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  1. #1
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    Jul 2007

    Specialized FSR xc Comp vs. Santa Cruz Superlight R Disc

    I was hoping you could help me decide between two bikes. I'm primarily road rideer but am looking to do more mt. biking. My husband and I are taking a mtb trip this fall to Moab and I'm thinking about buying a rental bike from the tour company since it is the end of the season and they are selling them off. There are 2 different tour companies selling bikes and I have the option to buy a Specialized FSR xc Comp for $900 or a Santa Cruz Superlight R Disc package for $1500. Both are used over this summer but I expect they've been well maintained. I'm pasting in the specs for the 2 bikes below.

    I rode a friend's Santa Cruz Juliana last fall and liked it a lot. Before that, I had a 2001 Specialized Rockhopper though there was nothing special about it. The Juliana was a real step up. I expect to do more mt. biking in the future, but I race on the road and this will be mainly in the off season for something different. I really don't want to spend that much but do want full suspension. I live in the northeast and ride a lot of rocky bumpy trails and find the full suspension gives me more confidence. My husband feels I won't notice the difference in components between these two bikes, though the Santa Cruz seems to be outfitted better. I'd like some additional opinions on this. Also, what about the frame differences? I'm willing to pay more for the Santa Cruz but I want to make sure that it will be money well spent. Alternative suggestions are welcome but these bikes are attractive not only because they are discounted but because I won't have to pay to ship a bike out for the trip so I can put that money towards the bike. Thanks a bunch!

    Santa Cruz Superlight
    Rear Shock Fox Float R -
    Fork Not sure...upgraded to 140mm
    Headset Not sure...upgraded
    Rims/Wheels Mavic XM 117 disc rims laced to Shimano M756 hubs (XT) w/ DT 14 guage spokes, brass nipples
    Tires Kenda Nevegal 2.1 wire
    Crankset Shimano M580 22/32/44 (LX)
    Bottom Bracket Included w/ Crankset
    Chain Shimano HG 73 (XT)
    Front Derailleur Shimano M580A (LX)
    Rear Derailleur Shimano M761 SGS (XT)
    Cassette Shimano M580, 11-34 (LX)
    Shifters Shimano M580 RF (LX)
    Handlebars Race Face Evolve low riser
    Tape/Grips Lizard Skin Logo
    Stem Race Face Evolve XC, 25.4mm
    Brake Levers Avid Juicy 5's
    Brakes Avid Juicy 5's w/ 160mm rotors
    Saddle WTB Pure V
    Seat Post Race Face Evolve XC

    Specialized FSRxc Comp
    REAR SHOCK Fox Triad, custom on-the-fly 3-position switch 1) lock out 2) Open 3) ProPedal pedal assisting damping, adjustable rebound, 7.0x1.6"
    FORK Rock Shox Reba SL, 100mm, air spring, lock out, ext rebound adj, alloy steerer
    HEADSET 1 1/8" threadless, black steel cups, loose ball bearings w/ seals
    STEM Specialized adjustable rise, OS 31.8, 3D forged
    HANDLEBARS Specialized XC low rise 31.8mm OS bar, 6066 butted alloy, 6 degree up, 8 degree backsweep, 640mm width
    TAPE / GRIPS Specialized MTB, dual density
    FRONT BRAKE Avid Juicy 3, hydraulic disc, G2 Clean Sweep S/M: 185mm rotor, L/XL 203mm rotor
    REAR BRAKE Avid Juicy 3, hydraulic disc, G2 Clean Sweep S/M: 160mm rotor, L/XL: 185mm rotor
    BRAKE LEVERS Avid Juicy 3 hydraulic
    FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano FD-M580, LX, top swing, dual pull, 34.9mm clamp
    REAR DERAILLEUR SRAM X-9, 9-speed, long cage
    SHIFT LEVERS SRAM SX-5 trigger, 9-speed
    CASSETTE / FREEWHEEL Shimano HG50, 9-speed, 11/34t
    CHAIN Shimano HG73
    CRANKSET Custom Shimano Hollowtech, Octalink XT Spline
    CHAINRINGS 22s/32s/44A 4mm thick outer, 4 bolt 104/64mm
    BOTTOM BRACKET Shimano ES-25 Octalink Spline, 68mm shell, 118mm spindle, 50mm chainline
    PEDALS Shimano 505 SPD
    RIMS Mavic X117 Disc, 26", 32h, black, presta valve
    FRONT HUB Specialized disc, sealed cartridge bearing, high/low flange, 32h
    REAR HUB Shimano M-475L disc, 32h, 8/9-speed, alloy QR
    SPOKES 1.8mm stainless, black, brass nipples
    FRONT TIRE Specialized Resolution 26x2.0", 120TPI, aramid bead, dual compound
    REAR TIRE Specialized Resolution 26x2.0", 120TPI, aramid bead, dual compound
    TUBES Specialized Ultralight 26x2.0", presta
    SADDLE Specialized BG MTB, hollow Cro-Mo rails
    SEAT POST 2014 butted alloy, black, 30.9 x 350/400mm
    SEAT BINDER Alloy collar with QR, 34.9mm clamp ID, black

  2. #2
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    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    I would ride both if I were you. Some really like Specialized's ergonomics, some don't. I personally have a 06 FSRxc Pro and it is very uncomfortable to me. I am planning on selling to get a Trek EX 8 or a Superlight.

    If you get the superlight, see if they will switch out the tires for aramid bead tires instead of the wire bead tires. It will help save some weight.

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