Trek Kaitai XC Hardtail

4/5 (1 Reviews)
MSRP : $609.99

Product Description

If you’re looking for that one perfect go-anywhere bike, DS is it—equally adept on road or off.
  • Gold Series Aluminum frame
  • SR Suntour NEX, adjustable w/lockout, 63mm travel front suspension
  • Shimano Acera 8-speed drivetrain
  • Lockout suspension fork
  • Bontrager LT3 tires

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by hahaderekface a Cross Country Rider from Blacksburg, VA

Date Reviewed: November 6, 2011

Strengths:    Comfortable seat (with included suspension post), functional and easily accessible front shock lockout, gorgeous charcoal-blue and matching fork, practical setup for commuting and light trail riding.

Weaknesses:    Drive train (creaky, finicky shifting, needs frequent adjustments), brakes are an upgrade from rim brakes, but still only so-so, geometry doesn't fit very well (see below).

Bottom Line:   
Overall, I'd say the Kaitai is a good value. However, be careful when buying this if you are tall. I'm 6'2", and immediately the LBS said I'd need an XL frame. After riding this thing for a couple years it's safe to say I should have gone with a L (19.5). The top tube is just way too long for me. Other than that, I'd say it's a pretty decent bike for the price, but if it doesn't fit you well, just keep looking. There are plenty of good options in this price range.

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Favorite Trail:   Patapsco, Ellicott City, MD

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Bike Setup:   Stock

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Opinions on Kaitai?

What is everyone's opinion on the Kaitai? I ride some trails and some street occasionally, was wondering how the Kaitai is on the trails? The forks look like they suck, anything else i would need to change? This is the bike i am looking at, i believe it's a 2010 [url=http://chicago.craigslist ... Read More »

Kaitai frame build into a nice 29er tough as 4300?

I need to make a new bike mine was stolen,I built a 4300 up into a 29er and it worked great for what I do.The 4300 has a real tough frame how does a Kaitai compare and how good of a 29er will they make if built right. I am 6 foot 4 and 310 so I have to build a custom so frame strength is alot. Than ... Read More »

Trek Kaitai vs Trek 4300 for comfort 22.5 ?

I built a Trek 4300 because I liked the frame and had 1500 in it but it was stolen so know I have to build another bike.I loved the 4300 when I was done with it because the frame geometry fit me so does a Kaitai compare for ride comfort,I do 80% rode and have to build the bike up because I ... Read More »

Kaitai same as D8.3

I'm doing more and more homework and I came across this video and read the first comment below it. So is the 8.3 the better way to go in terms of value and what you're getting, in regards to what that quote below says about the KaiTai? At least I'm narrowing things down a bit. lol [url]http://w ... Read More »

Some pics of my 2008 Kaitai build

Just finished buttoning up my new build, a 2008 21" Kaitai for commuting duties. only have a couple miles on it so far but I cant wait to start commuting with this. The quick connect rear trunk bag is quite impressive I must day, it had some serious capacity and snaps on and off the rear rack with ... Read More »

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