Review: 2013 Trek Superfly 100

29er All Mountain Trail

Internal cable routing and formed head tube.

Weaknesses:

  • The bike does not have great range as an all-around bike
  • The Bontrager XR-1 tire in the front is quite limiting
  • Bottom bracket is a bit high and rear shock ramps up quickly for trail/fun use
  • $9k for the Pro SL model?

Trek Superfly 100 and Specialized Epic

Overall

Trek knew that full suspension bikes were starting to become a necessary option in racing as World Cup races, National and Endurance events were becoming more demanding with tougher terrain. And since they wanted their racers to have the best opportunity to win, they designed the Superfly hardtail and the Superfly 100 full suspension bike. So here is the Superfly 100 that is fully optimized for racing with minimal compromises. Out of the box, it needs no upgrades. Even the Bontrager XR-1 tires are fully dialed to deliver the highest speed available. The speed, spec, weight of this bike is one of the most satisfying XC rigs available straight out of the box.

But there lies the weakness of this bike. If you’re not going to race it all the time, it’s probably not the best bike for your $5500. On your local flow trail or your summer road trip, this will not be as fun as many other rigs. If you’re going on an epic ride or an endurance race, change the tires to tubeless and switch over to a burlier front tire like the Bontrager XR-3.

We put a KS Lev on the bike and XR-3, XR-4 tires and the bike showed some of its range. It was incredibly fun and capable railing corners and doing jumps. But the bottom bracket is not low and the suspension is a little stiff and ramps up pretty quickly.

In the end, we like the bike and believe is a good match for the Santa Cruz Tallboy and the Specialized Epic. Compared to the Tallboy, this frame is lighter, has better cable routing and frame protection features. Compared to the Epic, the Superfly 100 is lighter and more polished while the Epic is a bit better climbing out of saddle with its automatic lockout Brain system.

If you want a race bike or you just want to dominate your local climbs and loops, the Superfly 100 is an excellent package that will not hold you back. In other words, you won’t be able to blame this bike for missing the podium or losing the KOM.

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Chainstay protector is fully designed in with a little rubber tab on the bottom to minimize chainslap noise.
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Impressive carbon fiber work for drop-in bearing for headset.

About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.


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  • interactive3 says:

    In which ways is it more refined than the Tallboy?

  • jacko says:

    im riding a 25.5 lbs 5 inch travel 29er full xt for4000 how is 6000 good value??

    • Dan says:

      Which brand are you riding. I’m in the market for a new bike and feel $5900 (with tax) is expensive too. Any recommendations?

  • Dan says:

    2013 is made in Taiwan. 2012 1 pound heavier is made in USA. Trek continues to lay off workers without giving them a chance while raising the price of their bikes. Now that is a good deal!

    • jeff says:

      Don’t forget that it has less travel and a higher BB so basically there is nothing revolutionary about it… just less frame.

  • mtnbike1 says:

    Does the Superfly still have issues with cracked carbon frames? This was a real problem right during the Fisher buyout, when the only 29er carbon frames available were the Superfly and Santa Cruz Tallboy. Fortunately I went with the Tallboy at the time, but did love the speed of the Superfly.

  • Mascobe says:

    Just like other expensive sports: There will be two seasons for MTB racers, racing season and sponsorship finding season… :D

  • roger says:

    There’s nothing wrong with your current bike setup. It’s the rider that’s need to loose the weight! Why is this bike made in Taiwan at pennies on the dollar cost more than my car again?

  • pmiddlebrook says:

    For that cash I can buy two bikes and produce different values and exceed the one goal of trek. Lost and confused and sales will validate that effort. A good re-buy on ebay. Trek maybe light but uncomfortable in xc racing and long trail riding which makes up 50% percent of the market.

  • Zachariah says:

    Look at the tiny head tube gusseting and thinner down tube. They turned what was one of Trek’s stiffest, carbon platforms into an understated, ugly noodle now. I’ll keep my flashy, uber-stiff, 110mm rear travel 2012 SF100 Pro that weighs a pound heavier any day.

    Note to Trek: Brace yourself for future warranty claims….

  • Jan Minnie says:

    I purchased my 1st superfly 100 in 2010. Warranty claim for another in 2011 and now again warranty claim in 2013. Just short of 2 years before the same problem broke the bike. Bootom swing arm pivot point carbon wears away enouph for back wheel to move 1cm either way left or right. Now I am told I am too heavy for the frame! BUT Trek advertises that there is no weight restriction on their frames. Can anyone suggest another manufacturer. My mates all have SCOTT bikes and they have different issues!!! any suggestions??

    • luckymuddog says:

      D&2001 EPX Terra shark made in Austrailia. Mine has 7-8 k mi.and 8 years of slow to lean crashing’into trees and rock filled creeks, broken bones & torn muscles no carbon probs XTR BUILD $3k 23.5 lb.

  • Roger says:

    I have a Superfly 100, 2010. I read the Bike Rumor complaint about the lateral slop on the swing arm, echoed by Jan here. I checked it and confirmed the same problem – it’s kind of amazing. Mine hasn’t broken yet, but now I notice the rear end sloppiness if/when I ride it. Last year I got a Specialized carbon s-works epic 29er, and I only ride it now; it’s a great ride.

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