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Newbie here coming over from the road.

Looking to buy the Santa Cruz Superlight and have q's on the geometry. This time of year all the local dealer for Santa Cruz in Atlanta don't have any stock. I'm looking to buy used (preferably) or online.

I'm 5'6 with a 28.5" inseam (flat footed) and weigh around 145-150. Some say a small and others say a medium. I can't find a local dealer that has any to get on. What size frame would you recommend?

I'm coming over from the Ironman/TT world looking to do some XC racing and possibly getting into Xterra Tri's. Haven't been in the pool in awhile now, so I may stick to the bike or duathlons.

Anyone have any opinions on this bike and have an sizing opinions?

I've got a thread running in XC Training Forum and it seems this is the best bike for $$$$ and what I'm looking to do.

Thanks in advance!!
 

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I have a sz small Superlight. My jeans are a 30" inseam. I'm 5' 3" tall, 145 lbs. I think a med SL would be too big for me. I also have a sz small Blur XC. If it was any bigger it would be too big for me.
 

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I'm 5'6" weight 165, dealers here have either med or large. Have both a Superlight and Blur in small. Tried the med. size and although they are ridable, there is no way I can move the bikes around like I want. If you do mostly fire roads, then the medium would work I guess. On technical stuff, I really like the way I can whip the bikes I have. I have the older models, the new models have a longer top tube. Based on that I would stick with a small.
 

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JTPATE78 said:
Newbie here coming over from the road.

Looking to buy the Santa Cruz Superlight and have q's on the geometry. This time of year all the local dealer for Santa Cruz in Atlanta don't have any stock. I'm looking to buy used (preferably) or online.

I'm 5'6 with a 28.5" inseam and weigh around 145-150. Some say a small and others say a medium. I can't find a local dealer that has any to get on. What size frame would you recommend?

I'm coming over from the Ironman/TT world looking to do some XC racing and possibly getting into Xterra Tri's. Haven't been in the pool in awhile now, so I may stick to the bike or duathlons.

Anyone have any opinions on this bike and have an sizing opinions?

I've got a thread running in XC Training Forum and it seems this is the best bike for $$$$ and what I'm looking to do.

Thanks in advance!!
I'm 5'6 with ~ 29.75 inseam and weigh ~175. Im also coming from mostly road background, fit, feel.

I had opportunity to test drive both a SM and MED Superlight. After test riding the SM I kept needing to raise the saddle till it was almost out to max. The top tube lenght also felt cramped with a 10 cm stem and my knees were hitting my arm forearms.

I drove the MED and it felt big after riding the SM but it allowed me to stretch out to more of road feel but still fairly upright as if riding on the tops of road bars. After a few more minutes on the bike, the MED felt more comfortable and stable.

I finalized the size decision to a MED Superlight but ended up getting a MED Blur XCc ( both have similar geometry) as I found a new one on sale for $3700 with the SPX ( mostly XT components) package. A Superlight with SPX package was ~ $3300 ( non sale list price)

As I ride primarily fire roads and long climbs and wasnt so concerned about ease of throwing the bike around. Coming from the road, I was more concerned on a stable feel under me when climbing and descending. With a SM, I also would have needed to use ~ 12 CM stem which would have put my torso over the bars more than desired. With my MED, Ive a 9 CM which allows for a nice balanced seat setback.
 

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enr1co, you sure they didn't cut that seat tube on the small? I'm using a thompson seatpost, and if I extend it all the way, my feet wouldn't reach the pedals. Your pick is right coming from the road side. I came from a BMX side, so JT there you go, different strokes for different folks.
 

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Coming from the triathlon side. Rode on top of the stem. Thinking small might be way go go.

I'm thrown.

Would you guys buy a dxc? Trying to stay under or around $1,700. Buy used? Or buy new?

Looking to get legs underneath me, but have a bike I can race without upgrading.

Is the Titus Racer X pretty comp?
 

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25lbs&counting said:
enr1co, you sure they didn't cut that seat tube on the small? I'm using a thompson seatpost, and if I extend it all the way, my feet wouldn't reach the pedals. Your pick is right coming from the road side. I came from a BMX side, so JT there you go, different strokes for different folks.
It was a new RX build with the Raceface post - perhaps a 350mm? Pretty sure the post was near the max line and Im still 5'6" - if anything, Im shrinking in my older age ;)

There have been a few sizing questions lately with folks in that "tweener" height- at the
5"6" you can likely go either way depending on your preferences or what you are used to.

The DX is a good deal, new at $1700 but if you can do the RX, it will keep the upgrade bug from biting too soon. If you change your mind and end of going MD, there are a few
RX builds from Hucknroll.com for $1836 /free shipping. Otherwise, some show used in the classifieds and ebay occasionally.

Good luck!
 

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I'm barely 5'7", 29" inseam, and avg 155# while training. I test rode (parking lot) a Med SL, got measured up and ended up with a Small. I could have gone either way. Our riding here in MA is more technical, at least where and how I ride, so I chose the small based on handling in the tight stuff. I also ride a 52 cm 650 tri bike, so I like a tight cockpit.

No regrets and the bike feels great with some small tweaks. I went with the Dxc package and so far all is good...
 

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JTPATE78 said:
Coming from the triathlon side. Rode on top of the stem. Thinking small might be way go go.

I'm thrown.

Would you guys buy a dxc? Trying to stay under or around $1,700. Buy used? Or buy new?

Looking to get legs underneath me, but have a bike I can race without upgrading.

Is the Titus Racer X pretty comp?
Coloradocyclist has still lists some Small SL's and Juliana's with DX packages on sale for $1499. (Juliana frame specs are same as SL and no shame w/ having the name of one of the best mt bike racers from a few years back in small type on the top tube. You can also pull off the name sticker if it happens to be on a non clear coated batch of frames )

Sometimes Coloradocyclist is slow with updates to their site so they may still have stock or be sold out- worth a 1-800 call if a Small DX is what you are aiming for.
 
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