- Santa Cruz Superlight: new vs old
What is “new” and “old”? I wouldn’t call my 2011 Superlight frame noodly at all if that helps. Main comparison is my new Hi-Mod Cannondale Scalpel with a Carbon Lefty which is as stiff as a stiff thing! 2011 seems to be the same as the latest version but with a standard rather than tapered headtube. Absolutely awesome frame that I’ve build up to ride anything and everything and it has more than looked after me 😀 Only wish I bought a Large!Posted 4 years agoreluctantwrinklyMember
I’ve had both-still have the later version. Great do it all bike, later version seems stiffer but I’m only small so probably don’t have the ability to twist it anyway. I run RS Revelations, usually at 110mm but occasionally at 130 and it seems ok. Just a good design that was right from the off.Posted 4 years ago
2008 they got a fairly hefty redesign, 2011 the pinch bolts on the swingarm were replaced with collet bolts, 2012 tapered headtube. I think that is pretty much the recent evolution.
My 2011 Medium frame was 2570g with a Fox Float R and chainstay protector (to the nearest 10g). Pretty much the same weight as an Anthem etc but larger mud clearance and fewer pivots, more fun and slightly less “XC race”.
In 18 months of all weather off road riding I have only needed to replace the lower shock bush- everything else is running as new. A slight tune of the shock at Loco made it even sweeter but a great all round frame. I view the Superlight as a more practical, more fun and more maintenance free XC bike in the Anthem mold. It has a more robust and fun feel than the Anthem at the expense of a slight feeling of XC race speed. If this fits your bill then you certainly won’t be disappointed.Posted 4 years ago
It is a 2.5kg XC frame that rides like a 2.5kg XC frame. If your riding style and weight are suited to this genre of frame then you wouldn’t notice any issues and won’t be disappointed. I would question the frame type that may or may not be suited to an individual rather than the exact frame model of one manufacturer or another in the light(ish) XC categoryPosted 4 years agotwonksSubscriber
I bought the original frame in 2000 and rode it quite hard when I lived in good ol Yorkshire.
In 2007 the frame cracked so I got a new version with the curvy rear and have been happy ever since.
Went to 120mm forks and heavier Arch EX rims this year and it copes well with everything I throw at it – which at 17st mass is quite a bit.
Don’t find it flexy at all and I have a C456 for comparison which is rather stiff.Posted 4 years ago
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