Trek Superfly 2012 Bike Review
The Trek Superfly range of mountain bikes is nattily named and up for some cross country fun. This family of 29er bikes is designed to get you across diverse terrain at a good speed and make sure that you are having fun in the process. It includes single speed and geared options with frames ranging from basic aluminium to full carbon, so there is plenty of choice. The one thing which connects them all is a hunger for forward momentum.
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Trek Superfly AL
Kicking off this range of Trek mountain bikes is the Superfly AL, which is a step up from the lowlier X-Caliber series. It has a top notch Alpha Platinum alloy frame, with butted and hydroformed tubing to help make sure that it is not loaded with any more weight than is necessary. A Shimano Deore drivetrain and components such as the Bontrager Evoke 2 saddle and Rhythm Elite seatpost should make it easy to accelerate quickly and then ride comfortably over cross country courses. Meanwhile the Fox Evolution Series 23 Float 29 RL fork provides you with 100mm of travel and has its own custom G2 geometry to make sure that it is set up for the 29 inch Bontrager Mustang rims and 29-1 Expert tyres. Although this is the baby of the range you still get hydraulic disc brakes from the Avid Elixir 3 family, so it is in no way a half baked mountain bike. Whilst price should never be a guide, the Superfly AL comes in at around £1,300 so expect a lot from this bike.
Trek Superfly AL Elite
The Superfly AL Elite ups its game with a Shimano Deore XT & SLX drive chain and hydraulic disc brakes from the same manufacturer, giving you excellent stopping power but more importantly a great deal of precision when you do decide to throw down the anchor. Other components are pretty much the same as the Superfly AL bike. Expect to pay around £1,600.
If you go for the Trek Superfly itself, with no subtitles, you will find that it has finally been promoted to having an OCLV Mountain Carbon frame. This makes it considerably lighter than the cheaper models, although it retains the same Fox front fork as its siblings. SRAM X7 & X9 drivetrain components and the desirable Avid Elixir 7 series hydraulic brakes complete the package, showing you that the range is starting to get serious. As a consequence, the price jumps to £2,300 but remember that it is a carbon frame.
Trek Superfly Elite
The Superfly Elite retains the carbon frame but adds in yet more of this superlight material in other areas, such as the Bontraxer RXL carbon handlebars. The Fox Factory Series 23 Float 29 FIT RLC is another area of augmentation and it has been honed by Trek engineers on the hills and valleys of California to give it just the kind of cushioning potential that is required for varied conditions. The Superfly Elite reverts to Shimano components, specifically Deore XT. The Elite attracts a price hike of £1,000 to £3,300.
Trek Superfly Pro
The Trek Superfly Pro is the range leader and there is no questioning its credentials. The carbon frame is matched with a RockShox SID XX 29 with dual air springs, a remote lockout option and the same bespoke integration which makes the rest of the Superfly models ride so well. Bontrager Race X Lite wheels, SRAM XX drivetrain components and Avid XX hydraulic brakes should leave you in no doubt about its potential or the attention to detail which has been paid by the designers. Expect to pay £5,000 for the Pro bike.