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2020 Trek Supercaliber 9.8 carbon/black

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2020 Trek Supercaliber 9.8

Availability: In stock


Quick Overview

This is a World Cup racer ready to leave the competition in the dust!


Color: Matte Carbon/Gloss Black

Sizes: Small, Medium, Medium/Large, Large, Extra-Large and Extra-Extra-Large. Please call for size availability


We at Machinery Row have become somewhat jaded when it comes to new bikes, but this one shook us out of our doldrums. The new Supercaliber 9.8 from Trek might be their best off-road racer in years. It handles like a dream, is oh-so smooth over the rough stuff, and is absurdly, stupifyingly light. Run the tires tubeless, and it might get below 23 pounds depending on frame size.


And that's not even the best part.


It's World Cup ready, straight out of the box. It can tackle torturous ascents, technical singletrack and twisty courses with the best racing machines on the planet. There aren't many mountain bikes that can say that. Trek's own OCLV Mountain carbon fiber is used throughout the frame, bestowing incredibly light weight and a supremely strong chassis on the Supercaliber. A tapered head tube and press-fit bottom bracket add torsional strength for precision handling. The oversized Straight Shot downtube is another weight-reducing element, adding to the Supercaliber's climbing chops, especially when out of the saddle.


A starring feature of the Supercaliber 9.8 is the integrated IsoStrut rear suspension that boasts 60mm of travel. By changing the rear triangle's carbon fiber "recipe", Trek was able to eliminate the rearmost pivot normally found on a mountain bike's rear suspension. The seat stays of the rear triangle flex just enough to soak up choppy singletrack, improving control and allowing the rider to stay fresher on challenging terrrain. The air-adjustable Fox Performance shock offers a very smooth feel, has adjustable rebound and even has a remote lockout lever. Cool, huh? Pivots above the bottom bracket, a 12mm rear thru-axle, and a stout anchor bolt at the shock prevent power-robbing torsional and lateral flex. Up front, an air-adjustable Fox Performance 32 suspension fork brings 100mm of travel to the party. A GRIP 2-position damper and bar-mounted remote lockout lever lets the rider customize the shock's feel in the heat of battle. A 15mm thru-axle fork dropout and boost110 hub spacing add an extra dash of handling precision.


All that is a pretty hard act to follow! But Trek was very particular about what to equip the Supercaliber 9.8 with. SRAM's 12-speed GX Eagle shifter and GX Eagle rear derailleur are up to the job, adding lightning-quick shifting and long service life to the bike. A Truvativ Stylo Carbon Eagle crankset with a direct-mount 32T chainring does power delivery duties with surprising lightness. A massive 10-50T cassette brings a 500% gearing range to roller-coaster race courses and challenging terrain. Rolling stock consists of Bontrager's tubeless-ready Kovee Elite 30 wheels. Constructed of OCLV Pro carbon fiber, they weigh about 1700 grams (!!) and have a 29mm inner rim dimension. Cross-country rubber consists of tubeless-ready 29x2.20" Bontrager XR2 Team Issue tires. Stopping power is found at the Shimano XT hydraulic disc brakes, bringing excellent lever feedback and effective stopping power to the Supercaliber. A Ti-railed Bontrager Montrose Elite saddle, OCLV carbon fiber seatpost, Kovee Pro Knock Block stem and OCLV carbon fiber Kovee Pro handlebar complete this World-beating rocketship.

Additional Information

Year 2020
Gender Mens + Womans
Color Carbon
Speeds 12 Speed
Features Light weight, rugged construction, nimble handling, aggressive fit, OCLV Mountain carbon fiber main frame and rear triangle, IsoStrut rear suspension geometry w/60mm of travel, tapered head tube, 92mm PressFit bottom bracket, Control Freak internal cable routing, Straight Shot downtube, Knock Block steering, air-adjustable Fox Performance rear shock w/DPS 2-position remote damper, Boost148 thru-axle rear hub spacing, air-adjustable Fox Performance 32 Step-Cast suspension fork w/remote lockout 2-position damper and 100mm travel, 12-speed SRAM GX Eagle shifter, SRAM GX Eagle rear derailleur, Truvativ Stylo Carbon Eagle crankset w/32T direct-mount alloy chainring, 10-50T SRAM XG-1275 Eagle cassette, SRAM Eagle chain, tubeless-ready carbon fiber Bontrager Kovee Elite 30 wheelset w/Rapid Drive freehub, tubeless-ready 29x2.20'' Bontrager XR2 Team Issue tires, Shimano Deore XT hydraulic disc brakes, Ti-railed Bontrager Montrose Elite saddle, OCLV Carbon Bontrager Pro seatpost, alloy Bontrager Kovee Pro stem, OCLV carbon fiber Bontrager Kovee Pro handlebar w/35mm stem clamp dia.
Manufacturer Trek