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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