This bike has a great personality on the trail, letting you open things up on fast descents, keeping your body weight back just far enough on the steeps, and somehow avoiding any 29er sluggishness. When it comes to high-speed riding and racing, the Superfly 9.7 is pretty hard to beat.
The Trek Superfly 8 is a good all around hardtail for the right person in the right place. If your local trails have few technical challenges and you’re considering entering some expert-level races, the Superfly 8 may be perfect for you.
It sucks the sting out of sharp edges and floats across rough sections without rattling your teeth out or disrupting pedal rhythm. The result is a surprisingly forgiving, traction boosting long ride friendly character without the extra weight or faff of suspension.
We felt that the Superfly performed as a 29er should—rolling easily over obstacles and pedaling fast on fireroads, but, ultimately, this bike is all about where you’re riding.