Trek have overhauled their range of Superfly carbon and alloy bikes for 2014, trickling technology from the top-end models lower down the price points. The alloy hardtails and full-sussers get updated frames, benefiting from the top-end SL models, so they’re lighter, with internal cable routing and rear bolt-thru axles.
Superfly alloy hardtails – 200 grams lighter frame
The Superfly 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 alloy hardtail has been hugely updated. A revised frame design with new hydroformed tube profiles has chopped 200 grams off the weight. Critically, even though it’s clearly a race-focused hardtail, they claim to have increased compliance – how much vertical deflection the frame offers – by up to 24%. That should make it a bit more comfortable when barrelling down a rough trail.
Features borrowed from the pricier carbon hardtail include the Balanced Post Mount brake mount, Closed Convert rear thru axle and E2 headtube. And importantly, as far as stiffness is concerned, a bolt-thru rear axle. While almost standard on longer travel full-sussers, it’s rare to see this on an alloy hardtail. All cables are routed internally and there are PressFit bottom brackets.
The range starts with the Superfly 5 costing £1,100, rising to £2,000 for the Superfly 9.