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    Trek X Caliber 7 2014

    I've got this entry level bike almost five years ago and now the time has come: upgrade the components(everything is stock right now) or buy another bike(which I'm not prepared to do at this time). With that being said, I've gotta stick to the first option. Two things I have in mind: a better fork and a wider handle bar. What would you guys recommend? Thanks in advance!

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    That's one l o n g stem and a lot of seat post. You're likely on too small a bike to really ride at a high level of performance. Wider bars means you can reduce the stem length to maintain the same cockpit fit.

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    I have good experience getting wider bars and shorter stem at the same time. For highend as well as entry level ht. Can be had dirt cheap. That is if your bike as said isn't too small?
    I wouldn't spend a new fork on that bike if it's working but perhaps a cheap mechanical dropper post will give some fun and perhaps a new set of tyres. A dropper will give new feeling and possibilities.
    If you get a new fork I would consider going 120mm and slacking out the hta 1.5 to 2 degree at the same time.

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    I'm with eb, that's a lot of exposed seatpost suggesting you may be on a frame that's too small for you.
    Keep riding the bike and look for demo days at your local shops to narrow down your frame size, then you can focus on a particular bike and wait for deals and save your bucks until then. Good luck
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    I recommend you do nothing besides save up for a new bike.

    edit: and one without reflectors.

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    You can gain a bit more room with a setback seatpost. That and wider bars will give you a bit more.

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    Thanks guys! You are absolutely right, my frame is 17.5 and the correct size is 19.5, based on my height(5'-11''). Didn't know any better when I got the bike at the time. I've made a decision, I'll put it on sale, see I can recover some money to buy a more comfy ride. I'm thinking about going with 27.5 wheels now, ht. What do you suggest?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickusa View Post
    Thanks guys! You are absolutely right, my frame is 17.5 and the correct size is 19.5, based on my height(5'-11''). Didn't know any better when I got the bike at the time. I've made a decision, I'll put it on sale, see I can recover some money to buy a more comfy ride. I'm thinking about going with 27.5 wheels now, ht. What do you suggest?

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    29 or combo 27.5+/29 hardtail is what I'd recommend. Rollover and wide tires and rims are very beneficial for a hardtail.
    27.5 hardtail bikes are leftovers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eb1888 View Post
    29 or combo 27.5+/29 hardtail is what I'd recommend. Rollover and wide tires and rims are very beneficial for a hardtail.
    27.5 hardtail bikes are leftovers.
    So I sold my bike and got another HT, a 2015 Superfly 5 with a 19.5 frame and I'm loving it.

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    That does look like it has a long stem. And the bars- how wide? You may be able to update with a shorter stem 60-80mm with an up angle and 15mm riser bars 9* sweep 760mm or more width. Maybe 780. 15-20mm setback seat post also would help if necessary.
    For the future think about 30-35mm inner width rim wheels. You can fit the Bontrager XR2 Team 2.35 tires or a 2.6 for a front. Those are high volume rounded profile. Lower pressure by about 5psi less than you run for tires on skinny rims. Go lower until you get rim hits in the rocky areas of your ride. That'll add ride compliance and better traction with slower slideouts. Less crashes and more fun. Good luck.

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