I’m a long time podcast listener and a 4 week long TR user. I raced my first XC MTB Race last fall and really enjoyed it. It’s definitely given me a carrot to chase this off season in Michigan. Now, I’m starting to get that new bike itch and having a hard time deciding what I want. My current bike is a 2015 Trek X Caliber 7 that it turns out is sized too small for me, so not very nice. It’s having some shifting issues lately as well which are contributing to the new bike itch.
My original plan was to wait till around the model year turnover time period and buy something on sale. That would allow to see how serious I continue to be about racing and get a better sense of the kind of riding style I’m looking for. That said, I started to scratch the itch and looking at available bikes out there. Overall, given the trails around here I don’t see a ton of need for a full suspension and I think I’d rather put that money towards better specs.
Yesterday I demoed a 2016 Procaliber 9.8 SL that’s on closeout and boy was it light and zippy. It’s priced phenomenally at around 2 grand. It’s got some light cosmetic scratches, given its age, but it’s brand new with warranty. But I just couldn’t pull the trigger. Some aspects of it, like it’s 100mm stem seemed pretty dated and I couldn’t help but wonder if I’d be happier with something more modern. Even a more modern XC race bike like the 2020 Procaliber 9.6.
My other concern is that I want a bike I can race on, but also have a good time on for casual rides given most of my training will be on the actual trainer. Prepping for the XC race season has essentially been my obsession this winter, but I’m still very much a beginner. Am I better off front something more aggressive and trail oriented and racing that? I’m thinking maybe a Chameleon, but I’d have to give that a demo.
Thanks for your wisdom!