It's right for you if...
You're looking for a fast mountain bike for singletrack—one that's fully capable of taking on races, marathons, and competitive group rides. You want something that is reliable and fun with dependable, lightweight parts.
The tech you get
A lightweight Alpha Gold Aluminum frame, a RockShox 30 Silver 100mm suspension fork with a lockout and an air spring that's lighter and more adjustable than a coil spring, tubeless ready wheels with Boost141 hub spacing, and a smooth, efficient SRAM SX Eagle 1x12 drivetrain with a wide-range cassette.
The final word
With X-Caliber 8, you're getting a performance frame paired with performance parts, like a RockShox air fork and 1x SRAM Eagle drivetrain. Plus, it's equipped with durable, lightweight alloy rims that save weight and are easy to upgrade to tubeless.
favorite_borderWhy you'll love it
- It has the price of a more basic hardtail, but the parts and performance of a more expensive one
- The RockShox air fork has a rebound adjust and can be tuned to the rider’s weight, and it’s way higher quality than what you’d normally get on an MTB at this price
- The frame is fully compatible with higher-end parts, like race wheels and a dropper post, if you ever find the need to upgrade
- Smart Wheel Sizing means you'll get the fastest wheel that fits (29˝ wheels on larger frames, 27.5˝ wheels on smaller frames)
- The 1x drivetrain delivers a wide range of gearing with the simplicity of a single shifter
High tech frame
The Alpha Gold Aluminum frame is packed with features that make your ride better. A tapered head tube gives you more precise, confident handling on the front end, while Boost 141 rear hub spacing gives you shorter chainstays for more nimble handling out back.
Built for speed
X-Caliber is a classic XC hardtail with quick-handling geometry, weight-conscious parts, and just enough suspension to take the edge off bumps. These models are built for efficiency, making them great for racers or anyone else who wants to cover more ground in less time.
Locked suspension means your fork remains inactive, increasing pedaling efficiency. Perfect for extended road sections where efficiency is more important than bump absorption.
Going for a long ride? Rack mounts make carrying accessories a breeze.
Rear kickstand mount
Chainstay mounts make it easy to install a rear kickstand that stays out of your way and supports bikes of all sizes. No more laying or leaning.
Internal dropper compatible
Internal routing ports make it easy to add a dropper post upgrade that lets you lower your saddle on the fly so it's out of your way for tricky sections of trail.
Internal cable routing
We route shift and brake cables through the frame to keep things clean and simple. And it looks great, too.
Smart Wheel Size
The right wheel size paired with your frame size gives you the perfect combination of responsiveness and control.
*spec applies to all sizes unless otherwise noted
|Frame||Alpha Gold Aluminum, tapered head tube, internal derailleur & dropper post routing, rack & kickstand mount, Boost141, 5mm QR|
RockShox Judy SL, Solo Air spring, TurnKey lockout, tapered steerer, 42 mm offset, Boost110, 15 mm Maxle Lite, 80 mm travel
RockShox Judy SL, Solo Air spring, TurnKey lockout, tapered steerer, Boost110, 15 mm Maxle Lite, 100 mm travel
M, M/L, L, XL, XXL
RockShox Judy SL, Solo Air spring, TurnKey lockout, tapered steerer, Boost110, 15 mm Maxle Stealth, 100 mm travel
|Max compatible fork travel||120mm (XS: 100mm)|
|Hub front||Bontrager alloy, sealed bearing, alloy axle, 6-bolt, Boost110, 15 mm thru axle|
|Hub rear||Formula DCL-141Q, sealed bearing, 6-bolt, Shimano 10 freehub, Boost141, 5mm QR|
|Rim||Bontrager Kovee, double-wall, Tubeless Ready, 28-hole, 23 mm width, Presta valve|
|Spokes||14 g stainless steel|
Bontrager XR3 Comp, wire bead, 30 tpi, 27.5x2.20''
M, M/L, L, XL, XXL
Bontrager XR3 Comp, wire bead, 30 tpi, 29x2.20"
|Max tire size||Frame: 27.5x2.80" or 29x2.40" Fork: See manufacturer|
|Shifter||SRAM SX Eagle, 12 speed|
|Rear derailleur||SRAM SX Eagle|
SRAM SX Eagle, GXP, 30T steel ring, Boost, 170mm length
M, M/L, L, XL, XXL
SRAM SX Eagle, GXP, 30T steel ring, Boost, 175mm length
|Bottom bracket||Truvativ Powerspline, 73mm, threaded cartridge, 118mm spindle|
|Cassette||SRAM PG-1210 Eagle, 11-50, 12 speed|
|Chain||SRAM SX Eagle, 12 speed|
|Pedal||VP-536 nylon platform|
|Max chainring size||32T|
Bontrager alloy, 31.6mm, 12mm offset, 330mm length
Bontrager alloy, 31.6mm, 12mm offset, 360mm length
M/L, L, XL, XXL
Bontrager alloy, 31.6mm, 12mm offset, 400mm length
Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, 5mm rise, 690mm width
S, M, M/L, L, XL, XXL
Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, 5mm rise, 720mm width
Bontrager Elite, 31.8 mm, Blendr-compatible, 7-degree, 60 mm length
Bontrager Elite, 31.8 mm, Blendr-compatible, 7-degree, 70 mm length
Bontrager Elite, 31.8 mm, Blendr-compatible, 7-degree, 80 mm length
Bontrager Elite, 31.8 mm, Blendr-compatible, 7-degree, 90 mm length
|Headset||Semi-integrated, loose ball bearing, 1-1/8'' top, 1.5'' bottom|
|Brake||Shimano MT200 hydraulic disc|
XS, S, M, M/L, L, XL, XXL
Shimano RT26, 6-bolt,160 mm
L, XL, XXL
Shimano RT26, 6-bolt,180 mm
|Weight||M - 13.80 kg / 30.42 lbs (with tubes)|
|Weight limit||This bike has a maximum total weight limit (combined weight of bicycle, rider, and cargo) of 300 pounds (136 kg).|
Sizing & fit
The charts below show our recommended sizes based on height, but there are some other factors, like arm and leg length, that determine a great fit. That’s why you’ll see some overlap in our recommendations. Not every rider who’s 5´8˝, for example, will fit on the same size bike. The best way to find your perfect fit is to consult the experts at your local retailer.
137.0 - 155.0 cm
4'5.9" - 5'1.0"
64.0 - 73.0 cm
25.2" - 28.7"
153.0 - 166.5 cm
5'0.2" - 5'5.6"
72.0 - 79.0 cm
28.3" - 31.1"
161.0 - 172.0 cm
5'3.4" - 5'7.7"
76.0 - 81.0 cm
29.9" - 31.9"
165.5 - 179.0 cm
5'5.2" - 5'10.5"
77.0 - 84.0 cm
30.3" - 33.1"
177.0 - 188.0 cm
5'9.7" - 6'2.0"
83.0 - 88.0 cm
32.7" - 34.6"
186.0 - 196.0 cm
6'1.2" - 6'5.2"
87.0 - 92.0 cm
34.3" - 36.2"
195.0 - 203.0 cm
6'4.8" - 6'7.9"
92.0 - 95.0 cm
36.2" - 37.4"
All measurements provided in cm unless otherwise stated.
|Frame size number||Frame size letter||Wheel size||A — Seat tube||B — Seat tube angle||Effective seat tube angle||C — Head tube length||D — Head angle||E — Effective top tube||F — Bottom bracket height||G — Bottom bracket drop||H — Chainstay length||I — Offset||J — Trail||K — Wheelbase||L — Standover||M — Frame reach||N — Frame stack|