Cove Productions Ltd. Stiffee Frameset

Cove Stiffee

User Reviews (41)

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Gunther   Weekend Warrior [Jun 15, 2003]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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

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.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Michael Burnside   Cross Country Rider [May 20, 2003]
Strength:

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.

Weakness:

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

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...

Similar Products Used: You name it. Klein, GT, Kona, Specialized, Intense
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Andrew 'Goose' Gosline   Weekend Warrior [Jul 03, 2002]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

Weight
Flimsy decals

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

Similar Products Used: Brodie Evolution, Brute, Thumper
Rocky RM6, Reaper
Kona Chute, Roast
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Jesse   Weekend Warrior [Mar 08, 2002]
Strength:

This is an update. Super stong, light, high quality

Weakness:

Price (retail is a little steep)

If you want a bike that can handle what you can dish out this is for you. It can be ridden long distances and it is fairly light so you can throw it around easily. I have not heard good things about the ones w/o side gussets so make sure you have them or now they come with Easton RAD tubes which is cool. I can ride it 7 miles to town and when I get to town head straight for the dirt track. Very versitile. Excellent bike.

Similar Products Used: None comparable
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Derek   Weekend Warrior [Feb 22, 2002]
Strength:

Super beefy, fit's me like a glove, had a 4 inch z.5 on it, then I put a z.1 mcr, what a difference, beefy dropouts

Weakness:

little bit off chain suck, but nothing to worry about.

If you want a beefy bike buy a stifee, and even more important it's CANADIAN, and the price is right if you buy it used or from the shop, your still riding the best hardtail ever.

Similar Products Used: 125cc, kona stuff, but none compare
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Martin Peden   Weekend Warrior [Nov 17, 2003]
Strength:

Geometry
Strength

Weakness:

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

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

Similar Products Used: Norco Java, Fireball, raleghi rsp 150,saracen steel hardtail, kinesis maxlight xc
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
james arnold   Weekend Warrior [Dec 27, 2003]
Strength:

Its pretty strong.

Weakness:

nothing serious, paint chips.

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.

Similar Products Used: Arrow DS-1
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Robert   Weekend Warrior [May 07, 2003]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

2001 had a poor chainline.
Very stiff.

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.

Similar Products Used: Marin, Kona, Norco, and RM hardtails.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Jesse   Downhiller [Nov 09, 2001]
Strength:

It is a very strong frame. I have the one with the plate gussets on the side and am told it is the only way to go.

Weakness:

None that aren't cosmetic

It is an awsome bike. It is the best I have had. I am only 16 and built it the best I could without mom and dad paying for it. The frame is super strong. If you jump, ride Northshore or just kick around downtown this is definately the bike for you. If you are concerned about weight talk around before buying it. It isn't really heavy but too heavy for some. Not an XC.

Similar Products Used: None comparible
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Yocal   [Oct 18, 2001]
Strength:

good geometry

Weakness:

no room for a 2.5" tyre, scratches easily, no service from cove, oh ya, if you don't buy the plated gusset stiffee it will crack.

buy the plated gusset stiffee or be ready to hike out

Similar Products Used: now riding a Balfa Minute Man
OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
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