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Trek Superfly FS 9.8 SL review

There’s nothing superfluous about Trek’s light and superbly detailed Superfly

Russell Burton

Guy Kesteven

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Gary Fisher was one of the original mountain bike racers down Mt Tamalpais in 1970s California and he’s been pushing the limits of off-road bike speed ever since he started fitting touring bike gears and motorbike brake levers to his beach cruiser.

When Trek bought his brand and recruited him as an ambassador his thirst for racing carried on in the development of the original Olympic-winning Goldenfly for Paolo Pezzo. The long-running Superfly hardtail and full suspension range (now under the Trek brand banner) shows just how much racing and evolutionary experience the design has benefited from.

  • Highs: A super-light frame with outstanding level of detail, sorted suspension and top value ready to race kit.
  • Lows: The flexible frame might not suit powerhouse or precision loving riders.
  • Buy If: You want a blisteringly fast, fun and user friendly race or ride all day bike.

Frame and equipment: OCLV OCD

Trek has been building bikes completely from composites for longer than almost anyone else. Its trademark OCLV (Optimum Compaction Low Void) carbon has evolved over 20 years to include specific purpose related compositions and lay-up strategies such as the increased impact protection woven into Superfly’s OCLV Mountain material. Fisher/Trek was also the first large brand to use 29er wheels and tubeless-ready rubber over a decade ago. It’s no surprise then that the Superfly frame is one of the lightest full suspension chassis available at just over 4lb, or that it rolls on 29in wheels with tubeless valves included ready for conversion.

29er wheels and low tread Team Issue tyres underline the Superfly’s easy speed with even more rolling efficiency and momentum sustain

Actually 'rolls' is the wrong word – it positively flies. With minimal drag from the chequerboard tread Team spec tyres and race weight spec throughout, the Superfly whips itself up to speed LOL fast. There’s definitely some flex through the back end (you can actually see the wheel twist if you’re following it up a rocky climb) as the power goes down, but not enough to lose track of what the tyre are doing or to feel like you’re wasting your effort.

While tracking is soft, traction levels are better than you’d expect from the tyres. The custom offset G2 fork boosts the lively and agile feel without undermining the inherent stability of the bigger wheels. It’s long enough in reach to thrive on singletrack with a shorter stem/wider bar cockpit too, so criticising a pure cross-country race bike for having a pure cross-country cockpit isn’t fair.

Ride and handling: easy as 123

Having recently ridden less flexible bikes with far less overall control the importance of sorted and predictable suspension is obvious on the Superfly. The Fox fork and shock aren’t amazing in any way but together with the pedal and brake neutral ABP pivot they keep the bike smoothly floated over most trail chatter so you can keep cranking the speed out.

A neat three position remote lever lets you instantly toggle shock and fork between fully open Descend, tighter Trail and locked out Climb modes too, but it’s balanced enough not to depend on your input. There’s just enough capacity to stop reckless moments ruining your ride and it’s not shy about forcing through an aggressive overtaking/descending line choice either.

The Superfly floats smoothly over the trail

In short it does everything you’d hope race suspension would, when it should making it well worth the weight penalty over a hardtail on technical trails in terms of sheer speed and properly playful charisma. It’s impressively affordable for its thoroughbred single ring carbon component loaded performance. There’s also a full range of both carbon and alloy bikes as well as Trek’s Project One custom program options if this particular bike is under/over your budget.

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Like the Trek website says, "Leaves nothing on the table" Fast, light, can be ridden like a 26" bike. XT spec. really compliments this bike. Have the 2014 FS 9 version. I have tried a couple of bikes with a 1x11 drivetrain before buying this one, def. prefer the 2x10 for my style of riding. Suspension is brilliant, takes the edge off anything but does not feel like the bike dissappears under you when you accelarate out of a corner.

Couldn't afford the carbon version! Still need to add adropper post

Have just upgraded from a 26" short travel cross country bike. Before byuing I rode the Feul EX 9 29 and Remedy 9 27.5. Must be my riding style , but these two felt heavy and sluggish to me. I could not turn them at low speed and on tight switchbacks. So I was a bit aprehensive before getting on the Superfly with its 29 wheels, boy was I mistaken. This bike handles the Smithfield Worldcup Trail in Cairns Queensland like it was made for it and one more thing it is not called Super"FLY" for nothing, this bike makes you push your boundarys with confidence. Have been riding it for one week now averaging about 25km a day, love it. Before picking up the bike I had the Bike shop remove the XR1 team issue tyres and replaced them with a XR2 Team issue at the back and a XR3 Team issue at the front, both set up tubeles. This is a very versatile, yet still fast combination, good grip and speed. Awesome trail machine, you wont be dissapointed, I just love letting it go through the tight sinlge track rainforest trails Very confident at speed.

frame geometry, weight, suspension, and components for the price.

a few of the OE parts are a bit cheap but in all fairness they are cheap on all bikes at this price range made to do this purpose. the factory bars and seatpost were heavy, post especially. OE tires are great all terrain and work well on hardpack and pavement/trails. if you ride mud, sand, gravel or other substances you will want another set of tires to switch between.

first off, i rated this 5 stars simply because i got a great deal on a 2013 closeout a few weeks ago. at $1400 it's a 5 star bike and then some. if this would have been at 2389 i would have spent a few dollars more on the elite. now on to the nuts and bolts of my review. the bike with pedals weighed in just a tad under 30lbs which was the lightest FS 29er i was able to ride at this price point. the factory wheelset is around 22xx grams and right off the bat i was able to drop a pound buying a set of $300 easton ea70 wheels from jenson usa. also went to a low rise riser bar and dropped the stem one spacer. factory stock is 3-10mm spacers and a flat bar. i must say after minor tinkering i really LOVE THIS BIKE> the last bike i purchased new was a 1998 S works stumpjumper which was great for many years, got it down to 23lbs and change and never thought i could deal with a bike this heavy. long story short i'm faster around my riding areas on this than i was the stumpy. the superfly is also a LOT less punishing and fits my body geometry better. the 29er aspect is better on everything except tight technical {i'm 5'11" just for reference} spending the money on this bike has made me love biking all over again. i never use to be a trek fan but i have to admit, with the deal i got and after riding this vs a comparable new specialized FSR i'm amazed to be saying it, but, i'm now a trek fan and happy to own their bike.

Tires, drive train, brakes

I read reviews before buying a 2013 Trek Superfly 100 AL Elite. There was some great close out pricing and that was part of my motivation. My previous bike was a specialized 2010 Stumpjumper FSR Comp. A great low cost bike, but I was ready for a 29er that was faster. The tires suck. I ride So Cal, hard packed, lose over hard packed etc. These things had no grip at all. Once I changed them, personality of the bike changed. The local LBS set up the shock per Trek specs. I road it and it seemed like the suspension was way to stiff. I redid it with the sag meters and adjusted the rebound and we are getting there, not there yet, but getting there. The head angle at 71degrees is really steep. The 105mm stem does not help. Rode on the front wheel a few times going doing technical trails. I changed the stem to a 60mm and it rides much better. My Stumpjumper had Avid brakes, made lots of noise, but stopped on a dime. The SLX seem to require more effort. Drivetrain- Tons of chain slap and suck. Very surprised. Also have lost a chain a few times on downhills. If you are looking for fast bike, this is it. If you are thinking all mountain or want a more fun, forgiving bike, look elsewhere, get a slacker head angle.

Comfortable, Capable, Fast and good quality.

Stock Tires

Got back into mountain biking after too many years of boring road riding. Started with a Specialized Rock Hopper 29er Comp. Thinking the trails I ride aren't all that rough. Well I soon found out that I was missing the ride of my old GT LTS. Guess the trails were rougher than I thought! Long story short, Upgraded the wheels, tires fork and even got a Thud Buster. Guess it all helped but still longed for the old days! Started shopping around. Looked at all the cheap internet bikes and resisted the temptation to cheep out. Checked out What Specialized and Trek had to offer. Have to admit I suffered a little sticker shock so backed down but the idea was in my head and couldn't get it out. That was this Summer. Fast forward to a month ago and low and behold Trek advertises clearance prices on their 2013 models. Well that's all it took. Bought one the next day. Originally looking at the Elite, never really excited me all that much but when I saw the Pro and read the specs I had to have one and I'm glad I waited. I Really like the bike. The ride is a good but you still know it's a mountain bike. First thing I noticed was how much better it went around the corners. and how I don't avoid every little root and rock that comes along. Have to say that Fox fork rides a lot better than the Reba I put on my Rock Hopper, even with enough pressure to keep it from bottoming out. One of the main reason I opted for the Pro was the full XT kit,15mm thru front axle and 12 x 142 rear axle along with the 2 x 10. Shifting is spot on and crisp. Can't say enough about the brakes, flawless! Feel more secure with the modern axles. Guess the tires are better for areas without rocks because the rear sidewall was cut within the first two weeks. They worked well just not very durable. Not a big issue for me since I had already planned on changing them out. Moved to a Maxxis Ardent in the front and a Ignightor in the rear. Oh yeah, went tubeless too. Got to say, the old GT has been surpassed as my favorite bike. I think anyone who likes to ride and not get beat to death would benefit from this bike. The price on sale was good but still pricey if it's going to be a coat rack so if you're not going to ride it.........like that's going to happen once you have ridden it.

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GT RTS, GT LTS. Specialized Rock Hopper 29er.

Price, lock-out is excellent on rear shock, climbing and handling.

Tires, tires and tires. Avid brakes should not have been spec'd on a bike at this price. Chain drops all the time even after several mechanics at several shops have attempted to remedy the issue.

I'm no one special but I have raced on a Trek since 1987. Glad I could find a bike a this price, with dual suspension and an XC orientation. I am lucky to live in Missoula and ride great trails every night in the Summer. This bikes running gear can't take it. The brakes are absolute crap. Need to be bleed constantly, just plain suck at stopping the bike and should not have been spec'd on a bike that is to be ridden hard daily. Can't keep the chain on the bike. Shop says, long chain-stays, 3-rings up front and a 10 speed chain and cassette combine into a bike that it is extremely hard not too drop a chain several times on each ride. If they can't spec a bike over $2k that doesn't stand up to hard daily ridding, I need to look at other brands. Bike itself is fantastic! Running gear is crap! Buy the Elite!

To start off I purchased the Elite Al, so the set up is a little different. I test rode a lot of bikes at the demos from Scott, Specialized and Trek. Trek got it right. The head tube angle to the longer rear triangle makes for quick steering ,a rear end that tracks well and just an overall responsive smooth ride. I read people are complaining about the tires-they ride very well on rocky, sandy and hard pack. Only problem is they love to fling sand and fine dirt at you and the chain drive, but as much as I ride they will be wore out soon.

I really only find one weakness in the bike's set up and that's the stem. It is a little flimsy but that's any easy fix. Probably change to Easton.

Overall a fast-sure footed bike. I still can't believe it's a 29er. Get the Superfly and get on board the best XC 29er. Thank you Trek for another stellar bike.

Climbs surprisingly well, the CTD is pretty good, looks good, is faster than I thought

Tires are terrible, took me a while to set it up right for me.

So this is my first FS bike since my Intense 5.5, which I loved. But went the 29er route in HT fashion 5 years ago. This year I picked up this bike as a back up to my Lynskey. I have to say, at first I really did not like it at all. Cockpit was short, I had to buy a new Seat Post, and new Stem right away, and it was just a pain to get right for me. Even Cased it in a rock garden and smashed my brake lever completely. Now I have one SLX and one XT brake handle. So anyway, I almost took it back and or sold it for the Giant, or the Cannondale. However, I tried one last time to get it right. This time I put more air in the rear shock and less in the font, about 10psi more in the back and 5 psi less in the front. (This is off the numbers I cam up with using the Fox Set up App) Put a couple more clicks into rebound and tried it out. Well whether I got lucky (probably) or actually subliminally knew what I was doing, it worked. With the Thompson Lay back and the longer 110 stem, it fit and road quite nicely. I'm really happy with it now, still not as good as the Lynskey, fit wise, but this is a much better bike for rough terrain, and that is where I use it. However I will say that it's a shame that I spent 2700 bucks on this bike (I have the 100AL Elite, not listed in the review section) that the tires that come on it are just plain junk. Not so much for grip, as they did ok at best with that, but if you live in a rocky rooty area like I do, (western PA) these tires will fail. I have 48 miles on this bike, all single track trails, and my rear tire sidewall is shredded. Chords are showing already, and one failed on my tonight....luckily Stan's seemed to stop the leak enough for me to get back to my Jeep. So yeah, it's a good bike, just be patient with it, and for the love of singletrack TREK, make some better tires.....jeez.

Everyone touts some kind of unique geometry, but the G2 concept is perfect for my style. ABP suspension tech seems to work great. Overall parts spec is very capable and reliable (nothing flashy but it works). Value: compared to other offerings at same price point, this bike stood out (through axle fork, faux through axle rear, PF30bb). Rides like a bike with more travel. Wheels come tubeless ready.

Tires: they roll fast, but if you ride terrain that warrants full suspension, these won't cut it on an everyday basis. Swapped over to some Nevegals and the bike is much more capable. I'm not a huge fan of 3x10 gearing (so many redundant gears) - would have preferred a 2x10 setup for some more clearance. There are tons of Bontrager parts but for whatever reason I've never had problems with in-house Trek gear.

Overall, there is a lot of bike for the money here. Obviously this is the lowest end price point for the Superfly 100 but it's a very capable machine out of the box. I love to upgrade but so far nothing has gone wrong to warrant swapping (aside from the wimpy tires). Trek is really coming to bat with high quality, reliable designs at value-oriented price spec. Never thought I'd say that about a Trek.

Jamis Dragon

Bought my Superfly November 2011, love it. I had a 26 er previously and now no comparison. I am a hacker however the bike allways inspires me to feel like a proffessional. Gears smooth, enjoy the ease of managing the suspension set up and strong resposive breaks. Fast and easily rolls over obsticles. All in all love my Superfly and doubt I will ever reach its full potential and may yet take it to my grave!

Tyres wash out on sand, changed them and now better response and grip. Shortened the handlebars by 3cm either side and added padded grips, now more comfortable. Have to concentrate not to experiance pedal knock. When I remove and replace drinks bottle have to avoid bumping the rear shock lock out.

Would not hesitate to recommend a 29er and a Trek Superfly!

29inch wheels offcourse it climbs over anything easy to control going uphill with the 105mm stem loved the lockout that's are also great steering is good with smaller stem offcourss it be better but its a niner I got video on youtube about bike if u want to check it out

Tires it comes with not for climbing u need some fr3 tires which are great other then that not bad

29er way to go I change mines to 2*10 I had 26er and there's no comparison its way faster and it climb way better with 29inch wheels offcourse I made hills I couldn't make with 26er I loved this bike

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Colour / Carbon Smoke/Rhymes with Orange

Size / 15.5", 17.5", 19", 21", 23"

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  • Frame OCLV Mountain Carbon Main Frame and Seatstay, Alloy Chainstay, Removable Carbon Armor, Internal Control Routing, Stealth Shock Routing
  • Fork FOX Performance Series 32 Float, CTD Remote-Ready FIT Damper, Rebound, E2 Tapered Steerer, 15QR, Custom G2 Geometry with 51mm Offset, 100mm
  • Shock FOX Performance Series Float, CTD Remote-Ready FIT Damper, Rebound, 6.5x1.5"
  • Hubs DT Swiss X1700 Wheels
  • Wheels DT Swiss X1700 Wheels with Tubeless Tape and Valves
  • Wheel Size 29"
  • Spokes DT Swiss X1700 Wheels
  • Tires Bontrager XR1 Team Issue, Tubeless Ready, Aramid Bead, 29"x2.20"
  • Chain 17.80", N/A, 32 Tooth, SRAM PC-1130
  • Crank SRAM X1 1400 X-Sync
  • Bottom Bracket 12.99", BB95
  • Rear Derailleur SRAM X01 Carbon, Type 2
  • Shifters SRAM X1, 11-Speed
  • Brakeset Shimano Deore XT Hydraulic Disc,
  • Handlebar Bontrager Race X Lite Carbon Low Riser, 31.8mm, 5mm Rise
  • Saddle Bontrager Evoke RXL, Hollow Ti Rails
  • Seatpost Bontrager Carbon, 2-Bolt Head, Zero Offset, 31.6mm, Standard, 31.6mm, Standard
  • Stem Bontrager Race X Lite, 31.8mm, 7°
  • Grips Bontrager Race Lite, Lock-On
  • Headset Cane Creek IS-3, E2, Carbon Cartridge

Q: How much is a 2015 Trek Superfly FS 9.8 SL?

A 2015 Trek Superfly FS 9.8 SL is typically priced around $5,250 USD when new. Be sure to shop around for the best price, and also look to the used market for a great deal.

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The 2015 Trek Superfly FS 9.8 SL may be purchased directly from Trek .

Q: What size wheels does the 2015 Trek Superfly FS 9.8 SL have?

The 2015 Trek Superfly FS 9.8 SL has 29" wheels.

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Quick Review: Trek Superfly 100 29er Full Suspension MTB

While at the SE Bike Expo this past weekend, I got a chance to throw a leg over the new 2012 Trek Superfly 100.

As many of you already know, the Trek Superfly 100 is a carry over from the Gary Fisher days. Trek brought the two brands together to essentially give them a Trek branded 29er lineup. They kept the Gary Fisher name by making it a collection , but you are basically getting the same bike as before with the Trek logo. Trek owned Gary Fisher anyway, so it really made sense from a branding point of view.

For 2012, the big change to the bike was the addition of the 142mm rear end with 12mm rear thru axle. This does a lot to stiffen up the rear end and unify the rear triangle with the front main frame. We are starting to see a lot of manufacturers go to this setup over the past couple of years. While it creates yet another variable (the 142mm rear hub width vs. conventional 135mm), anything that brings more rear end stiffness to full suspension mountain bikes is a welcomed bonus.

The bike still features the Trek Active Braking Pivot a RockShox Maxle thru axle system.

The color scheme also changed for 2012 to a raw carbon look (vs. the white previously) with bright blue accents. Personally, I am liking the darker color scheme Trek is using for their lineup this year. The Fuel EX and Remedy got the same treatment. Other than that, you get the same G2 geometry that you are used to out of the 29ers from Fisher and a host of Bontrager/Shimano components to round out the build. Weights for this Elite model (MSRP $5,249) are coming in around 26 pounds.

One thing to keep in mind with current Trek bikes, their sizing is a little bit different than you might be used to. I typically ride a large in just about all brands. On a 2012 Trek, I ride a 21.5 frame because it is an actual 19.5. When you go to test ride a Trek, try the one size up than you normally ride first.

The Trek Superfly 100 is a purpose built machine in all reality. While there will be a lot of enthusiast riders who buy this bike purely because they want a light 29er, the real purpose of this bike is to go fast on XC race courses and endurance events. During these events, all of your time that is made up to hit the podium is done on climbs…not the descents. So fast race machines have to be able to climb like a bat out of hell. They don’t really care how they descend…just get me to the top and do it quickly.

The Superfly 100 is built to do exactly that…climb. When you get into slight rises or long ascents, the bike seems to just pedal forward with enough suspension to gain traction without robbing you of precious energy. The Active Braking Pivot does a great job of preventing unwanted pedal bob while hammering up the climb and the geometry of the bike keeps the front end planted down while tracking straight. Basically, everything you would want the bike to do while climbing…just works.

That is where the love affair with the Superfly 100 stops…at least for me. Those same stable characteristics that make the Superfly 100 such a great climber are it’s downfall in tight/twisty singletrack and downhill. The suspension on the Superfly (at 25% sag) is really setup just to take enough of the edge off that you don’t get super beat up on XC races. You still feel just about every single part of the trail while you ride. It is not a plush setup even when you start to let air out of the 110mm rear travel frame.

That stability you feel in the climbing is also largely in part because of a long wheelbase on this bike. That same long wheel base makes the bike hard to maneuver between tight trees and switchbacks. It is more of a sweeping turner than a pinpoint direction changer. It takes more body english and throwing your weight forward on the bike to get it to spin around.

While headed downhill, the Active Braking Pivot works as advertised by keeping the suspension active under braking forces, but the bike just isn’t comfortable with the tires leaving the ground or bombing technical descents. However, I would expect this out of a bike that is essentially built to be a mountain goat.

Overall, the bike is great for what it is built to be…a light XC race/endurance bike that will make up time where it matters the most…on the climbs and flats. It pedals incredibly well and makes you feel like you are faster than you are when you are pointed skyward. Throw a little bit of money at this Elite (ok…maybe a lot of money) and you could have a 23 lbs. racing monster that will get you to the podium.

Those same characteristics that make this bike such a great racing thoroughbred make it a hard sell for enthusiast riders in my eyes. If you want to have the latest and greatest light full suspension mountain bike frame, then you are probably looking right at this offering from Trek. However, I think there is more fun to be had on several other bikes in the industry (especially for this price) if you are looking to maximize your fun on the trail and not just be the first one to the top of the climb. It is not going to be confidence inspiring going downhill unless you already have some serious skills.

For my purposes, I would look into this frame if I was going to race endurance events. For fast XC racing, I would probably look closer at the Niner Jet 9 RDO as it’s geometry will turn faster through tight sections of trail.

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Bike Test: Trek Superfly 100 Elite SL

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The Trek Superfly 100 (Superfly FS for 2014) comes in six models: Three with carbon fiber frames from $3890 to a little over $9000, and three with aluminum frames from $2260 to $3890. The Elite SL is second from the top. 

WHO IS IT MADE FOR? While the Superfly 100 Elite SL is the second model from the top, the step to the top is a big one. You would have to spend an extra $3460 to move up to the more expensive components (SRAM XX drivetrain and RockShox SID World Cup fork) and carbon fiber stays of the Pro model. The Elite SL model uses a lower-priced component mix and aluminum stays that make it more affordable while remaining a competitive choice for cross-country racing.

WHAT IS IT MADE FROM? Trek starts with its Optimized Compaction Low Void (OCLV) Mountain carbon fiber for the main frame. The “Mountain” designation means the OCLV carbon is reinforced in areas where mountain biking takes a toll on a frame. For added protection, a layer of vinyl is applied to the downtube in the area most likely to be pinged by trail debris. A removable bash guard comes with the bike if you race in rocky conditions. The frame features G2 geometry, which, combined with a custom-offset fork, is supposed to deliver great low-speed quickness without compromising high-speed stability. The chainstay and seatstays are aluminum. The frame uses an E2, integrated, tapered head tube; BB95 bottom bracket; a Flow Mold carbon swing link; and internal cable routing (even routing for a dropper post, should you plan to upgrade). The rear axle runs inside Trek’s Active Braking Pivot (ABP) to keep the rear suspension active under braking. The front derailleur is pivot-mounted, eliminating a band clamp and excess complexity. The rear brake is post-mounted. Yes, Trek really sweats the small stuff.

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HOW DOES IT PERFORM? The setup: Trek understands that the best suspension design is worthless if not set up properly. The Elite SL comes with sag-measuring tools that snap on the shock and fork, taking the guesswork out of setting sag. Trek also delivers the bike with a suspension pump. Trek’s recommended sag settings are ideal.

On the trail: The Elite SL’s riding position feels like slipping on an old baseball glove. It fits like it was formed just for you. With the rider seated in a slightly aggressive yet comfortable position, with his weight slightly biased to the rear, the internal cables and well-designed frame and stays will never contact the rider. The saddle is on the firm side, while the bar width and bend feel custom.

Acceleration: The Shimano XT drivetrain gives the rider plenty of options for flatland or uphill starts, while the bike’s light weight and Bontrager 29-1 Team tires make the Elite scream from the moment you drop the hammer. You have to remind yourself you are on a 29er. It just feels too quick. On our dry trails, we had our best results leaving the shock in Trail mode and staying in the saddle to keep weight on the rear wheel.

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Cornering: This G2 geometry stuff is not a gimmick. The Elite hides its large hoops when negotiating tight corners and switchbacks while still giving you tons of traction. It is the best of both worlds. In Trail mode, the rear suspension is free of braking influence, thanks to the ABP, so you can brake later into corners without losing control or traction. You can feel the rear tire starting to come close to the edge of traction and react by lightening up on the brakes before you start to skid. Pay attention and you will be a better rider.

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Descending: Flip the shock and fork to Descend mode and the G2 geometry and big wheels deliver as promised. We already mentioned how light-steering the bike is, but that doesn’t come with a trade-off in downhill stability. The Elite SL is comfortable and predictable to ride at speed down pretty nasty stuff. Again, the rear end stays active under braking, adding to the bike’s downhill chops.

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BUYING ADVICE While we see plenty of Superfly 100s on our local trails, Trek makes it clear this is a cross-country race bike, and they steer trail riders toward their Fuel EX. By doing this, Trek has been able to optimize the Elite SL for the cross-country racer. The Superfly 100 Elite SL gets that single job done well with speed and grace. It is the type of bike that will make you the best rider you can be. Riders always ask, “What do you do with the test bikes when you are done with them?” Well, we send them back. In the case of the Superfly 100 Elite SL, however, that is going to be one very sad day. 

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09.08.2013 by Ray Niekamp // 18 Comments

I’m sure that, like me, the time comes when you want to buy or sell a car, and you decide to do some homework to determine a fair price to pay or a realistic price to ask. Kelly Blue Book is the biggie for cars. But now, sellers of bikes have their own resource to check — Bicycle Blue Book .

It’s a web site that offers a pretty comprehensive listing of bikes, whether road, mountain, or hybrid. It’s easy to use, and that makes it pretty slick. On the home page, you’re asked to pull down three drop-down menus: for make, model, and year. Bicycle Blue Book will then return the current price the bike can be expected to fetch.

For example, I decided to check the value of my five-year-old Specialized Allez Elite. When I entered the data into the “value engine” on the BBB home page, I was a bit disappointed to find that my pride and joy would bring me $491.00. I was hoping for more, but have to admit that’s a reasonable price for the bike.

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Bicycle Blue Book claims to be the most accurate source for used bike prices. It draws on a database of thousands of bicycle transactions going back to 1993, which was compiled by searching sales records for bikes. The data is updated constantly, and the site says it does not favor either buyers or sellers — that’s it’s just a snapshot of a bike’s worth at a given time.

Details about who is behind the site are sparse. Their “About Us” page says it was founded by “a cross-section of bicycle industry professionals, technology veterans, and bicycling enthusiasts,” with experience in bicycle retail management, repair, and racing.

The site is worth a visit, whether you’re planning to buy or sell a bike, or just if you like to geek out about information about bikes. I’m sure it will be a valuable resource for many of us.

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September 9, 2013 at 6:30 am

I would take blue book values with a grain of salt. I think the best way to assess a bicycle’s actual market value is to look at what sellers on Craigslist across the country are asking.

This is easier to do than it sounds. If you go to a site called searchtempest.com, you can instantly search all CraigsList postings within a radius of 25, 50, 100, 250 miles… right up to 3,000 miles from your zip code. Moreover, you can specify search words or phrases to filter by.

Thus, to see all relevant listings for your bike you could set up a search for “2005 Specialized Allez’ within 3000 miles and search only listings under ‘bicycles’.

Of course, some bikes will be listed with lots of miles and wear and tear, while others may be listed as having been ridden only 50 miles and stored in pristine condition in a basement all that time. The photos help a lot, of course.

You can then infer and interpolate to get a realistic value of your bike. I’ve done this when selling several bikes and reached a price I could justify, though my buyers never really asked me to negotiate.

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March 2, 2015 at 5:23 pm

Regarding the Bicycle Blue book… The biggest loser in this situation is the person that gives any credibility to the bicycle blue book. This publication (if you can call it that) has no basis whatsoever in determining the values of vintage or used bicycles. It consists merely of low-ball guesses by a group who’s interests are in selling new bikes, and to discourage the used bike market.

The real “true” Blue Book is for determining car values and other vehicles that have to be registered through the DMV… or sold through dealerships, etc. This is how the records are acquired and accurately verified, making it possible to get a true determination of value.

The only thing that the “bicycle blue book” is good for is creating delusions and confusing good people about what they should expect when buying or selling a bike. On top of that, (regionally speaking) cities like Portland Oregon, or Seattle Washington are completely different planets when it comes to bikes and their values.

My best advice is to narrow your focus, and determine what bike is best for you. Searching Craigslist is by far he biggest and best resource for finding great deals in your area. Make sure to search often as the best deals disappear fast.

If you choose to refer to the bbb, it will only increase the chances that you end up without a bike at all.

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September 9, 2013 at 7:22 am

Very interesting… My 1998 Litespeed Natchez is worth $558 according to them.

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September 10, 2013 at 9:10 am

I definitely used this as a guide for listing my two-year-old hybrid. Three emails of interest, no takers but I expect that for a hybrid bike – she can go to the right person in good time. 🙂

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October 31, 2013 at 10:42 am

As a buyer, I love their price estimates. As a seller I’m disappointed. Seems most are surprised by the low ball estimates. This poses a problem. The real value of one’s bike is in the eyes of the buyer, so while you may dicker and negotiate price based on BBB, you’ll loose the bike you want to the guy who has full asking price in hand. Until there is a MASSIVE industry adoption to this, its just a meaningless tool for someone to try and get a cheaper bike. Whenever I sell a bike I state “Firm Price, no negotiations on price” The “good condition” IF Deluxe I sold in June for $1200 in two days, is estimated at 818.00. Not a real world estimate at all in my case, and I wouldn’t even bother to reply to anyone pointing me to BBB’s estimation on the bike’s value. That said, I hope there is an adoption of this in the industry. Once everyone is on the same page, it works, but its not there yet by a long shot.

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August 13, 2019 at 3:29 pm

It really just sounds like you lack a knowledge in bikes… but hey lets base mtb resale based on “bo’s” way of thinking because he apparently knows better then the entire mtb industry and anyone in it. i get the quotes can be disappointing when its a bike you loved, but really are you going to try to tell me that a bike lets say from 2009 is still worth half of its original sales price ? if so youre bonkers af my guy !

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November 1, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Their MSRP prices are incorrect on many different models. Some more than a $1,000 off. Hard to be the best with these kind of errors.

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May 5, 2014 at 8:17 pm

I too think the site is horrible with its pricing. I have a bike that is high end for my area and I put it up for sale. Full suspension 2007 Gary Fisher Hifi came back at $350. No way, so, I put it at what I think its worth $650. I can’t tell you how many idiots tried to pull me down on price just because “bike blue book” said it was worth less. I hate the site and thinks it doesn’t show the true value of a bike. Bikes don’t have all the mechanics and options a car does. Bikes hold their value far better than cars. So ya, its a site made by idiots for idiots

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October 9, 2014 at 10:19 pm

A FS bike with known rear triangle issues, price may be closer than you think. Not just your bike but others with that asymmetrical chain stay design. I looked at these myself and with much research and they are not worth it, used. I contacted a Trek store and the manufacturer said they wont do much, if anything for the second owner of the bike. If that doesn’t kill your resale I’m not sure what will.

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June 12, 2014 at 9:16 am

I was just checking on my trek superfly 100 carbon 29’er i want to sell. i was a bit disappointed when a 2200.00 came back.. i paid over 4k in 2012 for it. but i have noticed on ebay that’s what they have been going for.. so maybe it is right on pretty much…

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August 5, 2014 at 10:48 pm

I have a 1978 (could be a 1978-84) Moxie (Canadian) BMX racing bicycle. The frame is vintage, even including the (“m” cutout), however the wheels, seat, handle bars, etc. are not. The bike has not been ridden in many years. The frame is in very good condition. Trying to find a value on it. Not sure if I should turn it over to my son to have fun on, or sell it to fund college for him. Any ideas. Bicycle Blue Book doesn’t even list Moxie since they were apparently produced in such a small quantity. Help please!

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March 1, 2016 at 2:41 pm

As i buyer trying to find a good deal on a used bike, I feel the problem is the opposite. I’ve noticed that bicyclebluebook started selling bikes on ebay, so its actually not in their interest to price the bikes low. So before, if would have I emailed someone on craigslist, i might get lucky and get a great deal, because of random factors. Now more sellers are savvy enough to go online to see used bike prices, and bicycle blue book is the first thing that comes up.Then they quote me some absurd price of of say $2000, on a bike not worth more than say $650. These usually leads to an argument, me trying to explain to the seller that those prices are made up, and there’s a conflict of interest since bbb sells used bikes on ebay. Sadly it falls on deaf ears, since everyone is greedy, and wants max profit (who doesnt?).

August 13, 2019 at 3:25 pm

i get what youre saying about causing arguments, however if you keep your cool explain to them that your willing to pay the suggested price on BBB, 90% of the time the seller will wait a week or two, get no offers then they come down in price . you just gotta be patient and play the waiting game, of course this doesnt work so well when the bike is your dream bike as your more likely to give into the high pricing but someone like me that buys and resells its great as i just explain to them from the start, “this is my offer , this is why , let me know if youre interested “, that way theres no argument no bullshit and best of all the seller knows you have bike knowledge and that you’ve done your homework . And theres nothing more satisfying then a seller crawling back to you after having basically having told you off for your offer then you just get to tell them ” you know what , im interested but for 100$ less then i offered you the first time !

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March 4, 2016 at 7:56 am

hello I’m looking at a Schwinn Del Mar any idea what I should pay ?

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March 27, 2019 at 7:51 am

I am woundering why bluebook on bikes dont include professional BMX i mean these bikes range from 600 to 4,000 with a average price of 1000to1500. Like. FiT we the people. Or stollen or Macneil. Some Gt, haro, capix, kink, (sunday, funday,)(soundwave,) stranger danger.lol ok i just made that up but there actually is a bmx called that haha cool.

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What can i get for austro-daimler olympic

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February 29, 2020 at 8:33 pm

I have an 1953 Schwinn Cruiser(from Chicago) all original but rims. Was wondering ballpark value? In average/good condition. Serial # A32230 If can email me info. be appreciated. Thanks!

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