2020 Trek Roscoe 8 Mountain Bike Review

Trek’s plus-sized tire hardtail Roscoe continues to evolve into one of the most popular, best value, and most durable mountain bikes in the company’s lineup. The 2020 Trek Roscoe 8 features some significant upgrades over the 2019 model that boost performance (and fun-factor) across the board.

With the Roscoe, fun and versatility are the name of the game. The 27.5+ tires provide massive amounts of grip and cushioning. This aids in a sensation of being glued to the trail; allowing you to hit berms and rough sections with confidence. 

Perhaps the most significant upgrade over the 2019 model is the new RockShox 35 Gold Fork. 120mm of travel combines with a hydraulic lockout and a motion control damper to provide a smoother and more substantial fork. 

With this new fork comes more trail, an increase of 6cm over 2019, making the bike feel smoother and more stable, especially when descending. 

Further adding to the Roscoe 8’s playful credentials is the 130mm dropper post. This allows you to hit those descents hard while still enjoying the comfort of climbing in the seated position. 

SRAM’s popular NX 12-speed drivetrain ensures snappy shifting when you need it the most while the 141 boost hub spacing enhances longevity and stability. 

The Roscoe 8 comes standard with Maxxis’ Rekon 27.5x2.8 tubeless-ready tires. Maxxis have been the industry standard bearer for a while and for good reason when it comes to grip and durability. The option to go tubeless is a no-brainer. 

Conclusion

With its new upgrades for the 2020 model-year, Trek’s Roscoe 8 offers pure fun at a great price-point. Improvements in the fork and geometry mean the bike is more stable than ever while the plus-sized tires keep things rolling fast.