Internal cable routing and formed head tube.
- 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
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.