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    Quote Originally Posted by blighter View Post
    So... I got a superlight 2012.. (pics to follow shortly).

    It seems great so far but the only problem I have is that the ride is not plush at all (at the back), wiht the proper sag. I will try lowering the pressure in the shock but I need to get a sus pump first.

    A question regarding a standard stem lenght on 2012 model (for xl frame size). Does anyone know what it is? (I opted to change the stem straight away and didn't even see the one that bike normally comes with).
    Nicely done I wanna see those pictures. The stem on my 09 medium was quite long before I replaced it, I don't remember what exactly it was though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by APIOQM View Post
    Nicely done I wanna see those pictures. The stem on my 09 medium was quite long before I replaced it, I don't remember what exactly it was though.
    I've uploaded the pics a few days ago

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    I have a 2008 SL with a bent derailleur hanger. Is this the correct replacement for it?

    www DOT santacruzbicycles DOT com/catalog/superlight-juliana-nickel-p-157.html

    That is the only one that SC has on their website.

    (Grrr.. can't post a link...)

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    Superlight Upgrade

    I have just upgraded my 1997 Santacruz Heckler Frame, on which I have ridden around 60,000 ks over the last 15 years to a new Superlight. The Heckler has served me incredibly well, but the Superlight is a big step up, it's stiffer and much plusher. I,ve yet to give it a really good test on some decent tracks, but my early impressions are very very good. It weighs a shade over 26 pounds (about a pound less than the old Heckler). I also run it on the road with a set of Mavic Speedcity 700c wheels, which enable me to hang with my road riding buddies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blighter View Post
    So... I got a superlight 2012.. (pics to follow shortly).

    It seems great so far but the only problem I have is that the ride is not plush at all (at the back), wiht the proper sag. I will try lowering the pressure in the shock but I need to get a sus pump first.

    A question regarding a standard stem lenght on 2012 model (for xl frame size). Does anyone know what it is? (I opted to change the stem straight away and didn't even see the one that bike normally comes with).
    The white Superlight is so nice!!!

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    Smile My 2009 SL

    Frame: 2009 Santa Cruz Superlight
    Fork: Rock Shox Reba RLT 120mm
    Wheels: 2011 Mavic Crossmax ST
    Shock: Fox vanalla R w/ propedal
    Headset: Cane Creek S-3
    Stem: Bontrager SSR 90mm/10degree
    Crank: Shimano SLX 175mm
    Shifters: Shimano SLX SL-M660
    FD: Shimano SLX FD-M665 (2 sp)
    RD: Shimano SLX RD-M662 GS
    Brakes: Avid Elxir 7
    Bashguard: Raceface Light 34T
    Seat: Specialized Henge Expert Ti
    Seatpost: Truvativ Noir Carbon
    Pedals: Spank Spike Flats
    Cassette: Shimano CS-HG80 9sp
    HandleBar: Easton EA30 Monkey Bar (Low Rise)
    Grips: RavX Comfy X-lock
    Chain: SRAM PC-991
    Tires: Panaracer FireXC Pro 2.1
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    anyone do long endurance races on a super light?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bnelson View Post
    anyone do long endurance races on a super light?
    There was a rider that posted in this thread (I believe) who rode 24 hour races on his early Superlight.
    Too many bicycles to list...

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    Is the step up to the Superlight with the R XC kit substantially better than the D XC kit?

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    Could somebody let me know if I can run a 130mm travel fork?

    I found a killer deal on a RockShox Revelation.

    I have a Large '00/01 Superlight

    Thanks in advance

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    Quote Originally Posted by wdawg88 View Post
    Could somebody let me know if I can run a 130mm travel fork?

    I found a killer deal on a RockShox Revelation.

    I have a Large '00/01 Superlight

    Thanks in advance
    I run a 90-130 Talas on my 02. Works great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bnyec View Post
    Frame: 2009 Santa Cruz Superlight
    Fork: Rock Shox Reba RLT 120mm
    Wheels: 2011 Mavic Crossmax SL
    Shock: Fox vanalla R w/ propedal
    Headset: Cane Creek S-3
    Stem: Bontrager SSR 90mm/10degree
    Crank: Shimano SLX 175mm
    Shifters: Shimano SLX SL-M660
    FD: Shimano SLX FD-M665 (2 sp)
    RD: Shimano SLX RD-M662 GS
    Brakes: Avid Elxir 7
    Bashguard: Raceface Light 34T
    Seat: Specialized Henge Expert Ti
    Seatpost: Truvativ Noir Carbon
    Pedals: Spank Spike Flats
    Cassette: Shimano CS-HG80 9sp
    HandleBar: Easton EA30 Monkey Bar (Low Rise)
    Grips: RavX Comfy X-lock
    Chain: SRAM PC-991
    Tires: Panaracer FireXC Pro 2.1
    Nice bike. Did you have an air shock on there before the Vanilla? How do you like the ride with a coil shock?

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    Quote Originally Posted by smilinsteve View Post
    I run a 90-130 Talas on my 02. Works great.
    Thanks man!

    Question... Do you ever worry that it will stress the headset/head tube too much?

    I'm still debating if I should just go with a 100MM SID from ebay or the revelation.

    Any comments or recommendations? I don't do big jumps or rock gardens.

    I'm a XC rider, but he tells me it's better to have more travel than less travel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wdawg88 View Post
    Thanks man!

    Question... Do you ever worry that it will stress the headset/head tube too much?

    I'm still debating if I should just go with a 100MM SID from ebay or the revelation.

    Any comments or recommendations? I don't do big jumps or rock gardens.

    I'm a XC rider, but he tells me it's better to have more travel than less travel.
    I have an '01 Superlight with an 85-115mm Reba; frankly, the geometry and ride don't feel right at 115mm. I usually run the fork at 95mm or so, sometimes a little less if there is a lot of uphill riding. The Superlight was originally designed around an 80mm fork, but it will ride well with a 100mm fork. 130mm is too much for the older Superlight in my opinion.
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    Here is my Superlight from the UK

    Started on SC in 2000 with the original frame and moved onto the latest spec a few years ago when the old frame cracked. (Used frame replacement scheme to get a good discount)

    Current build, and likely to stay like this for a while.

    Frame: 2008 (iirc) Santa Cruz Superlight Large
    Fork: Magura Durin MD100R
    Wheels: Hope hoops with Stans 355 rims
    Shock: Fox RP23
    Headset: King Nothread
    Stem: Thompson
    Crank: Shimano XTR M970 (2x10 with Blackspire rings)
    BB: Hope htii
    FD: Shimano XT dynatech
    RD: Shimano XT dynatech
    Brakes: Formula K24
    Seat: Selle carbon flite
    Seatpost: Thompson
    Pedals: Shimano PDM540 (iirc - XT pedals)
    Cassette: Shimano XT 10sp 11-36
    HandleBar: Easton carbon 31.8 mid riser
    Grips: Yeti Hardcore
    Chain: Shimano 10sp
    Tires: Maxxis Advantage with Stans tubeles

    Weight 24.2lbs

    Rides awesome, just a shame I can't do it any justice at the moment following a crash in August last year that snapped my left Achilles tendon. Getting back into it now and off on the first ride on the SC since that day. (been riding newly built HT - Ragley Piglet - for a few weeks until today)



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    Finally got my first SL. Really pumped except i won't have time to hit a trail til Sunday at the earliest . Here it is after its maiden voyage home from the lbs


    Wish i had paid attention that it had presta valves before i left the lbs. I would have picked up a proper pump or adapter and a spare tube...
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    Love the green. I was torn and ended up choosing the white. I will be posting mine next week!
    "Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance?"

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    Sl29

    congrats on the SC SL29r , I also picked one up in black just 2 days ago.
    Now I am obsessing over what type of pedals to get, I like using flats and Im thinking
    of going with some HT Evo's flats in green.
    anyone else running flats with their SL 29r?
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    Quote Originally Posted by yem999 View Post
    congrats on the SC SL29r , I also picked one up in black just 2 days ago.
    Now I am obsessing over what type of pedals to get, I like using flats and Im thinki
    of going with some HT Evo's flats in green.
    anyone else running flats with their SL 29r?
    Hey... im waiting for a green deity decoy pedals and handelbar... here are some pics... my SCSL29 low budget kit... not riding because a broken wrist... just need to wait for 8 weeks...
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    I can appreciate a good color coordination effort! That will look nice. I don't know why you call it your low budget kit. that Diety stuff isn't cheap.

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    @ fparra that is going to look sick! . After riding today with my old pedals and noticing how torn up they are I went ahead a placed the order for the HT evos in green, along with some 5-10 shoes. I am really spoiling myself this fathers day!

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    Update: the HT Evos are badass!! I have never been so locked in before they grip your feet really well and are so thin and light. so fresh and so clean

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    here is a picture, has anyone upgraded their tires on the SL? I feel like the maxxis doesnt have such a great grip
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    only one I have so far....2011 SL RXC, which I got as an overstock for cheaper than cost...
    Santa Cruz Superlight RXC.

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    Navajo Lake, Cedar Mountain, UT


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    Some changes...
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    Some upgrades

    Deity dirty30 handelbar
    deity flat pedals
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    Just bought this 2012 Superlight from Santa Cruz, was a Demo. I know absolutely nothing about it. XT and Easton are the themes...

    Maybe someone can tell me more about my bike haha




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    [QUOTE=Roundel;9483784]Just bought this 2012 Superlight from Santa Cruz, was a Demo. I know absolutely nothing about it. XT and




    Very nice ride ....tell more how is it ... THE total weight?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fparra




    Very nice ride ....tell more how is it ... THE total weight?
    Thanks, it's fun to ride, lives up to its name but not sure what the weight it, haven't gotten it on a scale.

    (cut and pasting from a post in the general forum)

    This is what happens when you're an impulse buyer late on Ebay. I'm just getting back into mountain biking after moving to a new area, been four years since I've been on a bike.

    Bought it from Santa Cruz, is a 2012 Superlight demo bike. Shimano XT gearing and brakes, Fox 120 mm fork, Easton EA70 stem/bar/post/wheels.

    Looks like the tires are tubeless? No idea. Anyone care to give insight here on what's worth keeping and what's a weak point? I'm a 190lbs rider and just doing XC. From taking it out once I love it but if there's anything worth upgrading or looking out for (I'm wanting to go 2x10 but don't know where to go for that) then I'm open to suggestions and tips.

    I feel like I got a good deal but wish I know more

















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    [QUOTE=Roundel;9485896]Thanks, it's fun to ride, lives up to its name but not sure what the weight it, haven't gotten it on a scale.

    the wheels are not tubeless...you can convert them with stan's

    EA70 XC 26" - XC - Wheels - PRODUCTS - Mountain

    being your first bike... you are starting on a very high starting point.. you have a very nice set of everything... it is very complete... wich was the price?

    some changes in the future can be, as you said: the cranks, shifters and convert into tubeless... but at this piont you got a very good deal!!!

    relax..enjoy your rides, keep as it is and you will see... the more you get into mtb you will feel the need to change almost everything.... also you have a very good set of pedals choose your best shoes and hit the road....

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    The XT set and the wheels you've got are very good. It's not found on the entry level superlight. I would enjoy that bike to the fullest and not make a change unless it's fitment related such as stem length or bars (risers vs. flats). Going with tubeless is not a major change. For your type of riding and weight, you'll be fine provided it fits right. Some minor changes to suspension PSI and seat height/angle will make this perfect. New this bike could have been over $3k...

    Enjoy.

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    For those who are curious, I paid $1450 for it + 75 shipping + $100 to LBS to assemble.

    Thanks for the link to the Stan's Tubeless Kit.

    I chose the Time ATACs as I liked them on my RM. Have Specialized Sport MTB shoe, like them as well.

    This is my fourth bike Last was a 2001 Rocky Mountain Element Race that I had a few upgrades to:

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjhiker View Post
    The XT set and the wheels you've got are very good. It's not found on the entry level superlight. I would enjoy that bike to the fullest and not make a change unless it's fitment related such as stem length or bars (risers vs. flats). Going with tubeless is not a major change. For your type of riding and weight, you'll be fine provided it fits right. Some minor changes to suspension PSI and seat height/angle will make this perfect. New this bike could have been over $3k...

    Enjoy.
    Thanks! I figured it was nicely specced being a Santa Cruz demo bike, I'm sure the mindset when building the bike was not to disappoint potential buyers.

    The fit is nice, very happy. 5'8" and feel comfortable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fongster View Post
    I just bought a 2012 Superlight with RXC and I love it. It's my first FS bike--I'm kind of late to that scene.



    Edit: OK, I've got the bike dialed more--controls moved around, suspension tuned. This bike rocks. It climbs better than my old Fisher Paragon rigid bike and that's w/o locking anything out. Descends like a champ, nimble on ST...loving it!
    We're twins!

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    Just finished my first (shorter than I would have liked) ride on my new Superlight 29! What a fun bike! I've never had a 29'er before and I can definitely see why people like them. Time will tell if I reach for this more than my 26" bike.

    I got the "almost complete" 2013 RXC build on it. It has the new Fox CTD fork but not the rear shock. A little bummed about that but I ordered it before they announced the 2013 kits so it's still a bonus to have the longer travel fork as far as I'm concerned. I'm also pretty excited about having the Shadow Plus SLX on it. I have the XTR on my other bike and like it a lot so far.

    Superlight Love-imageuploadedbytapatalk1342971329.725477.jpg

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    I think a tire upgrade may be in order. Not sure why that pic is showing up twice...
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    Question for all of you SL 29er owners. I am 5"11 with 32 inseam. I like a compact fit. Trying to decide between a medium and large. What are people my size riding?

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    Mine is a large and I'm 6' tall. The size feels great to me. I bought a medium Nomad a few years ago thinking I wanted a more compact fit. It felt ok until I started climbing, then the top tube felt too short, even with a longer stem. Only large for me from now on. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by charmon2 View Post
    Mine is a large and I'm 6' tall. The size feels great to me. I bought a medium Nomad a few years ago thinking I wanted a more compact fit. It felt ok until I started climbing, then the top tube felt too short, even with a longer stem. Only large for me from now on. Good luck!
    Im 5'5 - small size - need a longer stem - better went for medium size - im in the edge

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    Such a solid bike. Does any trail rider really need more than a single pivot?


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    I love this bike. Tough, light, reliable, and affordable. I love single pivots!

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    I finally got my first Superlight a little over a week ago. I have been wanting one ever since I first discovered them back in 2007.

    Here are the specs on it:
    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

    I was told that it weighs in right around 26.75 lbs, which is pretty good compared to my Specialized FSR-xc I had back in 07.

    I took it for my first ride this past weekend and loved it a lot. I need to adjust a couple of things and then it should be golden. I mainly want to flip my stem in order to raise my bars up a little bit, I am thinking about a different seat too...something that is a little more comfortable, yet lightweight.

    As for the build itself, my plans are to reduce the weight a little further (24-25 lbs). I will probably pursue this by getting a different wheelset that also is tubeless friendly. I may also throw on some XT cranks too. I am going to enjoy the bike for a little bit before I make any big component changes though. I think the first thing that I will buy for it is a set of Ergon grips though!

    Anyways, here is a picture of my bike:

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    My SL 29er.

    SL29-6 by sage972003, on Flickr


    SL29-5 by sage972003, on Flickr



    SL29-4 by sage972003, on Flickr

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    And here it is, first ride on my new Superlight 2013.

    Here is a short video:
    Santa Cruz Superlight - first ride - YouTube
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    My Superlight!!!

    UPDATE!!!

    Have converted to 650B already and it made it a better XC bike in my opinion for the trails I ride...

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    SL Medium anodized gray with RP23
    Fox 26 'er RLC lowered to 120 mm 15 mm TA
    Full XT 2x10 drivetrain ( thinking of going 1x10)
    Balckspire Stinger Chainguide
    WTB i23 650 B laced with Dt swiss revo with Nevegals 2.1 ( planning to change to Maxxis 2.2 Ardents at front and Maxxix Crossmarks 2.1 rear)
    Easton e70 cockpit

    my first conversion!!!
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    Just ordered my 2013 R XC - can't wait!

    Got it in black, Medium. Are all the Fox Float forks on this white or does the black come with a black fork?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stencil View Post
    Just ordered my 2013 R XC - can't wait!

    Got it in black, Medium. Are all the Fox Float forks on this white or does the black come with a black fork?
    Congrats and have fun with your new ride. Mine has a black fork.

    I changed the handlebars to a green one similar to Fparra's pics above but different brand. Really cool look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sage97 View Post
    Congrats and have fun with your new ride. Mine has a black fork.

    I changed the handlebars to a green one similar to Fparra's pics above but different brand. Really cool look.
    Yeah that does look good.

    Is yours a Small or Medium?

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    Quote Originally Posted by saddle pimp View Post
    Here's mine. Got this to complement my Nomad MK2....

    Brakes: XT, 180 mm rotor front, 160 mm rotoe rear...

    XT 2012 2x10 drivetrain

    Hello SPimp, let me know your thoughts of the XT brakes... I have alredy pull the trigger for a set of those... it was $225 shipping included + $30 for the rotors ... all set for $250...

    First I was glimpsed for a set of Avid5 for $160 .... but at the end I went for the XT... I have read that XT had better modulation, are easy for setting and maintenance and has a terrific stopping power... I have currently the AVID 1 ... they are going to be in a Chameleon built Im dealing with. They work fine... not many issues in them...

    have a nice rides!!!

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    I've got XT brakes on my SL. Best upgrade I've ever done, and I did it last July. The original Avid5s (or maybe they were 7s), would fade pretty badly on descents...

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    Frame- 17" 2003? Superlight
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    Quote Originally Posted by stencil View Post
    Yeah that does look good.

    Is yours a Small or Medium?
    Medium.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flash View Post
    Question for all of you SL 29er owners. I am 5"11 with 32 inseam. I like a compact fit. Trying to decide between a medium and large. What are people my size riding?
    I'm about the same size and had a medium and swapped it for a large. The bike felt a little numb so I just switched from a 120mm stem to a 75mm and added 765mm bars. Feels way more responsive than before and I can get the front wheel up without throwing my back out







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    Are these pictures of your medium or large?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kustomz View Post
    Are these pictures of your medium or large?
    large
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    Hmm, I may need an XL based on looks. I am a tic over 6' with a 35.5" cycling inseam. My current bike has a 24.7" ETT and I run a 100mm stem. Anyone else between L and XL with feedback?

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    @ kustomz : i'm 6ft1, and have the large, with 90mm stem. My inseam is 90cm.
    If in doubt, best is to go smaller.
    Also dépends on the trails you ride and the position you want on the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flash View Post
    Question for all of you SL 29er owners. I am 5"11 with 32 inseam. I like a compact fit. Trying to decide between a medium and large. What are people my size riding?
    we are pretty much the exact same mesuments and after riding a medium and large i went with the large. Overall fit is right on but might drop the stem down to 70mm...

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    Got a chance to take the bike out after swapping to a shorter stem and wider bars and wow, what a difference. I can now get the front wheel up with ease by just throwing my body weight around. Who knew manuals on a 29er was so much fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ATXZJ View Post
    Got a chance to take the bike out after swapping to a shorter stem and wider bars and wow, what a difference. I can now get the front wheel up with ease by just throwing my body weight around. Who knew manuals on a 29er was so much fun!
    How wide did you go on the bars? Thinking about going with a 70mm stem with 730mm bars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCFast View Post
    How wide did you go on the bars? Thinking about going with a 70mm stem with 730mm bars.
    swapped from the factory 680mm & 120mm stem to Azonic 762mm bars and a 75mm stem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ATXZJ View Post
    swapped from the factory 680mm & 120mm stem to Azonic 762mm bars and a 75mm stem.
    lol i guess i could have just paid attention to your earlier post for the answer..Sorry
    Sounds like a dramatic change but overall reach looks to be very close. Factory stem on mine is the 90mm really strongly considering a 70 with 730 bars for that just right feeling.

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    My SL should arrive early next week. Called them yesterday and had them upgrade from the Avids to XT brakes based on feedback here. Cost to upgrade wasn't too crazy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kustomz View Post
    Hmm, I may need an XL based on looks. I am a tic over 6' with a 35.5" cycling inseam. My current bike has a 24.7" ETT and I run a 100mm stem. Anyone else between L and XL with feedback?
    I just built up an XL 26er. I am 6'1" with kind of gangly arms. I am running an 80mm 6 degree stem, spaced up 30mm, and 730mm low-rise bars, and the fit is amazing, much better than my previous bike. it feels like i'm more 'in' the bike, if that makes sense.

    my old bike was a size large gunnar rockhound 29er, which i ran with a 120mm stem. the reach is pretty much identical between the two bikes, but i like the feel of the shorter stem and wider bars a lot. the rear suspension isn't so bad either...

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    Hey all - the '13 R XC has a 15mm front axle, correct? Ordering a rack now.

    EDIT: Nevermind. Found out that it does.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SCFast View Post
    lol i guess i could have just paid attention to your earlier post for the answer..Sorry
    Sounds like a dramatic change but overall reach looks to be very close. Factory stem on mine is the 90mm really strongly considering a 70 with 730 bars for that just right feeling.
    No worries. Is your bike a 26 or 29? Unless you are riding super-narrow singletrack, wider is better on the 29.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ATXZJ View Post
    No worries. Is your bike a 26 or 29? Unless you are riding super-narrow singletrack, wider is better on the 29.
    it's a 29 i do not ride anything narrow enough that 2-3 extra inches of bar will be a detriment. The 680mm bars feel a little to narrow but the reach is about right so dropping the stem and widening the bars should keep the reach and liven it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ATXZJ View Post
    No worries. Is your bike a 26 or 29? Unless you are riding super-narrow singletrack, wider is better on the 29.
    I don't really see the link between wheel size and bar width

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    This thread will turn 9 years old next month, and is still going strong! That has to be some kind of record.
    And it says a lot about the Superlight. Great bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smilinsteve View Post
    I don't really see the link between wheel size and bar width
    true. I guess it comes down to preceding that comment with an IMHO

    We have a SL26er for comparison and the 29er feels like it's quite a bit bigger (obviously) and benefited from wider bars to control that big wheel up front.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smilinsteve View Post
    This thread will turn 9 years old next month, and is still going strong! That has to be some kind of record.
    And it says a lot about the Superlight. Great bike.
    Superlight is a classic that with the minor updates over the years still gets the job done to near perfection. I wouldn't be surprised to see this thread going strong for another nine years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ATXZJ View Post
    I'm about the same size and had a medium and swapped it for a large. The bike felt a little numb so I just switched from a 120mm stem to a 75mm and added 765mm bars. Feels way more responsive than before and I can get the front wheel up without throwing my back out







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    I can't imagine this is a picture of a large frame 29er. Here is a picture of my Large 26. That frame looks way smaller.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bone Saw View Post
    I can't imagine this is a picture of a large frame 29er. Here is a picture of my Large 26. That frame looks way smaller.
    It does look small, but the medium was even smaller. The seat tube is 19.5" with the longer L/XL shock. For comparison, my large butcher is 19", Both measure as specified from santa cruz
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    Wow. It has to be the totally different frame geometry for the 29 set up. Granted, the larger hoops make the frame look smaller, but all the tubes look shorter too. Maybe it's because the top tube has to angle down so much more due to the larger wheels to give the same standover height. I would have bet big money that it was a medium size frame. Glad you love it. I sure love mine. It fits me perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bone Saw View Post
    Wow. It has to be the totally different frame geometry for the 29 set up. Granted, the larger hoops make the frame look smaller, but all the tubes look shorter too. Maybe it's because the top tube has to angle down so much more due to the larger wheels to give the same standover height. I would have bet big money that it was a medium size frame. Glad you love it. I sure love mine. It fits me perfect.
    The oddest thing is that the 29er frame is lighter. Top tube is the same length stand over is not the same and is about 3/4 to 1in higher on the 29 and BB sits 8/10ths lower on the 26.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SCFast View Post
    The oddest thing is that the 29er frame is lighter. Top tube is the same length stand over is not the same and is about 3/4 to 1in higher on the 29 and BB sits 8/10ths lower.
    something else

    my wifes small juliana only weighs one pound less than my large 29er. Both are RXC kits
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    Must be thinner wall tubing on the 29er's. It's only about 1/10lb lighter for a given size.

    Ordered a thomson 70mm X4 stem today...Now to get bar's squared away.

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    I've never looked real close at a 29 SL until now. I didn't realize there was that much difference in the frame. That's amazing.

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    I bought my SCSL29 on March 2012; after a quick riding the rear shox began oil leaking. Today Im going to take it to my LBS to check it up. Maybe Im going to apply guarantee...

    I have changed the Recon Silver TK for the Reba 29er 15mm thru axle.. the front stiffnes is great... also I have changed for a Race Face Deus CrankSet, pictures to come....
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    Quote Originally Posted by kustomz View Post
    Hmm, I may need an XL based on looks. I am a tic over 6' with a 35.5" cycling inseam. My current bike has a 24.7" ETT and I run a 100mm stem. Anyone else between L and XL with feedback?
    heads up

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    Quote Originally Posted by ATXZJ View Post
    Be careful about buying a stolen bike. Cheap price, no local pick up...all signs of stolen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bone Saw View Post
    Be careful about buying a stolen bike. Cheap price, no local pick up...all signs of stolen.
    not sure about stolen but whoever it is seems to have access to SC bikes at a good price. they have listed 20-30 bikes and a box of 15 or 20 fox shocks so if they were going out the back door of SC, somebody would have noticed by now. I hope
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    My dad bought a frame from the Santa Cruz sale and we built it up with a few new parts and a some extra parts I had laying around.

    New Parts:
    Cane Creek 40 Headset
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    He has since replaced the specialized seatpost with a Raceface Turbine and the pedals with Wellgo MG-1s

    He loves the bike and it rides great, especially considering he spent less than $1,000 on the whole thing.

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    That's an amazing bike for less than $1000. Nice that you had lots of the expensive parts laying around that you could re-use. Looks like a great set up.

    It looks very nice next to that cherry wood finish on the piano as well. I'm sure mom loves seeing the bike in the fancy front room on her pretty carpet. My wife gives me crap everytime my bike comes in the house. By the way, hydraulic fluid really messes up carpet...I found out the hard way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bone Saw View Post
    That's an amazing bike for less than $1000. Nice that you had lots of the expensive parts laying around that you could re-use. Looks like a great set up.

    It looks very nice next to that cherry wood finish on the piano as well. I'm sure mom loves seeing the bike in the fancy front room on her pretty carpet. My wife gives me crap everytime my bike comes in the house. By the way, hydraulic fluid really messes up carpet...I found out the hard way.
    After working on ATV parts in the house a few years ago when it was too cold outside, she doesn't mind bikes inside anymore.

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    Lol. Replied to a very old post.

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    It's alive. ALIVE!


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    650b?........
    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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    [QUOTE=stencil;9973691]It's alive. ALIVE!



    tell us about your rides.... in the uphills a 29er is a very hard hammer to start the ride.... it is hard...hard....to get it start...... once it is on the way... i just let it go...

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    tell us about your rides.... in the uphills a 29er is a very hard hammer to start the ride.... it is hard...hard....to get it start...... once it is on the way... i just let it go...
    Will do! Have only ridden around the hood so far. I have a fitting tomorrow at the LBS when I'll be choosing new shoes to go with the new ride. Hope to hit the trails this weekend. Will keep it to fire road and basic single track as I get used to it, but there's a good mile of climbing at the beginning of the loop so we'll see how she climbs. I'm coming from a light hard tail 26er so I'm sure I'll be feeling it.

    I also realized that picture sucks.

    For those interested, it's a '13 Superlight RXC. All stock except I upgraded the Avid 5's to Shimano XT brakes.

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    Will do! Have only ridden around the hood so far. I have a fitting tomorrow at the LBS when I'll be choosing new shoes to go with the new ride. Hope to hit the trails this weekend. Will keep it to fire road and basic single track as I get used to it, but there's a good mile of climbing at the beginning of the loop so we'll see how she climbs. I'm coming from a light hard tail 26er so I'm sure I'll be feeling it.

    I also realized that picture sucks.

    For those interested, it's a '13 Superlight RXC. All stock except I upgraded the Avid 5's to Shimano XT brakes.
    The bike climbs great...Especially for a signal pivot

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    Just snagged SL 29 2013! This bike was a great choice for me. This is my first fs mtb. Had a trek marlin 29er ht (great bike) but was feeling pretty beat up after long rides (I'm 39) . My riding buddy suggested a fs bike and after some careful consideration I went and test rode both the tallboy and SL 29. Both bikes felt great and sorta similar,but my budget was 2000$ so I went with the SL. Wow! what a difference! Great climber I have more confidence tackling the more technical stuff and I don't feel so torn up after longer tougher rides.

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    My superlight and Iron Horse MK III Expert.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nelson73 View Post
    Just snagged SL 29 2013! This bike was a great choice for me. This is my first fs mtb. Had a trek marlin 29er ht (great bike) but was feeling pretty beat up after long rides (I'm 39) . My riding buddy suggested a fs bike and after some careful consideration I went and test rode both the tallboy and SL 29. Both bikes felt great and sorta similar,but my budget was 2000$ so I went with the SL. Wow! what a difference! Great climber I have more confidence tackling the more technical stuff and I don't feel so torn up after longer tougher rides.
    Congrats! I test rode both as well and went with the SL and I could have afforded the Tallboy. I just love the simplicity and geometry of the frame.

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