Trek Roscoe Review

This Trek Roscoe review is going to cover common problems with this bike, a comparison between all models of Roscoe and it the bike is as good as advertised. Mountain trail hardtails are my favorite bikes because it’s the style of my first mountain bike. Pushing the limits of my hardtail provided some of the best memories of my life on a bike.

Enough about me, and more about the bike. No Trek Roscoe review would be complete without talking about price. There are four models of Roscoe, labeled six through nine. Here is their pricing:

Trek Roscoe 6 – $1,179.99
Trek Roscoe 7 – $1,729.99
Trek Roscoe 8 – $2,329.99
Trek Roscoe 9 – $2,729.99

Trek Roscoe 6 Problems

The only Roscoe I have any complaints about is the six. It’s a small complaint, but it needs to be addressed. The SR SunTour fork gets 120mm of travel, but only when it is working. The lockout feature is on the fritz after a thousand miles, and to put it simply the fork doesn’t work. When its locked it still compresses slightly, and when its open, it still only compresses slightly.

It’s not worth filing a warranty claim because I plan to upgrade the fork some day. I understand why Trek set the Roscoe 6 up this way too. This bike is costs a little over $1,100 which makes it an affordable mountain trail bike. If Trek were to spec this bike with a decent air fork and the price point is now over $1,500. That is a big price jump. I should also know better than to be this hard on that particular fork.

Trek Roscoe Specs

The specs change with each model of Roscoe, but from top to bottom this bike is awesome.

  • Roscoe 6 comes with 27.5″ x 2.8″ tires and 120mm of travel in the front fork. It has two color options; purple and green.
  • Roscoe 7 comes with 27.5″ x 2.6″ tires and 140mm of travel in the front fork. Its a big upgrade to the RockShox Recon Silver RL SoloAir spring. The Trek Roscoe 7 comes in three color options.
  • Roscoe 8 comes with 29″ x 2.6″ tires and 140mm of travel in the RockShox Gold RL DebonAir spring fork. Boost 148 in the rear allows for wider tires and a larger chainring while maintaining efficiency.
  • Roscoe 9, like its younger siblings, comes with 140mm of travel on the Fox Rhythm 36 fork. The drivetrain is Shimano SLX/XT 1×12 and its better than advertised. Tires are 29″ x 2.6″ Bontrager XR4. Coming from someone who has run Maxxis tires on 90% of my mountain bikes, I really like the XR4s and I am sticking with them for a while.

Is Trek Roscoe Worth It?

Yes, this bike is undoubtedly worth the price at every level. From the beginner’s Roscoe 6 to the expert’s Roscoe 9 these bikes are loaded with value. While the Trek Roscoe 6 is the least equipped bike in the lineup, it is still a step above other popular hardtails, including those under the Trek brand.

You can also check out my Roscoe vs Marlin review at Riding With Ryan. If you enjoyed this Trek Roscoe review please leave a comment below.

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