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    My wife is 5'5" and rides a medium SL. Standover is just OK with 26" wheels and 80mm Manitou, but she loves it.
    Last edited by goog64; 08-04-2014 at 07:14 PM.

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    Anyone on here running a Pike on their 29" Superlight?

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    My first Santa Cruz and back to single pivot after 10 years:





    2012 XL frame with Float RL
    Hope Hoops NoTubes Crest 29
    Avid Elixir 9 180/160
    Stylo 180mm with Race Face 30t
    Old school 1x9 drivetrain 12-34 with X.9
    2014 Sid XX QR15
    Charge Knife saddle
    Thomson Elite seatpost and 80mm stem
    Truvativ Noir 700mm carbon bars
    Esi Chunky

    I'm 6 ft even / 183 cm, and although scared of buing a XL frame first, I really like the handling with 80mm stem and 10 backsweep bars. My L-sized Niner hardtail felt cramped with 100mm stem, required tons of setback and handled slow....

    Dreaming of XX1 gropuset with Formula T1's and RS Reverb right now...

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    Quote Originally Posted by csgaraglino View Post
    I started in 2006 with a stock Superlight 2.0 and last year decided that I needed to upgrade the old bike to something a bit newer and more current. I picked up a 3.2 frame during their super sale and did a frame swap. I kept the drivetrain (XT 3/9) but change the rear shock (2014 CTD), the brakes to 2014 Shimano XT, the wheels (Shimane XT Tubeless) and just last month added a Fox D.O.S.S. Drop Seatpost and a Fox Factory CTD (2015) front fork. Have been dialing in the new fork - but yesterday was totally happy with it's performance and ripped up some Colorado Downhill Mountains! See photos.

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    Nice bike, and so was your old one! I'm wondering if you notice a difference between the old frame and the new one?

    Do I recognize Captain Jacks, and Rampart res?

    BTW, I don't think your old red frame is a 2006. It looks more in the range of 2000-2003 before they changed the swingwarm design at the shock attachment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plussa View Post
    My first Santa Cruz and back to single pivot after 10 years:





    2012 XL frame with Float RL
    Hope Hoops NoTubes Crest 29
    Avid Elixir 9 180/160
    Stylo 180mm with Race Face 30t
    Old school 1x9 drivetrain 12-34 with X.9
    2014 Sid XX QR15
    Charge Knife saddle
    Thomson Elite seatpost and 80mm stem
    Truvativ Noir 700mm carbon bars
    Esi Chunky

    I'm 6 ft even / 183 cm, and although scared of buing a XL frame first, I really like the handling with 80mm stem and 10 backsweep bars. My L-sized Niner hardtail felt cramped with 100mm stem, required tons of setback and handled slow....

    Dreaming of XX1 gropuset with Formula T1's and RS Reverb right now...
    Looks great. Well done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by smilinsteve View Post
    Nice bike, and so was your old one! I'm wondering if you notice a difference between the old frame and the new one?

    Do I recognize Captain Jacks, and Rampart res?

    BTW, I don't think your old red frame is a 2006. It looks more in the range of 2000-2003 before they changed the swingwarm design at the shock attachment.
    Because I went form a Medium to a Small I noticed a huge difference - also going form a 100mm fork to a 120mm made a big difference - I don't feel like I'm fighting the fron to keep from flying over the bars!

    Yup - on both.
    In the photos there is: Rampart Res, Pueblo Res, Buckhorn/Cpt Jacks, the Air Force Academy and some very remote trails between Gunnison/Crested Butte.

    I think 2006 was the last year for that swingarm style?
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    Quote Originally Posted by plussa View Post
    My first Santa Cruz and back to single pivot after 10 years:





    2012 XL frame with Float RL
    Hope Hoops NoTubes Crest 29
    Avid Elixir 9 180/160
    Stylo 180mm with Race Face 30t
    Old school 1x9 drivetrain 12-34 with X.9
    2014 Sid XX QR15
    Charge Knife saddle
    Thomson Elite seatpost and 80mm stem
    Truvativ Noir 700mm carbon bars
    Esi Chunky

    I'm 6 ft even / 183 cm, and although scared of buing a XL frame first, I really like the handling with 80mm stem and 10 backsweep bars. My L-sized Niner hardtail felt cramped with 100mm stem, required tons of setback and handled slow....

    Dreaming of XX1 gropuset with Formula T1's and RS Reverb right now...
    How do you like the Hope hubs? I wonder how loud they really are in person, Youtube videos always have the Camera right next to hub and they sound kinda loud.

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    ^They are louder than most hubs out there. If I hear loud hubs, they are either King or Hope... I think the Youtube videos are quite accurate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQeoZkkpivQ

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    I just pulled the trigger on a leftover Superlight at a good price.
    Now I just need to exercise some patience till it gets delivered...

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    Updated

    Had to take a new pic because almost everything is updated except the frame and wheels...



    Now with:

    Elixir 9 Trail brakes. (feel more powerful compared to old Elixir 5)
    X01 cranks with Absolute Black 30t (crankset now 525 grams w/o bb)
    Thomson Elite XC Carbon bars
    Thomson Elite X4 60mm
    Reverb seatpost, 30,9 x 125
    Selle Italia SLS kit Carbonio, nice relatively lightweight saddle for the price
    X0 trigger and X9 medium cage Type2 derailleur
    XT 11-36 cassette

    Weight ~26,0 lb just like in the pic, not bad with a dropper post I guess... Also added some old school Santa Cruz skateboards Rob Roskopp stickers to the top tube.
    Last edited by plussa; 08-21-2014 at 11:02 PM. Reason: New pic with 60mm stem

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    I'm thinking of building up a large SL V3.3 as 650b but the only info I can get about the BB height looks like it's under 13". If I do it I'll be going with a 130mm fork. Can anyone confirm the actual BB height for a 650b w/ a 120-130mm fork? Thanks ya'll!
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    Quote Originally Posted by plussa View Post
    Had to take a new pic because almost everything is updated except the frame and wheels...



    Now with:

    Elixir 9 Trail brakes. (feel more powerful compared to old Elixir 5)
    X01 cranks with Absolute Black 30t (crankset now 525 grams w/o bb)
    Thomson Elite XC Carbon bars (maybe need a shorter stem because new bars have 5 sweep compared to old 9...)
    Reverb seatpost, 30,9 x 125
    Selle Italia SLS kit Carbonio, nice relatively lightweight saddle for the price
    X0 trigger and X9 medium cage Type2 derailleur
    XT 11-36 cassette

    Weight 26,0 lb just like in the pic, not bad with a dropper post I guess... Also added some old school Santa Cruz skateboards Rob Roskopp stickers to the top tube.
    That is a pretty slick looking SL! Great job!
    Michael

    Ride on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by slapmackie View Post
    I'm thinking of building up a large SL V3.3 as 650b but the only info I can get about the BB height looks like it's under 13". If I do it I'll be going with a 130mm fork. Can anyone confirm the actual BB height for a 650b w/ a 120-130mm fork? Thanks ya'll!
    i'll try to remember to measure mine tonight. I have a 120mm Fox Float 32 on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slapmackie View Post
    I'm thinking of building up a large SL V3.3 as 650b but the only info I can get about the BB height looks like it's under 13". If I do it I'll be going with a 130mm fork. Can anyone confirm the actual BB height for a 650b w/ a 120-130mm fork? Thanks ya'll!
    Mine is 13 1/4in to the center of the BB. 650b with 120mm rockshox revelation rtc3 and wtb vigilante tires which are kinda big

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    Quote Originally Posted by CDK View Post
    Mine is 13 1/4in to the center of the BB. 650b with 120mm rockshox revelation rtc3 and wtb vigilante tires which are kinda big
    Your vigilante's fit in the rear? intriguing if true...

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    Would this be absurd?!

    Does/would anyone consider running a 29" Superlight with a Monarch Plus shock, 130mm Pike, 1x10, and with a dropper post? I live in Bend, Oregon and don't need a ton of travel, but want something that can rip the trails and still handle the few technical rides in the area. I currently do all my riding on a 26" full-suspension with 120 up front and 98 in the rear. I'm thinking the Monarch Plus may be a little bit much though. Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by brownc9 View Post
    Your vigilante's fit in the rear? intriguing if true...
    Yes it fits but it will definitely rub the seat tube on big drops if you have to low of pressure in the shock. I actually put a volume reducer in the shock to help with it as well as cut off the cable stop.
    The tire is really good for front and rear where I am in Phoenix because of all the loose rocky stuff but I will be changing the rear to something else because of how big it is

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    Quote Originally Posted by goog64 View Post
    But I bought a 2013 frame last week to convert to 27.5
    You'll love yours.

    I did a 650b conversion on a 2013 Juli 3.3 (XS SL) and my wife loves it.

    Build info here. All information should be relevant to your '13 SL, save the frame size.
    2013 Santa Cruz Juli 3.3 (Juliana/Superlight) XS 650b/27.5 conversion

    I have a different fork on it now, but everything else is the same:

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    My wifes old small 26" Superlight. As of last week. I got the frame used from a good friend back in 06 as a wedding gift to my wife. Forget the yr. Thinking its an 03.. Anyhoo, its been and still is an awesome bike. Reba Race fork, 717 rimmed wheels, XT 9sp drivetrain sans SRAM cog, Thomson Masterpiece post, Easton bars, Avid mechs, etc. Seconds after getting some new shoes a few days ago.


    Yes the shop is a mess..

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    New Superlight 29, First Ride!

    I just got it yesterday! 2013 XL new leftover.

    Very impressed with the build quality. Fit and finish, weld quality, all top notch.
    This is my first Santa Cruz and first FS after being a dyed in the wool HT guy since the beginning. Beginning being for me in the mid 80's, so it was quite a leap for me.
    Admittedly there was a bit of a learning curve but to give credit where it's due, it wasn't much different from my HT. I purposely bought this model and year because the geometry is very similar to my GT HT and figured it would be an easier transition from the bike that I ride every day.
    And I was right, it feels almost the same. The fork tube is a little short so I couldn't get the same bar height as my old bike so I'll probably get a taller stem or eventually upgrade the stock Recon fork, maybe next season with a 120mm rather than the 100mm to eliminate some of the twitch.
    I bought this after doing a little research on the model but it was a bit impulsive so I did find out a bit more while waiting for delivery. Things like flex and ghost shifting and a few folks telling me that I shouldn't be looking at a Superlight at 6'6" 210 lbs.
    I hammered this thing today and it didn't skip a beat the entire ride. I purposely took it up and down the worst rooted, baby-headed tracks I could find and didn't bother poking my way down the easy lines, just bombed right through. Great handling and control, even with the Maxxis Crossmarks that it came with(surprised after quite a few negative reviews, but I'll save that review for the tire sub forum). Flex was almost unnoticeable, even when pushing hard I had difficulty feeling any give.

    All in all I'm happy with my new purchase and looking forward to putting some miles on.


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    Nice. I have the 2013 29er with the Rxc package. I'm no pro but I haven't noticed any of the negatives you didn't notice either. Ride on brotha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brownc9 View Post
    i'll try to remember to measure mine tonight. I have a 120mm Fox Float 32 on it.
    I'm at 13.5" bb height. with 2.1 nevegal in rear and 2.2 wolverine in front and the Fox F32 120mm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thegweed View Post
    Nice. I have the 2013 29er with the Rxc package. I'm no pro but I haven't noticed any of the negatives you didn't notice either. Ride on brotha.
    Thanks.
    I just need to stop reading reviews or something. Sure would help with the pre-delivery anxiety.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jvh22a View Post
    i just got my 3.3 frame today so i tried on my 650 wheel in the rear. as it stands it only has about 2-3mm before the blocks on the tires hit the front derailleur stops(or what ever they are called; on the seat post).

    wheels are: wtb disc I19 650b
    tires are : geax saguard 2.2

    at the rear shock; there is about 9mm of travel before the tires hit the derailleur stops.
    I've been running a 23mm wide rim and the 2.1" nevegal in the rear and clearance is ok so far. Can't get it to btm out, but haven't gotten in any thick mud yet either.

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    i just got my 3.3 frame today so i tried on my 650 wheel in the rear. as it stands it only has about 2-3mm before the blocks on the tires hit the front derailleur stops(or what ever they are called; on the seat post).

    wheels are: wtb disc I19 650b
    tires are : geax saguard 2.2

    at the rear shock; there is about 9mm of travel before the tires hit the derailleur stops.
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