Trek Superfly 100 Elite SL 29er Full Suspension

5/5 (2 Reviews)
MSRP : $5570.00

Product Description

  • Frame: OCLV Mountain Carbon main frame & seat stay
  • Tires: Bontrager 29-1 Team Issue, 29x2.20"
  • Shifters: Shimano Deore XT, 10 speed
  • Crank: Shimano Deore XT, 38/26
  • Cassette: Shimano XT 11-36, 10 speed

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jim Hike a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2014

Strengths:    Fast (no Strava but I can tell), light (I believe I'm at 25lbs with Crank Bros. candy 3 pedals on.) Supple suspension climbing in "trail" and descending in "descend", has the obvious good 29er traits of rolling over ruts and rocks, carves and is lively even though others have said a longer chainstay should prohibit this, quick side to side, wants to be railed, asking to drift ... I'm still working on this part! balanced geometry, great for xc and trail riding, excellent components, fox Fit (though I seem to recall Trek spec does not mention Fit) fork, 15mm, 142x12 ABP rear thru axle (actually the axle that came with the bike was overtightened at the shop and a machine screw at the end sheered off, broke...they gave me a supposedly beefier ABP Maxle that typically goes with a Remedy, probably heavier, hopefully not liable to break when cinched down!), all XT, Bonty parts look excellent to me but what do I know, asymmetrical rims and spoke placement to equalize dish on both rear (cassette) and front (rotor), bonty rear hub with dt swiss "internals"?, xt not carbon cranks, all internal cable routing, 3 (4?) insert points...I use 2 derailleurs and 1 rear brake but rear brake has bosses external so you could use the (rear brake) port for internal dropper if you wanted. Port for shock if desired, check it out. Alloy chainstay not carbon (may actually be a "strength"), CTD that actually makes a difference when changed. Haven't used "C" yet...pretty much locked out at fork and totally locked out at rear shock...I'm not racing! T and D work beautifully set pressure you like...probably higher pressure than Trek recommends but mechanic said I could set to suit myself w/o harming the fork/shock. I even like the saddle so far! Ice tech rotors...whatever, they seem to work so far. XT brakes well proven, excellent. Carbon flat bar. Even grips are good. 2x10 I like it...glad I didn't go for XX1...I don't think I'm that strong & I think better to have small shift increments.

Weaknesses:    Tires were ditched for Schwalbe front 2.35 nobby nic and rear 2.25 rocket ron. These seem excellent so far but rear is taking a couple days to seal up tubeless (I think this is pretty normal). I think these are really trail riding tires. Has obvious acceleration disadvantages compared to 26er sized wheels. From what I've heard, you can always buy a 2K carbon wheelset...stiffer, lighter rotating mass, better ride quality, really?

Bottom Line:   
Well, I covered just about everything already. Cable routing (seems to me) is awesome and really makes an already beautiful frame design, STUNNING, in my opinion. I know, who cares what it looks like...right? ABP...I can't tell you if it works or not but it certainly is an elegant design. front derailleur direct mount (I think it's called) also a well thought out design. I am 53 years old, 5-10 (-) and got the 19 inch frame (I had demoed this bike previously and recall that one was labeled 18.5" ... but I think the frame designations changed. Anyway, I'd say the 19" frame fits really well, I doubt I could have gone down to a 17 (17.5"?) frame. I am still able to "row" uphill on this bike and can still get behind the saddle when I want to for descending. I moved the saddle up less than 1 cm and shorted the 100 mm stem to 90 mm. 90 mm stem (with 7 degree rise up) is pushed fully down (not sure exactly if it belongs on the conical headset cap but mechanic will advise when I take it in to cut steerer down). Seems to feel really good right now. Comparing to my 26ers with stems higher on steerer, I felt I needed to push stem all the way down. Must be a 29er thing. Oh, right, tapered steerer (I think) see Trek spec. for this and other specs I missed. OK I must admit I've only ridden it 3 times in this first week and I'm still learning the feel for the ride. Certainly need to adjust gears and suspension while you still have is usually charging through transitions so fast it's easier to forget what gear/setting you want. Oh, and very's QUIET. Rear derailleur has clutch which I think contributes to this. I'm hoping linkages and frame remain quiet. Today, conquered a fairly short, very steep, climb I haven't been able to bust out in a while...could also be I'm on a diet which really helps! Anyway, this is a very expensive bike so it should be really good! So far, I'm impressed. O.K.!!! Hope that helps! I think I can somehow be contacted on MTBR if you want to ask me anything else. Thanks!

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Favorite Trail:   New flow trails on baldy (Sun Valley, Idaho)...that I haven't ridden yet!

Duration Product Used:   1 week

Price Paid:    $3999.00

Purchased At:   Jax in Fullerton, CA

Similar Products Used:   Demoed Niner Jet 9 (dirt), rode Niner Jet 9 rdo (pavement only)'s steeper up front I think, quiet, seems like it could be fast and stiff but noticed same minor flex than the superfly 100 elite sl has. I believe wheels on either bikes contribute significantly to this, SC Tallboy LTC (is that what it's called?)...I owned blur LT previously...not a big fan of digs in well but not just not wild about ride quality, Giant anthem 29er alloy...uninspiring, Scott, Specialized (10K) demo epic. Fast up but hand numbing down...could have been fork was set wrong. Also, I don't really like the whole brain concept, too complicated and takes away the ability to hop, it seems. I totally get why racers win on this bike however.

Bike Setup:   See above. Sorry I'm out of order here. My current 26ers are Stumpy fsr expert 26er (2006) with interrupted seat tube, excellent bike for trail...Titus racer x Ti which is more xc oriented, Cannondale rize 4, 140mm fork 130? mm shock, big tires very plush suspension and probably not real efficient but very fun. Old SC superlight, etc. Anyway the Trek superfly 100 is my first 29er...I was looking for a fast climber full suspension fire road bike because that's mostly what we have where I live (Corona del Mar, CA). It's awesome!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jdcowboy a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: July 15, 2013

Strengths:    Light weight. Incredible handling. Amazing acceleration. Nice ride, versatile with the CTD fork and shock. Descends amazingly well for a race bike. The 29er wheels go over stuff my 26" bike had trouble with. Really good looking. Well spec'd for the price

Weaknesses:    My skills compared to the bike's abilities! Black is hard to keep clean.

Bottom Line:   
Bought this as my all around trail bike and to race occasionally. Coming off 26" Giant Trance X with 5" of travel which rode nice and decended very well. Superfly descends just as well as Trance but climbs better. Incredibly stable. I am clearing technical stuff up and down that I could not clear on the Trance. I switched out the 29-1 tires for 29-3 Experts and made them tubeless before my first ride so I can't comment on the stock tires. Gearing is perfect. Love the 2X10. Was worried that the top gear would not be enough, but that hasn't been a problem. Also worried that the 26 tooth small ring might be too big for steep climbs, but that hasn't been a problem either. Black hard to keep clean. I don't do big jumps or drops, but I do like to go fast both up and downhill. No problem with this bike. Got $1,000 off at Westlake Bike Shop. Good service and store.

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Favorite Trail:   Los Robles in Thousand Oaks

Duration Product Used:   2 months.

Price Paid:    $4500.00

Purchased At:   Westlake Cyclery, Th

Similar Products Used:   Checked out Epic (cheap parts for price), Giant Anthem and Cannondale Scalpel. Wanted more than just a race bike. Superfly really good on all the trails I ride.

Bike Setup:   Fully XT with Ergon grips.

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