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Pete got his new bike.

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So after a little more than a two month wait, my Blue anno Superlight frame arrived.

I had my LBS install the headset and fork on the frame and started to build it up on Thursday after work. Today I took it on it’s first ride. Just an easy six miler to get it dialed in and look for problems. The only problem I had was I didn’t torque the front brake cable down so I lost the front bake two miles into the ride. No big deal as the trail was flat and an easy fix. Otherwise everything worked fine.

This is my first bike with rear suspension, disc brakes and riser bars. So my first impression was: this bike is different than my hardtail. Nice, but different. It rides higher than my HT. Rear end felt solid going around corners. No bob, Felt almost as solid as my HT when pedaling. Corners well. I think I am going to like this bike once I get the fit and settings down.


Build list:

Fork RS Recon 351 100mm
Shock; Fox RP23 (4 inch rear travel)

FD, RD, shifters, hubs. BB, chain, cassette; XT
Crank; LX (from my spare part stash)
Wheels: 14/15 spokes wheelsmith, brass nipples, Mavic 717 disc rims
Tires: F Conti Vert pro. R-Conti Vapor pro
Seat post, HS, bar: Race Face Dues
Stem; RF Evolve 100mm. Subject to change as I dial in the fit.
Pedals Shimano 540
Saddle: Terry Fly Ti
Brakes, levers: Avid BB7

Weight per bathroom scale: 27 or so pounds. About what I figured.


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superlights are sick bikes for XC riding, hope you like the new found quickness going down and up rougher terrain.

what other hardtails do you have?
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
superlights are sick bikes for XC riding, hope you like the new found quickness going down and up rougher terrain.

what other hardtails do you have?
I had two Konas. An 02 Kileuea built with LX and a 99 Explosif. The Kileuea was my #2 HT and I gave it to my daughter in law a couple of weeks ago. My Explosif is something I will keep. It is Reynolds 853 steel frame built up with an '05 Manitou Black SPV fork, 2003 XT, with Avid 7 side pull brakes. Weights 24.5 lbs and fits like a glove.

So what do you ride?
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currently a Giant Trance 2(4inch travel Xc bike, 28lb)is the only functional bike right now


mostly stock but put 2.4 inch panaracers on the front ,and 2.1 on the back. I am a SRAM guy too and hte shimano XT shifters/Derailers will be coming off shortly for SRAM x.9s

and I also have a Haro Shift R5 5inch travel trail bike. and a old Gary Fisher Dirt Jump bike thats in pieces right now cause it was raided for parts. Also borrowed a buddies Gary Fisher Rig and that maybe in my future cause of how fast the 29er SS was for me.

I really like the playful feel of the DJ bike(ride short XC ride on it), and am thinking about more Xc hardtail for the smoother ride in PC.
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Nice Santa Cruz! That's the bike I want. Hey, a flat bar has a much better strength to weight ratio than a riser. Why not flip the stem and put on a flat handlebar? Your hands would be in pretty much the same place that they are now and your super light bike will be even lighter!
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currently a Giant Trance 2(4inch travel Xc bike, 28lb)is the only functional bike right now

Nice bike! The Trance was on my short list.
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Nice Santa Cruz! That's the bike I want. Hey, a flat bar has a much better strength to weight ratio than a riser. Why not flip the stem and put on a flat handlebar? Your hands would be in pretty much the same place that they are now and your super light bike will be even lighter!
You are quite correct. I thought I would give risers a shot, hearing that they were more comfortable than flat bars. However, when one does a part pick, pre build, sometimes things don't come out as planned. The risers put my hands too high in relation to my saddle. Thus the flipped stem. :
post #7 of 9
Pete -

Did you snag the frame on eBay? I've seen a few like that on there lately.

How do you like your BB7 brakes? I've got them on two bike so far and they've been great......no bleeding or leaking.
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Pete -

Did you snag the frame on eBay? I've seen a few like that on there lately.

How do you like your BB7 brakes? I've got them on two bike so far and they've been great......no bleeding or leaking.
Frame via LBS. Thus the wait.

The BB7s were easy to set up, but today-two miles into my ride the rear brake developed this howl. It went away by mile seven. Otherwise the brakes are fine and getting finer as the pads break in. BTW I used a digital scale and the bike came in at 26.7lbs.
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. Why not flip the stem and put on a flat handlebar? Your hands would be in pretty much the same place that they are now and your super light bike will be even lighter!
I did just that about an hour ago. The riser with a negative rise stem looked lame.
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