Trek Cobia (Gary Fisher Collection) - 2013

Trek Cobia (Gary Fisher Collection)
  • Color: Trek Black/True Blue
  • Color: Trek Black/True Blue
  • Color: Trek White/Viper Red
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Trek's Cobia features a light, butted, hydroformed-aluminum frame with G2 Geometry for the best riding position for fast climbs, rock-steady descents and rail-like cornering. And, with its 29-inch wheels and fat tires, the Cobia steamrolls over obstacles for excellent control and XC efficency. The durable parts package includes a plush, 100mm RockShox 29er fork, sweet Bontrager wheels, a precision-shifting SRAM/Shimano 3x10 drivetrain and powerful Avid disc brakes.

Trek's G2 Geometry (version 2 of Gary Fisher's Genesis Geometry) delivers the ultimate ride for every trail. Genesis earned rave reviews for awesome handling on climbs and descents thanks to a long top tube paired with a short stem that moves the front wheel forward for top-notch confidence and control, while short chainstays add phenomenal traction. G2 Geometry takes these handling traits to the next level by boosting control on tight singletrack and technical climbs, too. This is accomplished by increasing the amount of fork offset (reducing trail), which makes G2 bikes steer more quickly, and by shortening the reach, which puts more weight on the front wheel for even better control and confidence. The two animations above showcase how G2 Geometry provides the perfect ride.

Specs

Frame Trek Gold butted-aluminum, G2 Geometry
Fork RockShox Recon Silver Solo Air w/G2 offset, 100mm-travel
Rims/Wheels Bontrager AT-850
Hubs Shimano M475
Tires Bontrager 29-2, 29 x 2.2
Crankset SRAM S800
Chainrings 44/33/22
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
Rear Derailleur SRAM X5
Rear Cogs SRAM PG-1030, 10-speed: 11-36
Shifters SRAM X5
Handlebars Bontrager low riser
Tape/Grips Bontrager Race
Stem Bontrager Race Lite
Brake Levers Avid Elixir 1
Brakes Avid Elixir 1 disc
Pedals Wellgo nylon platform
Saddle Bontrager Evoke 1
Seatpost Bontrager SSR

Reviews

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4.5

(based on 22 reviews)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable  (17)
  • Versatile  (11)
  • Good Geometry  (7)
  • Lightweight  (6)
  • Handles Well  (6)

Cons

  • Heavy  (4)
  • Uncomfortable Seat  (2)
  • Drivetrain 
  • Poor quality 
  • Suspension sucks 

Best Uses

  • Mountain biking  (12)
  • Single Track  (6)
  • Trail Riding  (5)
  • Commuting/city  (3)
  • Singletrack  (3)
  • Descending  (3)
  • Climbing  (2)
  • Urban Riding  (2)
  • Road Biking  (2)
  • Any mountain bike ride 
  • Commutingcity 
  • Easy trails 
  • Light riding 
  • Single track 
  • Trail biking 
  • Trail riding 
  • Trail cruising 

REVIEWS

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4

Some glitches, but I love my Cobia!

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from Waukesha, WI

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

  • Frame
  • Suspension
  • Handling

Cons

  • Drivetrain
  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Singletrack
  • Mountain Biking

Comments:

It took a couple of rides to get comfortable with the steering and the bike's geometry, but after a couple dozen miles, she feels tight, direct and natural. Initially, the seat position felt awkwardly high and the handle bar seemed too wide. But now, I've really come to love the feel of the bike and find myself going faster on descents and technical sections of mountain bike trails. Absolutely love the stopping power of the brakes and the suspension does a great job of absorbing the terrain while maintaining the front tire under control. My only complaints are that the SRAM drivetrain can't seem to stay in adjustment. I have occasional issues getting the bike to shift and some instances where the chain binds. The problem seems to be more with the derailers. The tight clearances between the bike frame and some of the moving parts make it easy for mud and dirt to clog things up. But I'd still buy it again!

3

uberbox

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from Longmont, CO

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

  • Efficient
  • Good sizefit
  • Good value

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Poor Construction
  • Suspension Sucks

Best Uses

  • Commutingcity
  • Easy Trails
  • Light riding
  • Commuting/City

Comments:

I bought the 2012 model and rode if for a little less than a year. If you can get this bike on sale it's a good value. That said I was not particularly impressed. The bike quickly developed a squeak that annoyed me every time I rode it. My local dealer couldn't figure out what it was. The handling is obviously designed for fast, smooth, flowing trails, and not the typically rocky technical chop we have on the Front Range. The brakes on the '12 model are plain awful and the suspension is seriously under dampened for anyone over 170 lbs.

5

Best value for a great bike!!

By 

from Orem, UT

About Me Avid Cyclist

Pros

  • Durable
  • Versatile

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Any Mountain Bike Ride

Comments:

The front fork has great suspension and the lockout helps a ton when riding to a trail! you get more for the price on this bike than any other bike out there! not to expensive and not to cheap just right! Which makes for a great bike when your on a budget but ride enough where you still want a good bike!I recommend this bike to anyone who wants a good bike but doesn't want to spend to much!

5

Great Bike!!!!

By 

from Lower Gwynedd PA

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

  • Durable
  • Versatile
  • Lightweight
  • Smooth ride

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Trail riding
    • Mountain Biking

    Comments:

    This is a great bike. I love the air shocks, the cockpit is comfortable. Only changes made were to upgrade the pedals, but I am sure thats what everyone does.

    5

    This bike ROCKS!

    By 

    from The mountains of Southern California

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • Versatile
    • Durable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Biking
      • Commuting/City

      Comments:

      First off this bike ROCKS!, I've owned the 2011 model for about a year, put more than 1000 miles on it over road and rock. This bike climbs excellent, and I ride up on everyone (even other 29ers) with almost no effort. The gearing is great for high end speed and climbing. I'm amazed at the speed this bike gets too with little effort. I have also ridden this along with road bikes, and yes they beat me on the hills, but even with my big knobby tires, I can stay up with these guys everywhere else, I think it secretly ticks them off.All in all a great bike, about the only thing I can say negative is that the back break is loud, and I did switch out the seat. I would highly recommend this bike.Thanks

      4

      2012 GF Cobia

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      from Riverside CA

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Pros

      • Versatile
      • Durable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Mountain Biking

        Comments:

        I bought this bike a couple of weeks ago and it's great. The only thing that kept me from buying it was the color, but at a decent price with decent components I purchased the bike and cant wait to go riding again

        4

        I love this bike

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        from Cecil County, MD

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

        • Nice Cassette Ratios
        • Durable
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Brakes could be better

        Best Uses

        • Single track

        Comments:

        Former serious BMX racer grown up "old guy", transitioned into MTB. I rode a TREK Y for many years and went "Back" to a hard tail. Actually a huge jump foreward. This bike is decently light, comfortable to ride ( even with the seat ). I switched to riser bars and different pedals. For a weekend warrior this is an excellent bike.

        4

        Great 29er

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        from Birmingham, AL

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Mountain Biking

        Comments:

        I ride 2-3x a week and this is a great bike. Other than a tune up I haven't had any issues with it. It will ride over anything and corners well. This is an excellent entry level bike until you are ready to get a full suspension bike.

        4

        Good all around ride.

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        from Milwaukee

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

        • Versatile
        • Durable
        • Value

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Mountain Biking
          • Road Biking

          Comments:

          My first real mountain bike with working front suspension. So far I've just been using it for road work, hopefully I will get it on some trails soon. I'm a little older, so I swapped the stem for a 17deg and my back is much happier. Many have complained about the saddle, but after many multi hour rides, I have to say that it's actually not bad. Shifting seems to work better when not pedaling. Ex. Stop pedaling, shift, then ease back to it. Seems to not clank that way. Easier on the rear sprocket. Not sure if this is right. If you want a quality bike that can go almost anywhere and not break the bank, then the Cobia should be one of your options.

          4

          Good 29er

          By 

          from Minneapolis, MN

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Pros

          • 10 speed
          • Good value
          • Nice fork

          Cons

          • Same frame as entry level
          • A bit heavy

          Best Uses

          • Mountain Biking
          • Singletrack
          • Trail cruising

          Comments:

          Loving the '12 Cobia. Great for single track riding this spring, rolls over rocks and obstacles. Great air fork and 10 speed shifting. Back brake needs adjustment again in less then 50 miles of riding but overall a great value for a well-equipped 29er.

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