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Old 04-21-15, 10:10 AM
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Any Superfly riders?

My newest mountain bike is almost 15 years old (2001 Jamis Dakar Expert) and 8-speed, so I think it's finally time for me to enter the latest decade. So... I'm about to plunge blindly into the 29" wheel world with a Trek Superfly 8 FS.

I waffled between 27.5 and 29, especially after reading Mountain Bike Action (they seem to love the 'tweener size wheels) and I haven't been able to do any demo riding of either, so I'm just going to pull the trigger.

My Jamis is 20" and I have a Trek 9700 that's 19.5, so I'm going to go with the 19.5" Superfly.

Does anyone else here have this bike, and if so, how do you like it?
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Old 04-21-15, 04:15 PM
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I strongly advise test rides..

The more experience and power you have the more you'll get out of the 29er.

I had a 29er hard tail, loved it for two years, but I stopped getting faster in the single tracks,per Strava.
I moved to a full suspension 27.5" last year, I was faster on all sections of my familiar trails on very the first ride, and am still getting faster, again, per Strava..

27.5's roll over things almost like the 29er's
27.5" wheel and tire combo's are lighter and more ridged,
27.5's are far more playful,
27.5's accelerate faster,, a whole lot faster IMO

29's benefit from wider bars that will help overcome the inherent flex, added Inertia and additional mass of the much larger hoops.
The added Inertia helps you roll over more things and carry more speed once you expend considerably more energy to get them UP to speed.
The 29er hoops tend to hold that speed a bit better..

It takes a bunch of money to buy a 29er wheel n tire set that will perform like a 27.5 set that will cost far less than half, But It can be done.

Again, stronger riders will get more out of the 29er,, I am not that rider...

It's best to buy a bike that helps you the most where you need it the most. For me I needed help with the tight stuff and quick repeated acceleration...

I'm 5'11" ,, 175 pounds,,
I felt like I was sitting OP TOP of my 29er Ht
I feel like I am sitting IN my 27.5"

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Old 04-21-15, 05:49 PM
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That's really good info, and it jibes with what one of my local guys was saying today.

As far as test rides go, I planned to ride a 27.5" bike and a 29" bike back to back last year at a local epic we have. Unfortunately, due to rain, most of the vendors bailed, so I only got to ride a too small 29er, and one with a maladjusted front derailleur, so that wasn't much help.

I'm around your size too. I've been riding since the mid 90s, though I'm more of a roadie than a mtn biker. Still, I do long-ish stints on my mtn bike when I ride, and I tend to prefer just hunkering down and going for speed, rather than doing drops or jumps. I'll bail on a log if there's a way around it rather than over it. I like to carve turns too.

That said, I do like a quick accelerating bike, and I don't want my climbing to suffer. We have short but steep stuff around here, and you're constantly accelerating out of tight switchbacks.

I might look at a Fuel EX along with the 'Fly. Thanks!
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I don't know your bike budget, But keep this In mind..

I love my 27.5 full squish and It's a 31 pound bike...

I'd do another 29er, not a hard tail but a full squish.
It would have to be a 26 pound bike and the wheels would HAVE to be as light and as strong as my current 27.5's hoops...
The thing is, a 29er full squish at that weight and with wheels that good would be a $5000 or more bike..

For $5000 I could have a 27.5 full squish with even lighter wheels that would be even stronger, maybe even winding up with a sub 25 pound bike...

Here we are,, back at the 'N + 1',,,
In case you missed it, N=number of bikes you currently have,,,plus one more (N+1)

I have ONE mountain bike that does all I want
One Folding bike that's with me during the work week
One LWB Recumbent for all day leisurely rides with my better half...

My +1 would have to be a Fatty,,, why ?,,just cause..

You've got a bunch of miles on bikes,, Buy what fits and feels right, I see every day strong fast riders on 29er's
flying in the tight stuff, up and down..

It ain't the bike, It's the engine..

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Originally Posted by osco53 View Post
I don't know your bike budget, But keep this In mind..
I'm trying to stay in the < $2500 ballpark.

Originally Posted by osco53 View Post
It ain't the bike, It's the engine..
Too true, but right now I have old bikes with old parts that are nearing the end of their lifespans. My Dakar is all old 8-sp stuff, and two seasons ago I lost the rear shifter and lucked out by finding one on ebay. I won't be that lucky for long.

I really want to have one good road bike (done) and one good mountain bike, and maybe a guest version of each (done for the road, and soon to be done, I hope, for the mtn).

I'm trying to stick with Trek because my local LBS has been outstanding, and he's a Trek shop. Plus, Trek themselves have been outstanding in the warranty department with my road bike needs. They make good stuff, so why not stuck with them?

So right now, I'm back to waffling between a Fuel EX7 and a Superfly 8 FS. I found someone locally who'll let me test-ride his Superfly, so that's going to help out a lot. I also found some local demo days coming up in May. I'm in NO hurry, since I have a working 26er. I think I'm going to try to ride as many examples of what I'm interested in buying as I can.
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I'll gladly chime in here. I currently ride and race a 2014 Trek Superfly FS9 and love it! I've typically built all my bikes picking specific parts and so forth. After test riding the Superfly I was sold. Other than a couple small changes (Easton carbon bar, Specialized Phenom saddle, and ESI grips) the bike is stock and rides like a dream. I was a hardtail advocate prior to this purchase but love the full squish of this bike. I say get it! Good luck with the purchase.
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