Trek Superfly 29er Hardtail

3.5/5 (18 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: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

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.

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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.

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

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.

Bottom Line:   
Though I had a lot of problems in the beginning I am still in love with this bike. It is too fun to get rid of despite the money and time sink it has become. Hopefully next season I will have better luck because I'm a better rider and parts were replaced. Buy this bike for cross-country around urban environments such as river trails.

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Favorite Trail:   John Muir


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Eric Foster

Date Reviewed: June 21, 2012

Strengths:    None, apparently wood sticks in the forest are stronger than the frame according to the engineer at TREK! LMFAO

Weaknesses:    Weak

Bottom Line:   
Bike broke 1 week before leaving for the Tour Divide Race. Bike had only ~500 miles on it no scratches or wrecks. TREK could not get me a new bike in time so I was forced to buy a new bike. I bought the Salsa Mariachi Ti and it is the best bike I have ever owned which I rode in the Tour Divide this year. After TREK denied my warranty claim I was pretty ticked off. I made a few phones calls to TREK and talked to one of their engineers that actually looked at the bike. He said that it was an impact probably from a stick. I asked him how a stick was stronger than their frame and he couldn't give me a real answer, instead he compared it to the force of straw flying through the air in a tornado. Pretty retarded answer dude, I have taken enough physics to understand a real answer.

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.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Eric Foster a Racer

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.

Bottom Line:   
Bike broke 1 week before leaving for the Tour Divide Race. Bike had only ~500 miles on it no scratches or wrecks. TREK could not get me a new bike in time so I was forced to buy a new bike. I bought the Salsa Mariachi Ti and it is the best bike I have ever owned which I rode in the Tour Divide this year. After TREK denied my warranty claim I was pretty ticked off. I made a few phones calls to TREK and talked to one of their engineers that actually looked at the bike. He said that it was an impact probably from a stick. I asked him how a stick was stronger than their frame and he couldn't give me a real answer, instead he compared it to the force of straw flying through the air in a tornado. Pretty retarded answer dude, I have taken enough physics to understand a real answer.

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.

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

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.

Bottom Line:   
Overall the bike is solid. It is very efficient and goes when you step on it. The front end stiffness and geometry helps you hold lines even in rough trails. Bike is right about 24lbs, which makes it reasonable, but not as light as I was hoping. Definitely an upgrade over my EMD.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by davidbelden a Racer

Date Reviewed: May 20, 2012

Strengths:    It makes me want to ride more! What more can I ask of a bike?

- It makes 40 miles of trail feel like 20!
- Very light.
- Small bumps, roots, rocks, brake-bumps are smoothed out considerably by the big wheels
- Uphill traction is considerably better than that of a 26? hard-tail
- Climbs very confidently.
- Traction on corners is much better than I expected
- It rolls faster and carries more momentum on flats, descents, and rollers.
- Trek's geometry makes for very confident descending
- I've set a bunch of new Strava KOM's that are largely due to the light, fast bike.
- Lifetime warranty



Weaknesses:    - 2×10 drivetrain is fun, but it’s hard to find the right gear on the pavement if you’re used to a 3×10. That said, I'm always willing to sacrifice road performance for dirt performance.
- 2×10 drivetrain also means that the bailout granny gear just isn’t there for the end of long races and rides.


Bottom Line:   
I've logged 2,000 miles on my Trek Superfly Elite, and like it more and more every ride! It has much much more range than I expected and is way more fun than I anticipated. I was trying to be a 29er hater, and after one long ride I was sold. It's light, fast, and ha a lifetime warranty. Hard to beat that!

Fantastic for XC racers, Leadville racers, and anyone else that likes to have fun on a mountain bike. If you love to ride, and want to go faster on your local trails, a Trek Superfly Elite is an incredibly fun way to make that happen.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Alex Abbas a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: May 17, 2012

Strengths:    Light, stiff, good-looking, really fun

Weaknesses:    Heavy stock wheels and tires

Bottom Line:   
Of the ten mountain bikes I've owned, I enjoy this one the most. The frame is a stiff, lightweight thing of beauty. The wheelset is a bit heavy, and the 2.2" tires mine came with were too big, but most of the parts are smart.

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Similar Products Used:   Fisher Paragon

Bike Setup:   stock except: Stans Crest on XTR hubs, Spec Renegade 1.8" tires, SRAM-on-Pauls thumbies, Rockshox suspension post

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