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    Santa Cruz Superlight

    Hey all,

    I was thinking about springing for one of these at the end of summer. Does anyone have any experience on it on Ontario trails? Im going to be racing and trail riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trekracer8000
    Hey all,

    I was thinking about springing for one of these at the end of summer. Does anyone have any experience on it on Ontario trails? Im going to be racing and trail riding.

    Cheers
    Aaron

    The SC Superlight is an older design, but it is tried-and-true; very reliable, low maintenance and not too expensive anymore. I know about 6 people who have had (or still have) one.
    However, there are "better" suspension designs... newer, fancier, "more efficient" bikes that are worthy of your attention. If you like SC, look at the new Blur XC. It is nearly as light as the Superlight, slightly more travel and wickedly efficient at giving you traction and a smooth ride.
    Either way, you cannot go wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trekracer8000
    Hey all,

    I was thinking about springing for one of these at the end of summer. Does anyone have any experience on it on Ontario trails? Im going to be racing and trail riding.

    Cheers
    Aaron

    What good does it do you to buy it at the end of the summer? buy a cross bike in August, buy the FS now.

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    sigh...if i had the money i woulda been riding it last year lol.

    I heard that the blur was quite flexy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trekracer8000
    sigh...if i had the money i woulda been riding it last year lol.

    I heard that the blur was quite flexy.
    Getting a ride on either would be your best bet. I heard of problems with both so....

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    I had a Superlight for a couple of years and did everything from 24 Hour solo racing to O-Cups with it. As mentioned it is an older design, but maintenance free...almost. The biggest problem I had was the DU bushed which was part of the connection between the shock and the swingarm. I had to replace it twice per year usually. Part of the reason I believe was I used lock out a lot and it took a bit of punishment. They are cheap though...$17 CDN so it wasn't too much of a problem. The other issue I had was the rear end was a little flexy, but I am a big guy....180lbs.

    Overall it was a good bike but all good things must come to an end and I sold it last year and now ride a Turner Burner, which is much more to my liking. If you do get the Superlight be sure to one with a propedal type shock....it will help with the bob espec when in the granny ring. Price wise, you should be able to get one for about 1500 or less. Particularly when the Blur is about $1800-$1900.

    Another frame you might want to consider is one from Devinci....a good 4 bar design that will be a little more efficient and probably less expensive.

    Steve

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    Other options...

    I've heard good stuff about the new Giant Trance. Something to consider.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trekracer8000
    sigh...if i had the money i woulda been riding it last year lol.

    I heard that the blur was quite flexy.

    The Blur is very stiff (I weigh 175Lbs) IMHO; the SL is much flexier... look at the linkage design for the Blur - 2 short drop forged "blocks" and a unified rear triangle (shock isolated from side-to-side play). Now look at the SL - 1 pivot point, braced for side-to-side play by the air shock.
    Now which do you think will flex more?
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