I spent the better part of 2020 aboard the Trek Supercaliber 9.8. I laid down a stack of PR’s during that time that haven’t been touched since. Fast-forward three years and the all-new 2024 Supercaliber has evolved into the bike I tried to make out of the 2020 model I tested. Longer, slacker, smoother and more versatile — all in a similar design package. Let’s dig into some of these details.
For starters, here’s the overview of what’s new from the Trek product team:
“The frame is completely new to make it a more capable bike without sacrificing any of the speed. The travel has been increased from 60mm to 80mm rear travel and the front suspension has increased from 100mm to 110mm. The geometry has been updated with a slightly longer reach and slacker headtube angle. There are now two unique Supercaliber frames. There is a lightweight SL frame and a super lightweight SLR Supercaliber frame. The frames look identical, however the SLR frame has a lighter carbon layup and does not have the internal cable routing guides on the mainframe. There is also a new RockShox SIDLuxe IsoStrut on all models.”
In short, the Gen 2 Supercaliber is built to tackle more terrain while being just as efficient as the previous model. Essentially, it has morphed into the bike I wanted the original model to be. All models now come with 110mm forks and dropper posts. The gem of the line is the $11,699.99 Supercaliber SLR 9.9 XX AXS, which tips the scales at a scant 20.8 lbs. The entry-level model Supercaliber SL 9.6 is $4199.99 and weighs 28.9 lbs. With another SL and several SLR models between those two, there’s bound to be one that fits your needs and budget.
The new IsoStrut is now a RockShox design and is built to be more user-serviceable. In addition, the frame can accept up to 2.4″ tires, but the front tire will vary based on the fork’s clearance. Lockouts galore remain, so the spaghetti cable motif is real when going with mechanical groupsets. Hopefully a Gen 2 Supercaliber will come our way for testing, so stay tuned.
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