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    Superlight 29 Rxc what would you upgrade first?

    Bored as heck since it's been raining for a week. Just got a Superlight 29 and was wondering what you experts would upgrade first-for around a couple hun and besides tires. Thanks for any input.
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    There is a 50/50 chance the elixir 5s on your bike suck, so i'd start there. Bluesky has SLX for screaming deal right now.

    Other than that, swapping the stem, bar and grips made a huge difference on mine.
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    Superlight 29 Rxc what would you upgrade first?

    I put some Burgtec offset bushings in mine to slacken the H/A 1deg....

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    We are in process of upgrading my wifes, we ordered a bashguard to get rid of the big ring and will be getting a new midcage rear derailleur, lock on ODI ruffian grips, Maxxis Ardent 2.25 front tire and some new SLX cranks, gravity dropper seatpost and probably some SLX brakes. After all this it sould be a great all around bike for her.
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    I did, in this order... Your needs will vary based on riding style and location...

    XT brakes
    Flat EC70 handlebar (I was lifting up the front end on tech climbs with the stock riser)
    ODI lock-ons
    Carbon seatpost (was on sale)

    Up next:
    New tires once the crossmarks die
    Maybe a new wheelset if something pops up
    A more dude-friendly saddle

    While you're ordering, grab 3-5 derailleur hangers. I went through 2 in the past 6 months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ATXZJ View Post
    There is a 50/50 chance the elixir 5s on your bike suck, so i'd start there. Bluesky has SLX for screaming deal right now.

    Other than that, swapping the stem, bar and grips made a huge difference on mine.

    This is all. End of thread.
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    My upgrades:

    Ergon lock-on grips
    Removed big ring and replaced with Saint bashguard.
    Replaced saddle with Adamo Prologue (*highly* recommended as a "dude friendly" saddle)
    Sun Ringle Black Flag comp wheelset
    Racing Ralph 2.4 Front, Performance Tsali 2.2 R (running tubeless)
    Weight is 29.0 lbs in a size Medium.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stencil View Post
    I did, in this order... Your needs will vary based on riding style and location...

    XT brakes
    Flat EC70 handlebar (I was lifting up the front end on tech climbs with the stock riser)
    ODI lock-ons
    Carbon seatpost (was on sale)

    Up next:
    New tires once the crossmarks die
    Maybe a new wheelset if something pops up
    A more dude-friendly saddle

    While you're ordering, grab 3-5 derailleur hangers. I went through 2 in the past 6 months.
    does the superlight support the new direct mount hangers? I was bending my derailleur hanger on my LTc every few rides (without even crashing) but once I switched to the direct mount things have been a lot more stable. I had one hard crash that tweaked it but I could bend it back by hand.

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    Things I have changed:
    ODI lock-on grips
    2.25 UST Ardents - I like the stock Crossmarks but they were not the UST version.
    XT brakes - the Elixer 5s are not horrible but the XTs are quite a bit better.
    The Cane Creek 10 was hard to adjust so I got a green Chris King - looks great on the black frame with green Santa Cruz.

    Bent the hanger pretty easily - I would recommend a backup or 2.

    Next on the list:
    One can shave off a fair amount of weight by replacing the bars and stem.
    I have a 2012 Superlight so I have the 100mm Rockshox Reba. I might get a 120mm Fox or another Reba - can't seem to make a decision on this. Mostly the 100mm is fine but there are those times...
    I need another set of wheels as backups.
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    I cut my bars, added some ergo grips, decent front tire, bash guard and started racing it. Looks like my next purchase may be a new shock as mine is blown.

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    Hi, have you actually tried it? I've been mulling over it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hhemmerde View Post
    Hi, have you actually tried it? I've been mulling over it.
    Tried what?
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    The offset bushings in a superlight

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    Quote Originally Posted by hhemmerde View Post
    The offset bushings in a superlight
    Who makes them for a Superlight 29? Checked Burgtec but didn't see any for the SL.

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    Yeah, they don't show the model, but don't know the dimensions for the bushings, you can also get them that way I think.

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    Have the d kit been riding since August
    Stock CC 10 Headset is crap, plastic rings. replaced after it self destructed with CC 40
    Grips to Ergons
    Race Face 70mm stem
    Stans Flow w/Hope Pro2 on front (had a Crest hoop, destroyed it)
    Stans Crest w/Hope Pro2 on rear
    Nobby Nic front and rear, 2.25, setup tubless
    Stock Elixer 1s lasted about 6 months, warranty replaced with 3s, so far so good
    Stock BB wore out. Replaced Race Face Turbine
    30.5 pounds large frame

    Interested to hear what others weigh in at

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    Quote Originally Posted by wgerow View Post
    Stock CC 10 Headset is crap, plastic rings. replaced after it self destructed with CC 40
    First time I've heard this - what were the warning signs, just looseness?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stencil View Post
    First time I've heard this - what were the warning signs, just looseness?
    Yeah, loose. I didn't do the work, but the shop took it apart and said the cups/rings were busted, and they are plastic. It is baically Cane Creeks entry level headset. Lasted maybe 6 months

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    Quote Originally Posted by wgerow View Post
    Yeah, loose. I didn't do the work, but the shop took it apart and said the cups/rings were busted, and they are plastic. It is baically Cane Creeks entry level headset. Lasted maybe 6 months
    Good to know. I've been on mine for about that long without issue as of yet.

    I did hear a creaking sound during a rough climb a couple weeks ago. Brought it in and the shop said it was nothing. Turns out it was my shoe platforms creaking on the Time peals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stencil View Post
    Good to know. I've been on mine for about that long without issue as of yet.

    I did hear a creaking sound during a rough climb a couple weeks ago. Brought it in and the shop said it was nothing. Turns out it was my shoe platforms creaking on the Time peals.
    Don't forget, as I mentioned in my first post I have the "D" kit, which has a lot of lower end stuff on it. The OP has an R kit which is better

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    Quote Originally Posted by wgerow View Post
    Don't forget, as I mentioned in my first post I have the "D" kit, which has a lot of lower end stuff on it. The OP has an R kit which is better
    Yeah, I have the R kit as well, but they share the same headset.

    For what it's worth, I replaced my Avid brakes with XT before I even took the first ride as I knew they would be a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wgerow View Post
    Have the d kit been riding since August
    Stock CC 10 Headset is crap, plastic rings. replaced after it self destructed with CC
    30.5 pounds large frame

    Interested to hear what others weigh in at
    That's pretty heavy for a SL29. My L Rxc was 27.7 without pedals.

    Quote Originally Posted by wgerow View Post
    Yeah, loose. I didn't do the work, but the shop took it apart and said the cups/rings were busted, and they are plastic. It is baically Cane Creeks entry level headset. Lasted maybe 6 months
    Quote Originally Posted by stencil View Post
    Good to know. I've been on mine for about that long without issue as of yet.
    As my luck would have it, I've had the CC 10 on all four of our SC bikes and never had an issue.
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    My weigh in is with pedals (30.5 pounds) size large also.

    Considering the above changes/upgrades I have made, including Stans Flow front and Crest rear (both Hope Pro2 hubs) setup tubeless (w/Nobby nics).....what would be the best bang for buck to shed some weight.

    Some thoughts: still have stock seat, seat post, triple crankset, cassette.

    Pedals are SPDs from about 10-12 years ago. not sure of their weight but everytime I have removed them they sure feel heavy.

    would be nice th shed a pound or two

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    Quote Originally Posted by wgerow View Post
    Have the d kit been riding since August
    Stock CC 10 Headset is crap, plastic rings. replaced after it self destructed with CC 40
    Grips to Ergons
    Race Face 70mm stem
    Stans Flow w/Hope Pro2 on front (had a Crest hoop, destroyed it)
    Stans Crest w/Hope Pro2 on rear
    Nobby Nic front and rear, 2.25, setup tubless
    Stock Elixer 1s lasted about 6 months, warranty replaced with 3s, so far so good
    Stock BB wore out. Replaced Race Face Turbine
    30.5 pounds large frame

    Interested to hear what others weigh in at
    How do you like the 70mm stem? I'm 5'11" 32 inseam and just came off a medium Spearfish which I love. First impression of the SL is it's not as snappy turning as the Fish. I'm taking it out tonight for a trailride and I'll know more. It's a large And I have a 100mm stem and Thomson setback post. Same build kit that was on my Spearfish. The front end seems a bit harder to pull up than the SF but the wheelbase is also an inch longer. Same chainstay length.

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    I like the 70mm stem a lot. Although I am only 5'8" with 32" inseam. Regular seatpost.

    I have been riding the bike for almost exactly 12 months.....this week I happen to be riding a 26" Heckler as my SL is in the shop. First time back on a 26" bike in 12 mos. The Heckler is certainly more snappy, more playful, and front end comes up nice. I do miss the big wheels though for overall ride. Don't get me wrong, I really like the SL and can't wait to get back on it.

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