Trek Superfly 100 AL 29er Full Suspension
|MSRP : $2389.99|
Product DescriptionIt's the no-compromise choice: Full suspension technical performance, with the flat-out speed and efficiency of 29" wheels.
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Date Reviewed: June 29, 2014
Strengths: frame geometry, weight, suspension, and components for the price.
Weaknesses: a few of the OE parts are a bit cheap but in all fairness they are cheap on all bikes at this price range made to do this purpose. the factory bars and seatpost were heavy, post especially. OE tires are great all terrain and work well on hardpack and pavement/trails. if you ride mud, sand, gravel or other substances you will want another set of tires to switch between.
Date Reviewed: April 17, 2014
Weaknesses: Tires, drive train, brakes
The tires suck. I ride So Cal, hard packed, lose over hard packed etc. These things had no grip at all. Once I changed them, personality of the bike changed.
The local LBS set up the shock per Trek specs. I road it and it seemed like the suspension was way to stiff. I redid it with the sag meters and adjusted the rebound and we are getting there, not there yet, but getting there.
The head angle at 71degrees is really steep. The 105mm stem does not help. Rode on the front wheel a few times going doing technical trails. I changed the stem to a 60mm and it rides much better.
My Stumpjumper had Avid brakes, made lots of noise, but stopped on a dime. The SLX seem to require more effort.
Drivetrain- Tons of chain slap and suck. Very surprised. Also have lost a chain a few times on downhills.
If you are looking for fast bike, this is it. If you are thinking all mountain or want a more fun, forgiving bike, look elsewhere, get a slacker head angle.
Date Reviewed: October 31, 2013
Strengths: Comfortable, Capable, Fast and good quality.
Weaknesses: Stock Tires
Started shopping around. Looked at all the cheap internet bikes and resisted the temptation to cheep out. Checked out What Specialized and Trek had to offer. Have to admit I suffered a little sticker shock so backed down but the idea was in my head and couldn't get it out. That was this Summer. Fast forward to a month ago and low and behold Trek advertises clearance prices on their 2013 models. Well that's all it took. Bought one the next day. Originally looking at the Elite, never really excited me all that much but when I saw the Pro and read the specs I had to have one and I'm glad I waited.
I Really like the bike. The ride is a good but you still know it's a mountain bike. First thing I noticed was how much better it went around the corners. and how I don't avoid every little root and rock that comes along. Have to say that Fox fork rides a lot better than the Reba I put on my Rock Hopper, even with enough pressure to keep it from bottoming out. One of the main reason I opted for the Pro was the full XT kit,15mm thru front axle and 12 x 142 rear axle along with the 2 x 10.
Shifting is spot on and crisp. Can't say enough about the brakes, flawless! Feel more secure with the modern axles.
Guess the tires are better for areas without rocks because the rear sidewall was cut within the first two weeks. They worked well just not very durable. Not a big issue for me since I had already planned on changing them out. Moved to a Maxxis Ardent in the front and a Ignightor in the rear. Oh yeah, went tubeless too. Got to say, the old GT has been surpassed as my favorite bike.
I think anyone who likes to ride and not get beat to death would benefit from this bike. The price on sale was good but still pricey if it's going to be a coat rack so if you're not going to ride it.........like that's going to happen once you have ridden it.
Duration Product Used: 2 months
Price Paid: $2800.00
Purchased At: Momentum.
Similar Products Used: GT RTS, GT LTS. Specialized Rock Hopper 29er.
Bike Setup: Stock with exception of Maxxis Ardent and Ignightor tires and tubeless setup.
Date Reviewed: August 4, 2013
Strengths: Price, lock-out is excellent on rear shock, climbing and handling.
Weaknesses: Tires, tires and tires. Avid brakes should not have been spec'd on a bike at this price. Chain drops all the time even after several mechanics at several shops have attempted to remedy the issue.
Date Reviewed: June 17, 2013
Strengths: To start off I purchased the Elite Al, so the set up is a little different. I test rode a lot of bikes at the demos from Scott, Specialized and Trek. Trek got it right. The head tube angle to the longer rear triangle makes for quick steering ,a rear end that tracks well and just an overall responsive smooth ride. I read people are complaining about the tires-they ride very well on rocky, sandy and hard pack. Only problem is they love to fling sand and fine dirt at you and the chain drive, but as much as I ride they will be wore out soon.
Weaknesses: I really only find one weakness in the bike's set up and that's the stem. It is a little flimsy but that's any easy fix. Probably change to Easton.
Date Reviewed: May 22, 2013
Strengths: Climbs surprisingly well, the CTD is pretty good, looks good, is faster than I thought
Weaknesses: Tires are terrible, took me a while to set it up right for me.
Date Reviewed: February 11, 2013
Strengths: Everyone touts some kind of unique geometry, but the G2 concept is perfect for my style. ABP suspension tech seems to work great. Overall parts spec is very capable and reliable (nothing flashy but it works). Value: compared to other offerings at same price point, this bike stood out (through axle fork, faux through axle rear, PF30bb). Rides like a bike with more travel. Wheels come tubeless ready.
Weaknesses: Tires: they roll fast, but if you ride terrain that warrants full suspension, these won't cut it on an everyday basis. Swapped over to some Nevegals and the bike is much more capable. I'm not a huge fan of 3x10 gearing (so many redundant gears) - would have preferred a 2x10 setup for some more clearance. There are tons of Bontrager parts but for whatever reason I've never had problems with in-house Trek gear.
Duration Product Used: 4 months
Price Paid: $2000.00
Purchased At: Bike America
Similar Products Used: Jamis Dragon
Bike Setup: Stock + Kenda Nevegal tires
Date Reviewed: November 1, 2012
Strengths: Bought my Superfly November 2011, love it. I had a 26 er previously and now no comparison. I am a hacker however the bike allways inspires me to feel like a proffessional. Gears smooth, enjoy the ease of managing the suspension set up and strong resposive breaks. Fast and easily rolls over obsticles. All in all love my Superfly and doubt I will ever reach its full potential and may yet take it to my grave!
Weaknesses: Tyres wash out on sand, changed them and now better response and grip. Shortened the handlebars by 3cm either side and added padded grips, now more comfortable. Have to concentrate not to experiance pedal knock. When I remove and replace drinks bottle have to avoid bumping the rear shock lock out.
Date Reviewed: September 27, 2012
Strengths: 29inch wheels offcourse it climbs over anything easy to control going uphill with the 105mm stem loved the lockout that's are also great steering is good with smaller stem offcourss it be better but its a niner I got video on youtube about bike if u want to check it out
Weaknesses: Tires it comes with not for climbing u need some fr3 tires which are great other then that not bad
Price Paid: $1800.00
Purchased At: bike shop philly
Date Reviewed: September 1, 2012
Strengths: Fast, stiff, responsive, braking.
Weaknesses: Tires, twitchy front end
I timed myself on a section of trail I've ridden for 15yrs. My best time is 14:37 but on the Superfly 100 AL I made it in 12:38. I was really surprised how much faster this bike is versus my old pipeline. Bike fits a rider looking to improve time on local mixed technical XC trails.
Date Reviewed: May 29, 2012
Strengths: The speed. I was instantly faster on this bike. When I first collected it I was a little put off by the dimensions. First 29'er so that's to be expected.
Felt so comfortable on it. I ordered 21" as I'm 193cm and 95kg. Felt like I could really use my size for a change.
Rolls really easily over roots and single trail.
Fox front suspension is smooth and plush. No complaints on set up or adjustability. Rear took a little longer but have that set now and it works with enough travel for my needs. Doesn't bottom out so again all good.
Pro pedal is nice, doesn't remove all pedal bob on extreme acceleration but does on climbs.
Handles tightly, communicative too so you know when it might wash out.
SLX brakes are excellent, tried avid and these for me are much better, and no noise either. Really wide bars on it too which I love.
It climbs, do easily and really well. Once you get this thing rolling, it is on.
Gear ratios are good. Came with 3x10 and seems to have a decent range too. Slick changes on SLX with XT rear mech. No complaints and really happy.
Geo is tight. Feels ready to race and is just so nimble.
I have the AL100 Elite and so love the colour scheme. White + Red is very easy on the eye.
Tyres are good, but only in the dry... Read below.
Weaknesses: Expect pedal strikes if you're not concentrating. Happens to most I'm sure but takes thinking to avoid it.
The stock tyres in the wet are not great, you'll slide about a fair bit. Easily fixed and they are really fast in the dry but you do need to consider this if you're going out in the wet.
Switchbacks. You need to be aware of the physics at play here. If you're climbing and encounter one then use momentum, because the moment it goes it take more effort to get a 29er moving again. They must all be like that so it isn't something I mark the Superfly down on.
Grips - too narrow. Give nice control but hands can ache a bit after a long ride with them.
It's fast, nimble, plush, good looking and well specified. Not cheap I know but that's life.
Had a minor paint issue with the frame and Trek swapped the frame element out, no drama. Gives you confidence they'll look after me.
Purchased At: Rapido Essendon
Date Reviewed: May 18, 2012
Strengths: The frame and custom valved rear shock. The component selection works well together.
Weaknesses: Wheels are heavy, grips, saddle, the stock brakes lack modulation, and are noisy.
Price Paid: $1984.00
Purchased At: A-1 Bicyles Sales
Similar Products Used: Specialized Camber 29, and epic 29, Trek Rumblefish, and several 29er hardtails including my 2010 Kona King Kahuna
Bike Setup: Stock except. Stans ztr 355's, ergon gx1 grips, and an older no longer in production Bontrager saddle
Date Reviewed: May 12, 2012
Strengths: I would have to say I am extremly happy with my Trek. I can see a greater improvment with the up hill climbs and the smooth decents are a blast. I dont think I will go back to a hardtail after using this full suspesion. I am at 270 lbs, 5'8" and so far this bike has been able to handle the extra weight like a tropper.
Weaknesses: other than ordering the wrong size, I should have taken the smaller 15 due instead of the 17 for fit size. I think the the hand grips need to be a little thicker to decrease the numbness to hands but no other issues.
Price Paid: $2400.00
Purchased At: SouthWest Bikes
Date Reviewed: May 10, 2012
Strengths: Great set up, fox forks and rear shock. Rides up hill like a dream and rolls down the other side scarely fast. Can replace the rear axle with any type of axle from a 135mmx9mm through to 142mmx12mm.
Weaknesses: Gears and shifters are Sram X7.
Rides like a dream and very good value for money. Up graded to SLX shifters and XT deraillers for $220nz from Chainreactioncycles, made a very good bike an extremely good bike. Also put my Elixer 5's on it with some bigger rotors to stop me.
Price Paid: $2200.00
Purchased At: Evolution Cycles, Ha
Bike Setup: SLX shifters, XT deraillers, Elixer 5's with larger rotors. Everything else standard.
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