Cove Bikes G-Spot Freeride Full Suspension

4.85/5 (26 Reviews)
MSRP : $2400.00


Product Description

The G-Spot has fast become one of the most sought after dual suspension freeride bikes in the world. From hucking to hauling, log rides to long rides, the G-Spot caters to your every need. It offers six inches of rear travel via the Progressive 5th Element shock, sealed bearings on all pivot points, a perfectly balanced swing arm and an around the BB main pivot that eliminates pedal feedback and keeps chain tension even.
(MSRP listed above is in CAD)


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by coiler8 a Weekend Warrior from Wilton, CT USA

Date Reviewed: November 15, 2008

Strengths:    Frame is literally sick for any kind of setup...i had a 170mm 66 on it and downhilled for a week in whistler and i put a 120mm fork on it and compete in slopestyle contests and dirt jumps

Weaknesses:    everything is sick

Bottom Line:   
best bike made...haven't found one person that doesn't love it...put the right components on it and you can make it do anykind of riding you could ever want..you should definatly buy this bike and support cove bikes cause there the best and deserve it

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Favorite Trail:   any slopestyle dirt jump course

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   felt compulsion, specialized sx,

Bike Setup:   fox talas/crossmax sx/small block eights/deore xt cranks..31 lb beast!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by colin kidd a Weekend Warrior from forres scotland

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2008

Strengths:    feels right,climbs well,all the travel you need for 90% of the trails.

Weaknesses:    where do cove buy the paint from,it seems to slowly disapear off the frame,the silver ones any way.rear plates linkage hits seat clamp on 15in frame.

Bottom Line:   
had a shot on one few years ago and had two have one,got it jan 08.good allrounder,a bit heavy for long xc trips but its not built for that anyway,got hard tail for that.if your after a good allrounder this is one.

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Favorite Trail:   any

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   evans,crc,lbs

Similar Products Used:   03 norco fuid,04 norco shore.

Bike Setup:   150mm 66 rc2x,hope hubs,dt 5.1 rims,jucy7s,easton stem/bars,sdg i beam,saint cranks/rear derailer hone front,blackspire 22/34 rings.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Milky a Downhiller from North Van

Date Reviewed: May 21, 2008

Strengths:    Very tough, great geometry, climbs fantastic with the DHX5

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
Needed a simple, tough, fully to replace my Stiffee. The G-spot was the natural choice. It rips on the Shore and at Whister. It's a great do it all 6+6 bike that never complains. Nice work Cove.

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Favorite Trail:   Crippler

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1700.00

Purchased At:   Cove Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Cove Stiffee

Bike Setup:   2007 G-spot with Fox DHX 5, Sherman Slider (TPC+ 6 inch), Juicy 7's, Syncros DS28's, RaceFace bar, stem, headset, cranks, bb, post. XT drivetrain

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by mtbiker-s a Weekend Warrior from Altadena, CA

Date Reviewed: September 26, 2007

Strengths:    Solid Bomb Proof Frame, It's a 2003 Cove G-Spot, nuff said.

Weaknesses:    Original Setup came with PS 5th Element rear shock, coil shipped with was too light for my heavy butt. Had to get new 450lb spring but climbing was still painful. It also came setup for downhill with 2 Chain ring setup and 8 inch Hayes HFX9's

Bottom Line:   
I've had this bike for a while. Got it in December of 2003. It is a nice free ride bike and the way it came configed really ate up all sorts of trails with no probs.

Unfortunately for me I'm not much of shuttler, so climbing to my favorite trail was always painful. Little by little I FRANKENSTINED it to the All mountain rig it is now. I love this frame it is SICK.

With my mod's I can climb to some awesome trails and not even think of how many hours It will take me to get there. I bomb down some killer single track and hit jumps and nice drops with no probs. I've taken some crazy hits too and the frame only gets dents here and there. The bottom bracket is monstrous it looks EVIL :)

Depending on your style of riding if you want a great bombproof all mountain frame this is it. Now the bike is still not a XC cruiser so don't think that it's light it's just a little lighter, losing some lbs helps out too :)


The folks @ Deep Cove are so chill and resourceful. Anytime I think of making a mod I shoot them an email and consult with them to get the correct specs for the components I'm considering to see if they've used the product on any of their prototypes.

I was looking to getting a Cove Hustler for XC ridibut till I break this frame I will keep on doing mods to it.

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Favorite Trail:   El Prieto

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $2100.00

Purchased At:   Cove Bike

Similar Products Used:   My old 2001 GT 1.0 I drive does not compare. It's like apples and oranges

Bike Setup:   07 Fox Racing Shox RP23 (yup got rid of that ol PS 5th Element) with a lock out :). 08 Fox Racing Forx TALAS RC2, All Race Face with 3 chain ring setup instead of 2, XTRs, Sun Ringle SUV's with Panaracer FR 2.4s and swapped out my 8 inch rotors for 6 inch.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by gareth pinder a Downhiller from manchester, england

Date Reviewed: August 8, 2007

Strengths:    Light build, forgiving jumper, looks great

Weaknesses:    dhx shock not best on cross country

Bottom Line:   
First ride told me everything i needed to know, this bike is amazing. A real do everything bike bike (as long as you can get used to the climbing technique). Really shone at Fort William, constantly begging to go faster. Was worried before I rode it that it may have been alot of cash for some over hyped machine, but couldnt have been more wrong. Cove love has me gripped!!

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Favorite Trail:   fort william

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   chain reaction cycles

Similar Products Used:   closest thing ridden was Trek session 77

Bike Setup:   15.5 g-spot frame, marzocchi 66sl, deetrax wheels, s-ram groupset, hope mono mini breaks, hope headset and stem, middleburn cranks, e-thirteen lg1 , maxxis high rollers

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Derek V from PG British Colunbia

Date Reviewed: August 7, 2007

Strengths:    Almost everything

Weaknesses:    rear triangle, its not designed strong enough for disk break

Bottom Line:   
Its a great bike to ride and to jump

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Favorite Trail:   All

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   private seller

Similar Products Used:   nothing is similar to a G-spot

Bike Setup:   World Cup rock shock boxxers, fox vanilla rear suspension, race face cranks, avid juicy sevens

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Oli a Downhiller from Lancashire

Date Reviewed: May 29, 2006

Strengths:    Great riding position, light enough to ride cross country, strong enough for any downhill course, loves being launched of everything, superb build quality! Spot on at all types of riding, certainly worth every penny!

Weaknesses:    None what so ever

Bottom Line:   
Has improved my riding no end, felt perfect as soon as I swung a leg over, cost £2000 to build (ebay etc). Was originally using Pike SL's up front but decided the 66Sl's would be better suited due to their adjustability. Was great with the Pikes hopefully it should be even better with the 66's!!!

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $3500.00

Similar Products Used:   Orange 222, Norco Savage

Bike Setup:   05 G-Spot, Marzocchi 66SL's, Sram Groupset, Easton bars, Hope Stem, Race Face Diabolus Seat Post, 5th element shock, SDG bel air titanium saddle, Hayes 9 200mm brakes f&r, mavic xm321 rims, maxxis minion 2.5" tyres

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by David Rothery a Downhiller from Hingham, Massachusetts, USA

Date Reviewed: January 17, 2006

Strengths:    -All pivot points have sealed, water-tight bearings.
-Bottom-bracket main pivot keeps chain tension totally static, even when the rear suspension is most active.
-If you can keep the ride height down, the 15.5 rig climbs well even with a dual-crown fork.
-Universal geometry. The frame's simple design works with virtually any kind of setup- anywhere from all-mountain trekking to downhill racing, this frame never feels out of place.
-Made by a company worth supporting.


Weaknesses:    -30.0mm seatpost. Can be tough to find at a reasonable price.


Bottom Line:   
Such a sick bike. It does everything, and does it well. You won't regret buying this frame.

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Favorite Trail:   Everything

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   Cove Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Kona Coiler, Rocky Mountain RM6

Bike Setup:   15.5" frame, 5th Element Cvt-5 w/ titanium spring, Super-T w/ crows set at minimum ride height (low compression dampening, low rebound dampening) Cane Creek S6 headset, Titec Ringleader bars (25.4), Lizard Skins North Shore lock-on grips, Titec Knock seatpost (30.0mm), W.T.B. Power-V saddle, Race Face Evolve-FR ISIS bb, North Shore DH crank arms (170mm), Wellgo B-37 flats, Race Face 32t, 22t chainrings, Deore-XT dual-pull front derailleur, Dura-Ace chain, Deore-XT 9speed cassette, Deore-XT rear derailleur (medium-cage), Deore-XT shifters, Jagwire titanium cable housings, Sun Double-Track 26" rims w/ Deore-XT hubs (i love these hubs. light, quiet and strong.) W.T.B. Timberwolf 2.5" tires, Hayes HFX-9/HD 8" brakes w/ Hope stainless-steel hoses / V-cut rotors.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kingtyee a Weekend Warrior from Bellingham

Date Reviewed: December 14, 2005

Strengths:    2005- RAD tubing w/ gussets; around-the-bottom-bracket-shell main pivot; sealed bearings; improved, reinforced rocker arm mount; cool looking machined rocker arms; good cable routing

Weaknesses:    'nary a one to be found

Bottom Line:   
Both the 2001 and 2005 are great bikes, though the 2005 is much improved in almost every respect (the older girder style rocker arms look more bike porn than the 2005/06 arm)The bike is extremely versatile even w/ the Junior-T: perfect for shuttling, trail riding, and even does well climbing steep logging roads w/ the seat cranked up. Tune the Fox's damping and pre-load correctly, and the bike jumps gaps and table tops w/ ease. Rear travel easily manages drops and cased jumps. Short wheel-base is great in tight, technical, steep terrain, but it also carries speed very well.
This bike will happily satisfy the needs of most adventurous riders, though the bigger you are (210+ lbs) or the bigger you go (10+ vert ft), you'll want to consider a heavier duty/longer travel rig.
If you build this bike as a trail rider, don't intall a single crown fork w/ less than 6" of travel. I built my 19" 2001 w/ a 5" travel Marz, and it felt very akward on steep approaches to drops.
The guys at both Cove shops are great, they were super helpful w/ my warrantied crash-replacement. My 17" 2005 is the best bike I've owned or ridden.

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Favorite Trail:   Giant Killer

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Cove Bikes, N. Van

Similar Products Used:   2001 Cove G-Spot; Cove Handjob

Bike Setup:   Junior-T; Fox Vanilla; Shimano XT stops; Race Face Prodigy cranks; Syncros BB; Rhyno-Lite rims w/ Swiss DT & Marz/XT hubs; Syncros 2.5"f & Stout 2.6"r sticky compounds; Chris King headset; Hellbent risers

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Archie a Cross Country Rider from gainesville, fl usa

Date Reviewed: December 1, 2005

Strengths:    super stout, good pedalling, good all around geomotry,plenty plush

Weaknesses:    a bit heavy,but that's the price you pay for stout

Bottom Line:   
I love this bike. A bit heavy-36lbs, but like I stated above it feels stout. I could make it lighter I suppose, but that would be costly and probably need more repairs. I have thrown everything I've got at it and it still feels the same as the day I bought it. I 'm currently having the same problem with the cable housing, but I think I've got it figured out. The 5th element is great as well-maintance free. It just started loosing oil, so I guess I better send it in for a tuneup.

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Favorite Trail:   fisher creek

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1150.00

Purchased At:   jenson usa

Similar Products Used:   giant ac, rocky slayer, santa cruz blur, specialized enduro and intense tracer

Bike Setup:   xt drive, avid mech, ryhno lite(light?), irc trailbear(2.25rr+2.5 fr) and sherman flick

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brandon a Weekend Warrior from scottsdale az

Date Reviewed: November 2, 2005

Strengths:    stiff, strong as hell, pedals well, rear shock feels nice, good geo, and damn good looking too

Weaknesses:    pedaling, i think it is because i have the stock van rc on there. i am having trouble with the cables getting caught on the seat quick release i think i migh have made the housing a lttle to long

Bottom Line:   
the bottom line is this bike rocks. i built it up realy nice and it rides just amazing. dont matter if its rocky downhills or big drops it will take it. the only compaint i have is the stock fx van rc that is on it makes it bob pretty bad. i need to get it pushed or get a 5th element or a dhx pro. the other complaint is the cable routing, i think it was just me though i might need to shorten them up a lttle. other than that this thing in just amazing. my build came out a little heavy but it still ride really nice and i dont notice the weight there.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   internet

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   03 g-spot, 02 monster t, azonic outlaw wheels, raceface cranks and bars, supergo dh stem, kenda tires hayse brakes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David 'Sui' Richardson a Weekend Warrior from UK - Surrey

Date Reviewed: September 26, 2005

Strengths:    SWEEET ride. Strong, reliable, just as good through the singletrack as a stiffee and confidence inspiring!

Weaknesses:    Why so much money in the uk!! My build with saint cranks & BB 729 rim on rear 521 at the front on a Draco was £1700 $3179 before the forks and components were added!! oh the paint! still it's not there to look at!!!

Bottom Line:   
No dissapointment from me. Been doing some huge stuff since getting this bike, and trying to find it's limits is damn hard, scary infact. The bike is just as at home XC'ing (although a little knackering), Freeride /Shore and Downhilling. I can't fault it at all.

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Favorite Trail:   all trails are sweet -except ones that go up!

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $2618.00

Purchased At:   Nirvana Cycles Westcott

Similar Products Used:   Nothing similar, although it rides like my old Stiffee, i miss that bike :-(

Bike Setup:   521 front on Draco hub, Jnr T's, King Headset, Saint Cranks (dual with bash), 729 on XT rear, XT shifting throughout. Hope MOno M4's

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brandon a Downhiller from Chilliwack, BC

Date Reviewed: August 15, 2005

Strengths:    I used to be into really heavy downhill tanks. With no less than 8 and 8 inches of travel front and rear. Then I decided to sell my bike and get this one. I didnt know if this this was tough enough for what I put it through, I was a litte worried to say the least with only 6 and 6. Well the 66rc is the best single crown shock I have ever tried. I feels like a 888r and looks mint too. I love this shock. And the rear DHX 5.0 works flawlessly. It is better than any 5th element or 4way or 6way. This thing is built tough as well. You can drop this thing 10, 15 feet easy with no worry of breaking the bike. And feels as sturdy as a beafy dh bike with only 6 and 6. I am very impressed with this bike.

Weaknesses:    The only weeknesses about this bike is the paint and decals. They arent of the best quality.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is really ahead of its time with the new shocks that fox and Marz put out. I mean it is seriously one of the best things ive felt in a long time. I am very happy with my purchase and I encourage anyone who wants a more lighter Freeride back that you can throw around, and also still take the big drops, get this bike.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $2200.00

Purchased At:   Online through PinkBike.com

Similar Products Used:   03 and a 04 aline with triple 8s, 05 yeti dh 9 with world cups. And a 24 le toy hardtail, and a manik hardtail as well.

Bike Setup:   05 Cove G-spot Fr frame, with the 66rc in front and the Dhx 5.0 in the rear. Dual 729 rims with maxxis 2.5 tires. A beafy Saint rear hub. RaceFace BB with replacable barrings. RaceFace Cranks. Fsa pig headset. Truative Bars and a DB Stem.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gabriel Rhoads a Cross Country Rider from Pocatello, Idaho

Date Reviewed: July 27, 2005

Strengths:    I feel like I have been riding this thing for years, and it's been 15 days. Felt so good, went and launched a couple tree boxes after the first 10 minutes. Pedals great if your 5th is set up right. Laterally rigid, plush, has that intangible feel to it only the best bikes have. Way more predictable and aggressive than my friend's bullit. One of those point it down anything and trust your equipment bikes, but pedals comparably to a little xc bike.

Weaknesses:    33 pounds...It's heavy...If you are a p#%sy. Since when is climbing about the lightest bike? It's about stamina, endurance, strength, and perserverence. If you are a pansy, you won't like climbing with anything. Nut Up. Secondly, there has never been a study showing to what extent 5 lbs is detrimental to fatigue. If you are really concerned ride an extra day a week and your stamina will make up the difference. Unless you are a short track racer, then you can be a weight weenie.

Bottom Line:   
At 33.5 pounds, this bike as I have it set up leaves nothing to be desired. It is plenty light to keep up with my xc only buddies, but they dare not tread where I go. If you set up the 5th Element correctly, it pedals like a 3 inch travel bike. This frame is burly and will last forever. The people at Cove always have time for a Q&A session. I had not anticipated being this emphatic about the bike, just pleasantly surprised. I honestly can't understand why people limit themselves to delicately built xc full suspension bikes. Super light equipment only will limit the terrain you can ride, and how you ride it. But I guess some people are seriously concerned with comfort and energy conservation...I ride to have a good time and get the blood flowing. I could have built myself a 27-28 pound 5 inch travel bike like everyone else. You will not catch me complaining about 5 pounds of anything until I am 75 and it is my liver. Most 5 inch bikes do everything mediocre. This Cove descends and drops exceptionally, and it tiptoes and climbs just as well with 6 inches at both ends. This is a true all-mountain bike, not a singletrack only full susser. Very Rare, Very Strong, Very Sexy, Not too expensive, and easily light enough for all-day rides. One of the only true do everything well bikes.

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Favorite Trail:   Monitor Merrimack (North of Moab)

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1350.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Mountain Cycle Fury, Santa Cruz VP-Free, Santa Cruz Bullit, Specialized Big Hit, Jamis Dakar XLT, Santa Cruz Heckler, Intense 5.5 EVP

Bike Setup:   33 pounds-nothing but the good stuff:Rock Shox Pike Team Air(4 lbs 5&3/4" travel) fork with Pop-loc adjust, 5th Element Coil, Race Face evolve stem, Chris King Headset, Hayes Hfx 9 brakes 8" front,6" rear. Maxxis High Roller rear Minion front on Mavic ex729's with Marzocchi Hubs. Thomson post. Holzfeller Cranks 44-34-22. XT shifters/derailluers, crank bros candy sl's.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tom a Racer from Philly

Date Reviewed: July 4, 2005

Strengths:    Perfect geometry for all day rides. Smooth suspension. Built very well, with excellent lateral stiffness. Looks cool.

Weaknesses:    Standover height is a little high.

Bottom Line:   
This is one sweet ride. I use this as my all purpose trail bike and it is just a blast to ride. I recently had to take apart the bottom bracket main pivot because the huge bearings finally expired, and I gotta say this is one well made bike. Fifth element on the back gives you six inches of bottomless travel with very little bob. Making the bike a decent climber on everything but the real steep stuff. Going downhill on this bike is ear to ear smiles. Biggest drop I've done on this bike is about six feet, felt almost as plush as my downhill bike. If you're cosidering a heavy duty trail bike, I highly recommend this one.

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Favorite Trail:   Wissahickon

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Gemini, stinky deluxe

Bike Setup:   Rider:6'2" 190lbs. 21" frame, Fox vanilla 130rlc, 5th element, High roller 2.35's, all sram shifting.

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