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Santa Cruz Bicycles Superlight D Complete Mountain Bike - 2016

Santa Cruz Bicycles Superlight D Complete Mountain Bike - 2016

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We're normally loathe to describe a bike as "value-oriented," because a tag like that calls to mind glossy, box store specials for $250 designed to do nothing but roll in a nominally straight line.

Santa Cruz Bicycles Superlight D Complete Mountain Bike - 2016

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$1,390.00

We're normally loathe to describe a bike as "value-oriented," because a tag like that calls to mind glossy, box store specials for $250 designed to do nothing but roll in a nominally straight line. That description hardly applies to anything rolling off of Santa Cruz's venerable drawing board, so when we say the Superlight D Complete Mountain Bike is a value racer, we mean literally that. It's built, spec'd, and dialed to fire through punchy sections, eat up trail furniture, and flow through sweeping singletrack — all at a price that leaves room for entry fees. There are flashier, more expensive rigs out there, but six-inch travel and carbon wheels can be nothing more than an expensive distraction to the sometime racer, sometime recreationalist who is looking for a bike that trains, plays, and races without requiring a second mortgage.

The aluminum frame and 100mm of single-pivot travel are a no-nonsense solution to the non-problems of weight, durability, and reliable suspension. Though there are shinier materials and suspension models out there, that shininess also carries some downfalls if they take a hit. Unlike some of the latest wonder frames, a lump or two won't compromise the Superlight's structural integrity, and the simple, stiff suspension and rear triangle minimize the number of load bearing joints and extraneous pivot points — target areas for the trail gremlins who work to irreparably consign over-engineered suspension designs to the dustbin just in time for the new, improved model's release.

Santa Cruz's adherence to tradition doesn't hamstring R&D, though, as the single-pivot design featured here has a refined pivot location. It's placed slightly above and forward of the middle chainring, which affords a more efficient balance of pedaling efficiency and bump compliance than previous iterations of the bombproof suspension design. The shock rate in sizes small and medium has also been tweaked in order to ensure that lightweight riders aren't limited in their tuning options, and the wheel size graduates across the line's size range. 27.5in wheels ensure size-appropriate handling and standover for sizes small and medium, while 29in wheels give sizes large and x-large a higher angle of attack for speed over obstacles.

The Superlight D returns for the new model year with few changes to the build kit. It's still powered by a Shimano drivetrain comprising the workhorse SLX and Deore labels. The shifting is admittedly not on par with, say, Di2. Nor is it as light and with the gee-golly newness factor of a one-by setup. But scraping the rear derailleur off on a passing rock won't set you back a few hundred dollars, and the double gearing represents a much faster top-end for sprints and fast fire road transfers, leaving the $10,000 bike club members to labor along in your wake with nothing but their beloved tech sheets to console them.

 

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
aluminum
Suspension:
single-pivot
Rear Shock:
FOX Racing Shox Float Performance
Rear Travel:
100 mm
Fork:
RockShox Recon Silver TK Solo Air
Front Travel:
120 mm
Headset:
Cane Creek 10
Shifters:
Shimano Deore SL
Front Derailleur:
Shimano M618
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano SLX M675 GS Shadow+
ISCG Tabs:
yes, ISCG 05
Crankset:
22 - 36 t Shimano Deore M617
Bottom Bracket:
BSA threaded
Crank Arm Length:
175 mm
Cassette:
11 - 36 t Shimano Deore HG50
Chain:
KMC X10.93
Brakeset:
SRAM DB1
Brake Type:
hydraulic disc
Rotors:
160 mm Avid G2
Handlebar:
Race Face Evolve Flat
Handlebar Width:
720 mm
Grips:
Santa Cruz Palmdale Lock-On
Stem:
Race Face Ride
Saddle:
WTB Volt Sport
Seatpost:
Race Face Ride
Wheelset:
[rims] WTB Asym i19
Hubs:
SRAM MTH 716/746
Front Axle:
15x100mm
Rear Axle:
12x142mm
Tires:
Maxxis Crossmark
Tire Size:
[sizes small & medium] 27.5 x 2.1 in, [sizes large & x-large] 29 x 2.1 in
Pedals:
not included
Recommended Use:
cross-country
Manufacturer Warranty:
lifetime on frame

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