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    2015 Trek X-Cal 8 or X-Cal 9?

    Hey Guys,
    I'm getting back into Mountain Biking, and I have visited several LBS in my area, and have had a chance to ride lots of makes. I've settled on buying from a Trek Store as it's less than a mile from me, and they've been great to deal with.

    Two weeks ago, I was going to buy a X-Cal 4, but thanks to forums like these, I now know that I should get at least a X-Cal 7. The X-Cal 8 seems like a nicer upgrade of components, and seemed like I was going to buy one of those, but I just sold my old beater pickup truck, so I've got a little more cash to burn. Would buying a X-Cal 9 be better?

    My main concern is that my weight is currently at 275, and was wondering if the RockShox XC32 Air Shock could hold up.

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    If you can afford to move up to the X-Cal 9 I would recommend doing it. That's an awesome bike. If you can squeeze a little more cash out of your wallet look at the Superfly 5.
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    Should I worry about a low end RockShox Air Shock on the X-Cal 9?

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    You can get them to set one up with a shock pump for your weight for a test ride.
    Take it in ditches and on the grass and see how it does. You definitely need an air fork of some kind.

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    Thanks for the advice. The LBS told me the air shock was the way to go too.

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    I opted for the X-Cal 9. The rims are tubeless ready, hydraulic breaks, and liked the feel of the air shock much better once adjusted. The color is the xcal9 is awesome also
    2015 Trek X-Cal 8 or X-Cal 9?-10599201_10100305377029622_9056571899204498441_n.jpg!

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    Congrats on the new bike. You will be glad you went with the 9. Now get some dirt on the tires. :-)

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    2015 Trek X-Cal 8 or X-Cal 9?

    That color actually looks pretty cool ::thumbs up::

    Did it come with bontrager 29-1 expert tires? If so do yourself a favor and get bontrager tubeless wheel strips and set them up tubeless.

    I HATED the 29-1 tires until I turned the rear tire around and dropped the psi (tubeless).

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    Yeah, thats a sweet looking X-Cal 9. The paint scheme reminds of the famous vintage Ford GT40 with the Gulf Gas Paint Job.

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    I decided on getting the X-Cal 9. I was so close on getting a Shache 7, but none are available for the next 2 months. For my currently riding level, don't know if the $400 upgrade to the Stache is necessary. I think the paint job on the X-Cal 9 is awesome.

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    Mine did not come tubeless. I could have changed out but figured I'll wear these down then go tubeless. I'm curious if his 9 came tubeless or just tubeless ready. I have xr1s

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    2015 Trek X-Cal 8 or X-Cal 9?

    The rims are tubeless ready and still require the bontrager strips and sealant. The tires probably aren't "tubeless ready" but neither are my 29-1 experts and it's working great.

    The X-cal can take a pretty good beating and should be fine unless you are doing some pretty serious downhill/rocky stuff, which is what the stache is made for. The X-cal and stache seem pretty similar except the stache is beefer (heavier), and has a long travel fork.

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