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Dawn of the super XC bike: 2020 Trek Supercaliber

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Not quite a hardtail. But not just a full suspension bike. The 2020 Trek Supercaliber is a best-of-all-worlds, and next generation XC racing bike!

Trek introduced the all-new Supercaliber today, a radical new XC race bike with a unique, structural suspension design that changes the game for cross-country mountain bike racing.

Supercaliber delivers the light weight and efficiency of a hardtail and the control and traction of a full suspension bike. It’s the perfect solution for XC racers who want to hammer on climbs and sprints, and also keep speed through the rough stuff and rip descents.

Trek Factory Racing XC has raced Supercaliber on the World Cup circuit this year and will continue to compete aboard this game-changing bike for the remainder of the season and beyond.

‘This has been that dream bike that I always wanted, but never existed until now,’ said Trek Factory Racing’s Jolanda Neff. ‘I’ll be racing nothing else from now on.’

IsoStrut: an innovation in speed

Supercaliber gets its magic from IsoStrut, a structural, frame-integrated shock created in partnership with FOX suspension engineers that provides 60 mm of damped, tunable rear travel.

IsoStrut is encased in a structural stanchion that prevents twisting, flex and deflection. This unique design gives the bike the exceptional pedalling efficiency and removes the need for excess suspension linkages – along with the weight and excess lateral motion that typically come with them.

Built to race

Supercaliber will be available in four complete models. Each is equipped with an OCLV Mountain Carbon frame with Straight Shot down tube and Knock Block, a SRAM 1×12 drivetrain (including a SRAM AXS build on the highest end model in the family) and Bontrager Kovee carbon wheels with Rapid Drive hub internals for nearly instant engagement when you stomp on the pedals.

Like all Bontrager carbon wheels, Kovee MTB wheels are backed by the Bontrager Carbon Care Wheel Loyalty Programme. If they’re damaged within the first two years of ownership, we’ll replace or repair them for free.

All Supercaliber models also feature 100 mm of front travel, 29˝ wheels on all frame sizes for the best in momentum-preserving speed and room to carry two water bottles in the main triangle.

Supercaliber will be rolling into Trek retailers from now until November, depending on the market, and will also be available for customisation through Project One.

Available Supercaliber models:

Supercaliber 9.7

Supercaliber 9.8

Supercaliber 9.9 XX1

Supercaliber 9.9 XX1 AXS

Source: Trek Bicycles

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