Gary Fisher X-Caliber Mountain Bike Review

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March 15, 2016
 
Model/Year: 2013 X-Caliber

Pros: Geometry,
SRAM components,
RockSchox Reconn

Cons: Tires,
Grips,
Saddle,
Wheels (had issues with spokes breaking)

Recommendation: Great HT bike.
Does everything good, (but not Great). Really designed for XC riding (not super techy, AM type of riding)...Great all around trail bike

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September 6, 2014
 
Pros: Decent weight for the price point, tough as nails, comfortable riding position, Fox fork is solid

Cons: Stock wheels - not so much.

Recommendation: I've owned this since 2010 and ride the heck out of it. It's a Frankenbike at this point because I've upgraded a ton of the components, but the frame and Fox fork have been awesome. I heard that this model year Fox shock had issues, but I've had zero problems. Worth every penny I paid and I feel like the bike was a good value for the price point. Can't speak to newer Trek/Fishers, but if you can find one of these frames and you're doing a budget build you won't be disappointed.

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January 21, 2014
 
Model/Year: 2013

Pros: Fast, smooth, light.

Recommendation: Great for the price point. Recommended

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October 7, 2011
 
Pros: Overall ride for a hard tail is excellent. Smooth rolling. Great braking.

Cons: Seat, but hey, who sits?

Recommendation: So great to ride. The bike outrides me, which may not be true for more experienced, or rougher riders, but fits bill for SE hilly rides just fine

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August 31, 2010
 
Pros: Fast, roll's over anything and climbs well. Killer X-country bike.

Cons: No real cons, however, on really tight single tracks it's a bit bulky and lacks a little maneuverability at speed in turns.

Recommendation: I really like this bike, it's fast, stable, climbs well, nice stock components, Forks are tight and the rims so far have held up great with the right tire pressure. I would definitely buy this bike again.

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June 23, 2010
 
Pros: very lite and fast

Cons: too much money

Recommendation: i would reccommend it to a friend for sure if u had a few bucks sitting around

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November 3, 2009
 
Pros: She is ridiculously fast & stable!

Cons: Wish I could ride more...

Recommendation: The bike shown here is an older model. I have the 2009 x-cal (red & white).
Frame
Platinum Series 6066 butted & hydroformed aluminum, cold-forged dropouts, G2 29" Geometry

Wheels
Bontrager Rhythm Disc 29, 28mm wide tubeless ready* rims

Componentry
SRAM X.9 front derailleur, SRAM X.7 rear derailleur, SRAM X.7 shifters, Shimano FC-M521 crank, Avid Juicy 3 hydraulic disc brakes

Suspension
Fox F80RL 29, 80mm travel, custom G2 offset



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April 2, 2008
 
Pros: Drivetrain, BB7's, Reba Shock...the whole bike.

Cons: Tires, grips...other than that, it is just fine.

Recommendation: This is my first 29er, and I am having a great time with it. Plus, I paid less than $1,000 for it. I haven't been riding too long, but this bike makes me feel like a kid again. I had to replace the tires and grips almost immediately. The Bontrager Jones (front) and the WTB Nanoraptor (rear) had to go...as with the Bontrager grips. I replaced the tires with a Panaracer Rampage 29 in the rear, Panaracer Fire Cross in the front, and some ODI Rogue lock-on grips. I do plan to mount the Nanoraptor to another rim for hard pack though.

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Gary Fisher X-Caliber 4.75 out of 5 based on 8 ratings. 8 user reviews.