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New bike build Santa Cruz Superlight

KT1973KT1973 Posts: 93
edited January 2010 in Your mountain bikes
I also posted this on STW yesterday- getting ready to go out for another blast this morning
I have just upgraded almost everything on my Santa Cruz Superlight.
New spec as follows:

Santa Cruz Superlight large size with Fox RP-23 in anodised blue (from 2007)
Rock Shox Ream Team 120mm with Maxle light
Front wheel DT Swiss 4.2 rim with Hope Pro 2 hub (ano blue)
Rear wheel Mavic 717D on Hope Pro 2 (ano blue)
Schwalbe Racing Ralph EVO folding 2.1" tyres
Shimano XT M770 chainset + BB
Shimano XTR M970 pedals
Shimano XT M770 cassette
SRAM PG 990 chain
Shimano XT M761 rear derailleur (from previous build)
Shimano XT M770 gear shifters
Shimano XT M770 front derailleur
New XT cables
Race Face Next carbon low riser bars
Lizard Skins Peaty lock on grips
Easton EA70 90mm stem
Cane Creek headset
Charge Knife saddle
waiting for new seat post so currently using old Bonty

...and last but not least- Avid BB7 mech disks from old build
I got new cables, sintered pads and Avid cleansweep G3 160mm rotors. I think they work great now they're bedded in and they are light and low maintenance but some folk think I'm nuts for not changing to hydros, any opinions on this? They also get a great review on MTBR website

Been outfor a couple of xc runs around the local area this week and I'm loving it. Pic from phone below so not too good quality.


  • BlackSpurBlackSpur Posts: 4,228
    Lovely bike! Re the brakes, have you ever tried hydros yourself? BB7s are about the best mech brakes out there, but hydros are in a whole new league. More power, more modulation, self adjusting...
    "Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling." ~James E. Starrs
  • KT1973KT1973 Posts: 93
    I think I'll have to go for some.
    Everytime I read reviews about a hyd brake set I like then I see some negative reviews, but I suppose that'll always be the case and folk may tend to post more when things go wrong rather than when they go right.
    Time to bite the bullet then
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