Trek X-Caliber 8 - 2016/2017

Jump front wheel-first into the off-road world aboard Trek's X-Caliber 8. This sleek dirt-worthy bike starts with a lightweight Gold aluminum frame with Gary Fisher's proven G2 geometry. Complementing the sublime ride is a RockShox fork tha ...(Read More)

Trek X-Caliber 8
  • Color: Trek Black/Firebrand
  • Color: Powder Blue/Viper Red
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Jump front wheel-first into the off-road world aboard Trek's X-Caliber 8. This sleek dirt-worthy bike starts with a lightweight Gold aluminum frame with Gary Fisher's proven G2 geometry. Complementing the sublime ride is a RockShox fork that gives you 100mm of travel to add even more cush and steering confidence to the big steamrolling wheels. Proven parts hang off the sweet frame and fork with tubeless-ready wheels with Shimano disc brakes. And, you also get the solid performance of SRAM shifting and the quality of Bontrager controls. And with Trek's Smart Wheel sizing, you're riding the fastest wheel size with the best possible fit. It all adds up to a ride more than ready for the off-road world!

Trek's G2 Geometry (version 2 of Gary Fisher's Genesis Geometry) delivers the ultimate ride for every trail. Genesis earned rave reviews for awesome handling on climbs and descents thanks to a long top tube paired with a short stem that moves the front wheel forward for top-notch confidence and control, while short chainstays add phenomenal traction. G2 Geometry takes these handling traits to the next level by boosting control on tight singletrack and technical climbs, too. This is accomplished by increasing the amount of fork offset (reducing trail), which makes G2 bikes steer more quickly, and by shortening the reach, which puts more weight on the front wheel for even better control and confidence. The two animations above showcase how G2 Geometry provides the perfect ride.

Specs

Frame Trek Alpha Gold Series aluminum
Fork RockShox Recon Silver, 100mm-travel
Rims/Wheels Bontrager Mustang Elite tubeless ready
Hubs Formula
Tires Bontrager XR2, 29/27.5 x 2.2
Crankset SRAM S100
Chainrings 36/22
Front Derailleur SRAM X7
Rear Derailleur SRAM GX
Rear Cogs SRAM, 10-speed: 11-36
Shifters SRAM X5
Handlebars Bontrager
Tape/Grips Bontrager Race
Stem Bontrager Elite
Brake Levers Shimano
Brakes Shimano M355 disc
Pedals Wellgo nylon platform
Saddle Bontrager Evoke 1.5
Seatpost Bontrager

Part Numbers

Option UPC MPN Store SKU
Trek Black/Firebrand / 18.5-inch (29 wheels) 00601479321766 522100 XCA32178448D
Trek Black/Firebrand / 19.5-inch (29 wheels) 00601479321773 522101 XCA32884678D

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4.5

(based on 7 reviews)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight  (5)
  • Comfortable  (4)
  • Stylish  (2)
  • Black gloss paint 
  • Components 

Cons

  • Seat  (2)
  • Orange paint 
  • Pedals 
  • Saddle 
  • Bottom Bracket 

Best Uses

  • Trail  (2)
  • Anywhere 
  • Bikepacking 
  • Day trips 
  • Dirt roads 
  • Moderate jumps 
  • Mountain biker 
  • Mountain biking 
  • Roots 
  • Swamps/mud 
  • Racing 
  • Riding 

REVIEWS

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5

Bikepacking and Day Trip Capable

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from Nashville, TN

About Me Intermediate

Pros

  • Durable
  • Comfortable
  • Value
  • Components

Cons

  • Pedals
  • Saddle

Best Uses

  • Dirt roads
  • Roots
  • Swamps/mud
  • Bikepacking
  • Day trips
  • Moderate jumps

Comments:

Man, where to begin? I've put roughly 700mi on this guy in the last few months and have loved (most of) them. Most recently I used it to do the HuRaCaN300 in Central Florida and it performed admirably especially for a mid-level rig. This is my first 29er and has served as a great entry point. I've taken it through rooty singletrack, dirt downhills, swamp bogs with Cypress knees, fluffy sand, wet clay roads, etc. and have had little issues. I'm really surprised that the front ring shifter failed on me so quickly but never to fear; Trek warranted it with little questions via my local shop. Both derailleurs are crisp and responsive and the brakes are powerful. Naturally, you'll need to replace the platform pedals and maybe even the saddle if you're going to be doing longer trips but that's to be expected. I couldn't be happier with my purchase!

5

Great Bike

By 

from Atascocita,Tx

About Me Beginner

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Black Gloss Paint
  • Tires
  • Front Shock
  • Shifters

Cons

  • Seat
  • Orange Paint

Best Uses

  • Anywhere

Comments:

I like the bike so far. The seat is not so good. The bikes forks have eaten all the curbs and stumps I've come across. The people at Bike Barn in Atascocita let me try all the bikes in my price range and I finally zeroed in on the x caliber.

4

Great Bike!

By 

from Broomfield, co.

About Me Intermediate

Comments:

I am 6 foot 3 and 250 pounds. I was looking for something that could handle a big dude. I have beat the snot out of it, and have done over 40 miles just this weekend. ( on some pretty rad Colorado trials) nice, smooth, and most importantly sturdy. I love this bike!

4

Love my X cal 8

By 

from Dorchester Ont, Canada

About Me Intermediate

Pros

  • Great Beginner Race Bike
  • Comfortable
  • Good Value For Price
  • Stylish
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Mtn Biking
    • Trail

    Comments:

    Love my x cal 8!!! I ride this bike at least three times per week in single track courses and on the road. It has always handled everything I throw at it very well. It is pretty fast and agile but gets a little shaky around very tight sections. Good components for the dollar but I will be upgrading some of the drive train as stock parts start to wear out over time. Great bike :)

    5

    My first MTB

    By 

    from Fontana CA

    About Me Beginner

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Good value
    • Looks Good
    • Stylish

    Cons

    • Seat

    Best Uses

    • Trail
    • Mountain biking

    Comments:

    I love my xcaliber for my first mtb bike I think it's really good, I replaced the saddle it was really uncomfortable but everything ails is really good, my feature upgrades will be to tubeless tires

    4

    Great

    By 

    from Houston, TX

    About Me Intermediate

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Lightweight
    • Confidence Building

    Cons

    • Bottom Bracket

    Best Uses

    • Riding
    • Racing

    Comments:

    I bought this bike and raced it in the 29 Mile Ore-to-Shore in Marquette, MI. Great bike and great race. The only issues I had were with the bottom bracket and front brake. The bottom bracket kept coming loose, even after multiple adjustments. It came loose again at the starting line of the Ore-to-Shore, but tightened on its own during the first mile of the race. It's been good since then. The front brake is noisy. I'll try a new disc.

    4

    just bought it

    By 

    from Austin, TX

    About Me Intermediate

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      Comments:

      just bought it yesterday. minimal seat time thus far. very comfortable, good components.

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