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    New question here. Trek X-Caliber or Stache 7 ???

    I have $1700 credit at a local Trek dealer and would like to get one of these two bikes but I'm feeling stuck and would like some opinions. My primary riding is single track / XC / with some technical stuff scattered about and I enjoy getting my tires off the ground whenever possible. My biggest goal is to have a "fun" bike, I'm not all about speed, I'd give up a couple minutes in time if it meant having more fun getting there. Also, I'm 6'3 and 175lbs with go-go-gadet arms and legs.

    Biggest differences are:

    Bike: X-Caliber / Stache 7
    Frame: Alpha Gold Aluminum / Alpha Platinum Aluminum
    Cable Routing: External / Internal Frame
    Headtube: 1 1/8" / Tapered
    Fork: Reba RL 100mm Solo Air Remote Lockout / Recon Silver 120mm Solo Air
    Front Hub: 9mm QR / 15mm Maxle
    Rear Hub: 9mm QR / 142x12
    Rims: Bontrager Mustang / Bontrager Duster
    Tires: Bontrager 29.2 / Bontrager 29.3
    Drivetrain: SRAM X7 3x10, SLX Shadow Plus 2x10
    BB: standard / Press Fit
    Cranks: SRAM S1000 / Race Face Ride
    Seatpost: 27.2mm / 31.6mm
    Rear Brake Mount: Adapter / Direct Frame

    The only upside to the X-cal seems to be the fork (1.7 lbs lighter!), while the Stache 7 pretty much one-ups everything else... I'm inclined to go with the Stache 7 but don't know if the fork trade-off is worth it. Also it seems that the Stache will run at least 2.4 rear tires with the frame tweaks that were made. This bike will most likely last me for a decade, it's replacing a 1999 Trek 6000...

    What do you think?

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    My vote is for the stache. A coworker got a stache 8 and loves it. He says its a really fun bike. However you can't go wrong with an x-cal either. That's a nice bike as well. I'm sure that you will like whatever you decide upon.

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    I owned a 2011 X-Cal, 2012 Rumblefish and now have a Stache.

    If you are going for fun, it's the Stache all the way.

    Here's my review comparing them. Review: Trek Stache 8ish.

    As far as your fork concerns go, I'd gladly pay the weight penalty to get the thru axle on the recon. The reba on my X-Cal was the first non-thru axle fork I've ridden since 1999. While it was a good fork, compared to a thru axle, it was like a wet noodle in the tracking and steering precision department.
    Disclaimer: I no longer fix bikes for a living.
    National Ski Patroller to feed my winter habit.

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