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    Any recommended upgrades for 07 Superlight

    So I bought an 07 Superlight a couple months ago and was wondering if you guys recommend/suggest any upgrades for lighter weight and better handling?

    Here are my current specs:

    Frame: Santa Cruz Superlight 2007
    Fork: Fox R 100
    Rear Shock: Fox RP23
    Wheels: Shimano XT / Mavic mx117 rims, 32hole, 2 cross
    Shifters: Shimano LX
    Crankset: Shimano LX 42/32/22 175mm length
    Bottom Bracket: Shimano hollowtech 2
    Front Der: Shimano LX
    Rear Der: Shimano XT Shadow
    Brakes: Avid Juicy Five (Brand new rotors!)
    Cassette: Sram PG 1070 (11-34)
    Chain: Shimano XT
    Tires: F-Kenda small block 8 R- Bontrager jones Mudd
    Stem: Thompson X-4 110mm
    Handlebar: Ritchey Carbon Super Logic 0 degree rise, 10 degree sweep
    Saddle: Fizik Airione
    Seatpost: Race Face
    Headset: Chris King Sotto Voce

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    And what is wrong about handling?

    As for the specs, I don't see places where improvement would be dramatic. Seems like everything is in right place, unless weight is really an issue for you, meaning you REALLY want to save some grams.

    If so, I'd go with wheels first. I thought of crankset, but instead maybe it's worthwhile to think global and switch to 2x10, changing everthing that's involved.

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    If thinking a new wheelset/tires, might try 650B. Could get a lighter set and end up better handling all in one.
    Wait,who did he tell you that?....

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    Replace the fork cartridge with a unit with adjustable compression. My biggest issue with my Superlight was matching the rear suspension with the front suspension, and that was because of the falling rate of the rear suspension. The front would always dive under braking, while the rear was hesitant to compress. Adding low speed compression balanced out the bike tremendously. I also added a Fox volume reducer spacer to add bottom out resistance and allow me to run less air pressure. This also better balanced the suspension by allowing me to run more sag in the rear without constantly bottoming out. It also wouldn't hurt to replace the fork with one with 120 mm of travel. It really adds versatility to the bike, in my opinion.

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    go with a 120mm fork.

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    To save weight, ditch the front derailleur and go 1x

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    go with a 70-90mm stem.......whatever your comfortable with....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cant Climb View Post
    go with a 70-90mm stem.......whatever your comfortable with....
    What would a shorter stem do for me out of curiosity?

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    Just wanted to follow up on this thread.

    As stated in my last post, what would the effect be going from a 110mm stem to a 90?

    Also, I think i want to get some slightly wider bars, as my current ones are about 620mm. So i am thinking about finding a bar that is about 680mm...maybe the easton ec70 flat bar or something. I am 6'1" if that makes a difference.

    Mainly i am just trying to get rid of the slightly squirrelly feel.

    Ive also been considering a 1x10 drive and 650B. What all do i need to get to make the conversion?

    Lastly, i am thinking of powdercoating the frame from white to the new tennis yellow seen on some of the new SC bikes. Whats the average cost to powdercoat a frame?

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