Cove Stiffee frame review£495.00

Super-tough base for your build

BikeRadar score3.5/5

The Cove Stiffee is the hardtail that opened the door to the Canadian freeride scene, and the latest version is still a standout ride.

Monster square-headed Easton RAD top and down tubes team up with the thick-walled head tube and bottom bracket shell to make this one of very few frames that will handle triple crown downhill forks or any length single crown.

The wide spaced rear stays can accommodate big tyres, with extra-large forged triangular dropouts for handling the landings, but there are no ISCG mounts for a chain device, which is a blow to otherwise total downhill suitability.

At less than 2.5kg, it’s light enough for hardcore cross-country work and its power transfer and tracking accuracy are good. Softening the hard ride with big tyres is essential for epics though.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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