New Bike Discovery: Trek’s 2020 Supercaliber


Trek unveils all-new Supercaliber, an XC race bike in a category of its own

Not quite a hardtail. Not just a full suspension bike. Supercaliber is a best-of-all-worlds XC racing bike.

Waterloo, WI – Trek introduced the all-new Supercaliber, a radical new XC race bike with a unique, structural suspension design that changes the game for cross-country mountain bike racing. Supercaliber delivers the light weight and efficiency of a hardtail and the control and traction of a full suspension bike. It’s the perfect solution for XC racers who want to hammer on climbs and sprints, and also keep speed through the rough stuff and rip descents.

Trek Factory Racing XC has raced Supercaliber on the World Cup circuit this year and will continue to compete aboard this game-changing bike for the remainder of the season and beyond.

‘This has been that dream bike that I always wanted, but never existed until now,’ said Trek Factory Racing’s Jolanda Neff. ‘I’ll be racing nothing else from now on.’

IsoStrut: an innovation in speed

Supercaliber gets its magic from IsoStrut, a structural, frame-integrated shock created in partnership with FOX suspension engineers that provides 60 mm of damped, tunable rear travel.

IsoStrut is encased in a structural stanchion that prevents twisting, flex and deflection. This unique design gives the bike the exceptional pedaling efficiency and removes the need for excess suspension linkages–along with the weight and excess lateral motion that typically come with them.

Built to race

Supercaliber will be available in four complete models. Each is equipped with an OCLV Mountain Carbon frame with Straight Shot down tube and Knock Block, a SRAM 1×12 drivetrain (including a SRAM AXS build on the highest end model in the family) and Bontrager Kovee carbon wheels with Rapid Drive hub internals for nearly instant engagement when you stomp on the pedals.

Like all Bontrager carbon wheels, Kovee MTB wheels are backed by the Bontrager Carbon Care Wheel Loyalty Programme. If they’re damaged within the first two years of ownership, we’ll replace or repair them for free.

All Supercaliber models also feature 100 mm of front travel, 29 ̋ wheels on all frame sizes for the best in momentum-preserving speed and room to carry two water bottles in the main triangle.

Supercaliber will be rolling into Trek retailers from now until November, depending on the market, and will also be available for customization through Project One.

Available Supercaliber models:
Supercaliber Frame Set
Supercaliber 9.7
Supercaliber 9.8
Supercaliber 9.9 XX1
Supercaliber 9.9 XX1 AXS

2020 Trek Supercaliber—FAQ’s

What about riders who still want a true hardtail?
Procaliber is still available in 9.6 and 9.7 models. Procaliber SL is still available as a frameset for riders
who want to customize the ultra-light build of their dreams.

How do you set up the suspension?
Much like any other shock. Use the Trek Suspension Calculator as a starting point for psi and rebound
settings. We’ve even made setting rebound easier by etching numbers on the dial so you always know
what setting you’re on. Adjust psi for the correct sag measurement, then go ride, making further
adjustments as necessary. Larger or more aggressive riders can use the included IsoStrut volume spacers
to adjust the spring volume for a more progressive feel or better bottom-out resistance.

Is IsoStrut user serviceable?
Yes. IsoStrut maintenance is much like any other shock. See service guide for details.

What is the max fork travel?
120mm, or 531mm axle-to-crown.

Is it compatible with cranks with 30mm spindles?

Are there ISCG mounts? Can I run a chain guide?
There are no ISCG mounts because Supercaliber is a weight-conscious XC bike, and ISCG tabs make the
frame heavier. We will offer an aftermarket chain guide (W584677) that clamps to the BB shell for riders
who want additional chain retention security.

Is it compatible with 2x drivetrains?

What is the max tire size?

Is it compatible with 27.5” or 27.5+ wheels and tires?

What is the max chainring size?

When will new Supercaliber be available in Project One?
Fall 2019.

Why does the Small size have 29-inch wheels? What happened to Smart Wheel Size?
We still believe Smart Wheel Size makes sense for most cross country hardtail riders where seated pedaling takes priority. Smaller 27.5” wheels are easier for shorter riders to handle, and they allow those riders to easily achieve an efficient position on the bike for producing power. However, most elite-level racers are willing to trade the benefits of more proportional wheels for the ultimate momentum-preserving speed of 29-inch wheels.

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