Trek E-Caliber 9.8 GX Review

  • 10099 €
  • Carbon
  • FAZUA Evation Ride 50 Trail
  • 120 mm
  • 250 WH
  • 60 mm
  • 2022
  • 29"
  • 17 kg
The E-Caliber 9.8 GX is one of the very few e-mountain bikes with a super sporty orientation. With just 120 mm of suspension travel at the fork, it underlines its ambitions for racing. The exclusive rear suspension comes from the successful race fully without motor. With it, Jolanda Neff has even become an Olympic champion. For use on more rough trails, Trek has other models in its product range for this purpose.
At steep sections, the somewhat weak FAZUA motor requires a lot of initiative from the rider. The FAZUA Evation Ride 50 Trail gives off a well-rounded riding feeling. The short range unfortunately limits the tour radius quite significantly.

At a glance

The most importanten ratings of the E-Caliber 9.8 GX in comparison to the competitor bikes of following categorie: (10000) .

The Rock Shox chassis provides safety and traction, even when the trail gets rougher. However, it comes to its limit at high speed. At the brakes, Trek instals upper class brakes with four pistons and 2 millimeter rotors from SRAM. The drivetrain and components have a subordinate but not to be neglected importance when it comes to EMTB. Even the bike brand product managers know this and don't aim too high with mostly average components. When it comes to the geometry, Trek does not go completely crazy. The head tube angle and reach values were chosen with care. The result: A balanced riding behaviour with a good combination of playfulness and straight-line stability. The low bottom bracket height will likely be a sticking point for trail riders, as it negatively affects handling. Due to the short chainstays and the shallow seat angle , when climbing steep sections, it requires active weight shifting to prevent the front wheel from lifting. The weight of a bike is a key factor for the fun of riding. With 17 kg, the E-Caliber 9.8 GX is one of the lightest Tourenbikes on the market. This turns the bike into a real joyride on the trail. If the crankset stands still during the descent, the motor and battery become an unnecessary burden. But Trek manages to give the E-Caliber 9.8 GX a natural, smooth handling despite this, with a pleasing geometry and low weight. Only very few manufacturers manage to create the illusion of a MTB without motor in the EMTB genre. Hats off!

Value for money

If you are keen on value for money, this is your chart. It shows you at a glance how much bike you get for 10099 €.

Conclusion


Expirience with the Trek E-Caliber 9.8 GX

Friends of gravity should jot down the E-Caliber 9.8 GX. With an extremely good handling and a good brake system, the Trek is a real trail rocket for flowy trails. But a low travel are of course points of criticism that one should be aware of before purchasing. With 25 years of warranty, nothing stands in the way of a long-term relationship.
Ludwig Döhl - emtb-test.com
Trek E-Caliber 9.8 GX Review
Ludwig Döhl
Bike enthusiast and founder of emtb-test.com

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technical Details

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SIZE XXS XS S M L XL XXL
Sizing of Manufacturer
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SM
MD
LG
XL
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Wheelsize
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29
29
29
29
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Stack
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-
609
618
622
627
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Reach
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-
405
440
470
490
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Top Tube Length
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580
617
648
670
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Seat Tube Length
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394
419
470
508
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Seat Tube Angle
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72,3
72,6
72,8
72,8
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Head Tube Length
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90
100
105
110
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Head Tube Angle
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67,5
67,5
67,5
67,5
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Bottom Bracket Drop
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50
50
50
50
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Bottom Bracket Height (absolut)
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323
323
323
323
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Chainstay Length
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447
447
447
447
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Wheelbase
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1126
1165
1197
1219
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Standover Height
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768
768
768
768
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  • Motor FAZUA Evation Ride 50 Trail
  • Display Remote BX
  • Battery 250
  • Frame OCLV Mountain Carbon main frame & stays
  • Frame Material Carbon
  • Fork RockShox SID Select+, DebonAir spring, Charger 2 RL damper, tapered steerer, 44mm offset, Boost110, 15mm Maxle Stealth, 120mm travel
  • Spring Unit air
  • Remote-Lockout yes
  • Damper Size: S, Trek IsoStrut, Fox Performance shock, air spring, DPS 2-position remote damper, 235x32.5mm, Size: M, L, XL, Trek IsoStrut, Fox Performance shock, air spring, DPS 2-position remote damper, 235mm x 32.5mm
  • Gearrange 520%
  • Drivetrain 12
  • Gear Lever SRAM GX Eagle, 12 speed
  • Rear Derailleur SRAM GX Eagle
  • Crank Size: S, M, L, E*thirteen E*spec Race Carbon, 32T, 170mm length, Size: XL, E*thirteen E*spec Race Carbon, 32T, 175mm length
  • Cassette SRAM Eagle XG-1275, 10-52, 12 speed
  • Chain SRAM GX Eagle, 12 speed
  • Brake Set SRAM G2 RSC 4-piston hydraulic disc
  • Brake Rotors 200/200
  • Rims Front: Bontrager Kovee Pro 30 carbon, Tubeless Ready, 6-bolt, Boost110, 15mm thru axle, Rear: Bontrager Kovee Pro 30 carbon, Tubeless Ready, Rapid Drive 108, 6-bolt, SRAM XD driver, Boost148, 12mm thru axle
  • Tires Front Bontrager XR3 Team Issue, Tubeless Ready, Inner Strength sidewall, aramid bead, 120tpi, 29x2.40''
  • Tires Rear Bontrager XR3 Team Issue, Tubeless Ready, Inner Strength sidewall, aramid bead, 120tpi, 29x2.40''
  • Saddle Bontrager P3 Verse Elite, stainless steel rails, 145mm width
  • Seat Post Size: S, Bontrager Line Elite Dropper, 100mm travel, MaxFlow, internal routing, 31.6mm, 340mm length, Size: M, L, XL, Bontrager Line Elite Dropper, 150mm travel, MaxFlow, internal routing, 31.6mm, 440mm length
  • Stem Size: S, M, Bontrager Kovee Pro, 35mm, Knock Block, Blendr compatible, 13 degree, 60mm length, Size: L, XL, Bontrager Kovee Pro, 35mm, Knock Block, Blendr compatible, 13 degree, 70mm length
  • Handle Bar Bontrager Line Pro, OCLV Carbon, 35mm, 15mm rise, 750mm width
  • Handle Bar Width 750
  • Head Set Knock Block Integrated, 62-degree radius, cartridge bearing, 1-1/8'' top, 1.5'' bottom
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