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Trek Roscoe – Series Review

By Sam Millers   /  Last updated - November 16, 2023   /  Hardtail, Mountain Bikes, Reviews, Trek

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Trek’s 27.5” Roscoe hardtail MTB range is aimed at recreational riders looking to hit the dirt track and have some weekend fun in the backcountry. The series consists of three bikes ranging in price from just above $1,000 to just below $2,000, with varying specs and women’s versions. Although not intended for competitive riding, the top-shelf bikes in the Roscoe range come with some high-quality components.

Learn more about it in our Trek Roscoe review below!

TREK Roscoe 6

4.5 / 5 out of 70+ reviews

trek roscoe 6 mountain bike

27.5 x 2.8″ / Alpha Gold Aluminum frame / SR Suntour XCM 32 fork 100-120mm / Alex MD35 TLS Wheels / 1 x 10 Shimano Deore M4100

The Roscoe 6 is the entry-level bike of the range with a Deore drivetrain, hydro disc brakes, Alex rims, and Schwalbe tires. As you can see, Trek hasn’t really cut any corners, even on the most affordable Roscoe.

The latest version of the Roscoe 6 has the same Alpha Gold aluminum frame that all Roscoe bikes have plus a few minor upgrades from 2020, including better tires and cassette. The Deore groupset is tried and trusted so no surprises with the quality there, and the Shimano MT200 hydraulic disc brakes work well.

Key Features:

  • Dropper seat post
  • Suspension lockout
  • Internal cable routing
  • Rack, fender, kickstand mounts
  • Shimano MT200 hydraulic disc brakes
  • Shimano RT26 160/180mm rotors

The Roscoe 6 feels very sturdy and handles well on a bumpy dirt track, cutting hard into corners without any wobble or slip. The upgrade to Schwalbe Rocket Ron tires on the latest model is a very nice addition and they compliment the better handling provided by shorter chainstays. This isn’t a bike designed for intense downhill riding so you might notice some struggles here but the dropper seat post is certainly appreciated on the steeper declines.

trek roscoe 6 pedal and crank

FSA Alpha Drive crank / VP-536 Nylon Pedals / 1 x 10 drivetrain

The only noticeable negative is the Suntour XCM 32 fork, which provides front suspension with 100 to 120mm of travel (depending on size) and lockout. It’s not a bad fork but it’s definitely entry-level and adds significant weight to the bike. If you aren’t pushing the bike too hard on extremely rocky terrain or big jumps you should be fine but at times it sticks and the coil springs can be noisy. Although that said, at 34.8 lbs (15.8 kg), it may raise some eyebrows with more weight-conscious cyclists.

MSRP: $1,049 (Available in-store only)

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2020 Trek Roscoe 6 – Women’s & Men’sTrek Roscoe 6 Women's myb

  • Deore M6000 Shifters & derailleur
  • SunRace 11-42 10-speed cassette
  • Tektro HD-M275 hydraulic disc

The 2020 Roscoe series trail bikes are lighter, without a seat-post dropper and some minor differences in components.

Internal dropper-post compatible

Kenda Havok 30tpi 27.5″ x 2.8″ tires

MSRP: $1,020

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TREK Roscoe 7

4.7 / 5 out of 180+ ratings

roscoe 7 bikes

  • AlphaGold Aluminum Frame
  • RockShox Judy SL 100/120mm forks
  • Bontrager Line 40 Rims
  • SRAM Eagle 1×12 11-50T Cassette
  • Shimano MT200 Hydraulic Disc Brakes

The Roscoe 7 isn’t a lot more expensive than the Roscoe 6, at only $210 more, so you might not expect a big upgrade. However, with RockShox air-sprung front suspension and an SRAM Eagle drivetrain, the minor additional cost seems like a no-brainer – spend that little bit extra!

On paper, the Roscoe 7 certainly seems like incredible value-for-money, so does it hold up in the field? Weight wise it feels nice, coming in at just under 33 lbs (14.8 kg) which is pretty average for a hardtail MTB. You feel the difference too –

It offers lighter float when leaving the ground and lands more smoothly than the Roscoe 6.

Other than the 12-speed SX Eagle drivetrain, the Roscoe 7 also has an upgraded Truvative Powerspline bottom bracket which is a nice addition. The RockShox Judy SL air-sprung forks are definitely the winner addition here though, giving the Roscoe 7 a smooth and silent downhill ride even on steep and volatile descents. The fat 2.8” Maxxis Rekon tubeless tires certainly help in this regard too, providing excellent traction.

Roscoe 7 cassette

SRAM Eagle 11-50, 12 speed

Naturally, Trek has had to keep some costs down to provide such a good price. The SX Eagle is a slightly downgraded version of SRAMs popular NX drivetrain but it still delivers smooth gearing with a barely noticeable difference. Serious riders may consider upgrading the basic saddle and nylon pedals and grips but otherwise, the Roscoe 7 is a top-quality bike ready to go straight out the box.

MSRP: $1,260

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TREK Roscoe 8

4.8 / 5 out of 225+ ratings

trek roscoe 8 in black and red

  • Alpha Gold Aluminum frame
  • RockShox 35 Gold RL 100/120mm
  • Bontrager Line 40 TLR Rims
  • 27.5″ x 2.8″
  • SRAM NX Eagle 12-speed
  • Shimano MT501 Hydraulic Disc Brakes

The most notable additions on the Roscoe 8 are the fork, drivetrain, and the large price increase of $530. The upgrade to an SRAM Eagle NX drivetrain is only a minor change but the RockShox 35 Gold RL DebonAir fork is a considerable addition that serious riders will appreciate. So does it justify the price difference?

The SRAM Eagle NX 12-speed drivetrain is undoubtedly a quality component that is complemented by a quality Truvativ crank and bottom bracket. It would have been nice to see a full SRAM groupset but the Shimano MT501 hydro disc brakes fit in well. So what else makes the Roscoe 8 a killer hardtail MTB?

At 32.3 lbs (14.65kg) it’s a bit lighter than the 7 but not enough to make it very noticeable. However, the Roscoe 8 certainly rips up the trails and not just on singletrack or gravel.

For a hardtail bike, the Roscoe could even put up some competition to dual suspension MTBs

This bike aggressively attacks downhills – helped by the dropper seat post and amazing suspension – and makes short work of uphills with smooth gearing and tight traction on the 2.8” Maxxis tires.

Roscoe 8 black red frame

RockShox 35 Gold RL forks / Shimano Hydraulic Disc Brakes / Shimano RT56 180mm rotors

Overall, the Roscoe 8 may not provide the same incredible value-for-money that the Roscoe 7 does but it certainly does feel more professional. If you have the extra cash to spare and want a fully-fledged hardtail with top-quality parts in all aspects, you can’t go wrong here. You’ll struggle to find a better-specced hardtail for the price.

MSRP: $1,790

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TREK Roscoe 24″ – 2020

4.7 / 5 out of 25+ reviewstrek kids roscoe 24 inch mtb

24″ wheels / 24 x 2.8″ fat tires / 8-speed / SunRun 11-34 Casette / 25.75lbs (11.7kg)

24″ Wheel Size for kids in height – 4’3.2″ – 4’11” (130 – 150cm)

MSRP: $500

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Trek MTB Size Chart

  Imperial Metric
Frame Height Inseam Height Inseam
XS 4’6″ – 5’1″ 25.2″ – 28.7″ 137 – 155cm 64 – 73cm
S 5′ – 5’5.6″ 28.3″ – 31.1″ 153 – 166cm 78 – 79 cm
M 5’3.4″ – 5’7.7″ 29.9″ – 31.9″ 161 – 172cm 76 – 81cm
ML 5’5.2″ – 5’10.5″ 30.3″ – 33.1″ 165 – 179cm 77 – 84cm
L 5’9.7″ – 6’2″ 32.7″ – 34.6″ 177 – 188cm 83 – 88cm
XL 6’1.2″ – 6’5.2″ 34.3″ – 36.2″ 186 – 196cm 87 – 92cm
XXL 6’4.8″ – 6’7.9″ 26.2″ – 37.4″ 195 – 203cm 92 – 95cm

Salsa Timberjack vs. Trek Roscoe

2020 Timberjack XT 27.5+

The Salsa Timberjack range very closely resembles Trek’s Roscoe bikes. It also offers mid-range hardtail MTBs with quality components in a price bracket slightly above what amateur riders would spend. With similar specs and price, it may simply come down to brand or personal preference. While the Roscoe also fits 29” tires, it’s marketed as a 27.5” bike which seems more focused on rough terrain and mountain riding. The Timberjack, on the other hand, has a more relaxed frame geometry that is designed for faster singletrack and gravel trail riding.

Roscoe Series – Why You Should Buy It

trailriding funFor somebody looking for a tough and competent trail-tackling beast of the bike, you can’t go wrong with the Trek Roscoe. The Trek Roscoe 7 is probably one of the best value hardtail MTBs in its price range and will impress even the most adventurous off-road riders. For bikepackers, single-track racers, or gravel explorers, the Trek Roscoe range would be a welcome recommendation. 

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About the Author

Sam Millers

Sam Millers is the guy behind Bikexchange.com. From the early days of three wheels to conquering challenging mountain trails, Sam's love for cycling knows no bounds. With a background in web development, Sam seamlessly combined two of his greatest passions – cycling and technology. As the creative force behind Bikexchange.com, he shares insightful stories, expert tips, and engaging content for fellow cycling enthusiasts. When he's not exploring new biking routes or tweaking website codes, Alex enjoys sipping on a post-ride espresso and planning his next cycling adventure. 

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