Cove Bikes Stiffee Freeride Hardtail

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.

User Reviews (6)

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darren   [Jul 03, 2003]
Strength:

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.

Weakness:

nothing at present

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.

Similar Products Used: various konas,gary fischer and giant bikes
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5
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5
Bullets   Cross-Country Rider [Aug 28, 1999]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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

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!

Similar Products Used: Trek 8000
Kona Kula
Kona Explosiv
Rocky Mountain Blizzard
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5
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Aaron Wallis   Cross-Country Rider [Jul 09, 1999]
Strength:

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.

Weakness:

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

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.

Similar Products Used: Trek 7000
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5
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Jeff Adair   Weekend Warrior [Jun 15, 1999]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

None.

Hardtail perfection !!

Similar Products Used: Bontrager Privateer S
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RATING
5
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Wayne Hudson   [Sep 01, 2002]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

they are getting very common

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.

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,
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
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5
chris b   Weekend Warrior [May 21, 2002]
Strength:

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!

Weakness:

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 center....it'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 again....it ain't about the paint!

THE BOTTOM LINE IS MTB REVEIW NEEDS TO PUT THE COVE HAND JOB XC ON HERE......THIS FRAME IS BOMB PROOF AND WILL PROBABLY OUT LIVE MOST STEEL HARD TAILS! FOR $400. BUCKS YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPOINTED!

Similar Products Used: Gunnar Rock Hound
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4

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