I should mention this decision came to Ron and I while we were miles away at the coast. (How fast can we get back to Corvallis...) We didn't rush, but we did get back in time for Ron to take a test ride on an x-cal, since he hadn't tried one. I went along as well, my third ride on this particular bike. He liked it. I liked it. We gave ourselves 24 hours to think about it, and went back after work on Monday to pick them up.
We swapped out the pedals and removed offending reflectors. So what do you get when you put 29 inch wheels on a small frame bike? You get no room for a fender, no room for a rack, the itty-bitty seat bag appears to fit, but forget about any bikepacking bags (as if I'd actually go bike camping!!!). Big wheels on a small frame look particularly dopey (a clown bike some say).
|2011 X-caliber WSD 14.5" frame|
|2011 X-caliber 17.5" frame. Bigger frame. Not so dorky looking.|
|2011 Trek/Gary Fisher X-Caliber WSD|
|Unhappy to be sick. Happy to be on the trails|
|Geez! Stop with the bike pictures already. Yeah I'm a little obsessed right now.|
|Only one photo of Ron and his new ride.|
|Tree down on Dans Trail|
|Photos lie. This was a much deeper ditch in real life. Ron rode, I walked.|