Santa Cruz Bicycles Superlight - D XC Complete Bike - $1,359.00

Everything about the Santa Cruz Superlight D XC Complete Bike is pure to the XC genus, and it's been this way since inception. At one time, the Superlight was Santa Cruz's top-of-the-line race bike, but was overshadowed by the complex and expensive Blur. The Superlight is now Santa Cruz's grassroots racer, providing a workhorse for those who don't want to pay a premium to play. Simplicity is the name of the game with the Superlight. Hence the proven 100mm, single-pivot suspension design that takes care of trail-smoothing duty here. It offers bump compliance, excellent traction, and reliability, but most importantly, the lack of links and pivots helps to keep frame weight low without affecting sacrificing stiffness. This gives the fast-handling Superlight a perfect balance of stability and pinpoint handling. Santa Cruz uses hydroformed 6069 aluminum tubing to manipulate the front and rear triangles and balance strength to weight. They factored in standover clearance for added comfort and security during dismounts. An asymmetrical swing arm stiffens up the rear triangle, and an added benefit of the raised driveside chainstay is that it keeps chain slap to a minimum. Suspension duties are handled in the rear by a Fox Float RL, which features adjustable preload and rebound, as well as a lock out for efficient climbing. Up front, a Rock Shox Recon Silver SAr 120 offers preload and rebound adjustments and its 120mm of travel makes the Superlight great for XC and marathon/endurance riding. The D XC build kit consists of a Shimano drivetrain with Deore for the crank, cassette, and shifters, and SLX for the rear derailleur. The Easton EA30 handlebar, stem, and seatpost are all sensible alloy bits, and are a nice foundation for the Lizard Skin Charger grips and WTB Volt Sport saddle. Mavic XM 119 rims are laced to Shimano M525 hubs with DT spokes. Fast-rolling Maxxis Crossmark tires round out the wheel package and Avid Elixir 1 brakes bring it all to a stop. - $1,359.00

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