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    Turning Out My Trek X-Cal Hardtail

    In May 2019, I bought a 2019 Trek X-Caliber8 hardtail. I am originally from Texas but moved to Colorado in March. I've always enjoyed hardtail but never did anything more than bland Texas parks with the most basic trials.

    Well, since moving to Colorado, the biking has been so much more fun. Which started me on the path towards upgrading the bike to get just a bit more out of it.

    So far, I've done:


    • Mounted pair of red RaceFace Chester flat pedals
    • Swapped 160mm Shimano MT200 standard rotors for Shimano IceTech 180mm rotors with IceTech pads
    • Converted Bontrager Kovee wheels to tubeless
      • replaced Bontrager XR2 tires with Maxxis Minion DHFs

    • Fitted GoPro Blendr stem cap
    • Switch from 2x10 to 1x10
      • RaceFace Ride 36/22 chainrings dropped for RaceFace 104 BCD Narrow Wide 30T chainring (red anodized)
      • new KMC x10 chain
      • SunRace 11-42T 10sp rear cassette (not yet installed)
      • Removed front derailleur and cabling

    • Replace grips with graphite Odi Elite Pro lock-on hand grips
    • Replaced Odi grips with LizardSkinz North Shore Lock-On grips
    • eThirteen TRS+ Chainguide with bashplate and ISCG5 adapter plate



    On the to-do list:

    • PNW Components Rainier IR 125mm dropper post with Puget MTB lever
    • Some tape solution to cover internal-cable Frame holes vacated during 1-by conversion


    Some pics:



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    While putting in the new chain ring and removing the front derailleur, I noticed this little tidbit. I have no idea what happened to the trigger cover of the my rear shifter?!

    ...guess I'm in the market for a new rear shifter. lol

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    Now taking suggestions on how to cover up the internal cable holes
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    I hate chain slap
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    Leave the top hole open for your dropper cable.

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    I was thinking that. But wasn’t sure if the seat/down tube angle was too steep to allow the cable to function.

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    Went to Village Bicycles (part of Epic Outdoors) in Colorado Springs and they were very cool and friendly. Very helpful in finding some tools I was needing and even hooked me up with a replacement derailleur shifter cover that fell off for free!

    So as of now, the 22T chainring is finally gone. Will be putting on the 11-42T cassette tonight. Spoke with eThirteen about a BB mount lower chainguide/bash guard combo. Might even mount a low direct chain guide to the vacant e-type derailleur mount.
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    In the second pic from the last, is that a hole in the seat tube to run an internal dropper cable? If so, you'd run it into an upper hole in the down tube, out a lower hole in the down tube and than up into the seat tube through that hole. The radius of the bend in the cable between the down tube and seat tube will be fine.

    FWIW: I like a smaller rotor in the back...less easy to lock up the rear wheel. All the braking power is in the front anyway. I find IceTech rotors go out of true more and contribute to bite point wander. I prefer the one-piece stainless steel rotors. No need for Ice Tech pads either.
    Do the math.

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    So I have the front chain ring and rear cassette on. Shifts and drive is smooth albeit chatty. The only problem I see now is that the current rear derailleur isn't gonna work. When switching to the 42, the derailleur cage bumps right up to the cog.

    I'm wondering if I could get away with getting an 11-speed rear derailleur and setting the limiting screw to prevent over shifts. I just don't know if I can find a 10-speed derailleur that can fit a 42T cog.




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    Just bought a Shimano XT RD-M8000 GS 11-Speed rear. Fingers crossed.


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    New XT8000 GS derailleur is on and shifts perfectly! Kudos to Bicycle Village in Colorado Springs for the adjustment help. They even solved the sloppy play in my headset. Turns out Trek uses plastic wedges instead of metal ones.

    Also got word from Jeremy at eThirteen and helped me find a chainguide/bashguard that will work.

    Overall it’s been an awesome customer service day.


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    Threw on my new Turning Out My Trek X-Cal Hardtail-c554ee26-10a5-47c8-a5cb-e2868fcdf2d2.jpgheadset cap.
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    Just FYI... the M8000 should work with up to a 46 tooth cog. I've heard from some folks they run it without a goatlink...others do for a little more chain wrap on the cogs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Handlebar View Post
    Just FYI... the M8000 should work with up to a 46 tooth cog. I've heard from some folks they run it without a goatlink...others do for a little more chain wrap on the cogs.
    I ran it at Vail last week with zero problems. All the gears feel more usable.

    Side note: I threw on the eThirteen chainguide/bash guard last night.

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    So with MTB season drawing to a close here in Colorado (and by “close”, I mean lifts being shut down to start prepping for ski season. LoL), I find myself already looking forward to next season.

    I decided I’m gonna build my next bike. Here’s my napkin scratchpad notes for my next bike. I’m gonna build out an Evil Wreckoning LB in Fallout Green. Some of the components can already be had on a built one but there are a couple of components that I really like/want. Others were just a PITA to find because of the mind boggling variation/selection/lack of standardization options (specifically the frigging headset options!). Plus there’s nothing better than building something yourself.

    The list is still technically a work in progress. I haven’t picked other things like wheelsets, cables, pedals, etc yet.

    FRAME/FORK
    -Evil Wreckoning LB
    -Medium frame
    -RockShox Lyric Ultimate Charger 2 RC2 29, DebonAir
    -160mm travel
    -15x110
    -51mm offset


    DRIVETRAIN
    -Crankset
    -SRAM GX Eagle Dub Boost 148 170 cranks
    -32T chainring
    -Cassette
    -SRAM XG-1295 Eagle 12sp
    -10-50T
    -Rear Derailleur
    -SRAM X01 Eagle 12sp
    -Bottom Bracket
    -SRAM Dub English
    -73mm


    COCKPIT
    -Headset
    -FSA Integrated tapered headset No. 57/68
    -44mm upper
    -62mm lower
    -Upper Bearing
    -30.2x41x6.5
    -36/45 deg
    -Lower Bearing
    -40x51.8x8
    -36/45 deg
    -Headset Spacers
    -XON Carbon spacer kit
    -Handlebar
    -RaceFace SIXC 820 Carbon 35
    -Silver/White
    -35mm rise
    -35mm diameter
    -820mm width
    -Rear Shifter
    -SRAM X01 Eagle 12sp trigger shifter
    -Dropper Post Lever
    -PNW Components Loam Lever
    -Red
    -Stem
    -RaceFace Turbine R35
    -35mm handlebar diameter
    -40mm length

    SADDLE/SEATPOST
    -Dropper Post
    -PNW Components Bachelor Dropper
    -34.9mm diameter
    -150mm drop
    -Seat Clamp
    -Hope Seatpost Clamp
    -Black
    -34.9mm diameter
    -Saddle
    -Spank Oozy 220
    -Green


    BRAKES
    -Front Brakeset
    -Hope Tech 3 E4
    -Black
    -Rear Brakeset
    -Hope Tech 3 E4
    -Black
    -Front Brake Rotor
    -Hope Floating Disc Rotor
    -Black
    -180mm
    -Rear Brake Rotor
    -Hope Floating Disc Rotor
    -Black
    -180mm
    -Brake Adapter
    -Post to Post


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    Picked up an Evil Following demo in Drunken Olive flavor today from C3 Bikes in Golden, CO. This bike unbelievable! So smooth. The suspension really does soak up everything. Took it out and was so much faster than my hardtail.

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    So this happened on Saturday. Still had fun though. Mountain patrol guys and ER clinic at the base were great and cool as hell.





    Wasn’t as bad as this dude that came in right after me though. Lol


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    Aw man! Heal up.

    Good job with the X-Caliber. I test rode one, you are turning yours into the bike I wished it was to begin with

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    Looks like you are getting into some fun stuff. What is your plan for the X-Caliber now that you have the Evil?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frenchman83 View Post
    Looks like you are getting into some fun stuff. What is your plan for the X-Caliber now that you have the Evil?
    X-Cal will be the go-to trail bike with family or will just donate it to my son. But I still plan to put some more stuff on it.

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    Hardtail was posted for sale. Asking $1000
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