I am getting closer to the 2-month mark of owning and using my new 29-er mountain bike – a 2014 Trek X-Caliber from the Gary Fisher Collection. As I ride the bike – which I have been doing every Saturday and Sunday for the last 4-weeks or so, I learned to appreciate the design advantages this particular bike model offers.
First, the G2 Geometry frame – which features a custom offset fork coupled with frame geometry which allows for much more nimble bike. When I first started riding the bike I did notice that it felt much faster than my previous bike which was also a 29er….now I understand why that feeling – it is coming from the X-Caliber frame and offset fork – which make the bike a “race” category bike. Very nice. The G2 geometry gives the bike a lght feel – overall it made the X-Calber feel a whole lot more responsive on the trails. In addition, the X-Caliber uses Trek’s Gold-Aluminum material for the frame – which is providing for lighter weight while not compromising on a very strong frame overall.
The bike’s fork is RockShox Reba RL with air shocks and very useful remote lockout. The remote lockout makes it easy to turn on and off the shock and maximize on peddling efficiency when you hit the paved roads.
The bike uses hydraulic disk brakes which offer the strongest and shortest stoppiing distance – of course if you are not used to them – do make sure you pull on the brake levers gradually or else you WILL fly over the handlebars!!!
The X-Caliber uses a 3×10 drivetrain – 10-speed casette and a 3-ring crankset – thus offering a very wide range of gears
Overall the bike is great for usage on the road, on a cross-country trail, on a single track….feels like everywhere…!