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    so i just ordered a trex x caliber 5 today from my LBS. one of the last they had. Last MTB I had was a specialized rockhopper from the 90s. good choice you think?new bike-new-bike.jpg

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    Like the colors but beyond that depends on what u plan to ride. Forks that low end dont have any adjustment and such so limited as to what they can handle.
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    well i was kind of on a budget. My girlfriend got a hybrid/road bike and we wanna get in shape so we picked some up today. I probably wont get into anything too crazy for now. I figured that I could eventually upgrade some parts that I want. I heard that the xcal is a good frame to work off of and that you can take it to some pretty good heights with some upgrades here and there down the line. but this one was definitely at the upper limit of my budget.

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    i would like to eventually get into riding some harder stuff but ive never even done it before so I hope this will get me by for a while

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    Basically your fine for most of what you wanna do, hybrid and your bike aren't too far apart for capability. But your definitely right, good base to build from. My 29er is what would now be the xcal 7 and I started the same way you are. Not cost effective but good learning experience doing the work. Make sure you learn how to do the upgrading yourself otherwise you'll pay for a new nicer bike just in labor charges getting new parts put on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by briandress View Post
    so i just ordered a trex x caliber 5 today from my LBS. one of the last they had. Last MTB I had was a specialized rockhopper from the 90s. good choice you think?Click image for larger version. 

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    I started on a bike like that, It did fine. As I got faster the fork started holding me back so,,,

    I did this :
    SR Suntour North America

    The Raidon fork I got for $189 plus $30 for the shop Install transformed the bike..
    That Raidon fork is a $350 fork,

    Ride your bike, when your skills and speed hit the SR forks limits you will know.
    (There's a sticker down low on the inside of the fork leg sez, " This fork is for light trail use only.. ")

    Put a Lizard skin or wrap an old tube around that chain stay or your chain will beat it raw.....
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    It's fine.

    One of the things I like about mountain bikes over hybrids is the riding position. Even on the road. IME, hybrids run to short top tubes, and if I want to ride athletically, it can be really hard to get the grips where I want them. Most mountain bikes, including the X-Cal are reachier, so you should be able to get a more comfortable fit.

    If you feel like you're working too much harder than your girlfriend and you're not riding mountain bike trails, consider slick tires. Slicks vs. knobbies doesn't really affect the quality of the workout you get. That's all about time and effort level. But they can affect how fast you go for a given level of effort.
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Osco View Post
    I started on a bike like that, It did fine. As I got faster the fork started holding me back so,,,

    I did this :
    SR Suntour North America

    The Raidon fork I got for $189 plus $30 for the shop Install transformed the bike..
    That Raidon fork is a $350 fork,

    Ride your bike, when your skills and speed hit the SR forks limits you will know.
    (There's a sticker down low on the inside of the fork leg sez, " This fork is for light trail use only.. ")

    Put a Lizard skin or wrap an old tube around that chain stay or your chain will beat it raw.....
    What fork did you have before the Raidon? Can you give me some details as to how they differ? I have an XCR and wanting to do the upgrade program too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by briandress View Post
    so i just ordered a trex x caliber 5 today from my LBS. one of the last they had. Last MTB I had was a specialized rockhopper from the 90s. good choice you think?Click image for larger version. 

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    I got the X-Cal 4 last summer. I quickly swapped out the entire bike in the matter of months. The fork was lacking for sure. However, I was not sure if I was going to stick to the sport. Having that in the mind and the price, it was well worth it. I still had a great time out of the trails.

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