One of the great things of having a bike shop is that you get to test out a lot of great gear without breaking your bank (or marriage). When new stuff comes in, it is always nice to see what the guys come up with.
Last week I got my hands on something really special. We got in a 2020 Trek X-Caliber 8.
As this is a family members bike, I got to take it for a spin. I cannot overstate how surprised I was by this bike. It feels, accelerates and handles like a carbon bike, yet it is actually very budget friendly. The kit it comes with is unbelievable value for money at this price point. I really liked the 30 t front gear coupled with a 12 speed SX eagle. The result is epic acceleration and easy climbing. It even comes with a pretty decent wheel set which is almost always absent on bikes below R17K.
Is it perfect for seasoned riders? Well, that is harder to say. It is a damn fine bike that most would be very happy with right out of the box, but we all know that we cyclists are a very particular bunch and can be very choosy. My first picks of things I would change is a lighter crank and some decent clip less pedals. I also didn't like the slow engaging hub at the back, but that is just personal preference.
So, is it right for you? That I cannot say. What I can definitely recommend is that you make a turn by your nearest Trek dealer and take one for a spin. I am sure you will be as pleasantly surprised as I was.