Trek Superfly 29er Hardtail

3.71/5 (24 Reviews)
MSRP : $3459.99

Product Description

Superfly is THE choice for the aficionado seeking the fastest, most advanced, best 29er out there.

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by 2017 Trek 7 Boulder a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: May 8, 2017

Strengths:    Awesome Bike , Great improvement with the new 142 thru axle ,wow ,awesome stiff. I am 6' 230lbs , Bench 350,squat 650,this bike is a great at climbing and it goes down almost as well. Love the G2 ,always have.

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
I have owned many mtn bikes (20+) ,if ur lookin for a fast climbing machine that descends very well ,this is a great choice. Just got mine ,it's wonderful. I will let u knw in August how it held up. I rode 1700 on a rd bike last yr and 400 in the woods,look to do 1,000 in the woods on this. Trek Superfly 29er rules.

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Favorite Trail:   The one i'm on

Duration Product Used:   6hrs

Price Paid:    $100000.00

Purchased At:   United States

Similar Products Used:   2014 trek ex 9, salsa Horsethief 2014, Nukeproof Scalp,Cannondale super six evo , E5 SL Smartweld, Trek mamba,Cannondale scalpel & rush and many many others owned by me.

Bike Setup:   Stock w a Whiskey riser bar 7 SPd's

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

Date Reviewed: April 14, 2016

Strengths:    for the Superfly 5 2014 18,5 frame which I am rating: frame design - geometry, great handling

Weaknesses:    regarding the frame, none. Components, there is Supefly 5 - 9, you get what you pay for, choose the class which suits you and your budget and upgrade what ever you like, mainly the wheels I would recommend.

Bottom Line:   
I am rating the Superfly 2014-2016 alluminium frame. Superfly 5 – 9 have the same frame and are priced according to components selection. My frame is Superfly 5 2014 size 18,5 virtual. I wanted this frame. Components, I upgraded practically everything.
Great frame, fantastic geometry, handling could not be better. I had TREK Paragon 29“ 2011 which is the same design as Superfly 2012 and 2013. This frame is a next generation from these. I will repeat what I wrote for the Paragon 2011 review; It is fast, nimble, at high speeds as well while maintaining great stability. G2 geometry really works. The frame is stiff, well built. This new frame design only confirms these facts and only adds to the overall riding confidence. One big advantage of TREK 29” HT is the frame length. Probably the longest 29” HT frame out there. Size M is as long as size L of most other brands which means you can get a one size smaller frame to fit you perfectly and you get more standing clearance. It only would not fit the long legged (models). If you are of this stature and want a 29” HT, TREK Superfly is maybe the best option. It does not come with 12x142 rear wheel hub through axle set up. You have to get the TREK 12x142 conversion set. I got it, but still have to get the wheels for it. For now I am using WTB Stryker TCS Cross Country Race 29? 2012 wheel set (9x135 QR) which I used on my Paragon for about 3 years. They are a fantastic wheel set, but can not be converted to 12x142 ;(
Since it was introduced in autumn 2013 I really wanted it. At the time I was still happy with the previous superfly frame design (riding the Paragon 2011) and did not quite realize what can be improved. Compared with the previous frame, this one has: more size options (added the 18,5 which I have), closed convert dropouts - 12x142 rear axle option, internal cable routing, shorter chain/seat stays – stiffer frame, curved seat tube – better pedaling angle and BB are app. 0,5 cm lower which results in better stability. After riding the Paragon 2011 for app 3 years I switched to this Superfly 2014, riding feel is noticeably better. I can not say that the difference is dramatic, but it is noticeable, I have just a little bit more riding confidence feel. Highly recommended.

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Duration Product Used:   1 year

Similar Products Used:   Marin Nail Trail 29" 2011, TREK Paragon 29" 2011

Bike Setup:   custom TREK Superfly 5 2014 18,5

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kskoll a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: May 23, 2015

Strengths:    Fast, climbes faster than my colleagues at the office, and is much easier to control.

Weaknesses:    Haven't found any yet

Bottom Line:   
I simply love this bike, almost as much as my wife and Stabak football team. It beats me older bike (Specialized Sumpjumper) in every respect. Everyday use showes it is faster, and it is much easier to controll. For me it also feels more responsive when climbing.

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Favorite Trail:   Cityjungel

Similar Products Used:   Gary Fischer X-Cal, LaPierre 529, Specialized Stumpjumper.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Superfly Zombie a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: March 20, 2015

Strengths:    Fast, responsive, great technical capabilities for an XC bike, wonderful handling at all speeds, strong brakes, great fork, great price, cranks are easily upgraded due to being compatible with many different hollow tech type cranks.

Weaknesses:    No TLR wheels on 2014 SF 5 (fixed for 2015 models), a little heavy for an XC race bike (it doesn't feel heavy though)

Bottom Line:   
If you can only have one bike this is definitely one to look at. The few gripes I had with the 2014 Superfly 5 (the lowest model available) have been fixed for 2015. The upside of not having those upgrades was that it pushed me to swap to parts that are superior to what you will find on the current stock models. I like going fast but I wanted a bike that could handle the technical sections like a trail bike. The SF definitely fits that bill even on stock components. I swapped in 2010 Bontrager Rythm Elites and paired them with Team Edition 2.3" XR3 tires. The bike is now faster due to the better wheels/hubs but also handles better due to the more aggressive tires and stronger all mountain wheels. I also changed to a single ring and dropped some weight and maintenance that way. Not everyone will want it set up like this but for me it's the best way to go.

The bottom line is that the Superfly is light, maneuverable, fast and fun. I've gone back and forth on the same trails with this 29er and smaller 26" wheeled bikes and I can honestly say that even on the tightest of trails this 29er doesn't give up any maneurerability due to it's bigger wheel size and it's much faster on everything else. I know a lot of people go with the carbon frame on this board, and some of them have had durability issues. I just can't justify that extra money, the alluminum frame is already super comfortable for a hardtail, fairly light and I don't have to worry about cracking issues. I've had zero reliability concerns over the last 1200 miles and the only wear item I had to replace was the chain. Even the XR3 tires which have over 700 miles on them at this point look like they will be able to go a lot further.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Court Bousamra

Date Reviewed: February 19, 2015

Strengths:    I'm reviewing a Superfly 5, 2014, 19.5 inch frame:
Handles well at all speeds
Climbs well.
Great on flowing trails
Great geometry
Handles technical sections well for an XC oriented bike.
Cockpit dialed in.
Accelerates well if you're in shape

Weaknesses:    Not tubeless ready.
A bit heavy for a bike in this category.
Rather have a 2 X 10 drivetrain.
Crank set should be upgraded.
Needs race tires (Bontrager XR1s are good all around tires, but not so "racy" like the Schwalbe 29er tires.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is fast if you are, and handles flowing trails like a dream.For an XC oriented trail bike it handles technical, mid west style hill riding really well. I've taken some crazy jumps on it just fine, bombed ski slopes, hopped a lot of logs, ridden really fast. I thought to change out handle bar for a straight, but I feel they dialed in the cockpit really well with the slightly bent handlebar it has. It has Deore/ XT, but not the shadow version. It didn't feel as crisp as the Specialized Crave at the price point, but felt more forgiving, definitely better downhill. The Crave felt maybe a bit jumpy in comparison. Pretty paint job, great geometry, and well thought out frame. However, what I have since discovered is that you're not getting an entry level race bike for this price point ($1,300-$1,500) (although it's billed as such), but really just a more XC oriented hardtail trail bike. My naivete. Now I have to upgrade the wheelset to get ready for some races. (I'm new to XC racing.) I put a remote lockout on it too. The 2015 model has a remote lockout standard, but I believe there was price creep on the 2015 model. More people I know ride Specialized, but some seem to love Trek, too. Piece of advice: don't buy to save money-wait til you can spend the money for the bike you want, or you will spend more upgrading over the long run.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Jon

Date Reviewed: February 11, 2015

Strengths:    2011 Trek Superfly ELITE Relatively light, handles well, rides

Weaknesses:    Trek Corporation

Bottom Line:   
I purchased a $4,700.00 Trek Superfly Elite (carbon frame), when after a few rides the frame cracked (as did many others). Trek (the company) replaced my ELITE with an entry level DELUXE. After the LBS received the frame, I knew right away this was an inferior cheaper frame. The obvious feature was NO replaceable dérailleur hanger and the fact that it weight a quarter pound more than my original frame. Prior to purchasing my Superfly, my inquiry to the bike shop retailer with regard to warranty was explained as- "Trek will replace with the exact frame, if the exact frame is not available they replace with the next model up" THAT WAS A COMPLETE LIE. Trek was insistent that the replacement frame was identical to my original. When I asked them about the weight difference and replaceable dérailleur hanger, they had no answer and just hung up.
Trek's Lifetime (limited) is very limited. Caveat venditor- buyer beware of Trek policy's

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by DIABLO-V

Date Reviewed: September 19, 2014

Strengths:    Great frame for aluminum category ! Fantastic brakes ! Decent shifting. Rides quick !

Weaknesses:    The seat. The seat. The seat. Bike supplied with non tubeless compatible tires.

Bottom Line:   
A decent reliable Shimano drivetrain with excellent brakes and an awesome (for aluminum) frame.
TREK 2014 Superfly 6. At about $1650 this would make a great casual race bike or a better bike touring load hauler with its nice frame. These should be out there at a discount now that the 2015 models are coming out. A better wheelset, tires, and seat are all this bike needs.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Daniel Matthews

Date Reviewed: September 9, 2014

Strengths:    grippy shimano brakes, wide gear range with triple crankset, stiff frame

Weaknesses:    a bit heavy, front derailleur a tad slow

Bottom Line:   
bought a 2013 Superfly in July 2014. Got great price from City Cycle in Corte Madera. Love the way the 29" tires roll over terrain that was slow going on my Klein Attitude w/26" wheels. Actually bought it to replace a Specialized carbon road bike that was stolen. I put 700c x 38 mm Michelin road tires on the rims and it handles great on pavement. Love flying over the trails with the stock 2.2" MTB tires. Shimano brakes are quiet and confident. Had to get 2013 model to get triple crankset. 2014s are all compacts. I use that 3rd front chainring all the time, on the road and on trails. Very happy with the bike.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by minte a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: August 12, 2014

Strengths:    Great geometry. Fast, fun and flickable. Good component spec's on the 2014 version. Bontrager components are surprisingly good. Very sensible overall component specs. Love the blue and white.

Weaknesses:    White seat on a mountain bike? Who's idea was that? Grips are a little firm.

Bottom Line:   
Really great bike. I test rode Cannondales, Spec's, Jamis and a number of others. I loved the ride and handling of this bike. The slacker front geometry takes out the twitchyness I noticed with several bikes. Decent bottom bracket height and good overall proportions. I just could not believe how fast I was on this bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Any of them

Duration Product Used:   1 month

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Bike Setup:   17.5 inch size. All stock so far

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Steve a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: May 10, 2014

Strengths:    Light and fast

Weaknesses:    Wheels shipped with the bike we're defective needed to be replace after 2nd ride, Trek has yet to reply, frame / seat post also have an issue remaining secure dangerous. Again Trek has yet to reply, seems they have numerous defects with Superfly... I in the market for a new bike not a Trek.

Bottom Line:   
To many great bike on the market to deal with this nonsense.

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Duration Product Used:   2 months

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Similar Products Used:   Stumpjumper Comp, TallBoy

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Brandon W. a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: November 13, 2013

Strengths:    Light, Fast, Cushioned ride for a 29er hardtail, looks good

Weaknesses:    Head tube design. The non integrated head tube design is weak and the lower cups separated on my frame.

Bottom Line:   
Set some really fast lap times on the local dirt tracks on this bike. The bike is fast, nimble, and comfortable to ride for those 30-40 miles trail rides. I rode the bike from around 500 trail miles, in 6 months and started noticing a noise in the head tube, we kept tightening the stem/ headset thinking there was and issue there, however during a ride the steerer tube failed...NOT SAFE. The lower cup of the head tube cracked and lost its integrity and caused the whole tube to move forward and backward several millimeters. Took it to the bike shop I bought it from and Trek sent a warranty frame two days later. Not the same color but it will do. They replaced with a 2013 superfly comp frame...which I am concerned may have the same issue down the line... The new 2014 frame remedy's this issue with a integrated design. Hopefully I do not have to warranty this again, as it takes 2-3 weeks to get everything taken care of, and this bike is addicting if I have the need for speed on the trail! Overall I am happy with the purchase and do feel good with Trek and their warranties.

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Favorite Trail:   Alum Creek P2

Duration Product Used:   jan - october 2013

Price Paid:    $2300.00

Purchased At:   Breakaway Cycling

Bike Setup:   Upgraded all the componets to XTR trail systems -

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Bryce J a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: September 19, 2013

Strengths:    Fast, light, X9 parts have been bomb proof and always work well.
Rims have held up very well despite limited online info for "29er mustang rims".
2x10 works well with the bike
Color scheme is sexy

Weaknesses:    Fork - CTD (I'm missing the complete lockout from my other bike) and no remote = sketchy DH if you forget to change from C to D. Don't bother reaching to flip the switch on the fly. You will FAIL and fall! Maybe....
Seat - a 2-3 hour max ride time for me; have switched over to my old fizik nisene and has made a huge difference.
Brakes get HOT!

Bottom Line:   
All around, a great bike, and a lot of fun to get back on a hardtail. The 29 wheels make it a lot less abusive for your back and legs (ie -your suspension system). It feels fast, and I have no trouble keeping up with my xc racer friends on FS bikes , until the DH gets really technical...but I bet I have more fun.
The frame has been through some seriously hard terrain (5 hour fast XC rides through the heart of kananaskis country) with no issues at all.
I'll be converting everything to tubeless soon, for a little more plushness.
If you want to be on a carbon hardtail, and can't afford the really nice rigs (ie Santa Cruz Highball), this is a great bike with components that are decent enough to work well almost all of the time.

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Duration Product Used:   2013 season

Price Paid:    $4000.00

Purchased At:   Vicious Cycle Jasper

Similar Products Used:   2004 Rockymountain Hammer
2009 Rockymountain Altitude 70

Bike Setup:   Stock, minus the seat and Nobby Nic tires when wet.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by SprSonik a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: February 18, 2013

Strengths:    Light, Fast, carves, compliant (for a carbon HT), climbing, made me forget all about my Fuel 9.9

Weaknesses:    not cheap; made me forget about my Fuel 9.9

Bottom Line:   
First off, don't believe the bad reviews about Trek's products or warranty, every company has one-off/limited customer service nightmares. Trek stands behind their products, and their products are good. I weigh almost 200 lbs, and all of my Trek carbon bikes (Madone 5.2, Fuel Ex9.9, Superfly Comp) have held up to thousands of miles of (ab)use without unexpected failure. The ONLY issue I had with any of them was the 2011 SF frame cracking at the front der mount (well documented flaw).I knew it when I bought the bike and bought it regardless of the risk BECAUSE OF THEIR WARRANTY.Trek replaced the frame WITHOUT QUESTION with a 2013 Superfly Carbon Comp frame

I loved the 2011 Superfly (the one that broke) so much that I never rode my Fuel after the second ride on the SF. Then I rode my Fuel a lot while waiting to get my replacement frame, and after a trip to Sedona in NOV, I almost regretted buying the Superfly. Once I got the replacement frame built back up, I forgot all about my Fuel for a second time. The new frame rides so nice that I NEVER take the Fuel out of the garage, not even for a return trip to Sedona this JAN.

That alone is a reflection of how great this bike is...I CHOSE to take a carbon hardtail to Sedona instead of taking a top of the line carbon FS bike, and this wasn't a trip for easy trails/hill climbing, this was for the technical trails down to Buddha Beach and other fun, rocky, technical sections. I cannot praise the ride of the Superfly enough. It is totally responsive to steering and body english, puts the power down incredibly well, and really does climb and descend faster than my Fuel (so says Strava).
RECOMMENDED for avid riders/xc racers looking for a high performance bike. Must be willing to sacrifice a little comfort to get that extra zip. Perfect match for someone who wants a great cross country bike that can handle a bit of the technical stuff courtesy of the larger wheel diameter.
NOT RECOMMENDED for a recreational rider who wants something comfortable to goof around on. Fuel EX8 is a far better choice for an all purpose bike for the recreational rider.

Sort of about the bike (29 vs 26 debate):
Being a hard tail, the Superfly is clearly not as plush as the Fuel, but it is still a comfortable ride once your ditch the stock seat post/saddle (I went with an EC90/Sella Italia SLR and LOVE IT). The larger diameter wheels help take some of the edge off, and regardless of terrain, I am absolutely comfortable on demanding 25+ mile rides. I debated for a long time before making the jump to a 29er, but after talking a friend into getting one, I had to get one for myself. I immediately noticed that it rolls smoother and is a bit more stable at speed vs my 26er. While it may give up some handling to a 26er hardtail (geometry), I can rail it through tight single track segments FASTER than my Fuel. On all but the toughest technical areas, it really does flow better. While a 26er HT may be more flickable and agile, from past experience, they are no where near as comfortable. If you are a serious rider (see my recommendation above) and can only have one mtn bike (oh the humanity), 29er HT is your best bang for the buck.

Not really about the bike (Trek Red Shield):
One perk to riding Treks is the Red Shield program. Adds a bit up front, but I have yet to pay for repairs on any of my Treks. Fork leaking, take it in for free...brakes acting up, yup, take it in for free. I wrench my own bikes for simple things, but I like the peace of mind that comes from having what amounts to an extended warranty that covers MOST of what can go wrong.

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Favorite Trail:   Penasquitos Canyon (not my favorite, but ride it the most)

Duration Product Used:   6

Price Paid:    $5000.00

Purchased At:   Trek San Diego

Similar Products Used:   -Mt. Shasta Pechanga Comp (cro-mo), my first real mtn bike, rigid, then upgraded to an Antigravity susp fork with Power Grip pedals (long ago)
-Giant HT (aluminum), first built up as a light weight geared bike (Mavic 217s, XT cranks, Sid Race fork, XTR v-brakes, etc...), then morphed into a go anywhere/do anything single speed (one of my favorite bikes...Crossmax wheels, Bomber 5" front end, avid bb7 discs)
-2002 Specialized S-works FSR XC- stock
-2008 Trek Fuel EX8- stock
-2009 Trek Fuel EX 9.9- stock, though some parts swapped to new Superfly

Bike Setup:   2013 Superfly Carbon Comp Frame; 2013 Mavic CrossMax SLR wheels/Geax Saguaro 2.2 TNT tires; Race XXXl carbon risers/RXL stem/ESI Chunky grips; EC90 seatpost/Sella Italia SLR saddle;Avid Juicy Ultimate brakes; X-9 shifters/der (upgrading to SRAM XX1 someday); XTR Cranks/pedals

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by KaizerSozay

Date Reviewed: January 30, 2013

Strengths:    Weight, handling, geometry, stiffness

Weaknesses:    Cracked two Superfly frames so far that were claimed to be manufacturing defects. Sure it's great that they warrantied them but I won't have much confidence in the new frame either.

Bottom Line:   
Bought the 2009 Superfly back when it was still Gary Fisher to replace my full suspension Trek Top Fuel. Loved everything about the bike! The G2 geometry really is great. Then it cracked between the headset and down tube. They said this was a common issue on that frame and warrantied it. They sent me the 2011 Trek Superfly frame. Many of the components, most notably the fork, were not compatible so more cash out of pocket. Once it was built up it was actually better then the 2009! Felt stiffer and the steering was just a tad more relaxed.

The bad news, now the 2011 frame has just cracked at the front derailleur mount as mentioned in these other reviews. The Trek rep again said that this was a known issue with this frame and that they would warranty it.

LBS told me that the replacement frame will be here in a week and that it would be the 2013 carbon Superfly Comp frame. I pointed at the 2013 Superfly Pro SL on the website and inquired why I wouldn't be getting the latest and greatest like they sent last time. He chuckled and said those frames will never see the light of day. Too many issues with the frames breaking.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Jens2sig

Date Reviewed: November 24, 2012

Strengths:    The frame and general handling

Weaknesses:    Reliability: The bike is one year old: Rear brakes had to be replaced, front brakes replaced. Three times broken spokes. The shock start to leak. Sand and mud in the bottom bracket.

Bottom Line:   
Trek Superfly 2012
Well as you can see, the bike has been braking a lot down. But I had it for 8 months before it started to brake down. So it was running fine, and im using it a lot.
The dealer is fantastic, thank god.

The handling is fantastic, and I love the bike.

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