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Old 02-03-19, 12:55 PM
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X-Caliber 9 as a universal bicycle?

Hello, I'm going to by to buy a MTB bike. The bike will be used rather for recreational riding in the mountains and longer routes with rack and panniers (no competitions). I consider buying x-caliber 9 from 2019, but I `m wondering if less sporting geometry would be better, for example: cannondale trail 2/3 or Specialized Rockhopper Pro 2018 (or maybe something other?). In the case of these three companies, I also have easy access to the bicycle service.
I`m slim and have relatively long legs.
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I have had a Xcaliber 9, it was a fine bike that I used mostly for mountain riding. As a road bike, I'd want slicker tires as it wasn't fun on knobby tires.

For 40+ miles, I'd want different handlebar positions.
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Figure 8 bend Trekking bars are a solution, then .. same controls

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Salsa Fargo with suspension fork
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Hello, I'm going to by to buy a MTB bike. The bike will be used rather for recreational riding in the mountains and longer routes with rack and panniers (no competitions). I consider buying x-caliber 9 from 2019, but I `m wondering if less sporting geometry would be better, for example: cannondale trail 2/3 or Specialized Rockhopper Pro 2018 (or maybe something other?). In the case of these three companies, I also have easy access to the bicycle service.
I`m slim and have relatively long legs.
Regards.
I have three friend on the X-Caliber 9. Great spec for the money! They ride single track, pretty aggressive downhill and road. My only gripe with the bike is that it is quick release on the rear instead of 12mm thru axle like on my Procaliber 9.6 and my wife's Procaliber 6. Her Procaliber 6 is aluminum like the X-Caliber but, has thru axle front and rear, ISO speed and is close to the same price. She uses it for light trail and a lot of road. She hates drop bars. For my money, that is what I would go with.

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Thank you for your answers. I was thinking about some bar-ends because of long distances. Maybe trekking bars?
About Salsa Fargo: I prefer a company whose service is easily available in my area.
I've heard bad things about the back axle of x-caliber. Is this really a big problem when replacing a wheel?

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I'm a big fan of mountain bikes for a universal bike but not of suspension front fork. Guess depends on what kind of mountain biking you do. Maybe look at something like the Trek 920. That's pretty good for about everything.
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Full or front Suspension eats up your energy plus adds weight.Wider slick tires might be the better ticket if your riding mostly on smooth surfaces.
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I like the X-Caliber and Roscoe as do-everything bikes. They can mount a trailer and a standard rack. Thru axles require aftermarket parts and a lot of bikes at this price range have no rack mounts. But they come with damping suspension forks, and they can also take a lot of modern MTB components (plus tires, droppers) and have current geometry.
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Thank you. How would Trail 2 work in this role? Would it be better than the caliber?
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Nice bike, and the fork has a lockout which will be a nice feature in smoother conditions.
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