I have recently got back into mountain biking and got myself a Trek X-Caliber 7 2014 bike.
The bike feels good it’s has the ever popular 29″ wheels but it feels a little on the heavy side for XC use.
Brakes feel good with hydraulic discs all round, I changed the grips and pedals and they were a bit naff. You can see these below:
I decided I wanted to do a little downhill riding with so I took it first to Aston Hill trails which is about an hour drive from me and then I took it to a place called Warley which is about a 20-30 minute drive. At Warley I got a little ambitious with some of the jumps and stacked it a few time. I was disappointed to find that after that session I had a buckled front wheel and a bent rear derailer. I had to order a new front wheel but I managed to fix the derailer. I would have thought a £600 “Mountain Bike” would be able to sustain this punishment but maybe I was being a little naive.
However I filmed some of the downhill stuff at Aston Hill which you can see below. I also filmed some the the crashes at Warley which I will post once I have uploaded.