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Trek Superfly 5 vs Trek X-caliber 2013 vs 2013 Trek Stache 7

Hi deciding between these 2 bikes need advise on whether to go with better perceived and lighter frame or the better component spec. Zeroed in on the Gary Fisher 29er G2 frames for better handling but open to others if as good. I am coming from a 26er Giant XTC and I do mostly light trails and uneven roads not heavy stuff or jumps. Small bump,compliance is key.

Trek Superfly 5 - New! MSRP: $1,539.99

  • Colors Trek Black/Trek White
  • Frame Alpha Platinum Aluminum, butted & hydroformed tubing, E2 tapered head tube, internal cable routing, press fit BB, balanced post mount, Closed Convert dropouts, G2 Geometry
  • Front suspension RockShox Recon Silver w/Solo Air spring, rebound, TurnKey lockout, custom G2 Geometry w/51mm offset, 100mm travel
  • Sizes 15.5, 17.5, 18.5, 19.5, 21.5, 23"
  • Wheels Shimano M435 center lock hubs w/Bontrager AT-850 32-hole double-walled rim
  • Tires Bontrager XR1 Expert, aramid bead, 29x2.20"
  • Shifters Shimano Deore, 10 speed
  • Front derailleur Shimano Deore
  • Rear derailleur Shimano Deore XT Shadow
  • Crank Shimano M622, 40/30/22
  • Cassette Shimano HG62 11-36, 10 speed
  • Pedals
  • Saddle Bontrager Evoke 1.5
  • Seatpost Bontrager SSR, 27.2mm, 12mm offset
  • Handlebar Bontrager Low Riser, 31.8mm, 5mm rise
  • Stem Bontrager Race Lite, 31.8mm, 7 degree
  • Headset FSA IS-2, E2, sealed cartridge bearing
  • Brakeset Shimano M445 hydraulic disc
  • Grips Bontrager Race

Trek X-Caliber MSRP:$1,699.99

  • Colors Trek Black/Viper Red
  • Frame Alpha Gold Aluminum, butted & hydroformed tubing, G2 Geometry
  • Front suspension RockShox Reba RL 29 w/Solo Air, Motion Control remote lockout, rebound, custom G2 Geometry w/51mm offset, 100mm travel
  • Sizes 15.5, 17.5, 19, 21, 23"
  • Wheels Bontrager sealed cartridge bearing, alloy axle front hub; Bontrager sealed cartridge bearing, alloy axle rear hub w/Bontrager Mustang 32-hole Tubeless Ready disc rims
  • Tires Bontrager 29-1 Expert, 29x2.20"
  • Shifters SRAM X7, 10 speed
  • Front derailleur Shimano Deore
  • Rear derailleur SRAM X7
  • Crank SRAM S1000, 44/33/22
  • Cassette Shimano HG62 11-36, 10 speed
  • Pedals
  • Saddle Bontrager Evoke 2, chromoly rails
  • Seatpost Bontrager SSR, 27.2mm, 12mm offset
  • Handlebar Bontrager Low Riser, 31.8mm, 5mm rise, 9 degree sweep
  • Stem Bontrager Race Lite, 31.8mm, 7 degree
  • Headset 1-1/8" threadless, semi-integrated, semi-cartridge bearings
  • Brakeset Avid Elixir 1 hydraulic disc brakes
  • Grips Bontrager Race
 

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If you can stretch it Id go with the Superfly 6. You get the new frame with a better fork.

Frame Trek Alpha Platinum aluminum w/Gary Fisher G2 geometry
Fork RockShox Reba RL Solo Air, 100mm-travel
Rims/Wheels Bontrager Mustang
Hubs Bontrager
Tires Bontrager XR1 Expert, 29 x 2.2
Crankset SRAM S1010
Chainrings 36/22
Front Derailleur SRAM X7
Rear Derailleur SRAM X9 Type 2
Rear Cogs Shimano, 10-speed: 11-36
Shifters SRAM X7
Handlebars Bontrager Low Riser
Tape/Grips Bontrager Race
Stem Bontrager Race Lite
Brake Levers Shimano
Brakes Shimano M445 Disc
Saddle Bontrager Evoke 2
Seatpost Bontrager
 

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My budget was initially $1000 now at $1500 need to cap it. The superfly 6 would be good cannot go further. Looked for Superfly 5 reviews cannot find, but good things on the 2013 X-Caliber and can get it for about $1300 now for it seems discontinued.
 

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Interesting review, a $2400 bike is entry level beginner bike lolest! Wondering if better frame with lesser Recon Silver Fork makes up for not having the Reba in my riding conditions. Other components easily upgradable on the Superfly 5.
 

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Been shopping around and gotten a 2013 Stache 7 on offer at 1300 which I think is a steal. Funny enough its interesting the Stache is ligher than the Superfly 5 yet the Stache has a more Bomb proof build.
 

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Settled on the Stache, because I got more bike for the cash, future proof tech, more bomb proof when things get rough, the extra 20mm on the fork plus that color is just wow!
Not having the Reba was not a deal breaker and anyway the Stache came as an after thought but very happy I stumbled on it.
 

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