Cove Productions Ltd. Stiffee Frameset

4.63/5 (41 Reviews)
MSRP : $688.00


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Cove Stiffee


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by james arnold a Weekend Warrior from S.D. CA.

Date Reviewed: December 27, 2003

Strengths:    Its pretty strong.

Weaknesses:    nothing serious, paint chips.

Bottom Line:   
the stiffee fr is an awesome frame, maybe a little too damn expensive, but well worth it if you want quality. set it up however you want. well worth the money. take it anywhere, it can hang on the dh courses, dirt jumping spots, on single track, where ever.

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Favorite Trail:   so far, Lake Morena

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   jenson or supergo ????

Similar Products Used:   Arrow DS-1

Bike Setup:   Marzocchi exr, lx,xt components, avids, 26" rino lite w/2.3 kujos' up front and 24" double wide w/2.75 arrow prime bites on the back. Easton 2" monkey lite riser bar on azonic world force stem.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Martin Peden a Weekend Warrior from Edinburgh Scotland

Date Reviewed: November 17, 2003

Strengths:    Geometry
Strength


Weaknesses:    Crappy paintwork and stickers
Will not take some (tioga dh)2.3 tires


Bottom Line:   
I've broken all the above frames by a combination of having car doors opened on me, falling over and denting frames on rocks and cracking head tubes by riding street on cross country frames. So with some insurance replacement cash I’ve gone for something tougher. Now the Norco fireball was ~1.6kg as a bare frame the cove comes in at ~2.5kg (these are 21" frames) and all that extra metal has proved its worth as my riding has advanced with the extra piece of mind provided by this frame.

With a 100mm fork I had a few climbing wheelies, but that’s might have more to do with the stubby stem I’ve fitted.

The claimed tire clearance is 2.5. Now I fitted Tioga 2.3 DH front and rear, bit heavy but all good. That is until I found a little cut in the chain stay from the tires. Not good, so be warned

Even with these minor niggles, this is still the best, most confidence inspiring frame I’ve had the pleasure of riding.
Get one if you value: Value, strenght, pimpy looks, cut and paste responses

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Favorite Trail:   black run at Glentress

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $475.00

Purchased At:   insurance replacement

Similar Products Used:   Norco Java, Fireball, raleghi rsp 150,saracen steel hardtail, kinesis maxlight xc

Bike Setup:   Marzocci MX pros with ETA, 36 spoke mavic F519 on xt hubs, deore/xt shifiting, race face/tompson/easton finishing kit, Contenental 2.3 verticals

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gunther a Weekend Warrior from Australia

Date Reviewed: June 15, 2003

Strengths:    Stiff, strong, well ballanced, better dampening over bumps than other alluminum frames i've tried

Weaknesses:    Paint, bolts for water bottle cage too far up to fit a large water bottle in.

Bottom Line:   
If your looking for a play bike then look no further cause this bike was made for fun. The balance of this bike is allmost perfect. You can be screaming round a corner and if a wheel starts to slide you can just shift your weight a tiny bit forward or backwards to get balanced again. I would recomend this frame to anyone looking for a 'do it all' hardtail bike. Its best on jumps, drops, downhill and technical bits but lacks a little on general trail riding and climbs over XC frames. Oh yeah, it also looks sweet.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $399.00

Purchased At:   jenson

Bike Setup:   '03 Stiffee FR 15", marz z1 fr sl, 8" hayes mag, raceface cranks, sun singletrack rims

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Michael Burnside a Cross Country Rider from Salt Lake City, UT

Date Reviewed: May 20, 2003

Strengths:    It's amazing that the frame is so light, nible and quick that you wouldn't expect it to burly and strong too! You'll get looks everywhere you go because this frame is a thing of beauty. The welds are marvelous and the overall quality ranks with the best-of-the-best.

Weaknesses:    The only thing I would change is a clear coat ontop of the decals, etc. to protect them from the elements.

Bottom Line:   
If you ride hard and want a bike that can handle the abuse and at the same time make you feel like you are in control, buy this bike.

If you're a weight wee-nee you shouldn't be reading this article, but for everyone else looking for the ULTIMATE hardtail experience, Cove is IT!

I'm not one to give a perfect score because there is always room for improvement, but Cove comes damn close...

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Favorite Trail:   Shoreline

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Beyondbikes.com

Similar Products Used:   You name it. Klein, GT, Kona, Specialized, Intense

Bike Setup:   '03 Stiffee FR, Fox Float TALAS RL, Hadley Hubs, Rino-lite XL, Moto Raptor tires, Race Face Prodigy DH w/ signature FR BB, Thompson stem/seat post, Race Face bars w/ ODI Rogue grips and XTR shifters/derailurs

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Robert a Weekend Warrior from North Vancouver, BC

Date Reviewed: May 7, 2003

Strengths:    Very, very strong.
Very stiff.
Suprising light for such a strong bike.
Penultimate all-around hardtail.


Weaknesses:    2001 had a poor chainline.
Very stiff.


Bottom Line:   
I first owned a 2001 Stiffee. Loved everything about it except that the chainline was a little off, causing dropped chains and chainsuck.

Upgraded to the 2003 - a great improvement all around (which was quite a feat). RAD tubing is stiffer and stronger. Chainline is perfect (absolutely zero chainsuck or chain drop). Climbs like a goat. Angles are great for steep descents. Rails tight trails. Takes hits and drops with ease. By far the best bike frame I've ever owned.

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Favorite Trail:   Ned's Atomic Dustbin

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   Cove Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Marin, Kona, Norco, and RM hardtails.

Bike Setup:   Marz DJ1. Race Face BB, cranks, chainrings, bashguard, headset, and handlebars. Shimano XT rear, LX front, Deore shifters. Hayes HFX-9 brakes (8" front, 6" rear). Axiom flats. Hayes Com24 2.5" front, High Roller 2.5" rear. Mavic D321 wheels on XT hubs.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Travis AKA Jerry Bickle AKA Meyers from Halifax, N.S.

Date Reviewed: December 27, 2002

Strengths:    Strong, stiff, low top tube, room for a big tire, not too harsh, handles well.

Weaknesses:    Thought the paint looked good until my Loco Moto came back from warranty replacement with a black annodized finish. Annodizing looks better.

Bottom Line:   
I moved from MB to NS this summer and brought this bike along for the trip. I rode lots of trails, everything from tight twisty single track to DH at Killington, VT, to the rock/root fest here in NS. I even commute on it. This is not just a free ride bike but a great all round mountain bike. If you need a strong hard tail then consider the Stiffee.

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Favorite Trail:   Brandon Hills, MB

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Cove

Similar Products Used:   89 Team Stumpjumper, 97 Kona Explosif

Bike Setup:   02 Xfly 100 w/ springs, King HS, RF stem, Specialized riser bar, Thompson post, Berzerker saddle, RF cranks, Time peddles, XT ders, XT thumb shifters, Avid Ti levers, Avid discs, 2 wheelsets, Hope Bulb/317, and Velocity front/XT rear/ Rhino lites.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dave a Downhiller from Lucerne, Switzerland

Date Reviewed: December 17, 2002

Strengths:    geometry!!!!

Weaknesses:    Paint quality, weak dropouts. Inexistent customer service from Cove

Bottom Line:   
This is the epitome of a playbike! Instead of just riding you play with the trails, with obstacles and with everything else. Trail bombing, dirt jumping, trials riding, wheeling, you name it! I even did a Transalp tour with this bike. No problem! So if you could just have one bike, it has to be this one. I am almost completely satisfied with this bike.... with one exception: the paint quality. The paint suddenly starts flaking off the frame. I never had such problems with a bike. In addition to that, I never did grinding or such thing. I just happened when I cleaned the frame with warm water.

So I tried to contact Cove several times. Since I do not live in North America it was impossible to call the toll-free phonenumber. No reply by mail! First, I wanted to order the frame directly via Cove, but the e-shop did not work, nor did I get an answer to my various e-mails. Wake up guys! A product not only consists of the core product (frame) but also of various other components (reliablity, service, availability)....

I am very very glad that I've ordered this frame at Jenson USA. Great great company with very fast and friendly customer services. Highly recommendable!!!! They now try to find a solution for me.
Bottom line: frame 5 points, Jenson 5 points, Cove 0 points!

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Favorite Trail:   Arnisee

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Jenson USA

Similar Products Used:   Santa Cruz Chameleon, K2 ZED, Mongoose Pro SX

Bike Setup:   Stiffee FR frame 17", Fox Vanilla RLC125, XT, Hope Mini Hydros, Mavic F519, Race Face, Titec, Continental Vertical Pro, Azonic

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dave from Washington

Date Reviewed: October 23, 2002

Strengths:    No place on mtbr to rate the Cove "Hummer" so I will do it here.

Bottom Line:   
This may very well be the best titanium bicycle ever made -- it is certainly the best hardtail ever built -- stiff yet resilient, a real trail rooster! Not too lite not too heavy and tuff as hell. Sandvik constructs works of art. It is at least a 5! If you want a quality product and a quality ride and are ready to meet a permanent addition to your stable - get ye one.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Zaskar, Ruckus, Spec SWorks, Cove "HandJob"(also a great bike), Bianchi Grizzly, + inumerable soft tails etc,etc over 20 years.

Bike Setup:   z1 freeride with eta, and disc brakes, xtr are the only meaningful components.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kevin J a Weekend Warrior from Toronto

Date Reviewed: October 18, 2002

Strengths:    Sell everything you got....and get one. This bike is a work of art, bomb proof, very upright=very comfortable, goes through anything, up anything, down anything, across anything, over, under ....you name it!

Weaknesses:    None.

Bottom Line:   
Honestly...if your willing to pay a few bucks for a quality bike...don't hesitate.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Can't think of any....this bike is in a class all its own.

Bike Setup:   Two wheels, a seat, handle bars....everything you need to hit the trail!

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Richard Sutcliffe a Cross Country Rider from Kendal, Cumbria

Date Reviewed: September 23, 2002

Strengths:    Going fast downhill and taking corners. A nimble frame that responds really well, lets you really throw it around. comfortable on drop offs and in the air when the need arises. Very, very well built.

Weaknesses:    Main weakness I've found is that the front end is very light on the climbs making technical, steep trails a bit of a nightmare. Also (as you'd expect) it is very stiff and unforgiving and after three hours in the saddle your arse really feels it.

Bottom Line:   
This bike delivers what the hype leads you to expect. Great feeling bike, makes you feel in control in situations where you are probably not. It feels like a bit of a burly beast and I wouldn't recommend it to for a smaller, passive rider, this beast needs to be ridden hard and put away wet.
Not a light bike either. My build is detailed above and it weighs in pretty hefty. I have to say it would go against the character of the bike to build it up superlight too. It needs the burly componentry to fill it out nicely.

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Favorite Trail:   Kentmere Loop

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   Wheelbase, Staveley

Bike Setup:   Stiffee FR(Rad tubing). Bomber z3 100 air. Hope hubs. Mavic 519 rims. LX crankset, shifters & front mech. XT rear mech. XT disc front and rear. Shimano SPD pedals. Flite titanium saddle.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Marcel a Downhiller from North Shore

Date Reviewed: August 23, 2002

Strengths:    Super strong. Great geometry. Easton RAD tubing.

Weaknesses:    None.

Bottom Line:   
Unreal bike that will not brake. Handles everything well. Buy it. It's one of the best hardtails out there. If there were any issues with the older Stiffie's without the side gussets cracking, this will certainly no longer be a problem with the Easton tubes. The price is also super cheap for what you get. Nice work Cove.

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Favorite Trail:   Pangor

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   Cove Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Brodie Evolution

Bike Setup:   02 Z1 Dropoff, XT, Race Face cranks, BB, headset, bar, stem, etc.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by James Derdock, Jr. a Weekend Warrior from Annapolis, MD , United States

Date Reviewed: August 7, 2002

Strengths:    Nice welds and gussetts, very nice dropouts, replaceable der. hanger.

This bike loves to go very fast. I was hoping for more of a play-bike, but this is a great Freeride/XC bike. It's very strong and handles well.


Weaknesses:    Bottom bracket is a bit high. It makes clearing rocks easy, but doesn't let you rail turns or make short slow switchbacks. Would be nice if stickers could be clear coated.

Bottom Line:   
If you want to get into drops and stunts but want to be able to ride your bike up and down hills, this is a good choice. It's basically a beefy XC bike. I like mine, but who wants to give me their LeToy, Evil, or Balfa???

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Favorite Trail:   All around Frostburg

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Deep Cove Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Not really any. I've ridden many full blown XC bikes, but this is the most bombproof bike I've ridden.

Bike Setup:   Fox Vanilla 125RLC, King Headset, Thomson stem/post, Easton Bars, LX cranks/v-brakes/shifters/rear der., XTR front Der., XT cassette, Rhyno Lite XL's on XT Disc hubs, Tioga 2.3 DH's, ODI Lock ons, WTB Saddle

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andrew 'Goose' Gosline a Weekend Warrior from Vancouver, BC, Canada

Date Reviewed: July 3, 2002

Strengths:    Price
Strength
Climbing (yay hardtails:)
Designed at North Shore for North Shore freeriding
Stability


Weaknesses:    Weight
Flimsy decals


Bottom Line:   
This bike is very solid. I've ridden the shore (easier trails) and whistler on numerous occasions as well as many urban outings at UBC and downtown Vancouver; this bike has been flawless! (only flaw is my riding:)

I'm a mechanical engineer, and I closely inspected the frame before Cove put the bike together for me. The welds are superb, attention to detail is commendable, and design is excellent.

If you're looking for a tough freeride hardtail or a hardcore cross country bike, this is a good option. If you're looking to get right into 3 foot plus drops or downhill racing, maybe consider a dually.

Nice work Cove Bikes

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Favorite Trail:   Pink Starfish

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1700.00

Purchased At:   Cove Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Brodie Evolution, Brute, Thumper
Rocky RM6, Reaper
Kona Chute, Roast


Bike Setup:   5" Z1 Freeride QR20, RF NS isis crank+bb, RF stem, RF seatpost, RF headset, RF bars, 8" hayes, XT rear, LX front, LX shifters, rhyno lite rims, Maxxis 2.5" tires

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gary White a Cross Country Rider from London, UK

Date Reviewed: May 29, 2002

Strengths:    Unbreakable, fantastically rigid and confidence-inspiring. Spot-on head angles work well with a 130 mm fork. Aggressive geometry and 'Kona-like' top tube give great handling.

Weaknesses:    Absolutely none that I can think of.

Bottom Line:   
I am not really into freeriding - this is my heavy duty cross-country bike. The frame can handle anything that you chuck at it (- its ability outweighs that of the rider - well this one at least) and hence inspires great confidence. 130 mm travel forks do make the bike sit up quite high, so consider using a short stem. Would work very well with 100mm too. Considering the 130mm travel that I have, steering is surprisingly good - highly recommended.My bike build still comes in at less than 26lbs, which I can handle as I use it as 'throw it at anything' hardtail, not really an enduro bike. You can lighten the spec to make a really top-rate XC bike or beef it up for freeride. The Marzocchi Z1 freeride forks are an excellent match.

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Favorite Trail:   Old Springs Trail, Marin, Ca

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $650.00

Purchased At:   Cycle Surgery, London, UK

Similar Products Used:   Santa Cruz

Bike Setup:   Cove Stiffee FR (17" frame, 2001 model), XTR/XT cassette, shifers and mechs, Race Face North Shore cranks with 44/32/22 rings, Hope C2 brakes, Mavic F519 rims and Hope Bulb hubs (front thru-axle), Panaracer 2.1 trailblaster, Easton EA50 stem, bar and seatpost, Koobi SI saddle

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by FR4LIFE a Weekend Warrior from California

Date Reviewed: March 25, 2002

Strengths:    Unsurpassed Strength! I have the 2002 stiffee w/ rad tubing and it's simply badass! Canadians know how to build bikes that can survive some serious hammerings! Freakin' NUKE PROOF!

Weaknesses:    Stickers Suck, if your one who gives a damn! You can't ever contact them because there out riding!

Bottom Line:   
I'm very impressed with the workmanship that Deep Cove puts into there bikes. Every where I ride the bike turns heads, everyone wants to know where I got it. If you own a cove, you know what i'm saying. I had a King steelset installed which I believe is a must for any serious jumpers or dropoff bubbas!

Cove Rocks! Get one for yourself!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $520.00

Purchased At:   JensonsUSA

Similar Products Used:   Santa Cruz Chameleon, awesome trials bike!

Bike Setup:   02' Stiffee, king steelset, King Iso disc hubs, Fox vanilla 125RLC, Hope 4 pots, Raceface northshore cranks(isis) and DH BB, MRP mini-me, Shimano 646's, XTR shifters, casette and rear der., Panaracer fireDH pro's, SDG Big boy saddle on a hurricane 100 seatpost, easton monkeykite hi-rise, wipperman chain

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Next bike after Cove Stiffee?

I've been riding a Cove Stiffee for the last 3 years. I really love it but should have a new, MUCH better job by next summer so will have the funds for a new bike. I fancy FS, about 6" I think? The Stiffee is my second bike, bought after demoing it. It felt like it fitted me right away and I fe ... Read More »

anyone build a 69er stiffee

I'm trying to decide between a cove or a chameleon, the cove is 2 degrees slacker than a chameleon, 66 degrees vs. 68 degrees?Read More »

Fox 36 on a Cove Stiffee

currently running a RS Revelation 140mm on my cove but been offered a very good deal on my favourite fork a fox36 float RC2 fork, I'm a huge fan of the fox 36 plushness and damping and much prefer it to the Revelation. However I'm not sure how well a 160 fork will work on the stiffee, its not a grea ... Read More »

Fox 36 on a Cove Stiffee

currently running a RS Revelation 140mm on my cove but been offered a very good deal on my favourite fork a fox36 float RC2 fork, I'm a huge fan of the fox 36 plushness and damping and much prefer it to the Revelation. However I'm not sure how well a 160 fork will work on the stiffee, its not a grea ... Read More »

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