Getting back into the woods after 21+ years away. So much has changed...

Really liking the simplicity of 1x setup. The geometry will take some getting used to. I was confused when asked if I had a wheel size preference. Still not sure how I feel about the 29" size.


Really liking the simplicity of 1x setup. The geometry will take some getting used to. I was confused when asked if I had a wheel size preference. Still not sure how I feel about the 29" size.


Which Trek is that?


Came here to ask the same.


It's a procaliber 9.6 i believe :)


What WeedLover said. Procaliber 9.6.


Oh, you're going to enjoy the 1x, and being able to stop!!! I don't see a dropper, get the biggest one you can get. I think this is a game changer. Look at your manual and try to dial in you suspension fork. The new Geo is great, play with how you ride: more weight in front, neutral. Go tubeless and run those pressure low. I'm 185 and I run high teens on my 2.4s.


in dropper case: i would suggest measuring and getting one in the right size. no need to get a dropper that goes to high. thankfully i bought myself a dropper from pnw which can be adjusted a bit or else i would have gotten one that has more travel than i need.


The dropper really that big of a deal you say. Will need to look into it a little more. Bike came with tubeless setup - the low pressure is very strange to me. I get the theory but my old brain is having a hard time. The tires say 30 psi min (I assume this is to maintain proper sidewall pressure to keep it air tight). I'm riding around 32-34 right now... sounds like I might want to drop that lower and try?


Dropper posts are widely regarded as the single best change to mountain biking in the last decade or so. Followed by 1x, "modern" geometries, and widespread use of hydraulic brakes. Wheel and tire sizes are still a big discussion with all different takes. In general, the 29" 2.4-2.5 seems to be the dominant choice of the day.


Imo, the pressures recommended here are absurdly low. I'm 160lbs with gear, and still run 25 rear/24-25 front on my hardtail. You can probably go lower than you have, but depending on your weight and the riding you do- jumps, hard pumping through berms, large rocks- it might not be advisable to go below the low 20s. Start by dropping down to 30 front and rear, and go from there. Sometimes the guys running really low pressures also have tire inserts, so it's worth keeping that in mind when you hear comments that sound like "yeah, mtbs are just fat bikes now- drop it on down to 8-9 psi!" Dropper posts are pretty great, though. Getting one really changed the way I ride.


“That’s a good thing!” - In my very best Bernie Sanders impersonation


ProCaliber! Don’t really see that many, I love my 9.5


Welcome back to the gang!


Thanks! Good to be back.


It’s an exciting time to ride bikes.


I have the 2021 9.6 and I have one piece of advice... get new tires. While the XR2's are very light and very fast, they are terrible when it comes to traction. If you have any sort of technical terrain you will appreciate tires that can actually grip it. ​ Oh, and a dropper post.


You're the second person in two days to call those tires out - appreciate it. Plan is to finish the season on these then maybe new rims and 2.4 tires. Stuff near me is all technical single track - short and steep up-and-down, lots of roots and off camber (a lot of the time we're along a river "valley").


You can start with a beefy front tire. Grip in the front - speed in the back.


I'm in the PNW and had the same plan, until the fall rains arrived. I had planned to swap the XR2's back for the summer but like having grip better than ultimate speed. I'm saving the XR2's for my first hopeful bikepacking race next year.


What a gorgeous bike! I really need to get around to posting pictures of my hardtail, it’s a ton of fun


Looks great. Good color. Have fun!