- anyone riding a santa cruz superlight 29er?
Hello Rocketdog.Posted 5 years ago
Yes I have one, the only major change I made was to Crossmax ST wheels. It did noticeably improve the bike. I have got low risers on but find it comfy this way. The headtube is very short.
It’s a lovely bike for mud – Never ever clogs up. SPAM winter challenge was a hoot passing all the multipivot bikes clogged up and standing still, and I mean biblical mud bath occured. Eats up miles – very comfy, I ride a 18/19″ bike at 5 foot 11 and 12 stone and bought the 19″ burnt orange version – It fits spot on. Warranty has recently changed to 5 years and lifetime bearings from 2 years – thank goodness. I fully realise the new bike/I’m awesome syndrome, but I can definitely clear sections of greasy climbs and logs and stuff that I could never confidently do before. It just inspires confidence. A clean lined, simple to maintain classic reliable squirt of a bike you can take almost anywhere. I have had Ti, Al, 853, all the giant FS range except Glory and I do not regret getting SL and selling all the rest. Me smiling after 49K and 900m on it.
Must admit I have not seen another yet – but they can hardly be rare.
Previous thread on sizing shows – if like me you like a long TT go for XL.Posted 5 years ago
Website with same info – go XL.
Rear flex , it does flex, but actually riding I have never noticed a problem. Later on I will attempt a short video comparing flex with a Carbon Anthem – Well I will attempt to…
Personally I value the mud clearance and some flex – way higher than a braced swing arm and minimal mud room. I can get my whole arm down between the tyre and the seatube and the rear tyre is tucked under by arse due to the SP design, lifting the front is a doddle. – where I ride mud clearance is a massive advantage.
My others are HT’s so its never gonna climb like them but it doesn’t bounce all over the place out of the saddle like my old Orange 5 did & thats even with the shock unlocked. This was my major cincern when getting it, I’m a bit of a pedal masher but I’ve no qualms now. Lifting the front? This bike is a lot easier to manual than my others just encourages you to pop it off stuff all the time.Posted 5 years ago
I have to say today was my best ever performance on a bike, I’m certainly no riding God but the bike really came alive over the red route at GT. I’ve ridden the route on 26″ HTs & FS many times but i was the fastest I’ve ever been today even keeping up and passing the fast boys in our group which is unheard of for me! The bike just felt absolutely alive & coped with all my dodgy lines with ease. 29″ wheels had no trouble with the tight berms & twists and turns either, I hesitate to say it but with 120mm forks on it felt “Dialled & planted” i finally realise what that means! 🙂Posted 5 years ago
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