The Shocker is an absolute shocker of a bike. Designed and built for major speed and amplitude,The Shocker features Coves proven Dual Link suspension platform, delivering 8.1" of rearTravel. A SRAM Maxle rear axle and Easton RADTubing bring it for a super stiff rideThatTakes corners and railsThem. DH Race 8.1″ rear wheelTravel Rockshox Vivid 5.1 Rear shock Spring: 450 x 3.0 12mm x 150mm rear end SRAM Maxle rear axle World Cup proven race design CustomTuned dual
Strengths: Extremely durable and just plain SOLID. The suspension tracks extremely well and will eat anything in its path. big drops, braking bumps at top speed, and jesus, does this thing RAIL the corners. Its ridiculous how well it corners and races are won or lost in the corners.
Weaknesses: plain and simnple, the frame weighs a metric ton. Feels like its made of iron pipe. You can feel the weight in the air.
If you can find the cash, the shocker will NOT disappoint. Great bike, fantastic ride, and good customer service. The guys at Cover will hook you up if there is a problem.
I can't imagine buying another bike for a long time.
Strengths: this bike will ride over anything. i have ridden this bike in whistler northstar and my local trails and it has never failed me. I have never had any problems with the frame only the parts on the bike. I really like how the geo feels, its a lot better than my driver8, the driver was really too steep and it felt like the bb was really high. The cove with the northshore drops outs has a really low bb and its really slack, if you get the drop outs its quite similar to the 2011 geo
Weaknesses: the only bad thing was that the seat kept buzzing the tire and the paint chips really easily
the best bike i have ever owned. period. i really have no desire to ride any other bike any more. thats how great this bike feels
Bike Setup: Boxxer WC
DT Fr600 laced to 440 hubs
Elka Stage 5
a Weekend Warrior
from Cooper Pedy
Date Reviewed: January 9, 2010
Strengths: My uppercut is brutal bra. Ill hook ya before ya know what hit you bra. I won this bike in a fight with my 6 year old cousin, gracie.
Weaknesses: I have no weakness as i am a weekend warrior and i only fight on weekends. My record is 80-1 the only time i lost was to cousin noogle in a cage match. We was fighting for the new transition bottlerocket.
MUNGO WILL DESTROY YOU ALLLLLLLLL
BIKE IS ALMOST AS GOOD AS FEEDIN HIM BRA
I give it one flamin chilli cos i couldnt afford more than one from the feed store.
Similar Products Used: I rode my pet sister once. Sister snaz.
Bike Setup: Cove shocker frame with pine wood forks, super glue as brakes and a watermelon as a rear shock
from rio de janeiro , RJ,BRAZIL
Date Reviewed: December 3, 2009
Strengths: very strengh, solid frame with good geometry , very race , is the best race bike i ever ride , the frame give you confiance to ride fast!i ride about one month in whistler and it was a pleasure time with a pleaseru bike
Weaknesses: i dont have anyone
i great bike for anyone , very race and strengh bike , good in every thing
Similar Products Used: khs dominatrix dh100, v10, m3
Bike Setup: boxxer 2010 WC, x0 with kmc chain , avid elyxir cr, i beam seatpost, sunrigle hubs with 823 , michelin tires, straitline stem, chromag osx bar, hozefeller crankset, lg01 guide, obtainium spring(425 lbs) and changed all bolt for ti bolts
Strengths: Most solidly built frame I've ridden, very laterally stiff. Inspires confidence, tracks through any line over any terrain, soaks up massive bumps yet still provides good feedback. Great in the corners. All the good things people say are true, I could go on about this bike for ages its wicked! I live in Whistler and ride in the park about five times a week, and this is the only bike I've ever ridden that has made it through an entire season of abuse without anything on the frame ever causing me any trouble, everything's still original (except for the shock which blew, nothing against Cove there) and running like new! The linkage is always tight, I've actually gotten out of the habit of checking over it cause it's always good! With previous bikes on average I've had to rebuild the rear linkage 2 or 3 times per season, the Whistler bike park is known for beating the crap out of your bike. I noticed someone on here said it's a hard bike to jump, would have to disagree, it feels light in the air, whips easily. Lots of fun!!
Weaknesses: Nothing...the Maxle comes loose and I always keep an eye on that but Maxles just do that regardless of the frame
Awesome bike that I highly recommend. Super solid frame that performs great, extremely durable and fun to ride. Everyone at Cove has been extremely helpful. Recommend especially to anyone racing downhill or riding bike parks on a regular basis.
Strengths: Everything (seriously)
-super solid build
-jack of all trades
Weaknesses: inspires confidence (along the lines of a superhero)
is that a bad thing though?
hhmm,,,i'm going to say "none".
This bike does it all: plows, jumps, corners, manuals, drifts, ninja lines...everything. It looks like a freight train and rides like one. Super stable at speed and hold line on the off camber stuff very well. But at the same time this bike is very agile; Picks up over anything, translating into speed gaps for race lines and it pedals super well (esp. sprints). Instantly awesome, I was immediately comfortable when I got on it. I'm going to stop myself b/c I can go on for days about how amazing the Shocker is.
This bike is #1 in my book and I recommend it to all racers looking for that extra edge of reliability and confidence, as well as (and most importantly) performance.
Similar Products Used: Never ridden anything like it frankly.
But I have spent time on:
Giant DH Comp (1st DH bike ever)
Sinister R9 (2 seasons, same frame)
Iron Horse Sunday (1 month, 2 races)
Bike Setup: I am 5'10" and around 165lbs. I have the Medium in black. I raced this bike for the '08 season (~20 races) in the Jr.X 18&Under category (my last season for this group). Couldn't have picked a better bike to do the job. For a more "in depth review", check out Decline Magazine's review, as it was/is in my opinion, spot on. John P.'s review a couple down, is also very good.
My Race Rig looked like this:
Fox 40 RC2 w/ Risse TC, VIVID w/ stock spring (450 i think), Avid Codes (203mm f/r), Highrollers, 440 hubs on 721 rims and a 2350 wheelset, 170mm OTC cranks, 5050XX pedals, 710mm Holzfeller bars/ e13 ALI stem, full Sram, Sunline Thick grips, e13 LG1. (pretend the Roco is a VIVID)
Strengths: I am 6ft and ride a medium frame that is relativly short and tucked up compared to other dh bikes that i have either sat on or ridden in a medium.. This makies for a very lively ride with tremendus responce and feel that is truely responsive.. If you want a lazy ride through fast rough terrain then buy a santa cruzv10, but if you like a bike that will progress you and keep you informed of everything you hit then nothing compares to this frame set. I have been the butt of a lot of jokes from my mate who has a v10 focusing on the fact that this rare bike is no match for his v10 set up until I let him rip down a local trail on the shocker. At the bottom of the hill he couldn't find fault and admitted (reluctantly) that This bike accelerates like no other he had ridden and was absolutely amazing to ride. I took his scv10 down behind him and will admit it ironed out the rough stuff like I couldn't believe but when it came to feedback and manoeuvrability in the technical sections I felt it had nothing on the shocker! To put it blunt. If you are after a true race ready frame that will deliver results then buy the shocker. It is understated but amazingly built.. You might not have all the guys on the trails drooling over it but for sure you will let actions speak louder than words on the trails..
Weaknesses: Absolutly nothing.. tough as old boots.. hand built to perfection..
Bike Setup: shocker frame.fox dhx 5.0.2007 boxxer team.shimano saint..everything.and maviz 729 rims laced to saint hubs
a Weekend Warrior
from Cardiff, South Wales, UK
Date Reviewed: April 2, 2008
Strengths: Plushest ride you could ever imagine. Feels like you can hit anything at any speed on it, just eats up terrain. Build Quality is outstanding. Orange Paint is Awesome. Very Neutral and gives bags of confidence if your pretty new to DH like me. Got virtually mobbed by other riders wanting to look at it when I first took it out.
Weaknesses: Not the easiest bike to get into the air. It's nice to have a Maxle I guess, but needs keeping an eye on as it can come loose, given it's not really a bike you'd maintain on the trail can't see the point of it. Not exactly a srinking violet. People will notice it, and will expect you to be "of a level" LOL. Costs fourtunes. S Seat needs carefull placement to avoid buzzing the back wheel. But these are just very minor things.
Stunning. I'm loving it. Can't wait to take it to the Alps in a few months.
Wish Cove had some more presence in the UK. There were NO built bikes in any shop I could find to sit no, never mind have a test ride £1900 is a hell of a leap of faith on a bike you don't even know will be comfortable for you. But trust me on this, it's worth it.
Bike Setup: '08 888 RC3 WC. Avid Code, 729's on Pro II's. Raceface finishing kit. X9 shortcage and shifter.
from North Vancouver
Date Reviewed: March 28, 2008
Strengths: Solid build. Great looks.
Weaknesses: Maxle comes loose, that's about it. May be expensive but this is a quality product.
Fun ride, nice feel, nice flow, stable, leaves you wanting more. Though DH specific, it is quite versatile and will definitely take you to the next level. On the Shore, look for the steeps. At the park, let off the brakes it rails like no other - of course the trade off here is a low BB, which can make things a little tricky on tech terrain, but nothing you don't get used to. All in all awesome bike!
from Santa Barbara, CA, USA
Date Reviewed: January 7, 2008
Strengths: Solid feel, low maintenance, lively ride, great pedaling. Very neutral braking. The bike just loves steep terrain, it just rolls over anything that can't be jumped.
Weaknesses: Its heavy, 12.5lb frame. Its pricey, and even more so with the current U.S.-CA exchange rate. The paint on my silver one is thin and easily marred, all the other shockers I've seen have had better paint than mine though.
This bike is great. It feels great in a wide range of terrain. I've ridden it all over Cali and up in Whistler. It has been a rock solid, fun as hell performer. This is a bike that likes to jump off anything in the trail. You can plow the rough or finesse through the rocks, it bottoms smoothly too. I've had a full year on it and I'm keeping it for next season....and the one after that!
Similar Products Used: Intense M1, Giant DH Team, Santa Cruz V10, Specialized Big Hit DH, Demo 8, Demo 9, Sunday
Bike Setup: 05 888 RC, Saint cranks, Hadley Hubs
Ellis Freedman Freedman
from Portland, OR
Date Reviewed: November 19, 2007
Strengths: Very very solid feel. I know by now its cliche, but this bike slays dh courses and rails corners. The wheel base is long making me feel secure when almost vertical. The looks are savage. Before purchasing i didn't expect the attention i got while at freeride/downhill areas, people thought is was ridiculously good looking at proportional. The bike is great to control in the air, whips come effortlessly. Much better to handle then my previous demo 9. Hah, this bike pones that bike now that i think of it in every aspect. It is simply fantastic.
Weaknesses: Non so far... the Cove company is a little lazy in getting this to the shop. They say they shipped it three different times and were bull sh*ting the entire time. It finally arrived two months over due. I don't know what their deal is.
I always thought Cove needed an update in their bike lineup and when this beauty came out i knew it was game over. The bike is savage.
Bike Setup: White Cove frame, 823 hadley, boxxer world cup, juicy 7, 5.0 titanium coil, Thompson elite, full x9 carbon short cage...
from Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada
Date Reviewed: July 18, 2007
Strengths: Geo's SPOT on, I've yet to actually break it, seemingley bottomless travel, RAILS corners, If you want it to do something, it does it and comes back begging for more... It's suggested as a DH bike, but she won't back down from a huck or two, thats for sure. Pedals VERY well, definetly better than the VP-Free I rode, and not to mention its gotta be one of the best looking DH bikes out there. And the name. That's pretty sweet too.
Weaknesses: Weight, but its still respectable. And I seem to go though alot of seats. You need to take the spring off the shock, and cycle the bike through its travel to make sure you don't end up buzzing the seat once you start using travel, but that's it.
KILLER bike. The orange color is one of the best looking orange's ever, as there are flakes of gold in the paint. It will RAIL any berm, suck up any bump, stutter bump, or huck, absolutely NO Brake jack, and hand made in canada. How can you go wrong? I'll be riding this bike untill there's nothing left of it, and then probably buy another one.
Bike Setup: White Bros DH 2.0 Forks, Hope Moto Brakes, 729 wheelset, Saint cranks, Diablous Headset, Atlas bars, and Mobster Rubber.
Date Reviewed: March 13, 2007
Strengths: Hasn't broken yet. Nice supple, progressive suspension. Laterally faily stiff despite all the links, nice paint, reasonable angles.
Weaknesses: Maxle, whats wrong with a bolt? Its just not a very exciting ride, it works well but it just feels abit dead.
This bike can be built up pretty light, its got effective suspenion and so far appears to be fairly tough. But it just doesn't excite me I enjoyed riding my DHR much more but that kept snapping. The damn maxle comes loose periodically. Its cheapish and the guys at voe seem nice enough.
Bottom line is I dont plan on keeping this bike longer than a year, when I get rid of it it wont be replaced with a cove.