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#22 out of 420 Full suspension bikes
Brand: Santa Cruz



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Q: How much does it weigh
A: My 2015 weighs 28lbs

Q: what length is the shock
A: 130mm but it can be changed to 140mm

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  • R Treb
    *****

    Get wider tires.
    Could use better brakes and shorter stem.

    Pros
    All around great XC dual susp.
    Not overpriced.
    Decends well for XC bike.

    Cons
    Head angle little steep.

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  • Maldo02
    *****

    My 1st full suspension. I have no complaints.

    Pros
    Good climber, Light.

    Cons
    None so far

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  • cpeter03
    *****

    Bought this used as my first new bike in many many years. Don't have much to compare it to as a result but I've been extremely happy with the SL's performance. My confidence and skill has made huge jumps, and I am addicted to riding now cause its so much fun to ride this bike.

    Pros
    light
    smooth and solid
    good climb

    Cons
    none so far

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  • *****

    Well this is my first 'real' MTB. I went from a 'goose, to a new 2012 superlight. The weight difference went from a 40 pound bike to a 26 lb bike and boy what a difference the weight makes. My wife has the same frame (Juliana version) and loves hers just as much as I love mine! Great XC full suspension bike IMO

    Pros
    Lightweight, stiff, great climber, price, over all great ride

    Cons
    None so far, other than some of the components from the build kit (R) I went with. But as far as the frame, it's solid!

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  • Kickstand1
    *****

    Through the years I have owned The Gary Fisher Joshua, Giant NRS XTC, Special-ed FSR. When I started riding a Haro Shift I actually started enjoying riding again. The single pivot with a pro-pedal platform shock does the trick. So recently I traded my trusty R7 in on a Santa Cruz. WOW, lets go ride.

    Pros
    light weight, simple strong platform, laterally stiff and a great value.

    Cons
    although the bike weighs in at 27 lbs 4 oz with egg beaters, the xt/mavic wheels that are standard are a bit heavy and must go.

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  • ScubaSchaef
    *****

    I am a collegiate XC racer and this really holds up over the miles...I can't wait to upgrade this beast fully to fulfill the lightness that's implied in the name

    Pros
    weight, color, handling

    Cons
    I only bought the frame and switched over beginner parts from my other bike...other than that, the frame is awesome

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  • redeye103_
    *****

    The DH XC build is nice but I would upgrade the wheelset and brakes at the very least. Solid bike for anyone looking to do it all on the mountain except for maybe the biggest drops and jumps.

    Pros
    Great bike all around, it is inspiring confidence in me in leaps and bounds every time I ride it.

    Cons
    Powder Coat comes off kind of easily. Strictly cosmetic though

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  • rp2050
    *****

    A great xc bike at an affordable price. If you go with a low price component set up you should plan to spend some $ on upgrades. I bought a seatpost, handlebars, crankset,and fork just to get the bike exactly the way I want it. I probably would have been better off just getting a higher end build up kit when I bought the bike. The plus is that I have been able to put the exact components I want on it and have dropped a couple of pounds from the bike in the process. If you are looking for more of a freeride or all mountain bike I would suggest the Blur LT or a Heckler. the superlight is pure cross country.

    Pros
    It handles like a dream and has virtually no flex in the frame. Climbs like a champion. More affordable than it's Other Santa Cruz cousins.

    Cons
    None

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  • oliverjeff
    *****

    An RP3/RP23 rear shock upgrade is a must imho for ProPedal since it's a single pivot. If you are buying a new, complete kit bike go with the R kit or higher as the component upgrades are well worth the extra $$.ProsGreat climber and feel/handling inspires confidence in all situations. Design is tried and true. A little more budget friendly than some of the other Santa Cruz bikes. ConsRear tire width a little slim - had some minor rub with the stock Nevegals at first.

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