Product DescriptionSuperfly is THE choice for the aficionado seeking the fastest, most advanced, best 29er out there.
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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.
Duration Product Used: jan - october 2013
Price Paid: $2300.00
Purchased At: Breakaway Cycling
Bike Setup: Upgraded all the componets to XTR trail systems -
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
ACTUAL BIKE REVIEW:
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Date Reviewed: November 6, 2012
Strengths: Overall a very solid ride. Easily manages advanced terrain and transitions well to road with the lockout.
Weaknesses: Alot of broken parts. I bought the 2013 version when it came out in early August and have rode it through October, so alittle less than three months. During this time I had four rear wheel flats and one front wheel, broken lockout switch, back tire wouldn't stay true and warrantied, and a bunch of minor glitches that have been worked out. So, probably around ten visits to the bike shop (once a week.) This was a huge frustration, but since the back tire warrantied and I got an upgrade instead I have had zero problems. Also for context, I biked around 40 miles of moderate trail riding a week. I'd say a two flats could be on me, but most were pinch flats. The rest of the problems were definitely on the bike mostly the Bontraeger rim and wheels.
Date Reviewed: June 21, 2012
Strengths: None, weakest bike I have ever owned. Wood sticks in the forest are stronger than this bike according to the Engineer @ TREK BIKES! LMFAO
Weaknesses: Weak frame, horrible warranty.
Also I got screwed over because I was told that TREK has great warranties and policies only to be screwed over by them one out more than 2000 dollars and almost without a bike for a race that costs thousands of dollars.
Anyways I will never buy a TREK bike again. They constantly break. And I will never recommend their bikes to anyone in fact I will work at destroying their reputation one customer at a time.
Date Reviewed: May 27, 2012
Strengths: Stiff bottom bracket. Great power transfer. Cabon frame definitely mutes trail chatter.
Weaknesses: Low bottom bracket height causes pedals to hit rocks in the rough sections.
Date Reviewed: May 17, 2012
Strengths: Light, stiff, good-looking, really fun
Weaknesses: Heavy stock wheels and tires
Bike Setup: stock except: Stans Crest on XTR hubs, Spec Renegade 1.8" tires, SRAM-on-Pauls thumbies, Rockshox suspension post
Date Reviewed: April 16, 2012
Strengths: The bike is very compliant. It climbs very well, it is stiff. It takes the chatters better than other carbon hardtails I've ridden(Specialized & Fuji). The Fox fork is everything i would expect from Fox, Light and it rides very smooth. I did'nt think i would like the tires, but after I tried them, they hook up well in the turns and i can run them under 27psi with no folding(I'm only 150lbs).
Weaknesses: The brake set is the only thing I really don't like. The Avids squeal and don't feather as well as I would expect. A set of Shimano SLX or XT is all it needs, but a set of Hope Minis would make this bike sweet! All the other components are great for the price.
All in all I love this bike. It rides GREAT an I would highly recommend it to any avid rider looking for a great frame. Like I said before, if you don't want to have to upgrade any components, go with the next Superfly better. I would have if I had the money, It's a lot better!
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