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





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.





January 21, 2014
 
Model/Year: 2013

Pros: Fast, smooth, light.

Recommendation: Great for the price point. Recommended





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





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.





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





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







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.