Santa Cruz Superlight frame review£1,299.00

Simple, lightweight, superlight!

BikeRadar score4/5

Simple, lightweight trail fun doesn’t get much better than the Superlight. At under 5.5lb the 100mm-travel frame isn’t heavy, and the long, low ride position enhances its appearance and feel as a lightweight race snake.

However, its name undersells this highly enjoyable all-rounder in terms of trail capability. Subtly shaped and twisted tubes create an impressively stiff chassis with excellent communication between bike and rider.

Stamp the pedals and it’ll lift and stiffen slightly for a firmer power delivery feel, but back off and cruise and the Fox Float R shock really smooths out the trail. The long shock stroke means the Fox feels controlled and never overworked.

The frame can handle a 120mm fork up front to give more impact control and a slacker, more stable handling character. The powder-coated frames are £100 less than the anodised ones, but neither option is cheap for a relatively simple swingarm frame.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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