Trek E-Caliber Review – $6.5k to $12.5k

Trek E-Caliber Review – $6.5k to $12.5k The Trek E-Caliber 9.9 XTR is one of the lightest and fastest full suspension cross country ebikes available today, weighing just 36.6lbs with pedals. Carbon frame, crank arms, seat post, handlebar, and rims, the bike comes in four sizes. Designed around Boost hub spacing with 15mm and 12mm thru-axles for improved stiffness and support for wider tires. The battery and motor are built into a removable drivepack that can be swapped for an empty storage box so you can ride as a lightweight acoustic bike at just 30.1lbs. High quality Fox Factor air shocks front and rear. Unique single pivot strut design in the rear eliminates chain length changes and kickback while keeping weight as low as possible. Both shocks deliver remote lockout through a single lever near the left grip, which allows for efficient transitions from smooth to rough terrain. The bike ships with an additional lever that mounts at the dropper module for an optional seat post dropper. Quiet Fazua motor is lighter than most competing products but still provides good torque for steeper climbs, up to 55 newton meters. Exceptional 12-speed Shimano XTR drivetrain with enormous 10-51 tooth cassette and narrow-wide chainring to reduce drops on bumpy terrain. The XTR shifters perform very well and the rear hub has additional pawls for near instant pickup when you begin pedaling. Limited 252 watt hour battery capacity compared to other current-generation products, and the battery must be removed from the frame every time you wish to charge. The locking core for the battery uses the preferred ABUS Plus Code keys (to match with locks) but is on the non-drivetrain side of the bike, which is difficult to reach if the bike is laid down. Relatively high price tag for this premium model, but four other builds give you lots of choice. Very basic display but there’s an optional mobile app for more feedback. In this review I compare the five different versions of the Trek E-Caliber including the 9.6, 9.8 GX, 9.8 XT, 9.9 XTR, 9.9 XX1 AXS and show their price and weight differences.

0:00 Introduction, comparison to Supercaliber
0:33 Different model details and pricing
1:27 Stock colors and Trek Project One options
1:58 IsoStrut rear pivot suspension details
2:22 Bike weight, shield box, battery and charger
3:31 Fazua Black Pepper improvements (power and cadence)
5:02 Frame size details for all four sizes
5:11 Shifter and drivetrain details (Shimano XTR)
6:43 Trek electric mountain bike comparison (Powerfly, E-Caliber, Rail)
7:35 Suspension overview: Dual remote lockout, PSI and rebound
9:01 Handlebar, Blendr stem, Knock Block headset
9:53 Boost hub spacing, bladed spokes, thru-axles
11:34 Bottle cage bosses, saddle, silicone grips
11:59 Hydraulic disc brake details and adjustability
13:48 Pedal assist sensors and experience
14:15 Bladed spokes, carbon rims, and tire details
14:54 ABUS lock and keyset, drivepack battery removal
23:02 Battery care tips to extend range and lifespan
25:01 Optional Trek Fazua smartphone app details
25:14 Fazua Remote bX control pad, power and operation
29:27 Ride test begins, steering and motor response
31:30 Frame mounted shots, motor and gear shifting
34:56 Third person shots, steep climb tests
36:27 Conclusion and resources on EBR

Readers Comments (39)

  1. Not worth the high price , you get a small battery , 7AH , which is ridiculous really , no display and hardly any power from the motor . You must be paying for the carbon fiber and the name , better bikes out there a for half or even quarter the price 🙁

  2. Cheap…and please talk a little quicker…

  3. I have a Specialized Turbo Creo SL…and yes is expensive…Uss9000
    Is my first a Ebike and I’m completely in love with it…just 12,6kg with gravel tires and XTR pedals…100km of autonomy that I proof myself…is limited to 28kmh but if fine because the motor is there all the time when you need it…you have 3 different modes completely custom with the App Mission Control…and you have too a battery extender for another 60km of range
    People criticize Ebike for two reason…
    1 don’t have the money
    2 ever try one

  4. TheOffroader7458 March 11, 2021 @ 10:14 pm

    Overpriced tec

  5. mountaintruth1 deeds March 11, 2021 @ 10:17 pm

    For 6500$ it better have 4 wheel drive and air conditioning. I have a truck I’ve driven all over the country I bought for half of that. But cycling can be a money pit if you allow it to be imo.

  6. RIPPOFF, way to expensive.
    Buy 2 bikes , Then you can Poop on 1 use other 1 to cover it up.

  7. Always wondered why someone hadn’t refined and marketed the old “cheating” system bike racers where caught using. And whoop 🙌 there it is

  8. Funny how you didnt run the "did not collect fee" letterboard lol. Thanks for the vids!

  9. this is $19,500 w taxes in Canada

  10. Kazak Thranduil March 11, 2021 @ 10:31 pm

    needs a 38T minimum chainring

  11. 12k for a bike 😉

  12. I’ve never had a $6,500 vehicle yet at 40 ,but I still clicked on this video for reasons I cannot explain

  13. Andrew Thompson March 11, 2021 @ 10:33 pm

    This thing is for absolute dorks. For 12,000 dollars I can buy a crate engine and have it installed into some vehicle and have a good time. Instead of some goofy looking bike. Stupid.

  14. Yes, it’s expensive. No, I can’t afford it. Neither do I need it. But I am glad you review the full range of possibilities out there. That’s a good service to provide for consumers. Can you imagine a computer review website that only reviewed Chromebooks and not fully loaded gamer laptops or Mac Pros? Didn’t think so.

  15. João Paulo Rosado March 11, 2021 @ 10:35 pm

    My car is cheaper. A lot cheaper.

  16. … and sooo environmentally friendly …

  17. Ebike market is currently a ripoff!

  18. Gonna watch it now 😑

  19. Oh Man, EBR is gonna catch a lotta grief from the commenters…. I wonder what the sales numbers are for e-bikes at $12.5K?…..Rad and Sondors should find a way to market themselves as an absolute value compared to any offering from Trek….I would be afraid to ride anything that cost this much…no value in ownership (regardless of feature set), just bragging rights…

  20. If you can’t pay to live in one of those houses this bike is not for you haha.

  21. humberto vargas gonzalez March 11, 2021 @ 10:47 pm

    resta muy intt

  22. Good colour, I hope that next Supercaliber will have same geometry that e-Caliber (more aggressive) 👍

  23. Way out of most rider’s budget bracket.

  24. I can buy top line motorcycles for less than that. Even nice cars, what is wrong with the minds of people that will spend that amount of money for a little carbon fiber and an electric motor. Are they just plain devoid of any reasoning power.

  25. Have you guys n gals in The States got hold of any Haibike Flyon ebikes yet? Great system 🙂

  26. when more bike manufacturer use Fazua motor ,then the e mountain bike race can begin in a level starting point !Bulls wild flow SL has slightly more travel than Trek & beats specialize SL in hill climb(since software updated to black pepper ) & quietness .Having motor & battery can be removed for traveling or repair are a dream combination .Like two bike for one price .

  27. Is it April 1? Better come with a $500 bike lock and alarm system, that said, nice review

  28. So I guess this is treks answer to turbo levo sl and orbea rise? Can you compare to those bikes?

  29. I’ve noticed there is no battery indicator? Is there a battery indicator that I am missing on your review?

  30. Thank you for the review. Trek did a good job with electrifying their XC bike. Definitely a possibility since I am more of a climber and ride pavement to get to the dirt.

  31. Great video delivery Sir,but Christ they are overpriced,I am bitter,sorry.

  32. No electronic shifting for 11k?

  33. Nice bike, nice in depth review. How would you compare this to the Bulls evo rs you reviewed last year(another great review)?

  34. Went to ERB …just looking and found this: – Not exactly the same bike form factor but certainly a better value

  35. That’s pricey, limited market!!

  36. FUN if you want test Trek Rail 9.9 XTR too.

  37. Coulton Bradford March 11, 2021 @ 11:07 pm


  38. Around 1k USD for saving 1 lbs? What a bargain. LOL Better to go on a few lbs diet or take a long piss before biking

  39. Just can’t 😵

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