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    2014 x-caliber line is finally up on trek us

    X-Caliber 29 - Trek Bicycle

    Seems kinda confusing. Frankly the 7 seems pointless as I don't see much improvement over the 6.

    The 8, however has a pretty decent spec for the money IMO. It's a better spec than the Mamba for pretty much the same money. Kind or surprised that there isn't a tapered head tube at this price though.

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    Is it just me or does it seem as tho trek keeps putting cheaper forks on the xcal when fisher had it they put fox fork on them then trek took over and put rebas on it now its a cheap crappy version ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris11557 View Post
    Is it just me or does it seem as tho trek keeps putting cheaper forks on the xcal when fisher had it they put fox fork on them then trek took over and put rebas on it now its a cheap crappy version ..
    Didn't Fisher spec Bomber forks at first?

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    Seriously? A $1300 bike with an x32?

    The cobia for 1200 at least comes with a recon silver. So is this the first of the 2014 line? Are they doing away with the Mamba, Marlin, and Wahoo all together?

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    I'm in the market for a Marlin and trying to decide between it and the Airborne Guardian 2.0. The '14 X-caliber 6 has a better frame, front derailleur, handlebar and brakeset (hydraulic) than the '13 Marlin... with only $60 more in MSRP. Now I have three bikes to choose from. The X-caliber 6 in black and silver looks awesome.

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    Why do you think it has a better frame? I'm also not sure the difference in the FD is significant at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hankscorpio View Post
    Why do you think it has a better frame? I'm also not sure the difference in the FD is significant at all.
    I don't know... maybe because Trek makes the X-caliber frame sound "fancier" with words in the description that are not in the Marlin's frame description like: semi-integrated head tube, race geometry, internal front derailleur routing, etc.

    I plan to test ride both the Marlin and the X-caliber when the local LBS gets the X-calibers in stock. The X-caliber's size options are different from the Marlins.... 18.5, 21.5, etc. I have an '07 Trek 3700 26er with 19.5" frame that fits me perfect... but 19.5 on a 29er might not fit as well.

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    Yea I can't remember how far up the Marlin frame goes. I think its the same frame from Wahoo, Marlin, Mamba, and Cobia. I guess xcall is logically the next step up in the frame.

    I want to know if they are dc'ing those other bikes though. If they are than you probably want to know if all the xcal;s have the same frame, which they most likely do

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    From what I understand 2013 was the last year for the Wahoo,Marlin and Mamba

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    Quote Originally Posted by TBoneAz View Post
    X-Caliber 29 - Trek Bicycle

    Seems kinda confusing. Frankly the 7 seems pointless as I don't see much improvement over the 6.

    The 8, however has a pretty decent spec for the money IMO. It's a better spec than the Mamba for pretty much the same money. Kind or surprised that there isn't a tapered head tube at this price though.
    You make any decision yet bones?

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    2014 x-caliber line is finally up on trek us

    Quote Originally Posted by -sparky- View Post
    From what I understand 2013 was the last year for the Wahoo,Marlin and Mamba
    This is what I have been told by my LBS.


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    Quote Originally Posted by -sparky- View Post
    From what I understand 2013 was the last year for the Wahoo,Marlin and Mamba
    add the Cobia to that list also..

    2014 see's the 5 models condensed into 1 model line with 6 price points.

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    It appears to have rear rack/fender mounts on the 2014 frame also.

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    is the current xcal the same frame as the wahoo, marlin, mamba and cobia?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hankscorpio View Post
    is the current xcal the same frame as the wahoo, marlin, mamba and cobia?
    Yes.

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    Interesting. I was wondering if they were trying to cut down some cost by eliminating a frame but I guess they are saving money buy just keeping the frame with one name?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hankscorpio View Post
    I guess they are saving money buy just keeping the frame with one name?
    The way it was explained to me: Consumers were getting confused by the multiple model names with the same name. If it's one model with 6 price points then all they have to worry about is what component spec will best suit their riding requirements.

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    Fwiw, I don't think the 2014 x-cal frame = 2013 mamba, wahoo, etc. I.e, internal cable routing and subtle geo differences. My dealer said the cobia etc were gone too, it's x-caliber and then superfly for 2014.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TBoneAz View Post
    Fwiw, I don't think the 2014 x-cal frame = 2013 mamba, wahoo, etc. I.e, internal cable routing and subtle geo differences. My dealer said the cobia etc were gone too, it's x-caliber and then superfly for 2014.
    3 Staches this year for something different.

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    I'm just glad I got my Marlin when I did.

    The "equivalent" X-Cal version doesn't seem as impressive. As a matter of fact, the entire line looks "meh."

    I'll just focus on a few upgrades to my Marlin and be happy.

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