no chainstay protection? Guess that's why santa cruz are 4x the price.
  • + 34
 when did inner tubes get so expensive?
  • + 17
 @blackveinmedia: I'm fairly posh so go for hook side sticky back velcro from Wilkos, £1.99.
  • - 9
flag djbutcher13 (Mar 21, 2019 at 5:23) (Below Threshold)
 An aluminum Bronson with similar specs is 2600 pounds. So about 1.3x the cost. Nice try though.
  • + 19
 @djbutcher13: not on my internet it isn't? An aluminium Bronson is about £3.5k. I was all excited for a minute there...
  • + 4
 @woots: #LoopSide4Lyfe
  • + 4
 @daveweldon: I get all my bike knowledge from the comments section on here, I genuinely thought the 29er enduro santa cruz started at £8k.
  • + 2
 @Patrick9-32: schoolboy error from me I obviously meant loop side!
  • + 3
 @daveweldon: dang you're right. In my infinite American wisdom I just converted $3500 USD to pounds. Didn't realize it cost so much more to ship bike from China to the UK instead of the US.
  • + 1
 @djbutcher13: the frame alone is 1999... Show me the 2600 quid bike
  • + 2
 @djbutcher13: One reason why EU prices are higher is that they include value-added tax. For example in the UK it's 20 %.
  • + 18
 So now you can have a reasonably priced bike, outside the EU as well...
  • + 2
 good one Big Grin
  • + 23
 Especially sore point as I'm waiting for a bike from Germany, soon the UK will be deafened by the sound of everyone riding Oranges again.
  • + 5
 @Steventux: Hope their welders have been practicing.
  • + 17
 The way Brexit is going, none of us will be able to afford one, even at that price,

& we'll be too busy fighting over the last tin of beans in Tesco anyway.
  • + 3
 @Kimbers: That's what that Orange frame chatter sound reminds of, empty bean tins.

I'm gonna ask the company supplying my bike if they can fit it with 29" Camembert wheels, they will be more valuable than gold in a few weeks, months, whatever.
  • + 4
 @Steventux: Excellent, I've already panic bought a load.
  • + 1
 @Steventux: They might not be legal though, depending on whether the milk is pasteurised or not.
  • + 1
 @DarrellW: Not a problem in the UK I believe and we are adopting existing EU regs anyways. Would be an issue in the States though - legit camembert is actually banned there!!!
  • + 7
 @Denning76: In fairness, we can't be trusted to make our own decisions regarding cheese consumption. Have you had American cheese?
  • + 4
 @mpcremata: Well I've had something in America that was labelled cheese. Not convinced it was though.
  • + 2
 @mpcremata: All good cheese is powered by propellants.
  • + 9
 Anybody interested in one of those should get their name down now - these things will sell out pretty much immediately - complete bargain, I cant think of anything else that comes close.
  • + 3
 @bok-CZ: Not heard of them before but you are not wrong - Good geometry too - All good for the customer.
  • + 4
 @justanotherusername: check their DH rig Wink
  • + 1
 @justanotherusername: Very well known brand in Europe.
  • + 3
 You can’t go and look at them in the uk though.
  • + 1
 @Bigwill13: no, but you can make a trip to European bikeparks and check the bikes also before you will have to get a visas to get on a continent Big Grin they have them just over La Manche - Pont-Audemer
  • - 1
 @Bigwill13: you usually can in the Edinburgh Go Outdoors!
  • + 0
 @bok-CZ: but it's 27.5
  • + 3
 @zonaec: which I take as a plus, but just for you: www.kellysbike.com/en/trail-c624/thorx-50-29-p57716
  • + 1
 @bok-CZ: Reach too long Big Grin But thank you! I'm a big fan of Kelly's, didn't know they revamped the Swag and Thorx
  • + 1
 @HollyBoni: You mean Eastern Europe, not that much over here, unless you are a bike geek of course.
  • + 2
 @Cammyd14: He means the Kellys
  • + 1
 @mgolder: woops. If would probably help if I read the thread before posting, aye!
  • + 1
 @Balgaroth: Not sure, I live in Hungary, don't know if it's considered Eastern Europe yet. Kellys is very well known here, that's all I know.
I wouldn't come here as a tourist, even as a bike geek. Big Grin
  • + 4
 Great bike for the money, the Pro version *looks* less pretty IMO

Now Go Outdoors, please sort out your BMX offering www.gooutdoors.co.uk/cycling/bikes/bmx-bikes a decent value cromo 24" would be great
  • - 1
 Yep, I also wonder if you can get rid of that ugly red fork.
  • + 3
 @Serpentras: I don't understand all the hate red rockshox get but the awful orange fox forks seem to get none.
  • + 1
 @Captain1Eye: Well I dislike them also. It fit only a few bike's and even then I would prefer stealth. Same with DVO green, I prefer of all manufacturers DVO till someone makes better value products.
  • + 1
 @Serpentras: better value: Manitou. They do have less choice in models unfortunately.
  • + 0
 @Mac1987: manitou dont make shocks I can mount on my current frame and I am really not sure if they are that good compared to the DVO Topaz. The Topaz by the way cost only 400-450€. Almost feels like a coil, no other shock was this close. Also no real fork for 29" long travel bikes.
  • + 1
 @Serpentras: I thought the discussion was about red and green versus orange forks Wink .
If tuned correctly, the Topaz probably edges the McLeod on long descents (like I said, the choices are limited with Manitou). However, the McLeod probably delivers 90% of the performance for under €200. You wrote about better value products and value for money the Mattoc, Magnum and McLeod deliver. Their chassis's are good but not the best. Their tunability, ease of maintenance, damper performance and air springs are top notch and prices significantly below the big two and most competing products.
  • + 1
 @Mac1987: Sure but it wont fit it doesn't matter how good or bad something is, I just cant use it Big Grin
Prices are sure low and I would say SR is also not bad. Topaz is made by SR, at least the body is the same.

the Mc Leod also wont fit in my frame but the topaz does, still 400 € are way less then I would pay for FOX or RockShox with each up to 800.

I do like that DVO use negativ coils on their forks that's why I like them, SR and Formula doing the same and they work also very good.
  • + 1
 @Serpentras: definitely true and DVO make great suspension. Always good to see people looking past the big two.
  • + 6
 New rule, if bike companies are going to film press shots in NZ, they need to sell their bikes here!
  • + 3
 Ah, I remember the days when I kept telling people to buy a YT, because the Tues WC LTD was 2100 Euro, the Noton was 2000 fully specced out and the Dirt Love a nice 700... and they all laughed. Now it's hard to find a decent fork for the price of a bike back then. Great job, Calibre!
  • + 2
 I got all excited about the Sentry Pro and begun checking how to buy it. And that would be a great offer if gooutdoors.co.uk actually did not charge the UK VAT for non-EU countries. Unfortunately, they do (which is quite disappointing knowing that other big online UK webshops, if not the majority, do not charge UK VAT on non-EU orders). I am not too keen on paying 25% extra VAT on top of the 20% UK VAT. So I guess that will be another 29er big hitter then. Else I would totally have ordered the Sentry Pro @RideCalibre :'(
  • + 2
 Saw guy kesteven‘a video review of the bike last night he seemed to speak highly of it. Probably cost a bomber to ship one to Canada but looks like good value; something otherwise I would consider . Looks like they also might have hired someone with some design sense since their bossnut is ass ugly.
  • + 1
 I’m pretty sure it’s designed by the same guy that did the boss but.
  • + 3
 am i going cookoo - is the back wheel on the Sentry PRO different from the front - its defo smaller but it says 29" on the tyres, rim alos looks different, looks a thinner profile on the back - ?
  • + 1
 photoshop mistake?
  • + 5
 rear is a 2.4, front is a 2.6 high volume
  • + 2
 @faul: Could be - I opened the image in PS and the actual wheels are different sizes, regardless of tyres- must have too much time on my hands
  • + 1
 Awesome. Hoping they do some cheap kids hardtails like Vitus too. I bought the Calibre Astronut from GoOutdoors and for 50$ it was shipped to my door in Oregon, USA in FIVE days... No duty or any other charges. Not to mention the bike is incredible and oddly enough I'm way more comfortable on it than a 1600$ Transition PBJ that I've ridden a ton as a rental.
  • + 1
 For all the complaining we do about the bike industry they sure do manage to produce some killer bikes at all kinds of different price points. I can think back to the 90s when if you said you wanted a “bargain” bike with 160/150mm travel that actually climbs and descends well and weighs less than 40lb everyone would’ve laughed.
  • + 3
 That’s some killer value for a ripper of a bike, if only we had someone stateside putting out similar offerings (REI I’m looking at you)
  • + 2
 REI, big box store with boutique store pricing. I paid 600$ In import fees to ship in a Bossnut evo for myself and the wife. It still was the best bang for our buck by a mile.
  • + 2
 Their CO-OP DRT is an interesting start into the full suspension realm.
  • + 1
 I saw that, It is interesting but still nowhere near the cost to spec and r&d ratio of a Calibre. Maybe they will see the success and try to mimic it here in the states.
  • + 1
 Suspension design looks similar to Cotics but with a yoke for the shock. Ace value. Predictable comment but a shame they couldn't get the water bottle mounts inside the main triangle.
  • + 23
 For that price who needs water bottle mounts inside the triangle, the money you save on the bike you could probably afford a man servant to carry your water for you.
  • + 5
 @Hillfarmer: GoPro drone might be able to carry 500ml or so...
  • - 1
 @Steventux: until the GPS fails and your karma drone, gimbal and now your water are lost forever
  • + 1
 @Hillfarmer:
Can get him to carry that heffer of a bike too. Win win
  • + 4
 That's a lot of bike for less than £3k!!
  • + 2
 Polygon Sisku, Cannondale Habit, Jeffsy, Whyte...quite the popular link position.
  • + 2
 "You, but faster" That's basically Specialized Levo's slogan. Lawsuit incoming.
  • + 1
 Glad I wasn't the only one who noticed that and thought the same
  • + 3
 Oh damn! That's got to be the bargain of the Sentry! ????
  • + 3
 Where did I see the front triangle... oh yes, Kellys Swag
  • + 8
 You'll be downvoted soon because nobody on pinkbike knows what a Kellys is.
  • + 1
 @colincolin: whatever Smile
  • + 2
 @colincolin: Not wrong, they look interesting though, thanks for informing us @bok-CZ , I doubt many on here have ever heard of them.
  • + 3
 I guess Calibre guys and Kellys guys used the same catalog
  • + 1
 @xvire: yeah Kinesis I guess
  • + 3
 Cock rock stood out first.
  • + 1
 The Bossnut was awesome for the price and a great entry/second bike. So glad they've stepped up again with an even better model.
  • + 1
 Live review of the bike from Guy Kestevan here
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Exz7y4ookeE
  • + 1
 Thank you. About time you showed great value, well specced, great looking bikes.
  • + 1
 Looks Good & good value but a tad heavy for an enduro bike. More like DH bike weight!
  • + 1
 Absolutely nothing to moan about there; well spec'd, looks sick and very cheap!
  • + 1
 I'd pay double that if it came with a bottle mount...
  • + 1
 Great deal, but i'm gonna wait on the 36er!
  • + 1
 out: NX - in: Shimano SLX (and brakes)... = perfect bike... and cost less.
  • + 1
 Cheap bike fast hernia. Should be a fun time getting that hernia tho
  • + 1
 Can we yanks get a hold of these?
  • + 1
 Nice! Looks great, nice price
  • + 1
 That base model pretty much hits the nail on the head for me.
  • + 1
 Great deal. Wonder how this compares to the Radon Swoop?
  • + 1
 Specifically Swoop 8.0
  • + 1
 Wonder how it compares to a Whyte?
  • + 1
 Seattube is too long
  • + 1
 you sure about that? looks relatively short to me
  • - 2
 Compare and contrast with the recent offering from Orange, an other UK brand. Ouch
  • + 6
 Orange frames are made in the UK for a start and have a completely different business model - you would be better comparing to Nukeproof or similar.

This bike is fantastic value, probably rides to within 90% of the performance of bikes that cost 3x's as much but this kind of thing exists everywhere (Cars, clothes, computers, bla bla) - Make an infomed choice and vote with your wallet.
  • + 3
 @justanotherusername: Just cos Orange are made in the UK doesn't mean they're better and it certainly doesn't justify their ridiculous prices for an inferior suspension system.

The sentry looks a great bike for the money though
  • + 3
 @AD4M: Are you so binary in all of your thought and opinion?

For a start, the comparison between Orange and Calibre isnt realistic in any sense for a number of reasons so I dont know why its being discussed but....

Orange justify their pricing however they choose to do so as a private company and it is entirely up to you if you chose to purchase from them - If they could lower pricing and sell more bikes and therefore make more profit - do you not think they would do so?

As I said above, being made in the UK is just a start, their business model is also entirely different, they sell through dealers not direct etc etc.

Its like purchasing a Hope / Renthal stem v something sold directly from a taiwanese importer - its up to you to choose if there is any value in choosing one over the other. Do you think the Hope / Renthal stem is also too expensive and the price cannot be justified because of their UK manufacturing and non-direct distribution model?
  • + 0
 @justanotherusername: Not a useful metaphor, because hope and renthal are made to a high quality and you can see where your money is going.

With an Orange, your just paying loads of money for a bike that has crap welds and more often than not cracks as a result. Don't take my word for it, just do a Google search.

Stop trying to justify that being made in the UK means that Orange can charge whatever they want. Hope operate in the same price bracket and the manufacturing processes are quite literally 50 years ahead of what Orange are doing.
  • + 2
 @AD4M: metaphor?

You can ‘see’ where the money is going? You think because you watch some PR videos you understand business costs?

So CNC uk and CNC Taiwan isn’t comparable?

Lots of confusion and contradiction here.
  • + 2
 @AD4M: and a business can charge whatever it wants for it’s product - it doesn’t answer to you unless your become one of its customers.

Do you preach about other business in the same way? Ralph Lauren £30 for a plain tshirt - £800 hand bags - cars - other bikes - blah blah and on to Infinitum.
  • + 0
 @justanotherusername: You really don't have a clue do you? Any company answers to its market, not just it's customers. That's basic business principles, there needs to be a market in the 1st place in order to have customers regardless of the pricing strategy.

Not sure where CNC comes into this conversation, since Orange don't use it?

Oh, and more than half of Orange frames are made in Taiwan ????, so yes I can see where the money's going- for the name.
  • + 1
 @AD4M: you hilariously answered the your own question there...

Like you say, a company answers to its market. Orange are doing just that, keep up at the back.
  • - 2
 @justanotherusername: Not once did you mention anything relating to Orange or it's market, just it's business model which is a completely different subject from its market base, rather you just decided to throw a tantrum as soon as I or commentsectiontroll said anything negative about Orange.

By the way it's "answered your own..." not "answered the your own".
  • + 1
 @AD4M: Im not sure where you consider me to have 'thrown a tantrum', as you put it?

Apologies for making a simple mistake, I am answering you on a phone while at work without the time or motivation to make sure everything is linguistically perfect but at least my points make sense, unlike your own which are contradictory and absent of any coherency.

Case in point, the defenition of business model: "A plan for the successful operation of a business, identifying sources of revenue, the intended customer base, products, and details of financing"

I am sure you will allow the change in symantics from market to customer as I am sure you will agree the subject and meaning are the same.

The point also still stands - your whole argument is based around Orange not having a customer base to sell their product to, I am sure their customers would like to suggest otherwise, they seem to be thriving, dispite what a dimwit like yourself would like to be the case.
  • - 3
 That's a Giant deal...
  • - 1
 Great Deal.
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