Cove Bikes Stiffee Freeride Hardtail

5/5 (6 Reviews)
MSRP : $1020.00

Product Description

Making the World rise to attention year after year, the Stiffee has earned a reputation as one of the best aluminum hard tail bikes in creation. Melding a balance of strength and performance, our original hard tail proves you don’t need any blue pills to get it on. Built to finesse the World’s abundance of natural gap jumps, deep descents and trails to the honeypatch, the Stiffee takes oversized tires, comes stock with international standard disc mounts, uses Easton RAD tubing and can handle long travel front forks.

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Reviews 1 - 6 (6 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by darren from southampton

Date Reviewed: July 3, 2003

Strengths:    this is the best bike ive rode.Its the dogs,its stiff,light
and very strong and sticks to coners like its on rails.wouldn't change it for the world.

Weaknesses:    nothing at present

Bottom Line:   
i've only had this bike for a few weeks but love it to bits.i would reakon mend to any one wanting a hard tail bike to buy one they are fantastic bikes,ihad mine built by the bike lab in poole dorset.

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Favorite Trail:   anything

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   bike lab dorset

Similar Products Used:   various konas,gary fischer and giant bikes

Bike Setup:   cove stiffee fr 17.5 frame(white)xt through out,raceface finishing kit,raceface crank,dt swiss xr 4.1 d rims with xt hubbs,black dt swiss spokes,marzocchi mx comp eta forks
wtb rocket v seat.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Wayne Hudson from Uk

Date Reviewed: September 1, 2002

Strengths:    Where do i start,
It is very fast,
it is strong,
it weighs 28lb,
it looks gorgeous

Weaknesses:    they are getting very common

Bottom Line:   
Imagine how you would ride a 8" travel downhill bike, you charge thru everything, thats how you ride the stiffee, nothing fazes it, it absolutely rips, i have rode quite a few hardtails and mine (stiffee) is by far the most fun, and fastest, i can go much faster than many of my m8's, on stright stuff i can wipe the floor with my m8 who had a orange Patriot. i am very pasionate about this bike and i love it, i have NEVER had so much fun on 2 wheels, sod full suspension, i'll only buy a FS when my stiffee starts to limit my speed and enjoyment, besides, i would rather ride the terrain and use my skill to go fast and not be riding a set of coilsprings, you may as well ride a road bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Any fast and rocky

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2620.00

Purchased At:   On your bike

Similar Products Used:   Kona explosive, faster up, don't come close down,
Marin B17, faster up, faster down, i beat my m8 down fort william
DMR trail star, the trailstar rips 4 tricks, but isnt as fast,

Bike Setup:   Cove Stiffee frame 17.5", Shiver SC, hope M4's, Xt through, RF North shore cranks+ Rf rings, Rf System DH stem+bar+Xy seat pin, Flite saddle, Hope bulb hubs w/ sapim spokes on f519 rims, tioga 2.3DH fat 66 tyres, odi intense lockon grips, dmr v12mag pedals, irc Dh innertube on rear, conti xc tube front, hope enduro h/set, RF custom BB, Salsa QR's

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by chris b a Weekend Warrior from EHT

Date Reviewed: May 21, 2002

Strengths:    This Review is for a COVE HAND JOB XC....SINCE MTBREVIEW REFUSES TO PUT THE HANDJOB ON IT'S REVIEW LIST! Ovalized top and down tube, steep head tube, built bomb proof or for what ever kind of riding you intend to do with it, This Frame will handel a 5 inch suspension fork!

Weaknesses:    The biggest problem with The Hand Job was Coves listing of top tube lengths....they said the top tube was 23 and 1/2 inches center to's more like 23 and 1/4....I just had to go with a little longer stem.....Also a little nervous at speed....may want to go with a shorter stem. Like all Cove Bikes....there stickers suck.....but who cares about that? It's all about the ride! Don't buy this frame if your a XC Weenie or if you count every gram that you add to your bike, there will be no need to apply for this Bike!.....this frame weights about 4.5 pounds....however, if you don't care about weight this is the rig for you! Paint is also sub-par....but ain't about the paint!

Bottom Line:   

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Favorite Trail:   anything tight and twisty!

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $399.00

Purchased At:   Cove Bike Shop B.C.

Similar Products Used:   Gunnar Rock Hound


Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Bullets a Cross-Country Rider from North Vancouver

Date Reviewed: August 28, 1999

Strong, bombproof frame
Very good components
Great handling
Lifetime guarantee
Ultimate combination of ride and frame stiffness
Ready for disks

A lb. or so heavier than the other bikes mentioned, but it's worth it.

Bottom Line:   
This is the strongest ride I've ever experienced. A very stiff frame that also rides very well. Strong, silent, solid--it feels like it was machined out of a single ingot. A real winner!! I recommend this bike to anyone who wants a hardtail that can take the rough stuff. By comparison, the Trek, Rocky Mountain and Konas felt flimsy. It also handles very well whether on a paved road or rugged single track; whether grinding uphill in the granny or screaming down a long sweeper in top gear.5 big ones for the Stiffee!

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Favorite Trail:   
Secret Squirrel

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
Trek 8000
Kona Kula
Kona Explosiv
Rocky Mountain Blizzard

Bike Setup:   
Marzocchi Z2 Atom Bomb
Raceface Cranks
XT Hubs, front derailer, V-brakes
Gripshift 9 speed
XTR rear derailer
Raceface riser bar, stem and XY seatpost
Mavic X517 rims
Titek Berzerker saddle

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Aaron Wallis a Cross-Country Rider from Seattle Wa

Date Reviewed: July 9, 1999

This bike is awesome. The frame and fit is incredible. The parts on the bike are top notch. It is incredibly agile and feels bombproof.

Bolt on small ring of Raceface downhill cranks came loose and scratched my chainstay. Make sure they are tight.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is one of the best purchases I've ever made. Its frame is a work of art. I could try to explain it but my words wouldn't do it justice. And with the exhcange rate favoring the dollar so much the price can't be beat for a beautiful handmade frame. If you are thinking of getting a bike give this one a chance.

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Favorite Trail:   
Galbraith Area in Bellingham

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
Trek 7000

Bike Setup:   
This bike is Dialed. It comes with a Z-2 bam which is buttery Smooth. Race face stem, headset, bottom bracket, DH cranks, and seatpost. The Wheels are Mavic 521 DH rims and they have given me no problems what so ever even when I flatted going really fast on a rocky downhill. I'm no light weight either tipping the scales at 215 pounds. XT shifters, Xtr rear derailer(sp), and LX front derailer(sp). And last but not least Time ATAC pedals.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Jeff Adair a Weekend Warrior from North Vancouver, BC

Date Reviewed: June 15, 1999

Ultra stong frame yet less than 24 lb bike. Excellent geometry for steep drops. Comfortable cockpit. Quick!


Bottom Line:   
Hardtail perfection !!

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Favorite Trail:   
Ned's Atomic Dustbin

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
Bontrager Privateer S

Bike Setup:   
1999 Alum. frame, Bomber Z2 BAM, XT/XTR, XT brakes and hubs, Raceface cranks and chain rings/stem/riser bar/seat post. 2.4 tires.

Reviews 1 - 6 (6 Reviews Total)

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First Post- Cove Stiffee BB question

[COLOR=#333333][FONT=Helvetica Neue]Since I've had my stiffee (new in 2004) I've ridden a chain device on it.[/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#333333][FONT=Helvetica Neue]I ride a 1x10 set up. I have to use a 68x118mm square taper BB on it. [/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#333333][FONT=Helvetica Neue]I'm getting ready ... Read More »

Cove Stiffee turned Fat Front...

Hello all, Got a couple of newb questions.... I have an old Cove Stiffee frame that I would like to build up as a fat front bike. A recent trip to Allegrippis in PA has me jonesing for a rigid bike! The frame is obviously a 26er. I am in need of a fork for the bike that will fit a 26" fat fron ... Read More »

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 »

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