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    Specialized or Superlight?

    Hi,
    My husband has a Specialized XC FSR but is thinking of changing it for a Santa Cruz Superlight.

    The Superlight is a 2004 model (the older frame) but has upgraded Rock Shox Tora with switch out.

    I was wondering if there is much difference between the older and newer frame of the Superlight. Searching on the web hasn't helped much.

    Any advice would be appreciated.

    Thanks

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    I remember a few years ago the Superlight had a 180 pound weight recommendation. I dont know if it was a problem with the frame breaking or the Progressive shock failing. The frame design was changed a bit in 2007. The tendency has been to go with a little bit longer frame and top tube and longer travel suspension. I think the newer Superlights come with a 120 mm fork. The older bike was a little shorter with a racier geometry. The one thing you will want to take into consideration is the age of the shock. The obvious upgrade for this frame would be to replace the Progressive shock to an Fox RP23. The competition for this bike would probably be a Specialized Epic with a Brain shock.

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    I'm not sure what year his current bike is, but to me that's a lateral move at best. Unless there's something he really doesn't like about his current bike and he thinks, or knows, he prefers specific things about the Superlight, I wouldn't bother switching.

    David B.

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    Older Superlights did not offer much rear clearance for larger tires like the new models do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by borregokid
    I remember a few years ago the Superlight had a 180 pound weight recommendation.
    Back in 2000 (when I bought mine) the weight max was 220 lbs. It was 180, but sometime around when I got mine they raised the max weight.
    15mm is a second-best solution to a problem that was already solved.

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    I searched Santa Cruz Superlight and one of the first five pages that came up talked about the differences:
    http://www.bicycling.com/article/1,6...6070-1,00.html
    or:
    http://www.mbaction.com/Me2/dirmod.a...4F2DA7764E1830

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckb77
    I searched Santa Cruz Superlight and one of the first five pages that came up talked about the differences:
    http://www.bicycling.com/article/1,6...6070-1,00.html
    or:
    http://www.mbaction.com/Me2/dirmod.a...4F2DA7764E1830
    That second review really got me interested in riding the new superlight. I had a 2000 SL for 3 years, and then an `03 heckler for 2 years. The thing about the Heckler that really impressed me is how dialed it felt for every type of riding. If they brought that magic to the new Superlight, I would be very interested in it for an xc-oriented 4" trail bike.
    15mm is a second-best solution to a problem that was already solved.

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